Sept 30, 2008

Ayreon Fan Meet Tickets available


It's time again for the Ayreon Fanmeet! Just like last year, a group of Arjen's fans in the Netherlands have organized a special meeting for Ayreon fans.

Date: 11 October, 2008
Time: Doors open 13.00
Venue:'P3' Purmerend (NL) ( :: find in Google Maps)
Tickets: 10 Euro - available here.

The press release from the Ayreon fanmeet organization reads:

The Ayreon Fanmeet on October 11 is being arranged by and for people that admire Ayreon and Arjen's other projects. Together we want to have a marvellous day with (live) music related to Arjen.

This year's event features performances by the bands Galanor ( and LadyLau ( Both bands will be playing Ayreon songs in addition to their own music. LadyLau and members of Galanor were part of The Ayreonotes, a band formed by musically talented fans for last year's fanmeet.

Besides the live music, the fanmeet offers a chance for Ayreon fans to meet and mingle. There will also be a few special guests (musicians that have played on one or more of Arjen's albums). You can talk to them and they'll bring their merchandise as well.

Tickets are 10 Euro each. Fanmeet visiors attending the Alquin ( concert later that evening will receive a 5 euro discount on their Alquin ticket! For fanmeet tickets and all the latest info, please visit And feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

All together it will be a great day for anyone who likes Arjen's music; hope to see you there!

~Ayreon Fanmeet Organisation.


Sept 16, 2008

Timeline: New Ayreon compilation album


The latest news from the Electric Castle is that Arjen has just put the finishing touches on the forthcoming Ayreon 3CD + DVD compilation album, TIMELINE.

"I've been asked many times before to release an Ayreon compilation album, but it just didnít feel right to present fragmented bits of story by lifting individual songs out of their greater contexts. However, my attitude changed after I completed my 2008 album 01011001, in which I connected all the previous Ayreon releases, musically as well as lyrically. Having completed the circle, so to speak, it seemed like a fitting time to put all things Ayreon into perspective and create an Ayreon timeline outlining the entire story."

Arjen & JasperTIMELINE follows the thirteen-year evolution of the Ayreon sound from the 1995 debut The Final Experiment to the release of 01011001 in 2008. In addition to selecting tracks from the existing Ayreon discography, Arjen has also written and recorded a new Ayreon song exclusively for TIMELINE. Titled Epilogue: The Memory Remains, this previously unreleased 9-plus-minute track introduces Ayreon fans to the clear, powerful voice of Jasper Steverlinck (Arid). Lyrically, The Memory Remains provides further insight into the final chapter of the Ayreon saga and what the future might hold for its characters.

Ayreon TimelineIn addition to The Memory Remains, TIMELINE's 3 audio CDs comprise 32 essential Ayreon tracks (almost 4 hours of music), all carefully remastered specifically for this release. The accompanying DVD features nearly two hours of released and unreleased video clips, behind-the-scenes featurettes, 5.1 mixes, and live performances of Ayreon tracks (Star one and Stream of Passion versions). To illuminate the Ayreon story further, a timeline poster illustrating the Ayreon universe and 56-page booklet containing many new photos, all lyrics, and notes on the story are included in the TIMELINE package. The cover is a specially commissioned painting by traditional Ayreon cover artist, Jef Bertels (see the full painting here).

TIMELINE will be available from InsideOut Music on 7 November 2008 (G.A.S), 17 November 2008 (Europe), and 13 January 2009 (N. America).

When asked what the release of TIMELINE means for the future of Ayreon, Arjen explains, "I don't see this as the end of Ayreon, but rather as a new beginning. I'll definitely be recording some side projects before I even start thinking about re-inventing Ayreon. To keep things fresh for myself I've got to come up with a completely new concept for both the music and the lyrics. I hope I can do will be definitely be quite a challenge!"

For more info and updates, check the TIMELINE page regularly


June 27, 2008

Ask Arjen Anything - and get answers!


Every so often we collect all the weird and wonderful questions that Arjen's fans can come up with in an event called "Ask Arjen Anything" (AAA). The results of the most recent AAA are posted online now on the Message Board and on the blog. Enjoy!


