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

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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 Announce New Live Dates

PORCUPINE TREE have announced four new live dates for Germany, due to take place this summer. Their schedule is now as follows:

June
17 - Greenfield Festival - Interlaken, Switzerland
22 - E-Werk - Cologne, Germany
23 - Southside Festival - Neuhausen, Germany
24 - Hurricane Festival - Scheesel, Germany
30 - Capitol - Offenbach, Germany

July
5 - Columbia Club - Berlin, Germany
8 - Parkbühne - Leipzig, Germany

Porcupine Tree announced the North American leg of the Fear Of A Blank Planet Tour. The schedule is as follows:

May
8 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
9 - Portland, OR - Aladdin
11 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
12 - Los Angeles, CA - Avalon
13 - Anaheim, CA - Grove Of Anaheim
15 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
17 - Chicago, IL - Park West
18 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
19 - New York, NY - Nokia Theater
22 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head
23 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
25 - Boston, MA - Roxy
26 - Montreal, QC - Spectrum De Montreal
27 - Quebec, QC - Salle Albert - Rousseau
28 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall

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Porcupine Tree's Wilson Talks To MTV.com

MTV.com has a in-depth article and discussion with Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson in which he ponders the impact of information technology on today's generation, talks about the upcoming "Fear of a Blank Planet" as well as his project with Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt (expected to surface in 2008) and a few other of the seven projects he is currently involved in.

Here's an excerpt about Porcupine Tree's upcoming album:

Fear of a Blank Planet, the follow-up to 2005's Deadwing, is a 50-minute suite of six tracks that features guest spots from Rush's Alex Lifeson and King Crimson's Robert Fripp. Wilson said the LP is more potent than any of the Tree's previous offerings. "It's a very intense listen," he admitted. "There isn't really any what you would call 'light relief' on this record in terms of songs you could take out and kind of get played on the radio. It's very intense, it's very dark, and it's really taking the whole idea of album-oriented rock music to the next level.

"It was very much conceived in the way bands used to conceive of records in the '70s, where you've got two sides of vinyl, and you can lay down a piece of music which is around the 50-minute mark, which plays in a continuous way, and deals with the same subject matter, and tried to kind of immerse you in a world for that time. That's always been the Porcupine Tree way, but we've definitely taken it to the next level."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Porcupine Tree Frontman To Perform Acoustic Show

PORCUPINE TREE main man Steven Wilson has confirmed a one-off instore appearance and performance on April 16, the day new album ‘Fear Of A Blank Planet’ is released. He will be joined by touring guitarist/backing vocalist John Wesley.

Steven and John will do a short acoustic performance for just 100 lucky fans from 6pm at FOPP, 287 Camden High Street, London NW1 7BX. Entrance to the performance will be by special wristband only. Wristbands will be given out free from 9am on April 16 at the store on a first come, first served basis.

Steven and John will be signing autographs for everyone straight after the acoustic session.

Even if you miss the acoustic performance and signing, you can still catch the emotive rockers live at one of these dates and see them perform the album 'Fear Of A Blank Planet' in its entirety:

18th April - GLASGOW, ABC
19th April - NEWCASTLE, Academy
20th April - PRESTON, 53 Degrees
22nd April - NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
23rd April - WOLVERHAMPTON, Wulfren
24th April - BRISTOL, Academy
25th April - CAMBRIDGE, Junction
26th April - LONDON, Forum

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Porcupine Tree's New Album Track Listing Posted

Following two album playback events in New York and at Abbey Road in London, the track listing of the new Porcupine Tree album "Fear of a Blank Planet" has been revealed:

1. Fear of a Blank Planet (7.28)
2. My Ashes (5.07)
3. Anesthetize (17.42)
4. Sentimental (5.26)
5. Way Out of Here (7.37)
6. Sleep Together (7.28)

The album is set for April release through Roadrunner in Europe, Atlantic in the US, and WHD Entertainment in Japan. It's likely that both the stereo CD and 5.1 surround sound DVDA will be packaged together as standard.

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Gods of Metal Festival Announce Bands

According to a posting on DREAM THEATER's official web site, SYMPHONY X, ANATHEMA, PORCUPINE TREE, SADIST and DGM have also been confirmed to appear at this year's Gods of Metal festival, which will take place in two separate installments at Idroscalo in Milan, Italy. The first part of the festival will be held on June 2-3 and will feature the following artists (with more to be confirmed):

June 2-3:

DREAM THEATER
HEAVEN AND HELL
BLIND GUARDIAN
DIMMU BORGIR
PORCUPINE TREE
SYMPHONY X
ANATHEMA
SADIST
DGM
SCORPIONS

The second installment of Gods of Metal will take place June 30 and will feature OZZY OSBOURNE (headliner), MEGADETH and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, among others.

