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Formed: 1994
From: Netherlands
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Ayreon is a project by Dutch composer and musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen. Ayreon's musical style derives mostly from heavy metal and progressive rock, but combines them with genres like folk, classical and electronica to form what some call a completely new style of music. The majority of Ayreon's albums are dubbed "rock operas" because the albums contain complex storylines featuring a host of characters, each represented by a unique vocalist.

Latest Ayreon News

Below is our complete Ayreon 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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Arjen Lucassen Announces Ayreon Universe Shows

Ayreon Universe is happening September 15-16, 2017 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands, featuring a special appearance by Arjen Lucassen. Watch Arjen talk about Ayreon Universe in the player below.

The special shows will feature Floor Jansen and Marco Hietala (Nightwish), Russell Allen (Symphony X), Damian Wilson (Threshold), Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian), Tommy Karevik (Kamelot), Jonas Renkse (Katatonia), Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gentle Storm) and more.

Regular ticket sales start on Thursday, November 24th at 10:00 am CET via this location.

Ayreonauts - these are the days that you can experience Ayreon live for the first time ever! Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen has chosen the best songs from the Ayreon albums and Star One to create an exclusive live Ayreon show: Ayreon Universe. The show will feature the best original Ayreon vocalists and instrumentalists on stage, as well as an appearance by Arjen Lucassen himself. All subscribers to the Arjen Lucassen newsletter will get the chance to buy tickets 24 hours before the regular ticket sales start! More...

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Ayreon Teases New Release For 2017

Progressive all-star giant Ayreon, the brainchild of Arjen Anthony Lucassen, posted a teaser clip for an upcoming new album, targeted for release in 2017 via Mascot Label Group.

Not much is known as of yet about the sci-fi themed project, but Lucassen has been in touch with musicians to form another all-star cast.

Stay tuned for further news. For now, check out the preview clip here:

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Better Call Arjen!

Ayreon's debut album "The Final Experiment" and follow-up "Actual Fantasy: Revisited" will see their first-ever vinyl release on August 26th, 2016. Check out a "Better Call Arjen" infomercial for the release below.

Both albums will be released in a hardcover box set, on marble colored vinyl. A postcard (signed by Arjen) and newly created posters will be added to every pre-order as well. The deluxe sets also include a limited edition t-shirt bundle.

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Ayreon Announces Vinyl Re-Releases

Earlier this year Mascot Label Group announced the signing of Ayreon, the highly acclaimed project from singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist / record producer Arjen Lucassen, to its sub label Music Theories Recordings.

After re-releasing the Ayreon catalogue on various digital platforms in April, debut album "The Final Experiment" and follow-up "Actual Fantasy: Revisited" will see their first-ever vinyl release on August 26th, 2016. You can see Arjen talking about the releases in the YouTube clip below.

The Ayreon back-catalogue has been re-released before, but contrary to the rest of Ayreon’s seven studio albums, "The Final Experiment" and "Actual Fantasy: Revisited" have never been released on vinyl.

Lucassen comments: “That makes it perfect for me. I couldn’t have wished for a better start with Mascot Label Group and Music Theories Recordings. The people at Mascot flooded me with ideas and plans for the re-releases. Which is a luxury, really! Take the artwork, for example. They offered to rework it, but wanted to show the original artwork as well. Their ideas were all really good. I’m sure the fans will appreciate this, which is one of my main goals when working on a re-release or a vinyl release. The worst thing to do is forget about quality and details, because people will turn away from you in no time.” More...

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Ayreon Releases Clip From "Theater Equation" DVD

Ayreon's "The Theater Equation" DVD/Blu-Ray package was recently announced for release on June 17th via InsideOut Music and you can now watch a full song clip of "Day Two: Isolation" in the player below. The clip features, among other talents, James LaBrie (Dream Theater) and Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gentle Storm).

The DVD was filmed in September 2015, over the course of four sold-out shows, Ayreon's legendary progressive rock concept album 'The Human Equation' was brought to life as a full-blown musical production at the Nieuwe Luxor theater in Rotterdam.