May 27, 2008

Release Party Videos online


01011001 Release Party videos online
We've just uploaded 4 videos from the 01011001 release party that took place in Utrecht on 27 January, 2008. Now you can relive the experience (or find out what you missed)! The videos, "Release Party Overview," "Charm of the Seer," "E=mc2," and "Day 6: Childhood," were filmed and edited by the ace crew at D'iMages.


Apr 21, 2008

Elected EP samples online


We've just posted some audio samples from the new Ayreon EP Elected.


Mar 20, 2008

Ayreon vs. Avantasia - new EP!


Ayreon releases EP featuring 3 non-album tracks.

On January 25, 2008 the rock operas of Arjen Lucassen and Tobias Sammet, respectively Ayreon's 01011001 and Avantasia's The Scarecrow, were released simultaneously. The music press, always eager for a story, called this event the 'Clash of the Titans', gleefully portraying the two musicians as bitter rivals and urging each to comment on the other in countless interviews. There was much speculation about which album would be more successful, but upon release both albums immediately charted in several countries around the world. When asked about the so-called rivalry, Arjen explains: "I'd not yet even heard Tobias's album, but when I found out he'd managed to get my all-time favourite artist Alice Cooper to guest on The Scarecrow, I totally freaked out and sent a hate-mail to Tobias's MySpace. Fortunately, he never received it".

Coincidentally however, Tobias, who was fed up with having to talk about Arjen in interviews, grudgingly decided it was time to get acquainted. He emailed Arjen, and in the stream of email and insults that followed "it turned out that Tobias hated me just as much for having got Bruce Dickinson to guest on an Ayreon album, haha!" Arjen explains. Despite their mutual hatred, the two musicians eventually hatched a plan to put some fuel on the fire created by the press by doing the unthinkable: recording a song together. The result is a mind-blowing over-the-top cover version of Elected, the original version of which was a big hit for Alice Cooper back in 1973.

The song Elected will be featured on a 4-track EP released by Inside Out Music/SPV (release dates: 25 April for Germany/Austria/Switzerland; 28 April for Europe). The 3 other tracks featured on the EP are an acoustic live radio session of the 01011001 track E=mc2 with Marjan Welman on vocals, Ride the Comet taken from the album 01011001, and a touching piano-only version of the Human Equation track Day Six: Childhood featuring Joost van den Broek and Marjan Welman. The EP also includes a secret code that will give you access to exclusive downloads here at


Mar 9, 2008

01011001 on vinyl!


As reported in the Arjen Lucassen newsletter #82, the new Ayreon album 0011001 is to be released on vinyl. It will be a triple-album set on clear vinyl. However, the mid-March release date has been postponed. The new (but still tentative!) release dates are as follows:

Germany, Austria, Switzerland: 11 April

Europe: 14 April

USA: 22 April

Stay tuned for more info!

Mar 1, 2008

01011001 in the charts


International album chart positions for 01011001

Holland (#2)
Germany (#18)
Norway (#42)
Finland (#44)
Sweden (#54)
Hungary (#54)
Switzerland (#85)
France (#90)
Wallonien (#96)
Quebec (#128)

UK (#26 Rock/Metal)
USA (#68 Indie)
Canada (#86 Hard Music)


Jan 14, 2008

In-store appearances January 2008


We've just received confirmation that Arjen will be making at least two in-store appearances this month. Joining him for a short acoustic set will be vocalist Marjan Welman, whose powerful vocals are featured on the song E=mc2 on 01011001. Admission to the in-store performances is free.

25 January -- 17:00 Velvet Music in Breda

25 January -- 20:00 Waterput in Bergen op Zoom

26 January -- 17:00 Velvet music in Delft

Hope to see you there!


Jan 10, 2008

01011001 Preview video


A new preview video of 01011001 has been posted on Arjen's MySpace, featuring a glimpse into the studio and previews of the songs -- don't miss it!


Jan 1, 2008

Beneath the waves CGI movie


You can watch the CGI movie for Beneath the Waves from 01011001 here. Happy New Year!


Dec 24, 2007

01011001 album artwork online


Each day until January 1, 2008 we'll be unveiling selected album artwork from 01011001. The first previews, created by Simon van Vegten of DPI Animation House, are already up and available here.


