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Formed: 1987
From: London, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Porcupine Tree news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Porcupine Tree Reveals New Album Details

Porcupine Tree has issued the following announcement about their upcoming album:

"Porcupine Tree are happy to announce the forthcoming release of their tenth studio album ‘The Incident’. The record is set to be released via Roadrunner Records worldwide on 21st September, as a double CD.

"The centre-piece is the title track, which takes up the whole of the first disc. The 55-minute work is described as ‘a slightly surreal song cycle about beginnings and endings and the sense that ‘after this, things will never be the same again’.’

"The self-produced album is completed by four standalone compositions that developed out of band writing sessions last December - Flicker, Bonnie The Cat, Black Dahlia, and Remember Me Lover feature on a separate EP length disc to stress their independence from the song cycle.

"Video footage of the band in the studio working on The Incident, as well as audio previews, will be available online soon. The band will tour extensively to promote the album from mid September onwards."

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Porcupine Tree Announces North American Tour Dates

Progressive rockers Porcupine Tree has announced a string of headlining tour dates in North America. Joining them on the bill will be King's X, Bigelf and on select dates, That 1 Guy.

The tour dates are as follows:

September 15 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theater
September 16 - Portland, OR - Roseland
September 18 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
September 19 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
September 21 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
September 22 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
September 24 - Ny, NY - Terminal 5
September 26 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
September 27 - Boston, MA - House Of Blues
September 29 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
September 30 - Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre

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Porcupine Tree Drummer To Perform 50 Minute Solo

U.K. based prog metallers Porcupine Tree has posted the following message online:

"Gavin (Harrison) will be performing a 50 minute solo set at the prestigious Modern Drummer Festival, which takes place on September 20th - 21st in the Concert Hall on the State University of New York at Purchase campus.

"This will be filmed for DVD release next year."

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Steven Wilson Releases Trailer For New Solo Album

In a recent blog post on the band's MySpace page, Porcupine Tree have announced that a trailer for the forthcoming solo album by Steven Wilson, "Insurgentes," is now available to view on YouTube (also see below). The trailer features clips from the documentary of the same name that Lasse Hoile has been filming throughout the making of the album. 'Insurgentes' is due for release in November as a download and special deluxe multidisc mail-order version, with retail release to follow in early 2009. More...

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Porcupine Tree Announces Spanish Tour Dates

UK prog-metal giants PORCUPINE TREE have confirmed their first dates in Spain for over 3 years, as part of their European mini tour in October:

October
10 - Madrid, Sala Heineken
11 - Barcelona, Apolo
12 - Bilbao, Rockstar Live

Tickets available from May 8th at www.ticktackticket.com (phone : 00 34 902 15 00 25). Dates in Portugal are also expected to be confirmed shortly.

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New Porcupine Tree Video, "Normal," Released

Porcupine Tree's new disc, "Nil Recurring," has been given a full retail release, and Peaceville have a micro site dedicated to the album which includes a new video by Lasse Hoile for the song "Normal". The retail edition of the album is identical to the original mail order version except that it comes in a super-jewel case with a card slipcase, instead of the digipack Transmission version. Both this and the "We Lost The Skyline" CD are now shipping from the PT Store.

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Porcupine Tree Announce Australian Shows

PORCUPINE TREE have confirmed their first ever live concerts in Australia in April:

April
25 - Melbourne, Australia - The Metro
26 - Sydney, Australia - The Enmore
27 - Brisbane, Australia - The Tivoli

The Nil Recurring mini album, previously only available through the Porcupine TRee store and at the band's shows, will be given a full release on Peaceville Records on February 18th. The new edition will differ only in that it comes in a crystal case rather than a digipack. The mini-album (29 minutes of music) was written during Porcupine Tree's Fear Of A Blank Planet sessions, completed over the Summer of 2007, and is now presented as a cohesive, self-contained Porcupine Tree work in its own right.

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Roadrunner Records To Release Roadrage 2007 In U.K

Roadrunner Records UK reports:

"If you cast your mind back to last year, you will remember that we released another in the series of Roadrage DVD's, featuring a plethora of choice cuts from the years releases via Play.com.

This coming March (the 3rd day of the month no less!) it will become generally available and you will be able to pick it up in places such as ZAVVI, HMV, The Roadrage Stores and Amazon.co.uk.

