News from Think Tank Media
The official newsletter of Erik Norlander, Lana Lane and Rocket Scientists
Welcome to THE PASSING PARADE
Issue #1: January 15, 2007
Caps are for emphasis only.
No table of contents which means you have to read the entire issue to find out everything that's happening. :-)
A NOTE FROM ERIK
Welcome to the first issue of our newsletter. The Passing Parade is an idea we've had brewing for quite some time, and we hope you will find this newsletter to be both interesting and informative. 2007 is a new year, and what better time to start a new tradition. Our plan is to publish a new issue not on a monthly basis, nor on any schedule for that matter, but rather whenever we have something interesting to talk about. We wrapped up 2006 with three great new releases, the Lana Lane - Gemini album, my own Erik Norlander - Hommage Symphonique, and of course the very long awaited new Rocket Scientists 2CD studio album, Revolution Road. All three of the albums have been warmly received not only in the USA but around the world, and on behalf of all the musicians involved, I would like to thank you all for your wonderful support. We have some news about interviews, reviews and airplay down below along with some general goings on about each of the projects. Last year we launched our MySpace pages, and now this year we're introducing our YouTube channel with videos from our DVDs and Enhanced CDs. As 2007 begins, we are looking forward to some exciting plans for the New Year including some live concert dates and new releases on the Think Tank Media label in conjunction with our new distribution partner, ProgRock Records. Rocket Scientists will perform on the American east coast for the first time at this year's ROSfest weekend in Pennsylvania on April 28. More live dates are in the works and will be announced SOON. Lastly, I am happy to announce Think Tank Media's new digs in El Dorado County in Northern California. Located about halfway between the state capitol of Sacramento and the resort city of Lake Tahoe, we are finding our new surroundings to be both creative and invigorating. After many years in the Los Angeles area, we were ready for a move ... north! We expect lots of great music to come out of this part of the state and are looking forward to uncovering what the future holds. In the meantime, please have a look through this newsletter -- I hope you'll like what you find!
El Dorado Hills, California, January 2007
LANA LANE NEWS
Gemini is Lana's new album of classic rock covers featuring an all-star band of Erik Norlander (k), George Lynch (g), Tony Franklin (b) and Vinny Appice (d). Gemini has been shipping advance release copies and is available for sale at both thetank.com and progrockrecords.com! The official US release date is January 30, 2007 when it will be available in major national chains. Like Erik's Hommage Symphonique CD, airplay is already happening at several internet and terrestrial radio stations and many excellent reviews have already appeared. Some notable reviews are located at Sea of Tranquility, Progressiveworld, Ytsejam and Metal Exiles Gemini has been receiving considerable accolades and airplay. Early popular consensus is the faves are White Rabbit and Pink Moon Suite. Everyone seems to be loving Lana's vocals as they interact with Kelly Keeling's on "Time". The vocal blend of Lana, Kelly Keeling and Rocket Scientist Mark McCrite was first made famous on Lana's Lady Macbeth album, and the tradition continues on Gemini. Check out the beautiful choral passages on not only "Time", but also the Moody Blues songs, "You Can Never Go Home" and "Nights in White Satin" as well as the Jefferson Airplane classic, "Wooden Ships".
For mp3 samples of all the Gemini songs, visit http://www.thetank.com/llgem.htm
The Lana Lane 10th Anniversary Concert DVD continues to receive praise worldwide. The DVD is now being distributed nationally in the US through ProgRock Records, and you can watch some videos from this and other Lana Lane concerts on the new Think Tank Media Music YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ThinkTankMediaMusic
Live concert dates for Lana Lane are in the works for 2007 along with Rocket Scientists and Erik Norlander. The first date to announce is Lana's return to The Classic Rock Society in Rotherham, UK on April 7. For more details, please visit the Think Tank Media Tour Dates page at http://www.thetank.com/tourdates.htm.
Be sure to add Lana Lane as a friend on her MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/eriknorlanderandlanalane and check out the songs posted there.
ERIK NORLANDER NEWS
Hommage Symphonique is Erik's new album of progressive rock covers all produced in a symphonic style. Hommage Symphonique has been shipping advance release copies and is available for sale at both thetank.com and progrockrecords.com! The official US release date is January 30, 2007 when it will be available in major national chains. Airplay is already happening at several internet and terrestrial radio stations and many excellent reviews have already appeared. Some notable reviews are located at Sea of Tranquility, Progressiveworld, Ytsejam and Metal Exiles.