Dec. 3rd, 2007

Preview on MySpace!


You can listen to the track 'The Fifth Extinction' taken from the forthcoming Ayreon album '01011001' on Arjen's MySpace. The track is divided up in two parts to meet with MySpace limitations (the song is just over 10 minutes long).




You can download banners to promote the new Ayreon everywhere.

Nov. 27th, 2007

Teaser Online!


You can download the teaser trailer for 01011001 at this location (right-click and save). Or visit MySpace.

Teaser Trailer Ayreon - 01011001

Add to My Profile | More Videos


Nov. 26th, 2007

New Management!


Here follows a statement from Y. Boertje, Personal Manager for Arjen Lucassen: "After working for Arjen for as a manager for nearly five years, I decided it was time to move on and, among other things, pursue my screenwriting career.

We've looked for a replacement and are happy to announce that Lori Linstruth will be taking over my tasks. She recently moved from Sweden to the Netherlands and, after a short transitional period, is now ready to take on the job! Please welcome Lori as the new personal manager, webmaster, messageboard administrator, and shopkeeper for Arjen!"


Nov. 21st, 2007

Pre-Order 01011001!!


Signed editions of 01011001 are now available for pre-order through the store. Please check the pre-order page here for information.


Nov. 21st, 2007

Asian release date


The new Ayreon album will be released in Asia (Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and other territories) through Avalon/Marquee Records on January 23rd, 2008. It will be the regular 2 CD edition containing two Arjen guide vocal bonus tracks, plus one exclusive Arjen guide vocal track.

For all release dates please visit the 01011001 page.


Nov. 15th, 2007

Release Party 01011001


To celebrate the newest Ayreon release, we'll be throwing a party for the fans. The location is (like The Human Equation Pre-Release Party) in the Stairway to Heaven Cafe in Utrecht, The Netherlands on Sunday January 27th, 2008.

It's a free event which it starts at 13.00 hrs and should end at about 17.00 hrs.

You will also be able to buy all editions of the album and new merchandise. More information will become available soon. Mark your calendars and we hope to see you there!


Nov. 15th, 2007

Editions and contents 01011001


As previously reported the new Ayreon release '01011001' due out in January 2008 will be available in three editions:

- A regular 2CD edition with a 28 page booklet.

- A Special Edition: a box containing the regular 2CD edition and a bonus DVD*.

- A Deluxe Limited Edition, a DVD size fold-out case with embossed silver lettering on the slipcase. This edition contains the 2 CDs and a bonus DVD* plus a 36 page booklet with additional artwork.

*The bonus DVD contains:
Behind the Scenes - Making of 01011001
Beneath the Waves - CGI Movie (5.1/2.0)
Guide Demos (audio) - feat. Arjen on vocals
Ed Warby's Session - Recording drums
Bloopers (audio)

Pre-order will be available shortly! Please check the 01011001 page for release dates and all official information.


Nov. 8th, 2007

Cover Artwork!


Belgian painter Jef Bertels once again provided the cover for the new Ayreon release named "01011001".

Jef previously made paintings for the Ayreon albums Into the Electric Castle, The Dream Sequencer and Ayreon's latest release The Human Equation. You can check out more of Bertels wonderful world at his official site.

For the lay-out artwork (the images inside the booklet) Arjen has called in the talents of Colombian graphics artist Felipe Machado Franco. You can check out his website at this location.

Please check the 01011001 page for all official information.


Nov. 8th, 2007

Release dates and editions


The album will be in stores end of January 2008. Here are the release dates per territory:

January 25th: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
January 28th: Europe
January 29th: U.S and Canada
Other territories & labels TBA.

In Europe and North America the album will be released through InsideOut/SPV records and in the following editions:
Regular Edition (2CD)
Special Edition (2CD + DVD)
Limited Deluxe Edition (2CD + DVD)


Nov. 1st, 2007

Track List Revealed!


The full track list for the new Ayreon double disc release has been announced. Please check the 01011001 page for all information.

The album is now finished and will be in stores end of January 2008. Please check the 01011001 page for exact release dates.


Oct. 28th, 2007

Guest Keyboardists Announced!


