News from Think Tank Media
The official newsletter of Erik Norlander, Lana Lane and Rocket Scientists
Welcome to THE PASSING PARADE
Issue #5: December 3, 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
Here is the fifth issue our aperiodical newsletter, The Passing Parade. This issue has lots of news from all of our Think Tank Media artists. First, we have begun shipping the new Lana Lane album, Red Planet Boulevard, which has been receiving a lot of well-deserved attention. We have posted two of the songs in their entirety on the Lana Lane MySpace page. Second, the Rocket Scientists - Looking Backward multimedia set is nearing its release date, and we have posted several audio and video tracks from this one. Next, we have committed to some Rocket Scientists tour dates for 2008. And finally, I have accepted the invitation to join Asia featuring John Payne as the band's new keyboardist. I'm very much looking forward to writing, recording and touring with this excellent group of musicians. Please read through all the news and follow the links to the latest audio and video tracks. I hope you'll enjoy what you'll find.
El Dorado Hills, California, December 2007
LANA LANE NEWS
RED PLANET BOULEVARD RELEASED: Lana Lane 's new album Red Planet Boulevard has been released to rave reviews and is available through Think Tank at http://www.thetank.com/llrpb.htm and at Progrock Records. Full length mp3s of the Red Planet Boulevard songs, "The Frozen Sea" and "Capture the Sun", have been added to Lana's Myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/eriknorlanderandlanalane
INTERVIEWS: Lana has completed multiple interviews for Red Planet Boulevard, and they will start appearing later in December. Some of the magazines who have interviewed Lana are Burrn! (Japan), Aardschok (Holland) and Rock Hard (Italy). Lana's interview with Christian Hanelt recently appeared in the RHEINPFALZ Newspaper (Germany) which has a distribution of approximately 250,000!
REVIEW: Check out the awesome early review of Red Planet Boulevard at http://www.ytsejam.com/modules.php?name=Reviews@rop=showoncontent@id=1315
For mp3 samples of all the Red Plant Boulevard songs, visit http://www.thetank.com/llrpb.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.
Photo by Mark Leialoha
ERIK NORLANDER NEWS
ERIK IN ASIA FEATURING JOHN PAYNE:
(from the band's web site, http://www.theasiaband.com)
November 20, 2007
John, Jay and Guthrie are pleased to officially announce that the band lineup has finally been completed with the addition of keyboard wizard par excellence Erik Norlander. Erik's evocative synthesizer technique and style is reminiscent of the legendary Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson and Jon Lord while still creating a very unique musical voice of his own.
Erik has stayed active with his own solo releases and his Rocket Scientists project, and he also produces, performs and writes with his wife, Lana Lane, for her highly regarded solo albums. Vocalist John Payne adds, "We know that the keyboard position is extremely critical to this band and therefore much time was invested to find the right person and all roads lead us to Erik."
The band has commenced recording the much-anticipated album "Architect of Time" to be released in 2008. Red Entertainment is currently booking worldwide tour dates.
INTERVIEW: The November issue of Mellotron (located in Argentina) featured an interview with Erik. You can visit the Mellotron web site at http://www.mellotronweb.com.ar
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.
ROCKET SCIENTISTS NEWS
ROCKET SCIENTISTS BOX SET: The Looking Backward multimedia box set is scheduled for a December 17th release date on the Think Tank Media label and distributed by ProgRock Records. Please visit http://www.thetank.com/rslb.htm. for the official press release, excerpts from Erik's liner notes and the complete track listing. The Think Tank Media main Rocket Scientists page has been updated as well at http://www.thetank.com/rocketscientists.htm.
NEW AUDIO AND VIDEO: More videos have been added to the Rocket Scientists YouTube page at: http://www.youtube.com/rocketscientists. Four complete songs from the Looking Backward set have also been posted to the band's MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/rocketscientists.
ROCKET SCIENTISTS LIVE CONCERT DATES:
- Baja Prog Festival in Mexicali, Mexico on Thursday, March 27th. The show starts at 9PM. The address is Teartro Del Estado on Boulevard Lopez Mateos. Band members will also be attending the opening night part on Tuesday, March 25th. http://www.bajaprog.org
- Rotherham Rocks Festival, May 17, 2007 in Rotherham, UK. http://www.classicrocksociety.net
- Additional USA dates are in progress so stay tuned to the Yahoo Group and web sites for updates.
Don Schiff was well-received and put on a fantastic show at Across the Street on November 3rd in San Diego. Long-time Think Tank Media recording artists fan Mike Alvarez covered the show and wrote a very complimentary article which appeared in the San Diego Troubador. Kudos to Don and Mike!
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.
Photo by Raj Naik
It's time for a trivia contest available to readers of The Passing Parade. Email your answer to the question listed below to SergeEnt@aol.com. All correct answers will be selected through a random drawing and the entry drawn wins a ROCKET SCIENTISTS - LOOKING BACKWARD BOX SET! All entries must be received by December 31st, 2007. One entry per person. The drawing will occur in January, 2008 and announced on the Think Tank Media web site and the Yahoo Discussion Group with shipment to the winner in January.
Please include the following information in your entry.
Your address, city, state, zip, country
Your email address
The answer to the trivia question
The winner will be notified via email in January, 2008.
And now for the trivia question:
Q: What Rocket Scientists song appears twice in the new Looking Backward multimedia set, on both of Erik Norlander's live solo releases and also on the 1998 live Rocket Scientists CD, Earth Below and Sky Above: Live in Europe and America?
Remember to send your entries to SergeEnt@aol.com by December 31st, 2007 to qualify for the grand prize - the Rocket Scientists - Looking Backward box set. The winner will be responsible for paying any customs, taxes or duties charged by their own country. The retail price of the Looking Backward set is US $49.95.
Saturday, December 15th, 2008: "Nude's Holiday Extravaganza on Ice" featuring not only Nude, but some of the best Think Tank Media characters we know ... chat begins at 3:00 PM EST (12:00 PM PST, 21:00 CET). Register at http://www.inquisitorbetrayer.com/phpmychat. More info at the Lana Lane, Erik Norlander and Rocket Scientists Yahoo Discussion Group.
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.
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
The Asia featuring John Payne MySpace page is located at http://www.myspace.com/asiafeaturingjohnpayne
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
The Soupy Gato Show
Distant Early Warning (Canada)
Radio Rock Art (Germany)
Radio Jade (Germany)
Radio Powerplant (Germany)
Radio Emsland (Germany)
Radio afk max Nürnberg (Germany)
Radio Basile (Italy)
Symfomania Rockshow (The Netherlands)
Symfozone (The Netherlands)
Spectrum (The Netherlands)
Los recuerdos del unicornio (Spain)
Overloaded 89.9 FM (UK)
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 Lana's Red Planet Boulevard CD, Gemini CD and 10th Anniversary Concert DVD, Erik Norlander's Hommage Symphonique CD and Live in St. Petersburg DVD, the Rocket Scientists Revolution Road CD and all of their available back catalog at http://www.thetank.com. Select titles are also 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:
Lana Lane - Red Planet Boulevard http://www.mindawn.com/albums/3856
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
Rocket Scientists - Revolution Road: http://www.mindawn.com/albums/2082
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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