For mp3 samples of all the Hommage Symphonique songs, visit http://www.thetank.com/enhs.htm
Songs from Erik's Live in St. Petersburg DVD along with the live Trantor Station video from ProgWest 2001 are now available to view on the new Think Tank Media Music YouTube channel. http://www.youtube.com/user/ThinkTankMediaMusic
Check out the new condensed reviews section at the Think Tank Media site - http://www.thetank.com. We have culled the cream of the crop quotes from the reviews of the Live in St. Petersburg DVD for your viewing pleasure at http://www.thetank.com/ensp.htm. We will be updating the older albums with condensed reviews as well over the coming months.
We are working on some overseas shows - perhaps combined with some Rocket Scientists appearances - to support Erik's Live In St. Petersburg DVD and Hommage Symphonique CD. Erik plans to return to Russia soon for more "Erik Norlander and Friends" concerts and hopefully link up to some western European dates as well.
Be sure to add Erik Norlander and Lana Lane as a friend on their MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/eriknorlanderandlanalane and check out the songs posted there. We have a banner we'd be happy to send to you for your own MySpace page if you would like to help support the Live In St. Petersburg DVD release - just send your request to SergeEnt@aol.com and we will send it to you.
ROCKET SCIENTISTS NEWS
Revolution Road is the new epic 2CD studio album from these art rock masters. After many years of waiting since their previous release, Oblivion Days, Revolution Road burned through its first pressing with only advance sales requiring an unexpected new pressing before the official release date of November 7, 2006 even hit. The album continues to garner praise from fans and critics alike. The band would thank you for making them feel so welcome in their return to the music scene. You can hear samples of all the songs on Revolution Road at http://www.thetank.com/rsrr.htm
Like Erik's Live in St. Petersburg DVD, check out the new condensed reviews for Revolution Road on the same page, http://www.thetank.com/rsrr.htm
The re-issue of the Rocket Scientists back catalog has been talked about for many years, but now that Revolution Road has hit the streets, Think Tank Media has accelerated plans for the back catalog release prior to the band's appearance at ROSfest in April. So all of you who have been scouring eBay and the various prog rock catalogs for a rare copy of Earthbound or the follow ups, Brutal Architecture and Oblivion Days, will soon be able to get these titles through Think Tank Media, ProgRock Records and all the major chains.
Rocket Scientists will perform at the Rites of Spring Festival, aka ROSfest, on April 28, 2006. This will be the band's first appearance on the American east coast, and they will also attend the meet and greet on Saturday night at the festival. So please come by and say hello. Prior to that, Rocket Scientists will mark their 10th anniversary of their first live concert in Rotherham, England when they again play for The Classic Rock Society in the UK on April 7, 2006. For more details. please visit the Think Tank Media Tour Dates page at http://www.thetank.com/tourdates.htm. Additional dates are in the works for both the US and Europe.
Check out the reviews for Rocket Scientists - Revolution Road at YtseJam, Sea of Tranquility (still holding #1 as the Best Release of 2006) and ProgressiveWorld (now the Number 2 most popular review).
Rocket Scientists have a MySpace page as well, located at http://www.myspace.com/rocketscientistsband, so please be sure to add them as a friend and check out the full - length songs posted there. We have a banner we'd be happy to send to you for your own MySpace page if you would like to help support Rocket Scientists - just send your request to SergeEnt@aol.com and we will send it to you.
April 7, 2007 - An Evening with Rocket
Scientists and Lana Lane
Presented by the The Classic Rock Society at The Herringthorpe Leisure Centre
Middle Lane South
S65 2HR England
April 28. 2007 - Rocket Scientists
Rites of Spring Festival
227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460
More to come!
ON THE WEB
Below is a list of just some of the places to find Erik Norlander, Lana Lane and Rocket Scientists info on the Internet.
Visit the Rocket Scientists - Revolution Road press page here - http://www.thetank.com/rsrr.htm
Visit the Erik Norlander - Live in St. Petersburg press page here - http://www.thetank.com/ensp.htm
We are currently gathering press for the new Lana Lane - Gemini and Erik Norlander - Hommage Symphonique titles. Some great early reviews can be found at http://www.seoftranquility.org/reviews.php, http://www.progressiveworld.net/html/modules.php?name=Reviews and http://www.ytsejam.com
Special thanks to the journalists and editors who provide CD coverage for Erik Norlander, Lana Lane and Rocket Scientists
Below is a sampling of the many radio shows and stations worldwide that are spinning Erik's, Lana's and Rocket Scientists' CDs.