Full track listing for this lil beauty is as follows:

01. Stone Sour - 'Made Of Scars'
02. Stone Sour - 'Through Glass'
03. Stone Sour - 'Sillyworld'
04. Killswitch Engage - 'My Curse'
05. Killswitch Engage - 'Arms Of Sorrow'
06. Trivium - 'Anthem (We Are The Fire)'
07. Trivium - 'Entrance Of The Conflagration'
08. Trivium - 'The Rising'
09. Machine Head - 'Aesthetics Of Hate'
10. Dream Theater - 'Constant Motion'
11. Megadeth - 'A Tout Le Monde'
12. Slipknot - 'The Blister Exists' (Live)
13. Porcupine Tree - 'Fear Of A Blank Planet'
14. Still Remains - 'Stay Captive'
15. DevilDriver - 'Not All Who Wander Are Lost'
16. Madina Lake - 'House Of Cards'
17. Madina Lake - 'Here I Stand'
18. Cradle Of Filth - 'Temptation'
19. Shadows Fall - 'Redemption'
20. Sanctity - 'Beneath The Machine'
21. Daath - 'Subterfuge'
22. 3 Inches Of Blood - 'The Goatrider’s Horde'
23. Satyricon - 'The Pentagram Burns'
24. Black Stone Cherry - 'Lonely Train'
25. Black Stone Cherry - 'Hell & High Water'
26. Caliban - 'I Will Never Let You Down'
27. Black Label Society - 'Concrete Jungle'
28. Black Label Society - 'Blood Is Thicker Than Water'
29. Hatebreed - 'Defeatist'
30. Nickelback - 'Savin’ Me'
31. Nickelback - 'If Everyone Cared'
32. Delain - 'Frozen'
33. Delight - 'Divided'
34. Pain - 'Zombie Slam'

Crikey!

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Porcupine Tree Drummer Announces Swiss Clinics

PORCUPINE TREE drummer Gavin Harrison has announced series of drum clinics in Switzerland coming up in early 2008. They are as follows:

January
29 - Musik Shop in St. Gallen - www.musigshopsg.ch - Tel: +41 71 230 2323
30 - Musique Favre in Liestal - www.mufa.ch - Tel: +41 61 921 9990
31 - Musik Produktiv in Niederlenz - www.musik-produktiv.ch - Tel: +41 62 885 1050

February
1 - Boullard Musique in Morges - www.boullard.com - Tel: +41 21 811 2828

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Porcupine Tree Announce UK Dates

Prog-metallers PORCUPINE TREE have announced they will be playing five UK shows before their scheduled dates in Finland. Support will come from ANATHEMA. Dates are as follows:

December
7 - Norwich, UK - University Of East Anglia
8 - Manchester, UK - Academy
9 - Leeds, UK - Metropolitan University
10 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
12 - Glasgow, UK - Academy
15 - Helsinki, Finland - Ice Hall
16 - Tampere, Finland - Pakkahoune

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Porcupine Tree Denounce Japanese Mini Releases

UK prog-metallers PORCUPINE TREE have issued the following message:

"It's come to our attention that some mail order companies are advertising a January release of all the PT albums up to and including Lightbulb Sun, in Japanese paper sleeve editions.

Neither the band, or band's Japanese record company WHD, have any knowledge of these releases, which means these are either bootlegs, or (more likely) these listings are based on disinformation.

Either way, no-one should be handing over money to pre-order these items until official Japanese editions of the albums are released.

The new version of Lightbulb Sun is still in preparation for release sometime in 2008."

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Watch 3's "All That Remains" Video Online

3 filmed the video for All That Remains at Bannerman's Castle on the Hudson River in Upstate New York with director David Brodsky. The castle is a former residence and warehouse for arms and equipment for the Bannerman Island Arsenal. It's since been turned into a state park, tourist attraction and an incredibly epic location for 3's video.

You can check out the video here.

In other band news, 3's hit "Alien Angel" off their "Wake Pig" release is featured in the new movie Wrong Turn 2 starring Henry Rollins and Erica Leerhsen (Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake with Jessica Biel). Wrong Turn 2 was just released as an Unrated DVD on 10/9/07. Check out more about the sequel to the highly acclaimed 2003 horror movie here.

Here are the latest 3 tour dates with Porcupine Tree: More...