This limited run of performances was witnessed by die-hard fans from across the world, but now Arjen Lucassen's story can be witnessed by all, as a recording of the final night of those special evenings is being released as both a DVD & Blu-Ray package on June 17th, 2016. 'The Theater Equation' is subtitled in nine different languages and includes nearly one-and-a-half hours of bonus content.

Arjen comments: "Even today as I write this, I am amazed and touched by how hard everyone worked and how much love and care they generously gave to make it all happen. Sometimes the dream becomes reality!"

The stage show stars Dream Theater frontman James Labrie in his original roll as "Me" and features nearly the entire cast of vocalists from the original 2004 album. The main cast is supported by a specially put-together 19-strong Epic Rock Choir. This is a unique document of an undertaking that was surely once in a lifetime. More...

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Ayreon Issues "Theater Equation" DVD Trailer

Ayreon's "The Theater Equation" DVD/Blu-Ray package was recently announced for release on June 17th via InsideOut Music and you can now watch the full trailer for it in the player below

In September 2015, over the course of four sold-out shows, Ayreon's legendary progressive rock concept album 'The Human Equation' was brought to life as a full-blown musical production at the Nieuwe Luxor theater in Rotterdam.

This limited run of performances was witnessed by die-hard fans from across the world, but now Arjen Lucassen's story can be witnessed by all, as a recording of the final night of those special evenings is being released as both a DVD & Blu-Ray package on June 17th, 2016. 'The Theater Equation' is subtitled in nine different languages and includes nearly one-and-a-half hours of bonus content.

Arjen comments: "Even today as I write this, I am amazed and touched by how hard everyone worked and how much love and care they generously gave to make it all happen. Sometimes the dream becomes reality!"

The stage show stars Dream Theater frontman James Labrie in his original roll as "Me" and features nearly the entire cast of vocalists from the original 2004 album. The main cast is supported by a specially put-together 19-strong Epic Rock Choir. This is a unique document of an undertaking that was surely once in a lifetime. More...

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Ayreon Signs With Mascot

Mascot Label Group is proud to announce the signing of Ayreon, the highly acclaimed project from singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist / record producer Arjen Lucassen. The Ayreon catalog, comprising seven studio albums, will be re-released on various digital platforms on April 22nd. Mascto also issued this press release:

"Ayreon is in a class of its own. You might call Lucassen’s Ayreon studio albums rock operas. Or, to be more precise, you may prefer a description like, 'ambitious studio projects combining progressive rock, metal, and folk over intricate storylines, brought to life by countless famous guest singers from all over the world.'

"But no matter how you categorize it, the Ayreon album collection offers highly creative rock music with a quality in composition and production rarely heard in the last twenty years. 'The Final Experiment' was Ayreon’s first album, released in the Netherlands in 1995 by start-up label Transmission Records. It set the tone for the project, with intricate sci-fi/fantasy storytelling and timeless progressive rock featuring a line-up of world class vocalists and musicians, including Barry Hay (Golden Earring), Jan-Chris de Koeijer (Gorefest), and Kingdom Come’s Lenny Wolf. More...

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Ayreon Announces "The Theater Equation" DVD

In September 2015, over the course of four sold-out shows, Ayreon's legendary progressive rock concept album "The Human Equation" was brought to life as a full-blown musical production at the Nieuwe Luxor theater in Rotterdam.

This limited run of performances was witnessed by die-hard fans from across the world, but now Arjen Lucassen's story can be witnessed by all, as a recording of the final night of those special evenings is being released as both a DVD & Blu-Ray package on June 17th, 2016 via InsideOut Music. "The Theater Equation" is subtitled in nine different languages and includes nearly one-and-a-half hours of bonus content. The release will be available as a special edition 2CD+DVD Digipak, standalone Blu-ray, & audio-only Digital Download.


Arjen comments: "Even today as I write this, I am amazed and touched by how hard everyone worked and how much love and care they generously gave to make it all happen. Sometimes the dream becomes reality!" More...

