Acclaimed Los Angeles, CA based guitarist Jeff Kollman (COSMOSQUAD, CHAD SMITH'S BOMBASTIC MEATBATS, ASIA feat. JOHN PAYNE, GLENN HUGHES) will be joining the ALAN PARSONS LIVE PROJECT on their upcoming tour of Germany. Kicking off May 12 at the Kongresshalle in Oldenburg, the 13-city "I Robot & Greatest Hits" tour is a 40th anniversary live celebration of ALAN PARSONS' 1977 classic sophomore release, "I Robot".
"Funny what life throws your way sometimes. The offer to join the ALAN PARSONS LIFE PROJECT for this tour came totally out of the blue - only a week ago I had no idea I'd be doing this", states Kollman. "Alan invited me over to Capitol Studios in Hollywood for a chat and to listen to some music and that was that. Coincidentally, I'd recorded a couple of Parsons tracks with ASIA when we did "Sirius" / "Eye In The Sky" for the "Recollections (A Tribute To British Prog)" covers album a couple of years ago so it's a trip to now perform these songs live with the man who actually co-wrote them! I'm really looking forward to these shows and getting back over to Germany. It's been a while since I last played there with my trio JKB and before that with MSG on the G3 tour. I'm taking off today for rehearsals in Germany before we hit the stage for the first time on Friday. Cramming songs on the plane over there.... what else is new?!"
The "I Robot & Greatest Hits" itinerary reads as follows:
May 12 - Kongresshalle (Weser-Ems-Hallen), Oldenburg
May 13 - Columbiahalle, Berlin
May 14 - Haus Auensee, Leipzig
May 16 - Alte Oper, Frankfurt
May 17 - Liederhalle, Stuttgart
May 18 - Konzerthaus, Freiburg
May 19 - Konzert & Kongresszentrum Harmonie, Heilbronn
May 21 - Congress Centrum, Ulm
May 23 - Meistersingerhalle, Nürnberg
May 25 - Circus Krone, München
May 26 - Mitsubishi Electric Halle, Düsseldorf
May 27 - Stadtpark Open Air, Hamburg
May 28 - Gilde Parkbühne, Hannover
Kollman's most recent release is 2017's critically acclaimed "The Morbid Tango", the first new album in a decade with his long running progressive rock trio, COSMOSQUAD, which has been lauded by former Los Angeles Times music critic Greg Burk as "one of the best fusion albums ever". COSMOSQUAD, featuring Kollman, Canadian drummer Shane Gaalaas (B'z, DIESEL MACHINE, MSG), and bassist Kevin Chown (TARJA, CHAD SMITH'S BOMBASTIC MEATBATS, DER ELEFANT), are tentatively scheduled to tour Japan in August.
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