Porcupine Tree’s Second Live Concert DVD, ‘Anesthetize,’ Out Now

This summer, UK art-rockers Porcupine Tree will join up with Coheed and Cambria for a 12-date co-headlining U.S. tour that kicks off at the Hollywood Palladium in LA on August 12. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, June 25.  It is the third round of U.S. touring for Porcupine Tree since their top-25 debut of The Incident last September.

These shows also continue the momentum that Porcupine Tree have built up over the last several months. At Coachella, the New York Times praised the “progressive rock virtuosos” performance while the Wall Street Journal raved that Porcupine Tree “attacked [their] compositions with ferocity.” Porcupine Tree’s North American Spring tour sold out, and they have already sold out their October show at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

And that is by no means the extent of Porcupine Tree’s activity this summer. Further events are listed below.

*Porcupine Tree will headline Radio City Music Hall September 24.

*The band has released their second live concert film, ‘Anesthetize,’ on DVD and Blu-Ray. Amazon sold out of the Blu-Ray version on pre-orders alone, and the DVD has notched top-10 debuts in the UK, Germany, Finland, Sweden, and Holland.

*Porcupine Tree has posted “Atlanta,” a complete 2-hour live performance from the ‘Fear of a Blank Planet’ tour, as a download from the PT Store. All proceeds from this digital-only release will go towards Japan bass player Mick Karn’s treatment for cancer.

*Porcupine Tree will play several major festivals in Europe including Roskilde (Denmark), Rock Werchter (Belgium), and Sonisphere (Spain).

*Gavin Harrison has been named “Best Progressive Drummer” for the fourth consecutive year in the 2010 Modern Drummer readers’ poll.

*Steven Wilson co-wrote and sang the track “The Fountain” on Pendulum’s new album Immersion, which entered the UK album charts at #1.

*And finally, Steven Wilson has launched a second career as a writer. Wilson now pens the back-page column for Electronic Musician and was recently published in the New York Times as well. Check out both here: http://emusician.com/interviews/in_the_mix/in_the_mix_new_is_old/ and http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/15/opinion/l15music.html

Full list of tour dates is below, and more information, including photos, can be found at http://www.porcupinetree.com

Porcupine Tree/ Coheed and Cambria Tour Dates

8.10 San Francisco, CA- The Warfield (Porcupine Tree only)
8.12 Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Palladium
8.13 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
8.14 San Diego, CA – 4th and B
8.16 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
8.17 El Paso, TX – Club 101
8.18 San Antonio, TX – Sunset Station
8.20 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
8.21 Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
8.22 Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium
8.23 St Louis, MO – Pageant
8.24 Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
8.26 Cleveland, OH – Nautica Pavilion

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