Sunday, November 06, 2011

Sights and Sounds: Steven Wilson, Creed, Paladino

'Grace for Drowning' photography by Lasse Hoile, design by Carl Glover

Brit-Rock Auteur Steven Wilson Readies First Ever North American Solo Tour

US Dates in support of ‘Grace for Drowning’ (Kscope) begin November 8, 2011 in Orlando, FL

Rock Renaissance man Steven Wilson has begun the first-ever tour under his own name, and will reach the U.S. for a run of dates on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. Celebrating the release of his second solo album, Grace for Drowning, “a double album filled with excellent songs and exquisite musical textures--some of which recall the glory days of King Crimson during their Lizard era.” (Dave DiMartino, Yahoo! Music), these tour dates resemble nothing else Wilson that has ever done with Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, No-Man, or Bass Communion.

The Grace for Drowning tour submerges fans in a rich sensory experience: rear speakers provide surround-sound effects, giant screens show off filmmaker Lasse Hoile’s films made specifically to accompany these songs, and cutting-edge lighting designs give texture to each song. The heart of the performance is Wilson (on keys, guitar, and vocals) and his virtuoso band: Marco Minnemann (drums), Nick Beggs (bass), Theo Travis (flute and sax), Adam Holzman (keys), and a special guest, TBD, on guitars. They will perform most of Grace for Drowning as well as selections from Wilson’s first solo album, Insurgentes.

Grace for Drowning notched a #13 debut on the Billboard independent album chart, #19 on the rock album chart, a #34 debut on the UK charts, and top-50 debuts in Poland, Italy, Norway, Germany, Austria, and Finland.

Additionally, Wilson
-Will appear for an in-store at J&R Music World in NYC on Friday November 11.
-Just released his first-ever iPhone App, available here:
-Completed work on 5.1 surround re-mixes of Jethro Tull’s Aqualung and Thick as a Brick, both scheduled for release soon.
-Finished his groundbreaking album with Michael Akerfeldt of Opeth, under the name Storm Corrosion. Album release and tour are scheduled for 2012, exact dates still to be confirmed.
-Completed his 5.1 surround remixes of King Crimson’s ‘Starless and Bible Black,’ and ‘Discipline,’ out now.

Grace for Drowning North American Tour
Nov. 8 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
Nov. 10 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head
Nov. 11 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
Nov. 12 - Philadelphia, PA - Temple PAC
Nov. 13 - Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center
Nov. 14 - Montreal, QC - Corona
Nov. 16 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
Nov. 18 - Chicago, IL - Park West



Exclusive Back-to-Back Performance Events to be held in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia

Grammy winning rock giants Creed will hold special intimate two-night events in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia to perform their classic, multi-platinum selling albums My Own Prison and Human Clay in their entirety; front man Scott Stapp announced on “VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live.” The band will perform one album on each night of the special engagement along with hits from their albums Weathered and Full Circle. The events will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for Creed fans to see the band perform in an intimate setting. Tickets will be available on November 19, 2011 for more information and pre-sale info visit

“My Own Prison and Human Clay are very special albums for us and I look forward to performing them for our fans. The songs bring back a lot of great memories for me and I hope for them too,” said front man Scott Stapp. 2012 marks the 15-year anniversary of Creed’s debut blockbuster album, My Own Prison, which has sold over 6 million copies to date. The follow-up, 1999’s massive global hit Human Clay has sold more than 11 million copies to date and features the rock radio mainstays “With Arms Wide Open” and “Higher.”


April 13th Chicago Theatre (Chicago, IL) Creed performs My Own Prison

April 14th Chicago Theatre (Chicago, IL) Creed performs Human Clay

April 16th Tower Theatre (Philadelphia, PA) Creed performs My Own Prison

April 17th Tower Theatre (Philadelphia, PA) Creed performs Human Clay

April 19th Beacon Theatre (New York, NY) Creed performs My Own Prison

April 20th Beacon Theatre (New York, NY) Creed performs Human Clay

For more information visit


Paladino’s rootsy Americana sound draws upon country, folk, the blues as well as retaining a punk rock spirit. This vibrant musical blend arises from Paladino’s family-style collaborative approach that allows everyone to contribute their own unique backgrounds and influences.

Jonathan Harkham, who has been writing songs for years, has produced three albums on his own, including Darkcho, a project of Jewish folk songs one of which was covered by folk musician, Will Oldham. Harkham, who is a prolific painter as well as a musician, hand drew the group’s website ( ).
Chris Isom contributes mesmerizing guitar leads that touch upon Sun Records, Mexican balladry and modern psychedelia. Although he grew up in New York and played in Garage and Anti-Folk bands Mooney Suzuki and Adam Green, Isom’s family hails from Lubbock, Texas. Rhythm guitarist Adrienne Isom’s vocals recall Wanda Jackson and Moe Tucker and reflect the unbridled enthusiasm she has for playing music, singing and life in general. The charismatic Annie Rothschild lends eclectic energy and pure Southern soul to the band. Her deep love for music comes naturally as her dad runs the Southern music label, Landslide Records.
The other beat-keeper of the group, John Rygiewicz, or Ryggy to his friends, has developed his distinctive drumming style through a number of bands. The Gene Krupa-loving Wisconsin native brings a jazz vibe to the music of Paladino.

With their first album done, Paladino is looking forward to getting out and sharing their songs, new and old. Isom views the band as part of a larger family of American music. “I know that we'd like to think, in some dimension, Bob Wills could sit down and tap his foot to a lot of this music, and maybe even throw in a few ‘ah ha’s.”

Paladino Record Release Party
Villains Tavern
1356 Palmetto St. LA, CA 90013

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