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CD/DVD Releases: Saga To Release '20/20' In July

Posted on Sunday, May 20 @ 14:00:00 UTC by nightowl

Finally reunited again with their original singer Michael Sadler, Canadian rockers Saga will release the ultimate AOR/progressive rock album, 20/20, worldwide on July 6.

Since Saga's foundation in 1977, the band has toured the globe various times, won many awards and has sold over eight million albums worldwide. Their musical style is defined by prominent guitar riffs, often in harmony with a synthesizer, and complex keyboard arrangements.

The title 20/20, first of all, refers to the album being the 20th of Saga, but in addition, it's a good luck wish to Jim Gilmour, who had to undergo an eye operation during Saga's latest European tour. 20/20 stands for the perfect eyesight.

The album features ten brand new songs, never missing the distinctive sound of Saga's legendary hits.

20/20 track listing:

01. Six Feet Under
02. Anywhere You Wanna Go
03. Ellery
04. Spin It Again
05. Another Day Out Of Sight
06. One Of These Days
07. Ball And Chain
08. Lost For Words
09. Show And Tell
10. Till The Well Runs Dry

With striking keyboard sounds and Michael Sadler's stunning vocals, the album has all that it takes to become an instant fan favourite as well as a worldwide hit. The opener "Six Feet Under" features a dominant keyboard sound, roaring guitars and a chorus you can't get out of your head. Followed by the catchy, high energy driven "Anywhere You Wanna Go," Saga clarify that their original trademark sound is still going strong. The emotional ballad "Lost For Words" once again demonstrates Sadler's incredible vocal range.

Michael Sadler reflects his return to the band: "One thing that we agreed on was that, if and when I ever were to return, it would have to feel like it was exactly the right thing to do and exactly the right time to do it!"

20/20 will be available on standard CD and special edition, a premium CD+DVD digipak edition. The exclusive DVD follows the studio recordings of 20/20 and gives a great insight behind the scenes of creating and recording a modern classic.

Following the new release will be summer and fall dates in Canada, USA, Europe and South America.

Here are the known tour dates:

07.07.2012 - Night of the Prog Festival - Loreley Amphitheater, Germany
03.08.2012 - Kenora, Ontario Canada -- Harbourfest with April Wine & Tom Cochrane
05.08.2012 - Minnedosa, MB - Canada - Rockin' The Fierlds
09.08.2012 - Montreal, QC, Canada - The Corona with opener Mystery
10.08.2012 - Sorel, PQ, Canada - Le Grand Show
18.08.1012 - Bad Essen - Germany - Open Air
22.08.2012 - Aschaffenburg - Germany - Colossaal
24.08.2012 - Larzac - France - Rock Knights Festival
25.08.2012 - Landgraaf - Netherlands - Pinkpop Classic
05.09.2012 - New York, USA - B.B. Kings
17.10.2012 - Nürnberg - Germany - Hirsch
18.10.2012 - Ebersbach - Germany - Vogtlandhalle
19.10.2012 - Burglengenfeld - Germany - Stadthalle
20.10.2012 - Berlin - Germany - Postbahnhof
21.10.2012 - Darmstadt - Germany - Centralstation
23.10.2012 - Köln - Germany - E WERK
25.10.2012 - Worpswede - Germany - Musichall
26.10.2012 - Trier - Germany - Europahalle
27.10.2012 - Giessen - Germany - Congress Hall
28.10.2012 - Hamburg - Germany - Fabrik
31.10.2012 - Kopenhagen - Denmark - Amager Bio
01.11.2012 - Stockholm - Sweden, tbd
02.11.2012 - Malmö - Sweden, tbd
03.11.2012 - Gothenburg - Sweden, tbd
05.11.2012 - Oslo - Norway - Rockefeller
08.11.2012 - Bochum - Germany, tbd
09.11.2012 - Karlsruhe - Germany - Festhalle Durlach
11.11.2012 - Augsburg - Germany - Spektrum
13.11.2012 - Stuttgart - Germany - Longhorn
15.11.2012 - Ingolstadt - Germany
16.11.2012 - Pratteln - Switzerland - Z 7
17.11.2012 - München - Germany - Muffathalle

In other Saga news, last month the band announced their new drummer, Mike Thorne. In February of this year, the band ran an "open audition" to any one who felt they could be Saga's next drummer. All the prospective drummer had to do was tape themselves playing along two Saga songs (from a provided list) then post it on YouTube. Thorne was announced as the winner in late April. Thorne's first interview can be found here.

[Source: Blabbermouth.net, Saga website]

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