THE PROG TRAIN ROLLS AGAIN
British retro-prog formation Big Big Train comes to Pratteln on September 10 with the album "Welcome To The Planet," released in January 2022. Led by new lead singer Alberto Bravin (PFM), who replaces the much too early deceased David Longdon, the celebrated band plays songs from all creative phases of their more than three decades long career on their September tour through Europe.
"Welcome To The Planet" is the name of Big Big Train's latest work, released just six months after their critically acclaimed and internationally chart-topping long player "Common Ground" (2021). The 13th studio album marks a tragic point in the history of the British music collective: it contains the very last recordings with singer David Longdon, who died at the end of last year at the age of only 56 as a result of a traffic accident. The recordings had already been completed at that point, and in consultation with David's partner it was decided to release "Welcome To The Planet" as planned in January 2022.
Founded in 1990 in Bournemouth, Big Big Train advanced with 13 studio albums and various EPs and live releases to internationally successful protagonists of the progressive rock genre and can look back on high international chart positions (#1 of the British rock charts), various prestigious awards (4-time winner of the Progressive Music Awards) and countless sold-out concerts. With "Welcome To The Planet" the musicians now put another exclamation mark and reveal their unbroken creativity also in the 32nd band year. Big Big Train remain true to their roots, but also go creatively new ways. They take influences from various genres and assert themselves as adept border crossers between pop, rock and prog in the style of English bands of the early 70s.
Just a few days ago, Big Big Train announced that vocalist, keyboardist and guitarist Alberto Bravin of Italo-Prog legend PFM, will replace David Longdon as frontman. "I've always been a big BBT fan and it's a great honor for me to lead this band into the future while honoring the memory of David Longdon," says Bravin. Band founder Gregory Spawton comments, "Drummer Nick D'Virgilio and I saw Alberto on stage with his band PFM and we were both very impressed. We know you can't just replace David like that and we really miss him as a musician as well as a friend. That's why we really wanted to bring someone into the band who could do justice to the songs David sang with his musical abilities and personality, and also help us move the band forward."
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