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NEW: STEVE HACKETT: 2 SHOWS AT PDA • KANSAS IN MONTREAL • RICK WAKEMAN AT THE OLYMPIA

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.



May 12, 2019
Rick Wakeman and his
Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour!

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.

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.



April 29, 2019
Alan Parsons back in Montreal
Alan Parsons will be in Montreal on Thursday, July 4, 2019 at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of the Place des Arts as part of the Montreal Jazz Fest.

The legendary composer, performer, and producer Alan Parsons – who started as a sound engineer on the Beatles' Let It Be and Abbey Road albums and on Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon – will be in Montreal to present The Secret, his latest album. It is an honor to welcome this exceptional musician who has sold more than 45 million albums and was nominated 11 times for the Grammy Awards.

Show at 7:30 PM, tickets are $66.10 to $91.50, available through the Montreal Jazz Fest website and at the PDA boxoffice.



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
Bryan Adams in Montreal
The Montreal Jazz Festival presents legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams at the Centre Bell in Montreal on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, as part of his Shine A Light Tour.

Shine a Light is the fourteenth studio album by Bryan Adams, released on March 1, 2019, and debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart.

Doors at 6:30 PM, Show at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $85 to $157, available through evenko.

EACH ONLINE TICKET PURCHASE INCLUDES A COPY OF BRYAN ADAMS' FORTHCOMING ALBUM!
Customers will receive an additional email with instructions on how to redeem the album.



April 17, 2019
Arena in Quebec City: New date
The concert of British prog band Arena to be held in Quebec City on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Salle Jean-Paul-Tardif (950, avenue Joffre, Quebec city) as part of the Double Vision 2019 tour has been recheduled to Saturday, August 10, 2019.

Ticket holders will receive an email confirming the new date through LePointdeVente.com, and all tickets already sold will be honored. The new tickets are now available through LePointdeVente.com.



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.



April 11, 2019
Heart at Centre Bell
One of rock's most revered bands, Heart, will be in Montreal at the Centre Bell on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 for its Love Alive Tour, with opening acts Sheryl Crow and Elle King.

Doors at 6:00 PM, show at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $59 to $124, available through evenko.



March 29, 2019
Marbin back at Petit Campus
Fusion band Marbin will be back at Petit Campus on Monday, June 17, 2019.

Marbin is a progressive jazz-rock band based in Chicago, IL, with a unique story that stands out in today's music world. With a do-it-yourself approach, Marbin started touring extensively in 2011, bringing their original instrumental music to every part of the United States. Through word of mouth, Marbin has gained the attention of thousands of devoted fans all over the world, and has sold tens of thousands of albums. Marbin has released seven albums: Marbin (2009), Breaking the Cycle (2011), Last Chapter of Dreaming (2013), The Third Set (2014), Aggressive Hippies (2015), Goatman and the House of the Dead (2016) and Israeli Jazz (2018). Marbin regularly plays in clubs all over the US and in jam and jazz festivals around the world.

To see Marbin playing live, check out:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marbinmusic/videos
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLriEoR1sz7_ltEWAVF7oRnLiyNVVqg7oH

Doors at 7:30 PM, show at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $17.25, available through LePointDeVente.com. 18+



March 29, 2019
The Def Leppard Hits Canada Tour
Don't miss Def Leppard's show at the Centre Bell in Montreal on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 accompanied by Tesla.

Def Leppard will present the music from their latest compilation The Story So Far, and celebrate their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tesla will present the music from their brand new album Shock.

As part of their Canadian tour, Def Leppard will also be on Friday, July 12, 2019 at the Scotiabank Center in Halifax and Saturday, July 13, 2019 at the Moncton Future Center.

Tickets are $74 to $155, available through evenko.



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.



February 10, 2019
Heavy Montreal 2019
Montreal's giant metal fest, Heavy Montreal, is back with a fantastic lineup that includes Slayer, Ghost, Godsmack, Quiet Riot, Anthrax, Kataklysm, Despised Icon and many many more! The event will be held at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28, 2019.

Tickets are available right now: Gold Pass: $320 - General Admission: $175, through the Heavy Montreal boxoffice.



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.



November 15, 2018
Iron Maiden at the Bell Centre
Heavy metal band Iron Maiden will be at the Bell Center on Monday, August 5, 2019 with The Raven Age as the opening act.

Bruce Dickinson comments, “We’re immensely proud of this show and we’ve had great reactions from the many fans who came to see us in Europe earlier this year. The production is based on our mobile game THE LEGACY OF THE BEAST which basically takes various incarnations of Eddie into many different Maiden Worlds. This inspired us to put together a stage show to take our fans through different Worlds and experiences set to appropriate songs. It is not that easy designing different Worlds on stage and we put a huge amount of work into this to make it work and the end result we feel is our most spectacular and certainly the most complex show to date. We’ve got all kinds of crazy things going on, including a replica Spitfire plane dominating the stage during Aces High, tons of pyro, a giant Icarus, muskets, claymores and some truly marvellous flame-throwers which I have a hell of a lot of fun with, as you will see! And of course we have Eddie, as you’ve never seen him before, and absolutely loads of other surprises. I’ve had the time of my life playing with all these magnificent props on stage, it’s been fantastic, we can’t wait to bring this show to you!”

Steve Harris adds, “We gave a lot of thought to the set list for this Tour as the songs needed to follow the narrative of the changing worlds of the stage show. We feel we ended up with a very strong and well balanced set mixing songs we haven’t played in many years like Flight Of Icarus, Sign Of The Cross and The Clansman with songs we know the fans want to hear like The Trooper, 2 Minutes To Midnight, The Number Of The Beast, Fear Of The Dark, Run To The Hills, Hallowed Be Thy Name and others, reflecting the journey through the different themes of the show. The whole band is really enjoying this tour and we are really looking forward to seeing everybody again!”

For the 2019 shows, the band will, in conjunction with the Promoters, be implementing a digital ticketing system in as many venues as possible, to assist in our battle against secondary ticketing. As always, we urge fans to only purchase tickets from approved outlets. Fans In the US & Canada will once again be able to enjoy a Trooper VIP upgrade package – full details here.

Show at 19:30. Tickets are $64.25 to $151.25, available exclusively through evenko. Tickets will not be available at the box office. The ticket limit is 4, and any order above the limit of 4 tickets will be canceled. Tickets will only be delivered as mobile tickets on your mobile device. You will need to present your mobile tickets on your mobile device to enter. Paper tickets will not be accepted. Tickets are strictly non-resellable and evenko reserves the right to cancel tickets listed for resale (or resale) at their discretion.



November 3, 2018
An Evening With Mark Knopfler at Place des Arts
Mark Knopfler, the legendary guitarist of Dire Straits, announces his 2019 tour in support of his forthcoming ninth studio album, Down the Road Wherever, and will be at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of the Place Des Art on Saturday, August 24, 2019.

Knopfler’s ninth solo studio album, Down the Road Wherever, will be released November 16 on Blue Note. The album features 14 new songs inspired by a wide range of subjects, including Knopfler’s early days in Deptford with Dire Straits, a stray soccer fan lost in a strange town, the compulsion of a musician hitching home through the snow and a man out of time in his local greasy spoon diner. In celebration of the new album, Knopfler is premiering the track ‘Good On You Son.’

This tour includes some very special offers for fans. North American ticket buyers will receive an offer for a copy of Mark’s new album with every ticket purchase. And all MarkKnopfler.com ticket presale customers will receive a complimentary live recording from the forthcoming tour. Expect more details on both these programs to be communicated over the coming weeks and months.

Show at 8:00PM. Tickets available 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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