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September 1st, 2019
Rick Wakeman and his
Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour!
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Keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman embarks on its first solo U.S. tour in 13 years and will be at the Théâtre Olympia (1004 Ste-Catherine East, Montreal) on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

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Wakeman’s The Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour will combine spellbinding piano music with sidesplitting jokes and revealing insights into his 50-plus-year career. Expect an evening of superb musicianship, featuring music from Yes, Rick’s own solo epics and early Bowie hits, plus fantastic arrangements of Beatles’ tunes, and much, much more, interspersed with knockabout (and sometimes bawdy!) typically British humor. Professional musician, keyboard player, songwriter, broadcaster and raconteur, Wakeman’s career started as a much-in-demand session player, who performed on recordings by David Bowie, Elton John, Lou Reed, Al Stewart and hundreds more artists. His big break came in 1971 when he joined Yes, who went on to become the most successful prog rock band in the world, but Wakeman has also always gone his own way outside the framework of that group.

In the Seventies, he achieved chart-topping success with solo albums such as Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, The Six Wives of Henry VIII and The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, which cumulatively sold over 10,000,000 copies in North America alone. He has written several film scores, amongst them two for director Ken Russell (Lisztomania and Crimes of Passion) and two ‘Harry Palmer’ movies starring Michael Caine (Bullet To Beijing and Midnight in St. Petersburg), and in the UK, has built up an impressive reputation as a witty guest and host on shows like Grumpy Old Men, Countdown, Watchdog and the comedy cabaret show Live at Jongleurs. His wickedly irreverent acceptance speech when Yes was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 nearly brought the house down!

Tickets are $90.00 / $75.00 / $60.00 (Taxes included / service charge extra) available online through L'Olympia boxoffice. VIP packages available.



September 1st, 2019
Goblin at the Théâtre Fairmount
Claudio Simonetti's incarnation of the legendary italian band Goblin, will be in Montreal at the Théâtre Fairmount (5240 Parc Avenue, Montreal) on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

Claudio will present the music of Deep Red/Profondo Rosso in addition to classics from the band's discography.

Show at 8pm, tickets are $35, available through Tunestub.



September 1st, 2019
New World Men at l'Astral
Don't miss the excellent tribute band to Rush, New World Men on Friday, September 13, 2019 at l'Astral (305 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Montreal).

Marc Girard, a world-class sound engineer and accomplished bassist, has realized his dream of creating a tribute to Rush, for no other reason than to have a great time playing great music. New World Men was born from the subsequent jam sessions in early summer 2014 with Frank Larouche and Mathieu Groulx, and the technical and technological limits have been constantly pushed back since then to offer their audience an incredible multimedia experience.

Show at 8pm. Tickets are $32.50, available via ticketmaster.



September 1st, 2019
Thom Yorke at the Place Bell in Laval
Thom Yorke, the legendary Radiohead singer, will be at Place Bell (1950 Claude-Gagné Street, Laval) on Thursday, September 26, 2019.

Thom will present the music from his most recent album Anima. Show at 8 pm, tickets are priced from $61 to $93, available through evenko.



September 1st, 2019
Kataklysm at the Corona
Heavy Montréal Presents Kataklysm at the Théâtre Corona (2490 Notre-Dame Street West, Montreal) on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

The legendary death metal band from Montreal will present the music from their latest album Meditations.

Show at 7 pm, tickets are $35.50, available through evenko. General admission standing.



August 21, 2019
Huis at Petit Campus
Don't miss Huis at the Petit Campus (57 Prince-Arthur East, Montreal) on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 8 PM

Montreal progressive rock band Huis is back at the Petit Campus in Montreal to present their latest album, Abandoned, as well as other pieces from their repertoire.

Tickets are $22.25, available through LePointdeVente.com



August 21, 2019
Sons of Apollo back at the Corona
The prog supergroup The Sons of Apollo will be back at the Corona Theatre (2490 Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal) on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 7:30 PM with their very special guest TonyMacAlpine.

In early 2017, rumors began circulating about a new secret project including former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. Finally, on August 1st, the duo revealed the details to the rest of the world, introducing their new band, SONS OF APOLLO. Reuniting to form SONS OF APOLLO, Portnoy and Sherinian join forces with guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), bassist Billy Sheehan (Niacin, The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force). Their debut album, Psychotic Symphony, was released in October 2018 via InsideOutMusic/Sony Music. The band is working on their 2nd album, to be released early next year.

Psychotic Symphony was produced by the dynamic production duo of Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as “The Del Fuvio Brothers,” the nickname given to them over 20 years ago during their time together in Dream Theater.

