Archive for the ‘Tour’ Category

October 2nd 2010

Korean poster

Soon we will be on our way to the other side of the world for the second time in two months, to S.Korea! It’s not always easy to route shows/countries together as in this case, even so the need and desire is there, so off we go.  I have done some research and it looks like a very beautiful country, wish we had the time to travel around and see the countryside and beautiful temples. We are looking forward to performing in Seoul and getting to meet some of our loyal fans we have had for many years. We have to brush up on our Korean 🙂

Shows are at The Mapo Art Center, Seoul, October 9th and 10th.

August 21st 2010

Last night the newly created annual ‘Rock Legends’ Progressive Rock Fest’ was born! It was in Tokyo at an open air theater called ‘Hibiya Open Air Theatre’. Very nice venue a little like the Greek Theatre, LA, on a smaller scale on the edge of a park. There were 2000 people there.We had another great audience and of course The Mystic once again was a triumph. The big banner that flew above the stage was by Roger Dean. The soundcheck in the afternoon was most uncomfortable, it felt like it was in the 100’s… but as usual the crew did a marvellous job in getting everything ready in time…we were three major acts playing the same length of time….huge amounts of equipment, three drum risers and also keyboard risers. When the show started we took the stage again to wonderful reception (it was still daylight..5.20pm precisely) I think I was the most uncomfortable as far as the heat goes. It was about 96 but felt like 106! I lost concentration for a split second in Mother Russia but managed to get through. The band did a great show, but we were all still tired from the jet lag. After the show we went for a Japanese meal and drank LOTS of Sake! Perfect ending!


It was great to meet up once more with our ‘sparring’ partners Steve Hackett and his band who of course played an amazing show!

August 1st 2010

Westhampton, Long Island show, 6/20/10. As you can see from this entry into the blog, I will be working backwards to get all the news from the tour in the correct order, so here we go.

After the excitement of the Procol Harum shows it was time to prepare for our tour with the Steve Hackett band. We arrived in Westhampton the day before the show as it was quite a trek for all of us. The show day was sunny and we were greeted by a beautiful Long Island town, quiet and unassuming, flowers everywhere and lots of boutiques and healthy places to eat! The venue was a lovely theatre with very helpful and friendly staff. This was our fist day meeting Steve and his band! What great people and musicians too…..particularly Steve, who I know you will all know from his days with ‘Genesis’. He can make his guitar sing! It was truly a great opening night for both bands with a very appreciative audience. We ended our show with Mark Wood (Trans Siberian Orchestra) joining us on violin, for Mother Russia. It was a great ending to our first night. More to come soon.

Peace  and Love Annie

Here are some photos from that night courtesy of Esa Ahola.

Running Hard at the Westhampton show, NY 6/20/10

Mother Russia with Michael and Mark Wood

David J. Keyes

Taking a bow with Mark Wood, Westhampton

Michael, Annie and Mark Wood

Annie & Michael after Westhampton show 6/20/10

Procol Harum shows

July 3, 2010

The two June shows with Procol Harum went spectacularly well.
The musical combination of both bands was perfect! Audience reaction was very warm and appreciative.
It’s always quite an experience to play in Atlantic City and this time was no different. We performed at the Tropicana which had a huge stage and also great lighting!
The sound system was excellent as were all the people involved in promoting the show (Bill Rogers, Ken Alderfer and all at BRE Presents) who also promoted the 2nd show we did with Procol at the very beautiful Longwood Gardens. The backdrop for this show was similar to a stately home in England, full of beautiful buildings, ornate greenhouses bursting with hundreds of species of flowers and plants, fountains, and arbors dripping with sweet smelling flowers. The stage area was surrounded by tall manicured trees mimicking the ramparts of a medieval castle, or a scene from Alice in Wonderland! The daylight was still with us when we performed, and the promise of imminent rain was not not fulfilled. I was due to play a rain stick during our new song ‘The Mystic and The Muse’, but everyone in both bands including my friend Gary Brooker gave me a look of concern, I knew it would be tempting fate! so I played the piano pins instead. It was a delight to sit out in the audience during Procol’s performance as the fireflies worked their way into the light show. I was very happy to see Gary again, a brilliant singer and songwriter and extremely funny too! Procol Harum consisted of Gary Brooker on Vocals and Keyboards, Geoff Whitehorn on Guitar and Vocals, Matt Pegg on Bass, Josh Phillips on Keyboards and Geoff Dunn on Drums.
They put on a fabulous show, BRAVO!

More to come from Annie and the band….

Soundcheck at Longwood Gardens 6/16/10

Denny Bridges • sound engineer • extraordinaire

SHOWTIME • Longwood Gardens

photos • Krista Wallhagen

Annie and Gary Brooker backstage at Longwood Gardens 6/16/10

photo • Spencer Zahn

May 24, 2010

Thank you to everyone who came to Rosfest, Gettysburg on May 1st. The running of the festival ran smoothly and all involved in putting it together were very gracious and helpful in making the evening a success! Kudos to promoter George Roldan for inviting us to perform. We had a great night and the audience received us with warmth and standing ovations. At this concert we debuted our new song ‘The Mystic and The Muse’, there was a little trepidation but the song was received very well and earned one of the evening’s standing ovations. The rest of the show which included Renaisance ‘oldies but goldies’ hit the spot for the fans that had been waiting so long to hear once more. Joe Goldberger stood in for Frank Pagano on drums as Frank had a conflict with another commitment. Joe, a good friend of the band, and who was in Annie’s solo band played magnificently on all songs, some of which he knew from past years. Here are some photos from the show.

Annie Haslam

Michael Dunford

For one night only • Joe Goldberger on Drums

Tom Brislin

Tom Brislin

Rave Tesar after show signing

Annie after show signing

photos • Esa Ahola

We were all pleased with the show, and now are looking forward to embarking on the Spring/Summer tour very soon. The first two shows will be with Procol Harum, it would seem a perfect match musically. Annie and her solo band opened up for Procul Harum in 1992 at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia, so there is a history there of sorts.

From June 20th we will be touring alongside of Steve Hackett. Some shows we will be the ‘special guests of’ which means we will be performing first, others we are co-headlining, and several we are headlining.

As we go along on our travels we will give updates on how the tour is progressing.

We hope you can make the shows.