News from Think Tank Media
The official newsletter of Erik Norlander, Lana Lane and Rocket Scientists
Welcome to THE PASSING PARADE
Issue #3: May 24, 2007
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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 third issue of our newsletter, The Passing Parade. This issue falls on the completion of our Rocket Scientists and Lana Lane 2007 Tour that began in Rotherham, UK and ended at RoSFest in Pennsylvania. I really had a fantastic time touring with Rocket Scientists again. Over the last several years I have been playing in Europe, Japan, the USA and basically all over the world with Lana Lane and my solo project, but to take Rocket Scientists out on the road again after so much time has gone by was really a special event. Rocket Scientists has played some one-off shows occasionally, but this was the first real 'Rocket Scientists Tour' in 10 years! The Rotherham UK show was particularly memorable as that was where Rocket Scientists played our first ever concert way back in 1997. So we had a little anniversary celebration there. For the musicians themselves, I have known Mark McCrite and Don Schiff for over 20 years now, and it's so easy to play with them. Guitarist Peer Verschuren and drummer Ernst Van Ee completed the picture as our Dutch "secret weapon", and after touring with these guys for so many years with Lana and with my solo project, it was simply a natural evolution to bring them into the Rocket Scientists universe. And of course Lana made the shows extra special with her guest appearance on the last songs of the Rocket Scientists set. I hope this will be a new beginning of more great RS concert tours for the future. During the European concerts, we did a second set after Rocket Scientists where Lana performed her Lady Macbeth album in its entirety. This was kind of a logical thing for us to do since we had almost the full lineup of the studio recording there on tour: Peer, Ernst and Mark were there with us, and we even had Kristoffer Gildenlöw join us for two gigs at the end. And by now you are probably asking, wouldn't this be great to put on DVD? Well, YES, I completely agree with that, and we plan to have something released by the end of the year. The next planned release, however, is the Rocket Scientists box set which is described more in detail below. I'm waist deep in the box set project as I write this message, and I can report that it is really something special -- the new recordings in particular are absolutely incredible, and the video from the sessions looks great. 2007 began as a very exciting year for all of us in the Think Tank Media family, and the rest of year promises to be even more exciting. Stay tuned!
El Dorado Hills, California, March 2007
ROCKET SCIENTISTS NEWS
The RoSFest show exceeded all expectations. The crowd was extremely receptive to Rocket Scientists and gave the band several standing ovations. Erik interacted with the crowd and led the show well. Don's N/S Stick work was amazing and, of course, Mark did a great job with the vox and guitar work. Guest appearance highlights were Lana's vocals along with the antics of dynamo guitarist Peer Verschuren and his showmanship. And we can't forget Ernst's theatrics with his twirling drumsticks. One of the best Rocket Scientists shows on record! Check out the Rocket Scientists RoSFest photo gallery at http://www.thetank.com/photo-rosfest-07.htm It's a great compilation of photos taken by many photographers at the show.
Erik, Mark and Don are currently putting the finishing touches on their forthcoming Rocket Scientists box set release which will include remastered versions of the band's first three albums along with a fourth CD of new 2007 recordings made at the same Los Angeles - area studio where the early RS albums were created. Producer Erik Norlander brought in a video crew to document the new 2007 sessions, and the musicians all sat down for a lengthy interview in front of the cameras as well. This video footage will encompass the fifth disc, a DVD, that will complete the box set. Percussionist Greg Ellis completed the RS lineup for the 2007 sessions. You'll know Greg from his work on Erik's Threshold, Into the Sunset and Seas of Orion albums along with Don's Peering Over Clouds album. Greg also played on the Rocket Scientists - Oblivion Days album in 1999, so he was a natural choice for the 2007 sessions. According to Erik, the band had a lot of fun during the sessions, and the energy level was very high. So this project promises to be a worthy follow up to the incredible Revolution Road CD which was voted as "The Best CD of 2006" by the readers of Sea of Tranquility.
