News from Think Tank Media
The official newsletter of Erik Norlander, Lana Lane and Rocket Scientists
Welcome to THE PASSING PARADE
Issue #7: April 29, 2008
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A NOTE FROM ERIK
Welcome to our Spring 2008 issue of The Passing Parade, our aperiodical newsletter telling you about all the activities of our Think Tank Media artists. This is a particularly busy time for me as -- while in the midst of several Rocket Scientists concert dates -- I just have been invited to join GPS as their keyboardist for their appearance at the 2008 Rites of Spring Festival (aka ROSFest) in Pennsylvania. I have of course already been working with the members of GPS on the new "Asia featuring John Payne" album, so they are a familiar bunch. But I did have to learn quite a few songs from the GPS "Window to the Soul" album in a pretty big hurry. There was apparently a logistical problem with getting the regular GPS keyboardist, the excellent Ryo Okumoto, over to the USA from Japan for this festival, so the guys asked me to fill in. I had a wonderful time last year at ROSFest with Rocket Scientists, and I have certainly been enjoying working with "Asia featuring John Payne", so it was an easy decision for me to accept the invitation. Now I just hope I'll be able to start the right songs with the right band! Two weeks after ROSFest, we'll be in the UK with Rocket Scientists for the Rotherham Rocks 2008 Festival. Mark, Don and I are all looking forward to this show as the Rotherham Rocks 1997 Festival was the first ever gig for Rocket Scientists! We've played in Rotherham several times since then, of course, but this will be our first festival appearance there since that first tour back in 1997. And speaking of Rocket Scientists concerts, we just finished up some great ones. Our appearance at Baja Prog XII was a lot of fun, and we really enjoyed meeting so many friends and fans down there. The Baja Prog staff was really great, and we were treated extremely well. Then two days later we found ourselves several thousand miles away in Cleveland, Ohio, for a concert at The Winchester, a cool music theater in the Lakewood suburb. Our friend Dena Henry did a wonderful job of putting on the Cleveland concert, our publicist extraordinaire, Sandy Serge, worked overtime with her team promoting it (and Baja Prog, too, of course!), and we were treated to a special appearance by Michelle Moog - Koussa, daughter of synthesizer icon, Bob Moog, who gave the audience a great overview of The Bob Moog Foundation (of which Michelle is the Executive Director) and then introduced the band. We thank both Michelle and Dena for their great support in Cleveland. We've added some new Rocket Scientists dates as well. In June we will be playing at The Power of Prog Festival along with one west coast date currently in the works, and then in August the band will play in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at The Three Rivers Prog Festival, and then there are some other events in the North Coast / Northeast area in the pipeline for this month as well. And finally, I am pleased to announce that the lovely Lana Lane will be joining Rocket Scientists as our special guest vocalist for all of the scheduled concert dates this year. If you don't have your copy of the Lana Lane - Red Planet Boulevard CD or the Rocket Scientists - Looking Backward box set, please stop by the Think Tank Media web shop, ProgRock Records or your favorite retailer and get caught up with us! There's some excellent music there just waiting for you.
El Dorado Hills, California, April 2008
ROCKET SCIENTISTS NEWS
CONCERTS: Rocket Scientists have several concerts coming up this summer.
Confirmed dates are:
May 17, 2008
Rotherham Rocks Festival Rotherham, England,
June 27, 2008 Bay Area Rock Fest San Francisco, CA
June 29, 2008 Power of Prog Festival Clinton, NY
August 24, 2008 3 Rivers Prog Fest Pittsburgh, PA
Mark McCrite - vocals, guitars
Erik Norlander - keyboards
Don Schiff - N/S Stick, bass
Jim Williams - guitars
Chris Quirarte - drums
Special Guest: Lana Lane - vocals
Don Schiff appears live with Rocket Scientists with the gracious support of Stick Enterprises.
