It is with a very heavy heart that we must announce that we have had to take the decision to postpone all of our forthcoming tour and events activities, originally scheduled from March through May 2020. We feel that in light of the current situation regarding the potential spread of the coronavirus and resultant health implications and travel restrictions, we have no alternative but to follow the rules and guidelines as issued by the relevant authorities, and announce an immediate postponement of all Conception related events for the immediate future. We have a duty of care for the well-being of fans and crew alike, and hence feel we must respect current guidelines in solidarity with the risk groups and the respective authorities. In order to honour our existing commitments to fans, we are currently working hard to re-schedule the tour dates for a period in the first half of 2021, and would urge all gig ticketholders to hold on to their tickets, as these will remain valid for the re-scheduled dates. Further information regarding re-scheduled dates and ticketing and will be made available in due course.
Ticketholders for the Oslo ‘pre-listening party’ event on March 28th and for the ‘weekend with Conception’ gathering scheduled around that same weekend will also be contacted directly by email in due course.
Meanwhile we would strongly urge all of our fans to follow the guidelines issued by the relevant authorities, and to act in caution and with responsibility in order to look after both their own well-being, and that of others. Go well friends.
Arve, Ingar, Roy and Tore, aka Conception
Tickets remain valid for the new date! More info to follow soon!
The eagerly awaited return of Norwegian prog rock/metal band is happening! Conception is coming to the Rockhal on May 16th 2020. They will be joined by Triosphere
Speaking of the reunion, in fact the band acknowledge that they never actually slpit up in 1999, as many assume; disillusioned after being kicked off an important tour just a week before its due start date, they drifted to different projects. Roy became the singer in American melodic hard rock band Kamelot, Tore founded ARK, Ingar continued with his band Crest of Darkness, and Arve played with Nickels & Dimes.
Having kept in tuch all through the years, and with the friendship intact, it was never a difficult decision to make once they felt the rush of the new music; Tore and Arve jammed and found they were onto something interesting and it was a natural curse to take this to Roy and Ingar. Not only did they rediscover the joy in playing together, but also that they truly believed in this new material. Describing it as thrilling and new, it still sounds unmistakably Conception, in Arve's words:
"What characterizes us after all is Roy's unique voice, Tore's brilliant guitar playing and mine and Ingar's grund solid, groovy foundation."
With all their combined experience, and with new possibilites to record and release without record companies, they decided to go for full control without intermediaries. 2018 saw the self-release of the hugely well-received "My Dark Symphony" EP, followed by the band's triumphant return to the live stage. Embracing the direct connection with the fans once again, the band launched a new crowfunding campaign in June 2019 specifically to support the recording and release of a new album in 2020, their first in 23 years. Conception are back and have come full circle.