There will be eight bands performing each day (a total of 24 artists over the three days). Tickets go on sale January 26.

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Porcupine Tree Reveal New Album Title

Porcupine Tree has revealed the title to their new release 'Fear of a Blank Planet', whose lyrical content is described as a 21st century cocktail of MTV, sex, prescription drugs, video games, the internet, terminal boredom, and subsequent escape.

The album is due for release in mid April.

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Porcupine Tree Announce Tour Dates For 2007

The first Porcupine Tree 2007 tour dates to coincide with the release of the band's new album in April 2007 (through Roadrunner in Europe and Atlantic in the US) have been announced. The tour will commence with the longest string of UK dates the band have undertaken for several years:

18th April : GLASGOW, ABC
19th April : NEWCASTLE, Academy
20th April : PRESTON, 53 Degrees
22nd April : NOTTINGHAM, Rock City
23rd April : WOLVERHAMPTON, Wulfren
24th April : BRISTOL, Academy
25th April : CAMBRIDGE, Junction
26th April : LONDON, Forum

Details of booking websites and telephone hotlines can be found on the tour dates page, but please note that in most cases tickets for these shows will not be on sale until late December. As many of the band's recent shows have been selling out, booking tickets in advance is definitely advisable (especially for London).

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Porcupine Tree To Get Rush And King Crimson Guests

Famed guitarists Alex Lifeson (Rush) and Robert Fripp (King Crimson) are being lined up to guest on the new album from Porcupine Tree. As yet untitled, their new album should be released in the Spring by Roadrunner (in the UK/Europe at least).

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Porcupine Tree Update

Porcupine Tree would like to thank all those that came to the shows on our September - October tour. We met many long-term fans once again, but also a large number of people seeing the band for the very first time. In fact it proved to be the most successful tour of the band's career, with most shows - including the entire US leg - sold out. We were particularly happy with the reaction to the new material. This was a bit of a experiment for us, and we had certaiinly not expected such a large chunk of unfamiliar material to be so well received, which bodes very well for the next album.

Also unexpected was the demand for the merchandise - despite re-ordering several times throught the tour, we still had a few nights when we were out of stock of some items completely, so sorry about that. For those that missed out on the new t-shirts there is going to be a small run specifically made to sell through the PT store, so keep an eye out for those.

Now it's time for the band to enter the studio to start recording the now road-tested new material (as well as some other pieces we didn't play this time). There should be regular updates as things progress. See you in the Spring!

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Porcupine Tree Signs With Roadrunner U.K.

Roadrunner Records U.K. has announced the signing of epic rockers PORCUPINE TREE.

PORCUPINE TREE is unquestionably one of the most difficult-to-categorise and innovative bands out there. The music is breathtaking, ranging from psychedelic trip-hop to progressive metal, and a compendium of other sounds in between.

Evolving from one man's self-indulgent creative outlet back in 1992, PORCUPINE TREE has grown into a well-respected major-label-signed four-piece who have released several albums. Their most recent, 2005's "Deadwing", served to further skyrocket the band's renown and they are currently hard at work on a brand new record — set for release on Roadrunner (excluding North America and Japan) in early 2007.

The band is fronted by singer/guitarist Steven Wilson, who also is well-known for his production work (OPETH, ANJA GARBAREK) and other musical projects: NO-MAN, BASS COMMUNION, and BLACKFIELD — the highly acclaimed collaboration with Israeli musician Aviv Geffen. Richard Barbieri (keyboards), Colin Edwin (bass), and Gavin Harrison (drums) complete the quartet.

"PORCUPINE TREE are extremely happy about our new partnership with Roadrunner Records for our forthcoming album," comments Wilson. "Roadrunner has established itself as one of the world's premier independent labels for rock music, and we couldn't be more enthusiastic about working with them to expand our audience and elevate PORCUPINE TREE to the next level."

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Mike Portnoy To Collaborate w/ Opeth's Akerfeldt?

Jakob Herrmann of Drummer's Digest recently conducted an interview with DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

On whether the technical side of the band's music superior to the musical side:

Portnoy: "We try to have a balance. There's times when we know we want to write stuff that's very technical, and at that point it's dictated by our technical abilities. But then there's other times where we wanna cool it out and really concentrate on the song, and that's when we wanna put the technical side on the shelf and try to really concentrate on the songwriting. I think 'Octavarium' is a perfect example of that balance. There's a little bit of all of those things on the album."

On how the band's last album, "Octavarium", compares to the earlier ones:

Portnoy: "I wouldn't say it's a new direction, we've always kind of done what we do, which is a balance of progressive, heavy and kind of melodic, you know? We've always tried to have all of those elements, so I can't say the new album is a new direction. It's just the latest version of what DREAM THEATER does."