SONS OF APOLLO formed very organically, its seeds planted with a predecessor group, as Portnoy explains: “Derek and I reunited shortly after I left Dream Theater in 2010 and we put together an all-instrumental touring band with Billy Sheehan and Tony MacAlpine. That was my first time working with Derek since the ‘90s when he was in Dream Theater, and it was just great to be working with him again. Ever since that tour, which was really just a one-off live thing, he has been nudging me to start a real, original, full-time band. The timing just had never been right, because I had too many other things on my plate. Long story short, the time was finally right to take the bait and put together a band.”

Tickets are $48, available through evenko and at the Corona boxoffice. General Admission. A Heavy Montréal production.



August 4, 2019
Brand X at La Tulipe
The legendary jazz fusion band Brand X will be in Montreal on Friday, October 25, 2019 at La Tulipe (4530 Papineau, Montreal)

Brand X began in 1975. They were a prominent jazz fusion band in the '70s and '80s. Phil Collins was the drummer for this band from 1975 to 1979. Brand X is composed of Percy Jones (bass), John Goodsall (Guitar), Chris Clark (keyboards), Kenny Grohowski (drums) and Scott Weinberger (drums).

Show at 7:30 pm, Tickets are $45, available through Vendini. General admission, sitting configuration.



June 9, 2019
Kamelot with Sonata Arctica and Battle Beast!
Extensive Enterprise presents Kamelot at the Club Soda (1225 St-Laurent Blvd) on Sunday, September 15, 2019, with special guests Sonata Arctica and Battle Beast.

What was originally announced as a one off performance has now become a full blown North American tour! KAMELOT are pleased to announce the second North American Leg of The Shadow Tour. "We’re very excited to announce we’re bringing “The Shadow Tour” back to North America again for another round. On the previous tour we missed some of our favorite cities due to logistics, we demanded to return to North America as soon as possible and visit these great cities, adds Guitarist Thomas Youngblood. Completing this this amazing lineup is the addition of Finland's Sonata Arctica and Battle Beast. Don't miss this amazing package and once in a decade lineup!"

The band’s latest music video for the song MindFall Remedy chronicles live footage taken from KAMELOT's 2018 North American tour and offers a glimpse of what you can expect when the band takes the stage. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/PNGkmH57GnU

Doors at 6:00 PM, show at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $47.25 to $54.25, VIP: $119.25, available through the Club Soda boxoffice.



June 9, 2019
Scripted - Tribute to Marillion at Club Dix30
Scripted - Tribute to Marillion will be playing at the Club Dix30 (9200 Leduc Blvd, Brossard) on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 8:00 PM.

Scripted makes you relive Marillion's Fish years. A wonderful venue, top-notch sound and lighting, and a band that can't wait to freak out with you for two hours. Don't miss it!

Tickets are $23.75, available through Ticketmaster. General admission.



April 12, 2019
Australian Pink Floyd at Centre Bell
The Australian Pink Floyd show will be in Montreal at the Centre Bell on Friday, October 11, 2019 to present their All That You Love tour.

The new tour will visit Windsor, Toronto, Montréal and Quebec City, and will feature classics from Meddle, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and much more!

Doors at 6:30 PM, Show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $46 to $89, available through evenko.



April 12, 2019
Kansas plays Point of Know Return
Legendary American progressive rock band, Kansas, will be at the Théâtre St-Denis (1594 St-Denis, Montreal) on Saturday, November 2, 2019.

Kansas will be touring select cities in the US and Canada in during the fall and winter, on the third leg of their popular Point of Know Return Anniversary Tour. Launched as a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the massive hit album Point of Know Return, the band will be performing the album in its entirety. The tour showcases more than two hours of classic Kansas music including hit songs, deep cuts, and fan favorites. Tickets and Kansas VIP Packages available through evenko.

Kansas is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, keyboardist Tom Brislin, guitarist Zak Rizvi, and original guitarist Richard Williams. The band has released 15 studio albums, including its most recent release The Prelude Implicit (2016), and plans to release of another new studio album in 2020.



March 21, 2019
Threshold in Montreal
The progressive metal band Threshold will be in Montreal on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at Foufounes Électriques (87 rue Ste-Catherine Est).

This will be Threshold's second visit to Quebec. Their latest album Legends of the Shires received a very enthusiastic welcome from the music press.

Threshold's music is characterized by the classic attributes of heavy metal with very energetic guitars, fast drums and catchy choruses but also structural aspects specific to the complexity of progressive rock from which they were influenced.