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Porcupine Tree Announces Additional U.K. Dates

As previously reported, PORCUPINE TREE are set to embark on a European tour this fall in support of their new album, Fear Of A Blank Planet. The band have confirmed additional UK dates on the tour. Porcupine Tree's itinerary is now shaping-up as follows:

November
12 - Volkshaus - Zurich, Switzerland
15 - Arena - Vienna, Austria
17 - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy
18 - Tendastrisce - Rome, Italy
22 - Ancienne Belgique - Brussels, Belgium
25 - Sentrum Scene - Oslo, Norway
26 - Vega - Copenhagen, Denmark
28 - Area - Poznan, Poland

December
5 - Heineken Music Hall - Amsterdam, Holland
7 - University of East Anglia - Norwich, UK
8 - Academy - Manchester, UK
9 - Metropolitan University - Leeds, UK
10 - Rock City - Nottingham, UK
12 - Barrowlands - Glasgow, UK

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Porcupine Tree Add European Date

As previously reported, PORCUPINE TREE are set to embark on a European tour this fall. The band have confirmed the following dates:

November
12 - Volkshaus - Zurich, Switzerland
15 - Arena - Vienna, Austria
17 - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy
18 - Tendastrisce - Rome, Italy
22 - Ancienne Belgique - Brussels, Belgium
25 - Sentrum Scene - Oslo, Norway
26 - Vega - Copenhagen, Denmark
28 - Area - Poznan, Poland

December
5 - Heineken Music Hall - Amsterdam, Holland


Porcupine Tree will release a new EP in September called Nil Recurring. It will feature four tracks (just under 30 minutes of music) that were written during the Fear Of A Blank Planet sessions, including the title track featuring ROBERT FRIPP on guitar, and 'Cheating The Polygraph', which was premiered on the 2006 tour, but subsequently left off the Fear Of A Blank Planet album.

The EP will be issued on the band's own Transmission label in a fold old digipack, and will be available to pre-order from the Porcupine Tree store soon.

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New Porcupine Tree EP Due In September

PORCUPINE TREE have posted this message on their official website:

"PORCUPINE TREE release a new EP in September called 'Nil Recurring'. It will feature 4 tracks (just under 30 minutes of music) that were written during the Fear of a Blank Planet sessions, including the title track featuring Robert Fripp on guitar, and 'Cheating The Polygraph', which was premiered on the 2006 tour, but subsequently left off the 'Fear Of A Blank Plane' album. More news on availability of the EP soon.

The vinyl edition of 'Fear Of A Blank Planet' is in preparation, to be issued by Dutch vinyl specialists label ToneFloat as a 180 gram double vinyl edition. It will also include the tracks from the forthcoming 'Nil Recurring' EP, and come in a state of the art heavy gatefold picture sleeve with inner bags. In addition a special limited edition of only 1,000 copies will be pressed on blue/black marbled 180 gram double vinyl, housed in a numbered picture slipcase, containing a glossy full-colour 16-page 12x12inch booklet. The limited edition will only be available directly through ToneFloat and the PORCUPINE TREE store. Both editions will be released on October 3 to coincide with PORCUPINE TREE's autumn tour, and is available to pre-order now from ToneFloat. Copies will also be available to pre-order from the PORCUPINE TREE Store soon."

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Porcupine Tree Release Tour Dates

PORCUPINE TREE have announced the following upcoming North American tour dates:

October 3 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
October 6 - Mexico City, MEX @ Teatro Metropolitan
October 9 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
October 11 - Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater
October 12 - Washington, DC @ State Theater
October 13 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theater
October 15 - Quebec, QC @ Salle Albert-Rousseau
October 16 - Toronto, ON @ Phoneix
October 18 - Albany, NY @ The Egg
October 19 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
October 22 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
October 23 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
October 24 - Kansas City, MS @ Beamount
October 26 - New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Festival
October 27 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
October 28 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
October 29 - Atlanta, GA @ Roxy

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Porcupine Tree Frontman On Future Projects

Steven Wilson, frontman for esteemed band Porcupine Tree, recently gave an interview with Alternative-Zine - some excerpts follow:

A-Z: Fear of a Blank Planet is a definitive concept album, how would you summarise the concept/s of the album?
SW: Well, basically it reflects my concerns for the current younger generation; a generation born into an era of accessible information, living vicariously through gadgets where they can download everything via the internet – music, movies, information, and pornography. Everything is available through the internet. About how all this affects the human quality of curiosity, and I believe that curiosity is one of humanity's most important qualities. Without curiosity we will never find what's underneath the surface; the different meanings and interpretations and levels that there are to music as an example. How the overload of information affects their curiosity about the world outside their bedroom. My fear for this potentially blank generation. Or to use more a romantic expression, do the young people of today have the same sense of soul?