On the rumors about "Octavarium" contains connections and references to earlier albums:

Portnoy: "Not necessarily. 'Octavarium' is a concept album. It's got a lot of threads through it. Musically, visually, through the artwork and the layout, sonically in the production and the sound effects. It's a concept album where all the songs kind of relate to each other."

On the fact that he is a singing drummer:

Portnoy: "I've been doing that with DREAM THEATER now for about seven years. I sing backing vocals when we're in the studio as well. I actually find it easy. I don't consider myself a great singer, you know, but I think there's enough to give a good quality harmony to the song, which I think is important. If you listen to the guys in YES or whatever, they didn't have the greatest voices, but it's the blend that created the good harmony. And also with the vocals I write, I write them with more than one vocal in mind, usually for counter-point call-and-answer kind of thing. My vocal parts aren't always harmonies. Sometimes they're back trading lines back and forth."

On the rumors saying that he and Mikael Åkerfeldt, the mastermind behind Swedish metal act OPETH, are planning to do something together:

Portnoy: "Yeah, he's coming down tonight actually. Most of the guys are. I've been a fan of theirs for years, and we've become friends the last couple of years. He and I and Steven Wilson [of PORCUPINE TREE] have talked about doing something together. Hopefully some time soon we'll be able to coordinate our schedules and make it happen. I think me and Steven want to make it heavy, and I think Mikael wants to, uh, not be heavy. Because me and Steven want to do stuff that we can't do with PORCUPINE TREE and DREAM THEATER, and get to some really heavy stuff. And I think that Mikael wants to get away from the heavy stuff because he does that all the time with OPETH, so who knows. Maybe we'll meet somewhere in the middle. I think it'll be great. I mean, I've had great experiences collaborating with other people, especially people who are the kind of leaders of their bands. That was kind of what TRANSATLANTIC was about, since Neal Morse and Roine Stolt are kind of the leaders of their bands, you know. It was a great creative environment, and I think a similar chemistry would happen with Steven and Mikael."

Read the full article at Drummersdigest.com.

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Porcupine Tree Announce Final European Gigs

Porcupine Tree have confirmed final dates for the European Autumn Deadwing Tour part 2. The final shows are:

Nov. 24 Treviso, I - New Age
Nov. 25 Milan, I - Live Music Club

Porcupine Tree's Vienna, Austria show on November 23rd has now been moved from Szene to the larger capacity Planet Music.

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Porcupine Tree Announce Last 3 US Tour Dates

Porcupine Tree have announced the final three US tour dates, including the band's first ever show in Texas:

Oct 24 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Oct 25 Phoenix, AZ - Arizona Beach Club
Oct 27 Houston, TX The Engine Room

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Porcupine Tree Announce European Tour Dates

The next leg of Porcupine Tree's Deadwing European tour campaign is now almost entirely in place (just Italian shows to be confirmed). The forthcoming tours of both North Amercia and Europe will include substantially different material to the tours earlier this year, including songs new to the live repertoire. There will be several new films by Lasse Hoile, and PT now also have their own full time dedicated lighting designer. Dave Dickinson will be working closely alongside Lasse in creating a new and stronger visual aspect to the band's shows. Dave has previously worked as LD for artists as diverse as Jimmy Eat World, Kasabian, D12, The Wildhearts, 50 Cent, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Porcupine Tree Song In "Four Brothers" Movie

Although not on the soundtrack album, Porcupine Tree's "Shallow" can be heard in the new John Singleton movie "Four Brothers", currently number one at the US box office.

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Porcupine Tree Announce Seattle, San Fran Gigs

Porcupine Tree has just announced two more tour dates:

Oct 18 Seattle, WA - The Moore Theater
Oct 21 San Francisco, CA - The Grand/Regency Center

Here are the rest of the confirmed tour dates so far:

Sep 23 Tampa, FL - The Masquerade
Sep 24 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Sep 26 Washington DC - 9:30 Club
Sep 27 Philadelphia, PA - Keswick Theater
Sep 28 Providence, RI - Lupo's
Sep 30 Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center
Oct 01 New York City, NY - Town Hall
Oct 03 Montreal, QUE - Club Soda
Oct 04 Ottawa, QUE - Barrymore's
Oct 06 Toronto, ONT - Phoenix Concert Theatre
Oct 08 Detroit, MI - The Majestic
Oct 09 Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
Oct 10 Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
Oct 11 Chicago, IL - Park West
Oct 13 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Oct 15 Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
Oct 17 Portland, OR - The Aladdin
Oct 22 Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
Oct 23 Anaheim, CA - The Grove

More American and European tour dates will be announced soon.