The group was formed by guitarist Karl Groom in Surrey, England at the end of the 80s. Their arrival on the Nuclear Blast record label propelled them to the forefront of the progressive metal scene. The other members of Threshold are: Richard West (keyboards), Glynn Morgan (vocals-guitar), Johanne James (drums), Steve Anderson (Bass).

Threshold will fly to Prog Power USA right after the Montreal gig.

Show at 8pm. Tickets are $35, available through lepointdevente.com.



March 29, 2019
The Pineapple Thief with Gavin Harrison,
at the Corona Theatre
British progressive rock band Pineapple Thief is coming to America and will be joined by famed drummer Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), the band will be at the Corona Theatre (2490 Notre-Dame West). This show has been moved from L'astral, all tickets will be honored) on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

Bruce Soord, Jon Sykes and Steve Kitch will present music from their new album, Dissolution, to be released in late August. Gavin Harrison returns on drums, this time taking a more active role in the songwriting, and accompanying the band on tour.

Show at 8:00 PM. Tickets on sale through evenko.



January 19, 2019
King Crimson back at Théâtre St-Denis
King Crimson will return to Montreal on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 8:00 pm at the Théâtre St-Denis (1594 St-Denis Street).

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, King Crimson's 2019 tour will feature special concerts on three continents, including festivals and headlining shows.

The group's three-hour concerts regularly feature material from twelve of their thirteen albums, including many songs from the groundbreaking 1969 album,
In The Court of the Crimson King, which Pete Townshend describes as a "unequaled masterpiece". The new ensemble of eight musicians plays several historical compositions never performed in concert by King Crimson, as well as new arrangements of some of their classics; "Music is new every time it is written". Not to mention new instrumental pieces and songs, as well as compositions from the three drummers, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison and Jeremy Stacey, who are always a strong point of their performances. The formation also includes Robert Fripp, Tony Levin, Mel Collins, Bill Rieflin and Jakko Jakzyk. A unique show, where eight of the best musicians in the world play music without distraction or embellishment. "King Crimson are renowned for their ability to offer concerts that combine moments of unbridled improvisation with highly structured songs and even extremely melodious songs ... In short, the King is not dead, long live the King! " - REJEAN BEAUCAGE, Voir.ca

Tickets are $65 to $140 (taxes included / service charge not included), available at the box office of Théâtre St-Denis, at (514) 790-1111 and theatrestdenis.com. * A limited amount of VIP seating is available at $200 (taxes included / service charge not included). A Rubin Fogel Productions presentation.



November 19, 2018
Steve Hackett at Place des Arts - show added
The irrepressible former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett announces his 2019 European Tour and will be in Montreal on Saturday, September 21, 2019 and just added, Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Théâtre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts.

For the first time ever, Steve will perform the seminal Genesis album Selling England By The Pound in its entirety. Released in 1973, the album went to No. 3 in the UK charts, has been described as 'the definitive Genesis album.' It includes firm favourites such as Dancing with the Moonlit Knight, Firth of Fifth, Cinema Show and, of course, I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe). Other favourite classic Genesis tracks will also feature in the show.

2019 also marks the 40th anniversary of one of Steve's most popular solo albums Spectral Mornings and Steve will rightly celebrate this milestone by performing some of the masterpieces from the album.

Fans will also be treated to highlights from Steve's new album, entitled At The Edge Of Light, to be released in January 2019.

Steve explains, "I'm thrilled to be performing the whole of my favourite Genesis album, Selling England By The Pound, which caught the attention of John Lennon in 1973. I felt that I was now playing guitar in the world's best band, and everything was opening up for us... Also I look forward to playing all the favourite songs from Spectral Mornings, marking its anniversary, plus new album tasters, as well as additional Genesis gems in a terrific grand slam!."

Tickets now on sale through the Place des Arts boxoffice.



August 7, 2016
Down memory lane: the FMPM archive page
From 2006 to 2014, a bunch of friends comprised of Stephen Takacsy, Sean McFee, Luc Maltais, Pascal Globensky, Michel St-Père, Glen Bourgeois, Nadine Benny, Gerald Laurion, Kim Zimmer and I had the pleasure of organizing wonderful musical events featuring some of the greatest prog artists of our times. Countless others made this decade-long adventure possible! You'll find on the FMPM archive page a chronological summary of all the events.


May 3, 2015
Prog rock on NOCK ROCK!
Don't miss every Wednesday at 8:00 PM the bilingual Montreal progressive music show PROG CORE LIVE with your hosts Denis Champagne and Pierre Lemoyne, where you'll find reviews and interviews with the latest and coolest prog music artists from all around the world. Catch 'em on MixCloud live, or later through their Podcasts and check out their Facebook page!



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