Alan Parsons Plans New Album, World Tour

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Alan Parsons (2012 Photo: Domink Fritz via Parsons’ Facebook page)

Alan Parsons, who earned his first accolades behind the boards in the studio with the Beatles and Pink Floyd, before becoming a successful recording artist himself, is working on a new studio album – tentatively titled, The Secret. The album is expected in spring 2019 from Frontiers Music Srl, which has signed the artist-producer. The first several dates of a 2019 world tour, billed as the Alan Parsons Live Project, have been revealed, beginning in February. (See initial dates below.)

The relationship began in 2010 when the label released Eye 2 Eye – Live in Madrid. Parsons had been planning a new recording for a while and only recently felt he had the right plans and ideas in place.

“The writing and recording sessions are going incredibly well,” says Parsons. “The album will include musical and lyrical themes that are very close to my heart and my own interests and passions. I do not really want to reveal a lot about it, except that for the moment everything that surrounds The Secret is going to be just that….a secret!

“To the fans…We’ll see you soon on a world tour!”

Watch Parsons tracking strings for the album at Capitol Studios in Hollywood on October 14

Tracking strings for the album at Capitol Studios with CMG Music Recording in Hollywood, CA
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Posted by Alan Parsons on Sunday, October 14, 2018

From the original August 29 announcement: “The overall musical approach of the album is expected to be in keeping with the symphonic rock that Alan explored on his earlier solo records and the Project albums. But, of course, there will be new twists and turns and robust new creative inspiration behind the album. Some special guests will be on the album, but those will be revealed later….again, in keeping with the working title of the album.”

Parsons’ music career started at 19 when he earned one of his his first credits as assistant engineer on the Beatles’ Abbey Road album. He soon become a well respected studio engineer, working for Paul McCartney, the Hollies, and many others. Parsons earned accolades for his work as recording engineer on Pink Floyd’s 1972 classic rock masterpiece, The Dark Side of The Moon, on which he experimented with many of the most advanced recording techniques of the time. As a producer, he enjoyed success with Pilot, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, John Miles, and Al Stewart, including, Year of the Cat.

In 1975, Parsons formed The Alan Parsons Project along with principal songwriter (and occasional singer) Eric Woolfson. The Project consisted of a group of studio musicians and vocalists, often involving the members of three bands Parsons produced: Pilot (Ian Bairnson, Stuart Tosh and David Paton), Cockney Rebel’s Stuart Elliott on drums, and (on the first album) American progressive pop/rock band, Ambrosia.

The Alan Parsons Project released ten studio albums, but never performed live during the heyday of the albums, even after the U.S. and European Top 20 hits “Games People Play,” “Time,” “Don’t Answer Me” and 1982’s “Eye in the Sky.”

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Since then, Parsons has released a number of recordings under his own name using several musicians that also appeared on the “Project” releases.

He turned 70 on December 20, 2018.

Alan Parsons Live Project 2019 Tour Dates (Tickets are available here and here)

Feb 16 – Melbourne, FL – The King Center
Feb 17 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
Feb 18 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Parker Playhouse
Feb 20 – Durham, NC – Durham PAC
Feb 22 – Englewood, NJ – Bergen PAC
Feb 23 – Lancaster, PA – American Music Theatre
Feb 24 – Montreal, Canada – Theatre Maisonneuve
Feb 26 – Quebec, Canada – Grand Theatre de Quebec
Feb 27 – Medford, MA – Chevalier Theatre
Mar 01 – Tarrytown, NY – Tarrytown Music Hall
Mar 02 – Mashantucket, CT – Theater at Foxwoods Resort
Mar 03 – Glenside, PA – The Keswick Theatre
Mar 17 – Enschede, Netherlands – Muziekcentrum Enschede
Mar 19 – Uden, Netherlands – Markant
Apr 04 – Beverly Hills, CA – The Saban
Apr 06 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
Apr 07 – Jackson, CA – Jackson Rancheria Casino
Apr 09 – Boise, ID – Egyptian Theatre
Apr 10 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
Apr 12 – Bow, WA – Skagit Valley Casino Resort
Apr 13 – Bow, WA – Skagit Valley Casino Resort
Apr 15 – Calgary, Canada – Grey Eagle Event Centre
Apr 16 – Edmonton, Canada – Winspear Centre
Apr 27 – Lombardy, Italy – Frontiers Rock Festival
Apr 28 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Concert Factory Z7
Apr 30 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
May 01 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Sleeping Beauty Poppodium
May 02 – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
Jun 14 – Oldneburg, Germany – Weser-EMS Halle
Jun 15 – Leipzig, Germany – Haus Auensee
Jun 16 – Hamburg, Germany – Stadtpark
Jun 18 – Munster, Germany – Halle Munsterland
Jun 21 – Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle
Jun 22 – Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom
Jun 24 – Munich, Germany – Circus Krone

More to come…

Watch the Alan Parsons Live Project perform in 2018

Parsons has received 11 Grammy Award nominations for his engineering and production work.

In 1994, he started touring regularly as The Alan Parsons Live Project and has released a number of live releases in audio and video.

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