America's Prog Rock Band Rocket Scientists with Special Guest Lana Lane Plan Coast-to-Coast Concerts in June
Acclaimed American progressive rock legends Rocket Scientists with special guest symphonic rock diva Lana Lane have scheduled two concerts at opposite ends of the country with their first show at the 2nd Annual Bay Area Rock Fest on Friday, June 27th, 2008. The two-day festival will be held at The Independent, 628 Divisadero Street in San Francisco, CA. Tickets are available at www.tickets.com. For more information about the festival, please visit www.bayarearockfest.com.
Rocket Scientists' second concert, also with special guest Lana Lane, will be at the 1st Annual Power of Prog Festival in Clinton, NY on Sunday, June 29th. The three day fest kicks off on Friday, June 27th and runs through Sunday, June 29th with Rocket Scientists in concert at 7PM. The event will be held at the Kirkland Arts Center, 9-1/2 East Park Row in Clinton. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.myspace.com/powerofprog.
Rocket Scientists' core members Erik Norlander, Mark McCrite and Don Schiff will appear in concert along with select guest musicians including symphonic rock diva Lana Lane and guitarist Jim Williams. This concert follows on the heels of three very successful shows in Mexico, Cleveland, and the UK; and the recent release of Rocket Scientists' ambitious 5-disc multimedia box set Looking Backward through Think Tank Media and ProgRock Records.
Rocket Scientists was formed in the late 1980s by keyboardist Erik Norlander and vocalist / guitarist Mark McCrite. The two released their first CD, Earthbound, in 1993 joined by then-session bassist Don Schiff. Schiff quickly became a part of the band for their second release in 1995, Brutal Architecture, and the three toured in the US and Europe in 1997 culminating in the live CD, Earth Below And Sky Above: Live In Europe And America. In 1999, Rocket Scientists released Oblivion Days, raising the bar on already high expectations.
At the turn of the century, Norlander, Schiff and McCrite all worked on solo projects in addition to backing symphonic rock vocal icon Lana Lane on several tours around the world. After an eight year hiatus, Rocket Scientists released its fourth studio album Revolution Road in 2006 to high accolades from the press and fans worldwide.
In January, 2008, Rocket Scientists released their first box set entitled Looking Backward, a 5-disc collection containing remastered versions of their first three studio albums, Earthbound, Brutal Architecture and Oblivion Days, along with a 4th audio CD of new recordings of classic Rocket Scientists songs reinterpreted by the band in 2007. The 5th disc is a DVD-9 containing video of the 2007 sessions along with extensive interviews and historical archive footage from sessions going back to 1993. The band has posted videos from Looking Backward on YouTube at www.youtube.com/rocketscientists.
[Source: Serge Ent]