Steven Wilson – Grace for Drowning North American tour – three tracks recorded live in London now online

By Kscope on November 8, 2011 in John Welsey, Live, Mini-site, Steven Wilson, Tour

Steven Wilson’s first ever solo tour of North America starts tonight (November 8th) in Orlando. The gig is the first of eight dates which will also see him visit Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Montreal, Toronto and Chicago (click here for full details and ticket links). On the dates Steven will be playing material from his new album Grace for Drowning, as well as selections from his first solo album, Insurgentes.

Grace for Drowning entered the US Billboard Rock album chart at #19 (#13 in independent chart), the UK top 40 album chart at #34, both the Dutch and German national charts at #22 and debuted at #7 in the Polish national charts. The album has been critically acclaimed too, having been described by Mojo as ‘an immersive, ambitious project that demands repeated spins’ (4 stars), by Terrorizer as ‘a dense yet extremely coherent album, Grace for Drowning succeeds brilliantly… Prog album of the year, no less’ (5/5) and by Classic Rock Prog as ‘ a magnificent step up; he simply can’t stopped.’

For the Grace for Drowning tour, Wilson has worked extensively with Lasse Hoile, his long time visual collaborator, to create a show unlike nothing else that has ever done with his other bands, Porcupine Tree, Blackfield, No-Man or Bass Communion.

The shows submerge fans in a rich sensory experience: rear speakers provide surround-sound effects, giant screens show off Lasse’s films made specifically to accompany these songs, and cutting-edge lighting designs give texture to each song. The heart of the performance is Wilson (on keys, guitar, and vocals) and his virtuoso band: Marco Minnemann (drums), Nick Beggs (bass), Theo Travis (flute and sax), Adam Holzman (keys), and John Wesley on guitars. John is replacing Aziz Ibrahim who played on the successful European tour. Three tracks recorded in London’s Shepherd Bush Empire as part of that tour are now available on the Grace for Drowning to the mini-site. The tracks soundtrack short videos made by Lasse featuring pictures taken on the tour.

These tracks have just been added to the mini-site, previously have been available on the official Steven Wilson iphone and ipad app. The free app features exclusive music, videos and photos, plus up-to-the minute news and tour info, and can be downloaded from here.

Here is the video for Index:

Visit the mini-site to watch videos for Sectarian and No Part of Me

In addition to the tour dates, Steven has booked three in-store appearances including a special rare acoustic performance in NYC, dates are as follows;
Nov 11th – NYC – 12:30pm
J&R Music World, 23 Park Row – signing and special acoustic performance
Nov 12th – Boston – 1pm
Newbury Comics, 1 North Marketplace, Faneuil Hall – signing
Nov 18th – Chicago – 12:30pm
FYE, 26 East Randolph Street – signing

Steven recently partnered with Guitar World and Spector Bass Guitars to giveaway a Legend 5 Classic Bass valued at $1100. This is the same bass that was used on the recording of the album, and you can enter to win it here: http://bit.ly/oz013G

Grace for Drowning North American Tour
Nov. 8 – Orlando, FL, House of Blues
Nov. 10 – Baltimore, MD, Ram’s Head
Nov. 11 – New York, NY, Best Buy Theater
Nov. 12 – Philadelphia, PA, Temple PAC
Nov. 13 – Boston, MA, Berklee Performance Center
Nov. 14 – Montreal, QC, Corona
Nov. 16 – Toronto, ON, Opera House
Nov. 18 – Chicago, IL, Park West
Click here for links to buy tickets for the tour

‘An album that can’t really be described but it urgently calls to be heard’

‘Wilson’s ability to create music so prodigiously and to such consistent standards remains a mystery. With his second solo album, the Porcupine Tree leader has done it again.’

‘an immersive, ambitious project that demands repeated spins’
MOJO (4 stars)

‘A dense yet extremely coherent album Grace For Drowning succeeds brilliantly… Prog album of the year’
TERRORIZER (5 stars)

‘A majestic soundscape created by an innovative, forward-looking musician immersed in the history of music’

‘This is a magnificent step up; he simply can’t be stopped.’

Grace for Drowing mini-site