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NewEARS Album Of The Month

Big Big Train - Grand Tour

"An album, the great ones, usually deliver us a sense of continuity, a sense of form that leads to a narrative of sorts, may it be conceptual and abstract (The Dark Side of the Moon) or something thematically more coherent alongside a story (take Tommy, The lamb, Snow, etc.) There are other albums that despite being conceptual deliver a series of individual pieces that connect one with the other and forming a sense of unity, which still, carries the individual spirit of each element (The Raven that refused to sing). This is that kind of album. And album which formally, tonally and in the general idea of the music itself takes us back to the days of English Electric? The opening is a very airy piece, which serves as an introduction to the "single" of the album, it's a promising start. Then it gradually grows in complexity and the music starts to densify, lyrically and musically." s-PA

"'Grand Tour', is another genius of the British. Inspired by the seventeenth and eighteenth century customs of the Grand Tour, where young men and women traveled to expand the mind; Big Big Train has made an album of songs set in distant lands. Nine tracks lead us to an epic journey by land and sea, through time and space." d-PA



Essential Track: "Another epic 14 minute 7-part suite "Voyager" takes the similar named space vehicle as it's subject. This one begins almost immediately with a full band sound, but at a moderate tempo. It again utilizes solo and harmonized vocals to tell the story, this time, however, backed by brass and the full core band. The vocals are quite emotional and expansive, the brass and cello give it a somewhat lonely and pensive feel when the percussion stops for a while. Drums eventually come back in hesitantly as the violin plays and brings in more vocals. Just before 7 minutes, things become very epic and symphonic as layers of instruments turn this into an orchestral style, becoming very dynamic and then slipping into a suddenly progressive beat and crazy synths and guitars build this into quite a production. Tempos, meters and styles change, and then back off a bit as more vocals come in. By the closing section, things have reached another apex as emotional vocals and instrumental passages build to a climax and then cool off with a piano- led ending. " TC-PA



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New England Events

  • 2019-07-25
    SkolHamm Asylum (Alex Skolnick, Stu Hamm) at Jewel Music Venue - Manchester, NH at 09:00 PM
    Up to $55

  • 2019-07-28
    Brit Floyd - 40 years of the Wall plus Dark Side of the Moon and more at South Shore Music Circus - Cohasset, MA at 08:00 PM
    $42.75 - $67.75

  • 2019-07-31
    Brit Floyd - 40 years of the Wall plus Dark Side of the Moon and more at Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH at 08:00 PM
    $27 - $67

  • 2019-08-02
    The Aristrocrats - You Know What ...? Tour at The Middle East - Cambridge, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests Travis Larson Band
    $25

  • 2019-08-03
    THE FLAMING LIPS and THE CLAYPOOL LENNON DELIRIUM at The Palladium - Worcester, MA at 5:00 PM
    $45 - $50

  • 2019-08-08
    Adrian Belew at City Winery - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $25 - $35

  • 2019-08-15
    Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx at Levitt Pavilion - Westport, CT at 08:00 PM
    $50 - $165

  • 2019-08-16
    Dennis DeYoung - The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour at Zeiterion Performing Arts Center - New Bedford, MA at 08:00 PM
    $39 - $59

  • 2019-08-23
    The Who's "Tommy" - The 50th Anniversary Concert at Narrows Center for the Arts - Fall River, MA at 08:00 PM
    $27 adv, $30 day of show

  • 2019-08-29
    Umphrey’s McGee at Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH at 08:00 PM
    $30.50 adv, $35.50 day of show

  • 2019-09-05
    Dweezil Zappa "Hot Rats & Other Stuff" at Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH at 08:00 PM
    $24 - $59

  • 2019-09-06
    Dweezil Zappa "Hot Rats & Other Stuff" at Stateside Amphitheater - Jay Peak, VT at 08:00 PM
    $30

  • 2019-09-10
    Dweezil Zappa "Hot Rats & Other Stuff" at Infinity Music Hall - Hartford, CT at 08:00 PM
    $39 - $79

  • 2019-09-11
    Ian Anderson Presents : JETHRO TULL 50th Anniversary Tour at Chevalier Theatre - Medford, MA at 08:00 PM
    $79 - $165

  • 2019-09-11
    Dweezil Zappa "Hot Rats & Other Stuff" at The Warehouse - Fairfield, CT at 08:00 PM
    $68

  • 2019-09-13
    Kamelot - The Shadow Tour at The Palladium - Worcester, MA at 07:00 PM
    With Special Guests Sonata Arctica
    $17.00 - $100.00

  • Featured Show

    7/25 - Jewel Music, Manchester NH



    Alex Skolnick is a true guitar hero. He is best known as the lead guitarist in the multi-million selling thrash metal band Testament. He also leads a jazz group, the Alex Skolnick Trio, and recorded an album of world music. According to a Guitar World magazine readers' poll, he is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time and one of the fastest guitarists in the world.

    Stu Hamm is a legendary bass guitarist, known for his session and live work with numerous artists, such as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Frank Gambale, Tony McAlpine, Richie Kotzen, as well as for his unconventional playing style and solo recordings. Since 1991 he collaborates with Alex Skolnick in numerous projects.

    Joel Taylor is one of the busiest session drummers in the USA, he recorded and toured the world with greats such as Brian Bromberg, Andy Summers, Al Di Meola, Frank Gambale, Allan Holdsworth, Banned From Utopia, Yanni, Bobby Kimball, Josh Groban, Michael Buble’, Stanley Clarke, David Foster, Jeff Lorber and many others.


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