Silent Planet Radio
Los recuerdos del unicornio (Spain)
Distant Early Warning (Canada)
Neverending Wonder Radio
Epic Prog with The Lurker
Audities of Perelandra
Progressive Soundscapes Radio
Point of No Return
High Octane Radio
Canvas Prog Hour
Symfomania Rockshow (The Netherlands)
And many more......
Special thanks to all the DJs who provided and continue to provide airplay for the Think Tank Music projects.
The musicians and fans of Lana Lane, Erik Norlander and Rocket Scientists would love for you to join their web discussion group on Yahoo Groups. It is a nice summit of fans, friends and musicians (including Erik Norlander, Mark McCrite, Don Schiff and Lana Lane) from all over the world. The posts cover all things Lana Lane, Erik Norlander and Rocket Scientists, and the messages are posted in English. The musicians participate in the group and posts often. The list is moderated by Mike Alvarez (USA) and Marcel Haster (Europe), creator of the Escher's Staircase fan site. The group is called "Lana Lane and Erik Norlander", but it is also the official Rocket Scientists group as well.
The Yahoo Group is located at http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/LanaLane_ErikNorlander/
To join the group, go to the link above and enter your Yahoo ID (or sign up for one -- it's free). Or you can simply send an email to LanaLane_ErikNorlanderfirstname.lastname@example.org and you will start receiving the group posts at the address you emailed from.
CD / DVD AVAILABILITY
You can order Erik Norlander's Hommage Symphonique CD and Live in St. Petersburg DVD, Lana's Gemini CD and 10th Anniversary Concert DVD, the Rocket Scientists Revolution Road CD and all of their available back catalog at http://www.thetank.com. Also select titles are available at progrockrecords.com and at CDBaby.com. International secure ordering and shipping.
In Europe, Think Tank Media titles are distributed by Bertus (Benelux) and Musea (France) and sold through Empire Music and Just For Kicks Music in Germany along with many other fine companies throughout Europe. Select Lana Lane titles are released on the Frontiers and Diversity Media labels in Italy and Germany respectively.
In Japan, Think Tank Media titles are nationally released by Marquee, Inc. on their Avalon and Belle Antique labels. http://www.marquee.co.jp
All CDs are also available for sale at shows so be sure to support independent music and purchase CDs for yourself and all your friends and family! Music is the gift that keeps on giving.
For our friends in the USA, please ask your local retailers to stock the CDs which are now distributed by ProgRock Records and Ryko Distribution.
WHERE TO DOWNLOAD
Think Tank Media recommends http://www.mindawn.com for your primary digital download source. Many bonus tracks are available on Erik's, Lana's and Rocket Scientists' Mindawn pages:
Erik Norlander on Mindawn: http://www.mindawn.com/artists/ErikNorlander
Lana Lane on Mindawn: http://www. mindawn.com/artists/LanaLane
Rocket Scientistts on Mindawn: http://www.mindawn.com/albums/281
Mark McCrite on Mindawn: http://www.mindawn.com/albums/1926
Here are some recent additions to Mindawn from Erik, Lana and Rocket Scientists:
Rocket Scientists - Revolution Road: http://www.mindawn.com/albums/2082
Lana Lane - Gemini http://www.mindawn.com/albums/2276
Lana Lane - 10th Anniversary Concert: http://www.mindawn.com/albums/1213
Erik Norlander - Hommage Symphonique: http://www.mindawn.com/albums/2274
Erik Norlander - Live in St. Petersburg: http://www.mindawn.com/albums/2460
You can also legally download the songs and albums of Lana, Erik and Rocket Scientists on the Apple iTunes, Yahoo Music, Rhapsody and Music Match services. Please avoid peer-to-peer file sharing services that violate international copyright law.
For all things Erik Norlander, Lana Lane and Rocket Scientists, please check out the Official THINK TANK MEDIA web site at http://www.thetank.com. You will also find info there about other projects released by the Think Tank Media group.
Thanks so much for reading The Passing Parade. We appreciate your continued support. If you have any feedback, please email us at SergeEnt@aol.com. We always enjoy hearing from you. Remember to tell all your friends about the Erik Norlander/Lana Lane/Rocket Scientists newsletter and their music! Please invite them to join this mailing list.
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