Rocket Scientists received some wonderfully supportive coverage for their Rotherham show in the May/June issue of the Classic Rock Society magazine. The band also continues to receive airplay at Epic Prog with The Lurker and was recently reviewed at http://www.mariosmetalmania.com as was their Belgium show. (Thanks, Hans!)
Check out the Rocket Scientists interview conducted by Jill Hughes at USA Progressive Music here - http://usaprogmusic.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=49&Itemid=45
In the works - an interview with Rocket Scientists soon to appear in Progression Magazine. Joe Stephenson at The Pit/WYBF in Radnor, PA also interviewed Rocket Scientists and took photos at RoSFest. We will let you know more as this develops.
Rocket Scientists has a MySpace page 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.
LANA LANE NEWS
Lana performed her Lady Macbeth album in its entirety on the European dates of her tour with Rocket Scientists this spring. She closed the set with her cover of "White Rabbit" from the Gemini album along with her standard, "Secrets of Astrology". The set went over fabulously, and a DVD of the Lady Macbeth performance is planned for the near future.
DJ Bob Decker Jr. recently completed a three part interview featuring Lana Lane on WRKC. If you are interested in hearing all three parts, you can request them from SergeEnt@aol.com. Also watch for postings of this interview at Bob's myspace archives - http://www.myspace.com/bobsmetalshow
Gemini is also receiving airplay in Holland by Henk Kikkert at Spectrum and was also reviewed at http://www.mariosmetalmania.com. Lana's Pink Moon Suite received airplay on Floydscape March 13 and on Afterglow Soundscapes on WMUH on April 12.
For mp3 samples of all the Gemini songs, visit http://www.thetank.com/llgem.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
We are in the process of scheduling an interactive interview for Erik on the radio show Audities of Perelandra (Silent Planet Radio) which reports to New Music Weekly. This will offer you an opportunity to call in your questions for Erik and his CD Hommage Symphonique will also receive airplay during this show - a full hour of nothing but Erik Norlander. It will also be aired two weeks later so this is great exposure for Erik and his music. The person with the most interesting question wins a handsome package of Erik's merch. Erik and Mark Blair Glunt, the host of the show, will choose the winner. Stay tuned to Erik's yahoo list for more info regarding this interactive interview.
Hommage Symphonique continues to get its share of reviews and airplay - a review at http://www.mariosmetalmania.com and airplay at WRKC.
In the works - interviews featuring Erik Norlander in Mellotron Magazine and Inside Connection!
For mp3 samples of all the Hommage Symphonique songs, visit http://www.thetank.com/enhs.htm
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.
ON THE WEB
Check out the brand new RoSFest Rocket Scientists photo gallery at http://www.thetank.com/photo-rosfest-07.htm. Special thanks to all of the photographers who contributed their fine work.
Photos from the European concert dates are currently being collected and a photo gallery for them is planned for the very near future.
Updated at the Erik Norlander site! New photos in the photo gallery and new equipment shots.
Below is a list of just some of the places to find Erik Norlander, Lana Lane and Rocket Scientists info on the Internet.
Marcel Haster's authorized fan site: http://www.eschersstaircase.com
Mark McCrite's MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/markmccrite
Don Schiff''s MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/donschiff
Visit the Lana Lane - Gemini press page here - http://www.thetank.com/llgem.htm
Visit the Erik Norlander - Hommage Symphonique press page here - http://www.thetank.com/enhs.htm
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
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
Neverending Wonder Radio
Epic Prog with The Lurker
Audities of Perelandra
Progressive Soundscapes Radio
Point of No Return
High Octane Radio
Canvas Prog Hour
Distant Early Warning (Canada)
Radio Rock Art (Germany)
Radio Jade (Germany)
Radio Powerplant (Germany)
Radio Emsland (Germany)
Radio afk max Nürnberg (Germany)
Symfomania Rockshow (The Netherlands)
Los recuerdos del unicornio (Spain)
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_ErikNorlanderemail@example.com 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 Scientists 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.
OFFICIAL WEB SITE
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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