ABOUT STICK ENTERPRISES: This California Stick manufacturing and marketing corporation was founded by musician/inventor Emmett Chapman, creator of the legendary Chapman Stick as well as the more recent NS/Stick, a design collaboration between Emmett and Ned Steinberger. Emmett discovered and created the unique "Stick" two-handed tapping method on his 9-string guitar in 1969. It was a totally new way of playing on strings - fingers of both hands aligned parallel to the frets and to each other, each hand approaching the fretboard from opposite sides. This technique has now been in use for nearly 40 years by Stick players and also by those tapping guitarists and bassists who align both hands at right angles to the neck and strings. Don became one of Emmett's first students in 1975 and quickly rose to band performance level on Stick from a professional bass player's perspective. The student then began to inspire the teacher to new heights as Don applied his funky left-hand bass rhythm concepts to Emmett's powerful tapping technique. More information at http://www.stick.com
More concerts TBA.
"LOOKING BACKWARD" REVIEWS: The Looking Backward box set has received many favorable reviews. We have posted condensed versions for your viewing pleasure at http://www.thetank.com/rslb.htm.
ROCKET SCIENTISTS BOX SET: The Looking Backward multimedia box set is available 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.
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/rocketscientistsband.
ROCKET SCIENTISTS BANNER AVAILABLE
Check out the banner posted on the Think Tank Media site and the MySpace profile. If you would like your own copy of the banner, please email SergeEnt@aol.com for the html code.
MYSPACE: Rocket Scientists have 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.
ERIK NORLANDER NEWS
"NEUROSAUR" IN MTV SHOW: Models walked the runway to keyboard virtuoso Erik Norlander's song "Neurosaur" in the new Bad Boy Films MTV show "If I Were King" which premiered April 9th. The documentary celebrates the 10th anniversary of Diddy's Sean John fashion line. It offers a private look at one of the most public figures in entertainment. The premiere episode was rebroadcast on Saturday, April 12 at 2PM ET and is available on the internet at http://www.mtv.cm/overdrive?id-1584710&vid=222761.
ERIK WITH GPS AT ROSFEST 2008: Erik will appear as keyboardist with the band GPS (John Payne, Jay Schellen, Guthrie Govan) at this year's RoSFest on Friday, May 2nd at 7PM at the Keswick Theater in Philadelphia, PA. For more info, please visit http://www.rosfest.com
ERIK WITH ASIA FEATURING JOHN PAYNE: Concerts are currently being scheduled for ASIA featuring John Payne - check back soon for details on summer shows.
INTERVIEWS: Terry Hawke will interview Erik on his radio program on May 10th to support the Rotherham show. Visit http://www.terryhawke.org.uk for times and visit http://www.harboroughfm.co.uk/listen/harborough.m3u to listen. Also, Erik and Lana were recently interviewed by Progulus - http://www.progulus.com
MYSPACE: Be sure to add Erik as a friend on your myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/eriknorlanderandlanalane
LANA LANE NEWS
CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Lana Lane will be a keynote speaker at the first Indiegrrl Conference in beautiful Spencer, VA on August 21st. Indiegrrl supports women in music and some of the proceeds from the conference will go to Indie Music For Life which supports cancer research. For more info, please visit http://www.indiegrrl.com
TOURING WITH ROCKET SCIENTISTS: Lana will tour with the Rocket Scientists at all scheduled concerts as a special guest vocalist. Rocket Scientists performed "The Frozen Sea" from Red Planet Boulevard with Lana at The Winchester show in Lakewood, OH last month.
RADIO: Lana's song "Shine" was added to NEW!, which exposes her song to more than 10 million people per month on nearly 500 radio station web sites across the country.
CLASSIC ROCK SOCIETY FEATURE: Lana was featured in the Feb/Mar 2008 issue of Classic Rock Society magazine where she was interviewed by Bernard Law. http://www.classicrocksociety.net
RED PLANET BOULEVARD: Lana Lane's new album Red Planet Boulevard is shipping through Think Tank Media and Progrock Records. The album is still receiving 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.
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 Rocket Scientists - Looking Backward press page here - http://www.thetank.com/rslb.htm
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.
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_ErikNorlanderfirstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
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.
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.
All photos in this issue by Neal Hamilton, Cleveland, OH, http://www.nealhamilton.com
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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