Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has announced that the Progressive Nation tour will be making a return in 2014, this time as a cruise package.
Amongst the acts confirmed for the event are Portnoy and former Dream Theater band made Derek Sherinian, former Yes singer Jon Anderson, King's X and Spock's Beard. The four day event will take place between February 18th and 22nd. Portnoy has issued the following statement on the event's Facebook page:
"In 2008 & 2009, I created a touring package called 'Progressive Nation' and with Dream Theater headlining, we did three full tours (two in North America and one in Europe) that showcased a variety of bands that embraced the spirit and musicality of progressive music.
"Well after a 5 year hiatus, I have decided to resurrect Progressive Nation and this time we are taking it to the seas!
"But rather than a 4 band bill like previous Progressive Nation tours, we have expanded the bill to OVER A DOZEN of today's greatest progressive bands, musicians and artists! (and there may be one or two more still to be confirmed).
"Myself and my former DT bandmate Derek Sherinian have teamed up with Sixthman (who have done incredibly successful cruises with Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the annual Kiss Cruise to name a few) as well as our friends at Inside Out Music and look forward to a very successful inaugural launch of 'Progressive Nation at Sea' Feb 18th thru 22nd 2014.
"We are so excited to take part in this historic maiden voyage and look forward to sharing this one of a kind event with fans from all around the world!"
Check out the Progressive Nation website for more details.