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Porcupine Tree Announce More Tour Dates

Porcupine Tree have announced some more dates to their upcoming Deadwing 2005 Tour. Guitarist Robert Fripp will open on most of the tour's dates. Confirmed dates:

Sep 23 Tampa, FL - The Masquerade
Sep 24 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Sep 26 Washington DC - 9:30 Club
Sep 27 Philadelphia, PA - Keswick Theater
Sep 28 Providence, RI - Lupo's
Sep 30 Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center
Oct 01 New York City, NY - Town Hall
Oct 03 Montreal, QUE - Club Soda
Oct 04 Ottawa, QUE - Barrymore's
Oct 06 Toronto, ONT - Phoenix Concert Theatre
Oct 08 Detroit, MI - The Majestic
Oct 09 Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
Oct 10 Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
Oct 11 Chicago, IL - Park West
Oct 13 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Oct 15 Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
Oct 17 Portland, OR - The Aladdin
Oct 22 Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
Oct 23 Anaheim, CA - The Grove

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Screenplay inspires Porcupine Tree CD

An article posted on mlive.com reveals that Porcupine Tree's "Deadwing" is inspired by a screenplay Porcupine Tree leader Steven Wilson wrote with friend and filmmaker Mark Bennion. Several excerpts from the article:

"I've always been very interested in cinema, and that's why the music has that feeling to it," Wilson said in a telephone interview. "I didn't have anything specific, lyrically, that I wanted to write about this time, so it seemed like a good idea to use the script as inspiration."

The "Deadwing" film has yet to be made, but Wilson hopes interest in the script stirred by the CD will help him and Bennion procure financing for it. Wilson calls the screenplay a "surreal ghost story" that doesn't stray too far from the dark themes he often delves into while writing music.

"The album is not trying to tell the story of the script, it's more a case of being inspired by certain themes and flavors and characters in the script," he said. "But it's very much an equivalent to the music of Porcupine Tree. It's very melancholic, it's very dreamlike, it's quite European in flavor -- in the sense that it's not a Hollywood movie by any stretch -- with a dark ending. We're both influenced by two American directors, Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch. We're very much in that tradition."

Read the full article at mlive.com.

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Porcupine Tree To Tour w/ ex-King Crimson Members

It could be said that Porcupine Tree owe a large chunk of their fanbase to Opeth, and vice versa. Steven Wilson, frontman and production bon vivant behind the grandiose British progressive rockers, has produced Opeth's last three records — 2001's "Blackwater Park," 2002's "Deliverance" and 2003's "Damnation." But associations aside, "People either like the music or they don't — so they must be liking it," Wilson said.

"I think we've both kind of benefited from [the connection], although that was never the intention," he continued. "We just worked together because we had great admiration for each other's bands. I have to say, it's been great seeing a lot more young metal kids at the shows, digging what we're doing."

Alas, extensive touring and his commitment to Porcupine Tree have prevented Wilson from helming the new Opeth LP, which the band started working on last month. Porcupine Tree — whose new disc, "Deadwing," drops May 3 — will hit the road May 13 in Washington, D.C., for an all-encompassing U.S. tour. In a nod to the band's roots, the two former guitarists from long-running prog-rock titans King Crimson will be splitting the opening slot: Adrian Belew will open the East Coast gigs, while Robert Fripp will cover the West.

"Deadwing" will be released in three formats: a generic stereo mix, a DVD-Audio disc with a surround mix, and a special edition combining the two with a 72-page hardback book. The album is based on a script Wilson wrote several years ago. "I like hanging an album on one particular subject," he said. "It's important that every record have some sort of thematic unity." The story focuses on a man who "arrives at a point in his life fate never intended" and involves the "unraveling of the situation, to get him back to where he should have been." It's a surreal "ghost story," said Wilson, and "the idea's ultimately that this album will form a kind of companion with [the] feature film."

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Porcupine Tree To Release New Album In May

British art rock quartet Porcupine Tree (Steven Wilson, lead vocals, guitars; Richard Barbieri, keyboards; Colin Edwin, bass; Gavin Harrison, drums) are currently putting the final touches on their forthcoming new album, which is entitled "Deadwing."

The follow up to the band's 2002 release "In Absentia," "Deadwing" is scheduled for a Tuesday May 2005 release.

Produced by principal songwriter/guitarist Steven Wilson, "Deadwing" features a total of ten new tracks including the title track, which is whopping ten-minute epic as well as the first radio single, "Shallow," which in Wilson's own words is "the equivalent of a big, dumb rock song, but in the way that people who are not dumb would do." The rest of the album features songs with titles ranging from "Lazarus," to "Halo," (which features Adrien Belew on guitar), and "Arriving Somewhere But Not Here." Other guests on the album include Opeth's Mikael Ackerfeldt who lends backing vocals and secondary guitar work to a number of tracks. And for the devout, Deadwing also contains the newly re-recorded bonus track "Shesmovedon" which originally appeared on the band's Lightbulb Sun album.

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