Beside guest guitarists, Arjen also invited keyboard players for the new Ayreon album. They are (in order of appearance) Derek Sherinian (Planet X), Tomas Bodin (The Flower Kings) and Joost van den Broek (After Forever).

Check the link hear to the Three Guest Keyboardists.

Arjen is finishing up the mixes, and no guest artists are left to announce. In total there are 25 guest musicians participating on 01011001.


Oct. 25th, 2007

Jeroen Goossens returns!


Flutist Jeroen Goossens of the Dutch folk band Flairck returns to Ayreon. Jeroen who previously played on Ayreon's The Human Equation and starred in the "Loser" video, recently recorded his parts in the Electric Castle. Other instrumentalists we previously announced include Ben Mathot of the band Dis on violin, David Faber on cello and of course Gorefest's drummer Ed Warby.


Oct. 21st, 2007

Solo Guitarists announced!


The following three guitarists play solos on the new Ayreon album called 01011001: Lori Linstruth, Arjen Lucassen himself, and Michael Romeo. Stay tuned for more guessing when we give you a sample of the guest keyboardists!


Oct. 10th, 2007



We're now able to reveal the title for the new Ayreon album due out in January 2008. It is called 01011001. You can check all official information such as sound clips and future downloads by visiting the special 01011001 page.


Oct. 10th, 2007

Daniel Gildenlow confirmed!


Arjen recently left the Electric Castle and flew to Stockholm, Sweden to record Pain of Salvation frontman Daniel Gildenlöw. Daniel is the final vocalist to be confirmed to sing on the new Ayreon album that will be released January 2008. To find out more about Pain of Salvation you can check their website.


Oct. 8th, 2007

Wudstik and Marjan Welman


For the past few years Arjen has made it a point to invite relatively unknown vocalists to sing along with the more well known artists. Arjen chose these two Dutch singers because, as he puts it: "...they are very talented, they have charisma and they possess the drive needed to make it quite far in the music business".

Vocalist number 15 is Wudstik, a Dutch hip hop and soul artist. Now don't run away, he actually loves rock as well! In fact his favorite bands include Dream Theater, Symphony X, Spock's Beard and Pain of Salvation. And obviously... Ayreon. He has made one album and appeared on Dutch TV (Raymann is laat). Check out Wudstik's official site or his MySpace for more information on this up and coming artist.

Marjan Welman of the band Elister sent in a demo of her voice many years ago, and once again after her successful appearance in the Stream of Passion cover act "Team of Passion". Arjen's attention was drawn and he eventually invited her to sing a part on the new Ayreon. Marjan is an active messageboard member, and her band Elister opened for Stream of Passion for their concert in Rijssen earlier this year. Check out Marjan's MySpace or Elister's MySpace for more information.


Sept. 28th, 2007

Hansi Kursch Announced!


Blind Guardian and Demons and Wizard's frontman Hansi Kursch drove to the Electric Castle last Tuesday and got horribly stuck in traffic! However, he did make it to the studio eventually and recorded vocals for the new Ayreon album. You can find out more about Hansi on Blind Guardian's official website and MySpace.


Sept. 19th, 2007

Steve Lee Announced!


Frontman Steve Lee from the multi-platinum-selling Swiss band Gotthard has been announced as the 13th vocalist for the new Ayreon album. Steve once auditioned to be the new singer for Vengeance, and 18 years later they met up again. Check out Gotthard's official site and MySpace for more information. Gotthard is currently on tour in Japan and Russia.


Sept. 19th, 2007

Ayreon Fan Meet!


September 15th saw the birth of what may become a tradition: the very first Ayreon Fan Meet. Fans from across the globe, who spend a lot of their time on the Ayreon messageboard, planned to meet up in what once was to be a simple lunch meeting in the Amsterdam Zoo. The plan steadily grew into an official meeting.

The coverband Ayreonotes, featuring members of the messageboard, did an excellent job on Ayreon and Star One classics such as Castle Hall, Isis and Osiris, The Eye of Ra and High Moon. Special guests attending were Ian Parry, Ruud Houweling, Peter Vink and the tall minstrel himself Arjen Lucassen. You can read reports and check out pictures on the Ayreon messageboard.


Sept. 14th, 2007

Floor Jansen and Phideaux announced!