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Melted Space Reveals Guest Musician Lineup

As the album nears release via Laser's Edge this October, the entire track listing and guest musician track-by-track breakdown for Melted Space's "The Great Lie" has now been released.

The new full-length album from the metal opera project created by French composer Pierre le Pape features a wide cast of internationally-revered vocalists and musicians including members of Morbid Angel, Mayhem, Sunn O))), Dark Tranquillity, Orphaned Land, Shining, Ayreon, Sirenia and many more, in addition to the work of The City of Prague Philarmonic Orchestra.

Laser's Edge division Sensory Records will release "The Great Lie" on October 16, 2015. Stand by for audio samples from the album, an official lyric video and more to be issued in the weeks ahead. More...

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Ayreon's "The Human Equation" Coming To Theater

Nearly 6000 Ayreon fans from 49 different countries will flock to Rotterdam (NL) this September to witness the once-in-a-lifetime theater production "The Theater Equation" based on Ayreon's "The Human Equation."

The album's original vocalists James LaBrie, Devon Graves, Heather Findlay, Eric Clayton, Marcela Bovio, Magnus Ekwall and Irene Jansen will reprise their roles on the 18th, 19th and 20th of September in the nieuwe Luxor theater. Rounding out the cast are Ayreon veterans Wudstik, Anneke van Giersbergen and Mike Mills.

For years, fans of Arjen Anthony Lucassen's rock operas have begged for a live performance. The creative team of Shadow Freaks, a theater production company lead by Lucassen's former manager Yvette Boertje, now answers that call by staging a fan favorite; "The Human Equation."

"The Human Equation" tells the story of comatose man who battles his emotions that have come to life in a frightening and bizarre world: his own mind. After a 20-day emotional rollercoaster ride filled with good and bad memories, shocking revelations and hope-filled desires, the man has to make a decision: wake up or die?

Show dates are as folows:

18 September (SOLD OUT)
19 September (TICKETS AVAILABLE)
19 September (SOLD OUT)
20 September (SOLD OUT) More...

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Dutch Artists Collaborate For "The Power Of Love"

The Power of Love is a Dutch metal collaboration for the Red Cross, a very special large-scale collaboration between Netherlands-based metal artists to help gather donations and bring aid to victims of sexual abuse in conflict territories, featuring (amongst others) Floor Jansen, Simone Simons, Mark Jansen, Charlotte Wessels, Arjen Lucassen, and Ruud Jolie.

The Power Of Love comes on the occasion of 3FM’s Serious Request 2014 - a massive Dutch charity event that is organised every year by one of Netherland’s biggest radio stations.

From December 8th onward, fans will be able to give a donation and download a heavy cover of “The Power of Love,” originally performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, at this location. The lineup includes: More...

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Ayreon Posts Bonus DVD Trailer

A special album trailer for Ayreon’s latest release "The Theory Of Everything" is live on YouTube now and can be viewed below.

The trailer features footage from the available bonus DVD, including clips of guest musicians and vocalists, and interviews with Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen.

"The Theory Of Everything" features guest appearances by some of progressive, power, and folk metal’s greatest vocalists, like Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) as The Mother, Tommy Karevik (Kamelot) as The Prodigy, Marko Hietala (Nightwish) as The Rival and others.

The full lineup of vocalists includes:

JB as The Teacher
Sara Squadrani as The Girl
Michael Mills as The Father
Cristina Scabbia as The Mother
Tommy Karevik as The Prodigy
Marko Hietala as The Rival
John Wetton as The Psychiatrist

The instrumentalists on album are an impressive lot as well, featuring Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Rick Wakeman (Yes), Steve Hackett (Genesis), and more. More...

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Ayreon Streaming Title Track Of New LP

Progressive metal act Ayreon, the brainchild of master musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen, is streaming a potion of "Phase I: Singularity" entitled "The Theory of Everything." The clip is the title track of the new album which drops on October 28th (EU) and October 28th (USA) via InsideOut Music. The song features guest vocalist Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) and guest keyboardist Rick Wakeman.