A-Z: Writing the album (FOABP) in Israel as well as on tour, probably made it hard for the album to be a group effort. How did the writing process go?
SW: I wrote the long piece around February while recording "Blackfield" at night. It was refreshing to write in a different country. In England Richard wrote the basic music of "My Ashes" and in July the band worked on four tracks together, of which only one got to be on the record. The other three tracks will come out on an EP coming out later this year.
The three tracks together last for about 25 minuets, and we will probably add some of the tracks recorded on the BBC sessions supporting the FOABP album, expending the EP to around 40 minutes of music.

A-Z: Porcupine tree issued their first DVD "Arriving Somewhere…", and a Blackfield DVD is planned to be released around next year. Do you enjoy watching live DVDs by other bands? And do you find it appealing to create tour documentary DVDs like so?
SW: ... I think people will enjoy a real Porcupine Tree show much more then they can enjoy a DVD. On the other hand, I know that it's not possible for everyone around the world to see Porcupine Tree perform, and it is nice to have it documented and to have the chance to experience the Porcupine Tree live show in this way. I think we will try to release a live DVD from every album cycle from now on. Making a DVD is a serious time consumer, it's very hard work. If you think recording an album is hard, here you have the visuals as well as the audio aspects to take care of...

A-Z: The second "Continuum" album will be release next month, what can you tell me about it?
SW: It's slow doom metal with continuum ambient textures on the top. It's very much Sunn O))) inspired, more pushing everything into the red and slowing things down.

A-Z: What other future projects are in plan?
SW: Hopefully the project with Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt, which will probably have Mike Portnoy on drums. It will be heavier then Porcupine Tree but softer then Opeth. Also, I'm planning on releasing a first solo album under the Steven Wilson name. I've written songs that don't belong to any project. It will be more laid back, and will have some longer ambitious tracks along with shorter songs. Maybe I will remix some of the cover versions which I've released. I feel there are some really good ones, such as the Alanis track (i.e. "Thank U", originally by Alanis Morissette), that should be heard, but weren't released in a way that they will be approachable to many people, being only available from my mail order until now.

A-Z: What can interest you in music these days? And what albums do love these days?
SW: Something I've never heard before. Something unique. Something that when I first hear it intrigues me and it grasps me. Good production work is also very important to me because I see myself as more of a producer then a guitarist or a writer. Musicians like Trent Reznor, who is a genius. Of what I’ve heard recently I love the new albums by Nine Inch Nails, LCD Soundsystem, Neurosis, Stars of the Lid, and Gojira.

Read the full article at Alternative-Zine Porcupine Tree Interview.

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Gavin Harrison Wins Best Prog Drummer Award

Gavin Harrison, drummer for English alt-prog band Porcupine Tree has won Modern Drummer Magazine's readers' poll for "Best Progressive Drummer" ahead of Mike Portnoy of Dream Theatre. Portnoy has dominated the award from 1995 through 2006, and the results for 2007 will be printed in the July issue of the magazine, which comes out next week.

In other news, as recently reported, a 20-minute interview with Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson, in which he explains the concepts behind the disturbing video clip for the bands' title track from their new album Fear of a Blank Planet, and discusses his views on modern life, can be viewed at this location.

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Porcupine Tree Release Explanation Of Video Clip

In light of their recent album release, Fear of a Blank Planet (read review by RememberMetal? here), the band released a video, directed by Lasse Hoile, for the title track. The controversial video can be viewed from the official website (hi-res) or from the band's MySpace page. Furthermore, an 20-minute long interview with Steven Wilson explaining the concepts of the new album, and how he feels about modern life, can be downloaded at this location.

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Porcupine Tree Releases New Video

Yesterday, PORCUPINE TREE released their new, Fear of a Blank Planet through Atlantic Records, with a flurry of activity that includes a major U.S. and European tour and a new music video by director Lasse Hoile.

The compelling and cautionary video for the title track of the album has been posted on Fearofablankplanet.com (high resolution) and their Myspace page.The video is directed by acclaimed Danish artist and photographer Lasse Hoile, who also designed the multimedia backgrounds for the tour.

Their tour kicked off April 18 in Glasgow, UK, and arrives in the U.S. on May 8 (Seattle). They will play the new album in its entirety on this tour, material that was embraced by fans when the band debuted it here on a mini-tour last November. Meanwhile, the demand for the band’s music in Europe has literally been overwhelming: Record stores in Europe sold out of the special edition of the CD on the day of release, and copies could be found on eBay selling for hundreds of dollars.

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