Right before she left on an extensive tour with her band After Forever, Floor Jansen joined Arjen once again in the Electric Castle to record vocal parts for the new Ayreon. You can check out all about Floor on her official MySpace and also on After Forever's website.Another vocalists Phideaux Xavier recorded his vocals for the new Ayreon in the U.S. Arjen discovered his music a while ago, only to find that he was also a member of the Ayreon Yahoo Groups. Check out his website and MySpace for more information on Phideaux.


Sept. 7th, 2007

Bob Catley announced!


Magnum's legendary frontman Bob Catley flew in from England to sing at the Electric Castle for the upcoming Ayreon album. You can check out all about Bob on his official MySpace and website. Check out Magnum's official site as well, for upcoming tour dates.


Sept. 3rd, 2007

Anneke van Giersbergen announced!


Anneke van Giersbergen appears once again on an Ayreon album. She's recently left the Gathering and now has her own band Agua de Annique. Check out her official MySpace and her new band's official myspace


Aug. 29th, 2007

Jonas P. Renkse on Ayreon!


Hailing from Sweden Jonas P. Renkse of the band Katatonia joined Arjen in the studio just a few days ago. Beside doing his trademark intimate vocal parts, he also laid down a few growl tracks for the new Ayreon, eventhough he hadn't growled on record for about 12 years. Check out Katatonia's official MySpace site, and their official website for more information.


Aug. 27th, 2007

Jorn Lande announced


Now that wasn't so hard for most of the guessers on our messageboard and among our MySpace friends! Jorn Lande is the eighth vocalist to be announced for Ayreon. Although there are some of you who haven't heard this fantastic vocalist who flew in from Norway to sing at the Electric Castle. If you want to know more about Jorn Lande, do check out his official MySpace site, and his official website for more information.


Aug. 21st, 2007

Tom Englund is vocalist number 6!


Tom S. Englund of Evergrey has been announced as the sixth vocalist on the new Ayreon album. Tom flew over to the Netherlands last week from Sweden to record all his vocal parts. For more information on Tom or his band please visit:

The official Evergrey Site
Evergrey MySpace


Aug. 16th, 2007

Arjen and Liselotte Hegt on Ayreon


It wasn't such a hard guess, at least for one half the duo we revealed last week. Indeed, Arjen Lucassen takes on a bit of vocal duty for this new Ayreon album as well. The second vocalist proved a lot more difficult, as we expected. But eventually someone figured it out.

It is Liselotte Hegt from her newly formed band Dial. Some might know Liselotte as the former bassplayer for the band Cirrha Niva. You can check out more information on:

Liselotte's MySpace page

And be sure to check out Dial's MySpace page as well.

Fifteen vocalists have been confirmed, with more to be added.


July 30th, 2007

Ty Tabor on Ayreon


There were some pretty good guesses, anything ranging from Neal Morse, to Steve Wilson, and some even thought it was Arjen Lucassen himself.

The third vocalist that is confirmed for the new, as of yet untitled, Ayreon album is none other than Ty Tabor (King's X). Ty recorded his vocalist in his own Alien Beans Studio.

You can check Ty's sites here:

Ty Tabor's MySpace
Ty Tabor's Official Site
King's X's MySpace

Thirteen vocalists have been confirmed, with more to be added.


July 9, 2007

Simone Simons on Ayreon!


The second vocalist that recorded vocals in the Electric Castle has officially been confirmed to be Simone Simons of the Dutch metal band Epica.

Simone's recording session was on July 5th. Epica's new album "The Divine Conspiracy" is due for release September 7th, 2007 through Nuclear Blast Records. You can check out the following MySpace sites for more information on Simone and her band:

Simone Simons


June 26, 2007

Magali Luyten stars on new Ayreon


There were some good guesses as to who the vocalist was on the sound sample that we put up a while ago. A few even got it right: the first vocalist who will star on the new Ayreon is Magali Luyten (Virus IV and Beautiful Sin). You can check myspace pages here:

Magali Luyten
Virus IV
Beautiful Sin

Twelve vocalists have been confirmed so far, with a number of vocalists still to be added over the next few weeks.

A few more recording dates have been set, so keep tuned.


June 14, 2007

First vocalist recorded!


