New England Art (Progressive) Rock Society - New England's Ear on Progressive (Prog) Rock Music
What is NewEARS? A not-for-profit organization of progressive music lovers. The primary goal of NewEARS is to create a community of music enthusiasts dedicated to sharing and promoting progressive rock in the New England area.

Please see the About page for more information about our goals and history, as well as contact information.

NewEARS Album Of The Month

Neronia - Limnotapes

"The album begins very much in the neo-prog vein thanks to an atmospheric instrumental intro and the follow-up, "Sleep My Child", which is bathed in synths and benefits from some strong melodies that get better with repeated listens. As the album develops, the neo-prog leanings become less pronounced as other avenues are explored. For example, "Only Sometimes" is an edgier, higher tempo and more modern sounding track, whilst the subtle Rush-isms on "Go This Way" don't go entirely unnoticed.

[...] an album that I shall return to and derive pleasure from, I'm certain of that. - PR&MM

Essential Tracks: "Only Sometimes" is an edgier, higher tempo and more modern sounding track - PR&MM

Read the reviews at Power Play Rock and Metal Magazine.

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Art Rock Series

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New England Events

  • 2014-07-22
    Queen with Adam Lambert at TD Garden - Boston, MA at 07:30 PM

  • 2014-07-24
    The Winery Dogs (Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Richie Kotzen) at Toad's Place - New Haven, CT at 08:00 PM
    $25 adv, $30 day of show

  • 2014-07-25
    Queen with Adam Lambert at Mohegan Sun Casino - Uncasville, CT at 08:00 PM
    $79.50 & $99.50

  • 2014-07-29
    Nine Inch Nails & Soundgarden at Xfinity Center - Mansfield, MA at 07:00 PM
    With Special Guests Death Grips
    $38.50 - $117.30

  • 2014-08-01
    The Winery Dogs (Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan, Richie Kotzen) at The Wilbur - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $35 - $55

  • 2014-08-01
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd at Blue Ocean Music Hall - Salisbury, MA at 08:00 PM
    $25 & $29

  • 2014-08-10
    King's X at Tupelo Music Hall - Londonderry, NH at 07:00 PM

  • 2014-08-14
    The Moody Blues at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook - Gilford, NH at 08:00 PM
    $34.25 - $85

  • 2014-08-15
    The Moody Blues at Cape Cod Melody Tent - Hyannis, MA at 08:00 PM
    $63 - $89

  • 2014-08-15
    New England Reunion Concert at The Regent Theatre - Arlington, MA at 08:00 PM
    With Special Guests TBD
    $28 - $75 (VIP)

  • 2014-08-16
    The Moody Blues at Cape Cod Melody Tent - Hyannis, MA at 08:00 PM
    $63 - $89

  • 2014-08-17
    The Moody Blues at Ives Concert Park - Danbury, CT at 07:00 PM
    $85.50 - $149.50

  • 2014-08-23
    Classic Albums Live "The Dark Side of the Moon" at Cape Cod Melody Tent - Hyannis, MA at 08:00 PM
    $29.50 - $35.50

  • 2014-08-24
    Yanni at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA at 07:30 PM
    $52.35 - $144.50

  • 2014-08-29
    Steely Dan "JAMALOT Ever After Tour" at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion - Bangor, ME at 08:00 PM
    $28.75 - $102.75

  • 2014-08-30
    Steely Dan "JAMALOT Ever After Tour" at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook - Gilford, NH at 07:30 PM
    $58 - $146.50

    Featured Show:

    New England Reunion Concert
    August 15 - The Regent Theatre

    New England is a four-piece rock and roll band hailing from Boston, MA. John Fannon (guitar & vocals), Hirsh Gardner (drums and vocals), Jimmy Waldo (keyboards and vocals) and Gary Shea (bass) broke out of the local scene with the release of their self-titled album on Infinity/MCA in 1979. The first single, “Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya”, became an AOR smash and even cracked the Top 40. The album was produced by Mike Stone and Paul Stanley of Kiss, with whom New England toured for much of 1979 and 1980. For their sophomore effort, entitled “Explorer Suite,” the foursome once again called upon veteran knob-twirler Mike Stone. Highlights from this album are the orchestral title track, “It’s Never Too Late”, and “Conversation”, which features New England’s trademark lush background vocals. The touring never let up for the boys from Boston as they split their time on the Explorer Suite tour between headlining large clubs and sharing arena billing with Journey, AC/DC, Cheap Trick, and Kiss among others.

    For the third album, Walking Wild, the legendary Todd Rundgren was at the helm. The results of these sessions were hard-driving anthemic tunes such as “Don’t Ever Let Me Go”, “L-5” (co-written by Fannon, Waldo & Rundgren) and the kick-ass rocker “Holdin’ Out On Me”, which features Hirsh Gardner on lead vocals. The frustration over the lack of label support grew and the band parted ways. While Fannon & Gardner went on to successful careers as producers and Shea & Waldo former Alcatrazz with Graham Bonnet & Yngwie Malmsteen, nothing seemed to match the excitement of New England. The real strength of New England was the combination of four strong & diverse individuals: Fannon’s lead vocals & songwriting, Waldo’s whirling keyboards, Gardner’s driving skin-pounding and high-pitched vocals and Shea’s thunderous bass lines.

