The pandemic meant prog rockers TesseracT couldn’t get on the road so they’ve created a new online show Portals, which they are billing as a cinematic live experience.
As mysterious, monoliths appeared across continents it’s eerie that the band created a very similar structure for the event’s artwork well before the first news reports came in from Utah. It’s seems so prog to choose what might be a portal that offers a gateway for its passengers to travel in other realms.
Through the five acts of this show, produced by bass played Amos Williams, they have designed a gateway into their own world.
“Portals is a celebration of our love of performing and each act is a still from an ever-evolving musical personality,” says Amos Williams. “Each song is the conversations you have with old friends when you meet up for the first time in ages and you pick up exactly where you left off. This year has presented us all with an unusual set of barriers to surmount.
“The limitations of not being able to tour, and the absence of shows, has focused us towards the concept of creating the ultimate tour production within the ultimate TesseracT show. Where we explore every facet of our music, and every story we have told, and in doing so create new stories and in some cases commit evolved versions to a medium that will outlast the moment.”
Amongst the challenges TesseracT had to overcome was the fact that drummer Jay Postones now lives in Austin, Texas so was unable to make it to the UK for the performance. Luckily, long-time friend of the band, Mike Malyan agreed to fill-in adding another layer to this unconventional event.
Fans will have access to stream Portals live from December 12 on their dedicated website – www.portals.show and tickets are on sale now.
* Premiere – Saturday 12th December at 7pm GMT on www.portals.show
* Pre show – Saturday 12th December at 6pm GMT on www.portals.show featuring Behind The Scenes footage, including interviews with band and crew, rehearsals and more ..
* Ticket holders have 3 days to watch on demand after the initial broadcast (until 15th December, 23:59 GMT)
* Early bird ticket prices available until 00:00 Monday 7th December
* Early bird ticket price – £12.99 / Standard – £14.99
Exclusive event merch is now on sale and available for pre-order, including a Portals Event T-Shirt, a premium, heavy-weight print and a double-foil laminate (bundle exclusive). Fans can take a psychometric test on to add a custom laminate to merch bundles.
Words by Paul Clarke, you can see his author profile here.