The very first vocalist for the seventh Ayreon album was recorded in the Electric Castle Studio last week. We're not revealing the name of the vocalist just yet, but you can listen to a sample of the voice (without instruments) here.

During the time leading up to the official announcement of each of the vocalists participating on the new Ayreon album, we'll be giving acapella previews of every vocalist. Currently 12 vocalists have been confirmed, and a few more will be added.

Discuss the sample, and all things Ayreon, on our messageboard or on Arjen's official MySpace site.


June 14, 2007

Drums Finished!


Arjen and Ed Warby (Gorefest) finished all drum recording together with producer Gordon Groothedde.You can read the studio report here.


May 14, 2007

Ayreon Demos Completed


Arjen just finished recording the demos for his seventh Ayreon album. As previously reported, Arjen went through a difficult time last winter. Since then he's been doing a lot better. He discovered that music truly is the best medicine and also drew inspiration from the many encouraging e-mails, letters, and postcards he received from his fans.

Though Arjen initially planned to release a single album, the plan -- as always -- changed as the composing progressed. Like 'The Human Equation' and 'Into the Electric Castle', the new Ayreon will be a double album featuring 15 tracks with a combined length of nearly 100 minutes.

Arjen and Ayreon-veteran Ed Warby (Gorefest) will enter the studio next month to record drums together with producer Gordon Groothedde.

Arjen is currently checking the availability of vocalists and instrumentalists to see who can be scheduled to appear. A number of vocalists have already responded enthusiastically. Arjen has a long wish-list, and it promises to be quite a puzzle to figure out who will be singing where and what.

No release date has been set.

Be sure to check Arjen's official MySpace site for special updates and upcoming previews.


Mar. 4, 2007

Exclusive interview!


Available now: a brand new exclusive interview with Arjen, in which he talks candidly about the difficult past few months, the future of Stream of Passion and some of his plans for the new Ayreon album.


Feb. 7, 2007

Arjen in MusicMaker Magazine


The leading music industry magazine MusicMaker (Dutch) features a 6-page article on Arjen Lucassen, available in stores now. Arjen is also on the cover.


Dec. 20, 2006

Stream of Passion Tour!

Another UK date has been added to the Stream of Passion feat. Ayreon tour roster.

18 Jan.

The Rock / Copenhagen (DK)

19 Jan.

Nosturi / Helsinki (FI)

21 Jan.

Biebob / Turnhout (BE)

25 Jan.

Lucky & Co / Rijssen (NL)

26 Jan.

Bibelot / Dordrecht (NL)

3 Feb.

The Boardwalk / Sheffield (UK)

4 Feb.

The Boston Music Room / London (UK)


Dec. 16, 2006

Stream of Passion DVD release in Brasil!

The Stream of Passion feat. Ayreon DVD Live in the Real World will be released in Brasil on December 18th through Masque Records.


Nov. 21, 2006

Arjen's next Project

Finally, we are able to bring you some news about Arjen's next recording project.

At the end of September 2006, Arjen's new studio was finished and ready to use. The very next day, Arjen went in with his trusted little tape recorder, and papers with dozens of song ideas that he'd been working on for the past year.

He has been in his studio nearly every day (and night) since then, getting the ideas translated into songs. The musical ideas are so extremely varied that only one project could possibly hold them all: Ayreon.

Arjen has already been in contact with some very interesting and talented people to help create a new dimension of the Ayreon Universe. Of course, we'll keep you informed on Arjen's progress over the next months!


Sept. 9, 2006

New P.O. Box address!

As a result of Arjen's recent move, his P.O. box address has changed. You can send Arjen vocalist demos, postcards, autograph requests, or whatever you want! However, because Arjen receives dozens of demos a week, we hope you understand that he simply can't guarantee a reply.

Ayreon Productions
P.O. Box 39
4730 AA Oudenbosch
The Netherlands


Apr. 20, 2006

Ask-Arjen-Anything Questionnaire

Taz, a faithful messageboard and Ayreon Yahoo-groups member, has collected all sorts of questions from Ayreon/Stream of Passion/Arjen fans, and posed them to Arjen in this Ask-Arjen-Anything Questionnaire.

Have fun reading Arjen's sometimes rather 'tongue in cheek' answers here