Lucassen commented: "This is an extract from the 20-plus minute track, "Phase 1: Singularity." It combines The Theory of Everything parts 1 and 2. It features vocals by Michael Mills as the Father and Cristina Scabbia as the Mother. The piano was played by Rick Wakeman. Turn on Youtube captions to see the lyrics. Hope you'll enjoy it!"

The track listing of "The Theory Of Everything" is:

Disc 1

1. Phase I: Singularity (23:29 )
2. Phase II: Symmetry (21:31)

Disc 2

1. Phase III: Entanglement (22:34)
2. Phase IV: Unification (22:20)

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Ayreon Posts Preview Of "The Theory Of Everything"

Progressive metal act Ayreon, the brainchild of master musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen, posted a preview clip for the upcoming release "The Theory of Everything." The album drops on October 28th (EU) and October 28th (USA) via InsideOut Music.

The album has a plethora of guest appearances including: Keith Emerson, JB Christoffersson, Marco Hietala, Rick Wakeman, Cristina Scabbia, Jordan Rudess, Mike Mills, Steve Hackett, John Wetton, Sara Squadrani, and Tommy Karevik.

The track listing is:

Disc 1
1. Phase I: Singularity (23:29 )
2. Phase II: Symmetry (21:31)

Disc 2

1. Phase III: Entanglement (22:34)
2. Phase IV: Unification (22:20)

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Ayreon Unveils "The Theory Of Everything" Artwork

Progressive metal act Ayreon, the brainchild of master musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen, unveiled the artwork for the upcoming release "The Theory of Everything." The piece was created by longtime Ayreon vet Jef Bertels.

Over the last month, Lucassen unveiled the names of guest stars set to appear on the album, including: Keith Emerson, JB Christoffersson, Marco Hietala, Rick Wakeman, Cristina Scabbia, Jordan Rudess, Mike Mills, Steve Hackett, John Wetton, Sara Squadrani, and Tommy Karevik.

The "Theory of Everything" is set for release on October 28, 2013 via Inside Out Music.

The track list is as follows:

Disc 1
1. Phase I: Singularity (23:29 )
2. Phase II: Symmetry (21:31)

Disc 2

1. Phase III: Entanglement (22:34)
2. Phase IV: Unification (22:20) More...

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Ayreon Taps Tommy Karevik For New Album

Ayreon has now revealed the latest guest vocalist to appear on upcoming release "The Theory of Everything."

The seventh and final singer to appear will be Tommy Karevik of Kamelot and Seventh Wonder. Check out a video of Tommy announcing his appearance below.

Other guest confirmed for "The Theory of Everything" have included Sara Squadrani, John Wetton, Steve Hackett, Jordan Rudess, and Christina Scabbia.

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Sara Squadrani Revealed As Guest For Ayreon

After announcing John Wetton as the a guest vocalist for Ayreon's upcoming release "The Theory of Everything," Arjen Anthony Lucassen has revealed the name of the latest "guess the female vocalist" video as Ancient Bards' Sara Squadrani (see reveal video below). The new release is due out later this year.

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John Wetton Named Latest Ayreon Guest

After revealing Steve Hackett as the album's only guest guitarist for Ayreon's upcoming release "The Theory of Everything," Arjen Anthony Lucassen has revealed the name of the latest "guess the vocalist" video as Asia/King Crimson's John Wetton (see reveal video below). The new release is due out later this year.

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Steve Hackett Tapped For New Ayreon

After revealing Mike Mills as the fourth guest vocalist for Ayreon's upcoming release "The Theory of Everything," Arjen Anthony Lucassen has revealed the name of the latest "guess the guitarist" video as Genesis' Steve Hackett (see reveal video below). The new release is due out later this year. Hackett will be the only guest guitarist on the release.

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Toehider's Mike Mills Named Latest Ayreon Guest

After revealing Jordan Rudess as the third guest keyboardist for Ayreon's upcoming release "The Theory of Everything," Arjen Anthony Lucassen has revealed the name of the latest "guess the vocalist 4" video as Toehider's Mike Mills (see reveal video below). The new release is due out later this year.

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