Friday, March 9, 2018


Spock’s Beard have announced that their 13th studio album, Noise Floor will be released on May 25.

The lineup of Ted Leonard, Alan Morse, Dave Meros and Ryo Okumoto will be joined by drummer and original band member Nick D’Virgilio, who left the band in 2011.

Vocalist and guitarist Ted Leonard, says: “We are always about evolution, not revolution. But what we have done this time is make the songs more melodic.

“We still love our crazy prog, but now appreciate how important it is to grab people's attention early on.”

As for the recording process behind Noise Floor, Leonard says: “We all do this type of thing in our home studios. So, by the time they reach the stage where the entire band get to judge them, they are really developed, and therefore everyone can make a reasoned judgement.”

The album will also feature two violinists, a cello player, a viola player and an English horn, which is said to give Noise Floor a “slightly more evocative and persuasive twist.”

The album will be released on CD, LP, and on digital platforms.

Spock’s Beard Noise Floor tracklist

Disc 1 – Noise Floor

To Breathe Another Day
What Becomes of Me
Somebody’s Home
Have We All Gone Crazy Yet
So This Is Life
One So Wise
Box of Spiders

Disc 2 – Cutting Room Floor

Days We’ll Remember
Armageddon Nervous

Friday, March 2, 2018


Todd Rundgren is getting the band back together!

Specifically his ’70s progressive rock group Utopia, for a spring tour. 

The band started as a larger ensemble and ended up as a four piece from 1977 through 1985, and the four piece incarnation achieved the greatest exposure, including their sole top 40 hit, “Set Me Free.”

Fans have been asking for a reunion since the band’s last tour in 1985, but save for a few shows in Japan in 1992, the fans have had to wait.

The wait is over!

The lineup this time features bassist Kasim Sulton, drummer Willie Wilcox and keyboardist Ralph Shuckett.

Friday Music is reissuing the band's material in a box set complete with bonus tracks-available in the Friday Music store. 

4/18 – Jim Thorpe, PA, Penn’s Peak
4/20 – Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center
4/22 – Houston, TX, House of Blues
4/23 – Dallas, TX, Majestic Theater
4/25 – Broward, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
4/27 – St. Petersburg, FL, Mahaffey Theater
4/28 – Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle
4/29 – Durham, NC, Carolina Theater
5/1 – Huntington, NY, Paramount Theater
5/2 – Washington, DC, Warner Theater
5/3 – New York, NY, Town Hall
5/5 – Philadelphia, PA, Tower Theater
5/6 – Boston, MA, Orpheum Theater
5/7 – Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield Theater
5/9 – St. Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House
5/10 – Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theater
5/12 – Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
5/13 – Minneapolis, MN, State Theater
5/15 – Grand Rapids, MI, 20 Monroe Live
5/15 – Toronto, ON, Massey Hall
5/17 – Detroit, MI, The Fillmore
5/19 – Cleveland, OH, Hard Rock Live
5/22 – Chicago, IL, Chicago Theater
5/24 – Denver, CO, Paramount Theater
5/26 – Las Vegas, NV, The Joint at Hard Rock
5/27 – Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theater
5/29 – Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
5/30 – San Francisco, CA, the Masonic
6/1 – Seattle, WA, Moore Theater
6/2 – Portland, OR, Revolution Theater
6/4 – Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre
6/5 – Riverside, CA, Fox Performing Arts Center