    While the records speak for themselves, the fans are the reason New England lives: Waldo explains,“I would tour all over the world with Alcatrazz and every country we’d go to people would have New England albums for me to sign. It really shows you the power of music. We have fans all over Europe & Japan, places we never even toured. It’s amazing.

    Prog in the News
    Gone fishing (hiking in New Mexico)
    Updates will return July 23rd

    2014-07-07: Yes forges ahead with classic albums and new music
    When the guitarist Steve Howe joined Yes, a promising young English band at the forefront of a growing progressive-rock movement, in 1970, he could hardly have known that “Perpetual Change,” the last song on 1971’s “The Yes A

    2014-07-06: Phil Collins’ son Simon Collins arrested in England on suspicion of supplying, possessing drugs
    The eldest son of rocker Phil Collins is in too deep. Fellow musician Simon Collins was busted in England for suspicion of supplying Class A drugs and possession of a Class B drug, the Daily Mail reported Saturday. Collins, 3

    2014-07-05: More Details on Pink Floyd's New "Endless River" Album Emerge Including a Possible Audio Preview
    A series of recordings made during the sessions for 1994's "The Division Bell" but never before released, are apparently the basis for a forthcoming Pink Floyd recording called "The Endless River" Dubbed "The Big Spli

    2014-07-03: Things Get Hot At Styx & Foreigner’s Show In Philly
    This Styx & Foreigner tour is on fire! No, literally. The tour stopped in Philly on Wednesday, and things really lit up. As TMZ puts it, 2 tour buses “turned into vehicular torches” that afternoon before the show. We’re still

    2014-07-02: Gillan to sing Smoke with 1000s of guitarists
    Deep Purple's Ian Gillan is backing a world record attempt for the most number of amateur guitarists playing at the same time. The singer will take a break from Deep Purple’s world tour to front Guitars On The Beach, the mass

    2014-07-02: SENSATIONS' FIX at ProgDay 2014!
    The story of SENSATIONS' FIX begins – and never quite ends – with FRANCO FALSINI. Blazing a trail for DIY recording in his early years, Falsini employed a floor model mini-moog and a tricked out Teac 4-track as the core of hi

    2014-07-02: Steve Walsh resigning from Kansas
    On June 30, 2014, Steve Walsh informed the members of KANSAS that he is resigning from the band. His last performance with KANSAS will be August 16, 2014, in Sioux City, Iowa, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. As KANSAS contin

    2014-07-01: U.S. Postal Service Unveils Janis Joplin Stamp
    Weeks before Janis Joplin is scheduled to join Jimi Hendrix on the list of new honorees in the U.S. Postal Service’s Music Icons series of commemorative stamps, we’ve been granted our first glimpse of what the artwork will lo

    2014-06-27: Mattias Olsson and David Lundberg bring Necromonkey to ProgDay!
    MATTIAS OLSSON, formerly of ANGLAGARD, met DAVID LUNDBERG, keyboardist from GOSTA BERLINGS SAGA, in 2008 while working on GBS's second album. Their discussions of collaboration became reality in 2010 when Olsson and Lundberg

    2014-06-27: Phil Collins donates revolution artifacts to Alamo
    The British 1980s music icon was at the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and Texas Revolutionary shrine in San Antonio on Thursday, announcing the donation of his collection of related artifacts — one so vast it is considered the wor

    2014-06-26: Phil Collins Rehearsing for Possible Comeback Tour
    Phil Collins admitted last fall that he’d been considering the possibility of a return to active duty. Now, according to Collins’ longtime bassist Lee Sklar, it looks like a comeback might really be in the cards. In fact, as

    2014-06-26: Jeff Beck Cancels Second Leg of European Tour Due to Medical Concerns
    Jeff Beck has canceled the second leg of his European tour. Beck, who turned 70 on June 24, has been instructed by doctors to stop performing for six weeks. He also will "undertake a short hospital procedure."

    2014-06-24: Boston Globe Album Review: Mastodon, ‘Once More ’Round the Sun’
    Mastodon is truly the Mensa Society of the metal scene, having fashioned concept albums around Melville’s “Moby-Dick” and czarist Russia. This latest release is more about “the life and times of each person in the band during

    2014-06-23: Adrian Belew’s MASSIVE North American Tour
    Adrian Belew is happy to announce his first North American tour since the Crimson ProjeKCt tour of 2011. The tour starts on Oct 22 in Charlottesville, VA and ends on Dec 21 in Cincinnati, OH. The tour will span across 22 US

    2014-06-20: Yes Minus One: The History of "Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe"
    Yes enjoyed a massive (and massively unlikely) comeback in the early 80s after adopting a more radio-friendly sound for their 90125 album, but the good times didn't last: Lineup changes have always been a matter of cou