THE PASSING PARADE

News from Think Tank Media
The official newsletter of Erik Norlander, Lana Lane and Rocket Scientists


Welcome to THE PASSING PARADE
Issue #6: January 18, 2008

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. :-)

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 A NOTE FROM ERIK

Welcome to the sixth issue our aperiodical newsletter, The Passing Parade. This issue celebrates the release of the long awaited Rocket Scientists 5-disc multimedia box set, Looking Backward, which is now shipping to RS fans around the world. We have also announced some more Rocket Scientists tour dates for 2008, and in further RS news, we have now heard our first cover version from the excellent Japanese opera company Takarazuka who performed "Revolution Road" in their fall 2007 production of "Adieu Marceille / Love Symphony"and plan to use it the song again in future shows. We are also delighted at the reception of the Lana Lane - Red Planet Boulevard album which continues to ship out of warehouse in big quantities. All of the Lana Lane studio albums have their own specialness, their own unique sound and qualities, and Red Planet Boulevard is no exception. I am so proud of the power trio that performed the instrumental tracks on this album, and of course Lana's vocals are simply spectacular. Thanks to all of the radio stations for continuing to spin tracks from this album -- we appreciate it!

Best wishes, 
Erik Norlander
Anaheim, California, January 2008

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Rocket Scientists - Looking Backward


ROCKET SCIENTISTS NEWS

• ROCKET SCIENTISTS BOX SET: The Looking Backward multimedia box set is available now for shipping so if you haven't ordered your box set yet, you can do so at the Think Tank Media site and at the ProgRock Records site.

We have heard some early reports of some Looking Backward sets arriving with broken cases. If you have received a Looking Backward set from ANY dealer and it is damaged in some way, Think Tank Media wants to make sure you get a replacement, and we will provide it directly. Please email us at thethinker (at) thetank (dot) com with your mailing address if you have experienced any problems. 


• ROCKET SCIENTISTS SONG INCLUDED IN JAPAN OPERA COMPANY PRODUCTION

The acclaimed all-female Japanese theater company Takarazuka has used the Rocket Scientists song "Revolution Road" in its fall production of "Adieu Marceille/Love Symphony" which ran in Tokyo from September 21 to October 29, 2007. "Revolution Road" was used in the production alongside compositions by John Coltrane, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer, and Cole Porter. A live CD of the production was release on December 20, 2007.

"Revolution Road" songwriter Erik Norlander comments, "It was a real thrill to hear my music played in this context with such a lavish orchestral arrangement. I particularly enjoyed the dramatic horn parts which reminded me of the famous John Barry James Bond scores. Also, to be included in a production next to such legendary jazz composers is a tremendous honor for me."

     For more information about Takarazuka, please visit http://kageki.hankyu.co.jp

• 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

     - The Winchester in Lakewood, OH on Saturday, March 29th. Stay tuned to myspace for more information.

     - Rotherham Rocks festival, May 17, 2007 in Rotherham, UK.

     - Additional USA dates are in progress so stay tuned to the yahoo group and web sites for updates.

ROCKET SCIENTISTS & LANA LANE WIN CLASSIC ROCK SOCIETY AWARD

Last week, the Classic Rock Society hosted their annual awards night and the Rocket Scientists & Lana Lane won the Managing Director's Award for their concert in the UK. John Wetton presented the award.

AUDIO & VIDEO: Visit 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.


NEW ROCKET SCIENTISTS BANNER NOW AVAILABLE

Check out the new banner posted on the Think Tank site and the Myspace Profile. If you would like your own copy of the banner, please email SergeEnt@aol.com for the html code.

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.


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Lana Lane - Red Planet Boulevard album cover

 
LANA LANE NEWS

RED PLANET BOULEVARD RELEASED: Lana Lane 's new album Red Planet Boulevard is now shipping through Think Tank Media and Progrock Records. The album has been getting rave reviews around the world and continues the great tradition of excellent, top quality Lana Lane releases. 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


REVIEWS: Condensed versions featuring Red Planet Boulevard reviews are posted at 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.   

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CONTEST

The winner of the Rocket Scientists - Looking Backward box set is COLIN HARRIS!

Congratulations, Colin! Your entry was randomly chosen among all entries received. We will ship Looking Backward to you this month.

The trivia question was:

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?

Answer: Mariner

Thank you to all who participated in the trivia contest. We appreciate your support.

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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.

http://www.thetank.com

http://www.eriknorlander.com

http://www.lanalane.com

http://www.myspace.com/eriknorlanderandlanalane

http://www.myspace.com/rocketscientistsband

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=ThinkTankMediaMusic

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

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REVIEWS

Visit the Lana Lane - Red Planet Boulevard press page here - http://www.thetank.com/llrpb.htm

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. 

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 RADIO

Below is a sampling of the many radio shows and stations worldwide that are spinning Erik's, Lana's and Rocket Scientists' CDs.

INTERNET
Silent Planet Radio
Prog Positivity
Independent Nation
Neverending Wonder Radio
WRPS (WebRadioPugetSound)
Soundscape/Dividing Line
Epic Prog with The Lurker
Audities of Perelandra
Progrockradio
Progressive Soundscapes Radio
Gagliarchives
Point of No Return

TERRESTRIAL
Afterglow
High Octane Radio
Canvas Prog Hour
The Soupy Gato Show
The Trip/WRFL
Prog-Rock Diner
Aural Moon
Floydscape
Netteradio
WRKC
WRAS
KEIF
Distant Early Warning (Canada)
ProgDog (Canada)
ProgDependent (Germany)
PROTON (Germany)
Radio Rock Art (Germany)
Radio Jade (Germany)
Radio Powerplant (Germany)
Radio Emsland (Germany)
Radio afk max Nürnberg (Germany)
Radio Basile (Italy)
MasMusicFM (Mexico)
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. 

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DISCUSSION GROUP

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_ErikNorlander-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and you will start receiving the group posts at the address you emailed from.

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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 Looking Backward box set 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.

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 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 - Looking Backward: http://www.mindawn.com/albums/3882
Rocket Scientists - Revolution Road: http://www.mindawn.com/albums/2082
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

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.

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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.

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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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