The last time Chris recorded creatively for Porcupine Tree was with Steven Wilson on the demo 'Watching You Sleep’, included in the 2020 re-release of the album ‘In Absentia’.
Chris’s singing at the end of the track can be heard here or by clicking the image.
Further footage of Steven & Chris’s promotional in-store acoustic sessions has been discovered at YouTube, this time from 1999 in Burbank, California.
Click on the picture for a clip and the link below for the complete footage.
Tonight BBC4 broadcast 'The Last Night of the Proms' featuring Chris
playing live with Sir Ray Davies - please click on the picture to view.
More of the concert in front of 40,000 people in London's Hyde Park
is included in 'Proms In The Park 2017' on BBC iPlayer at the link below.
Chris will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 playing with Sir Ray Davies at BBC Proms In The Park on September 9th.
For more information please click on the link below:-
Chris is now the drummer for the International Tour of Wicked opening in Bradford tonight before travelling to Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou & Zurich.
Further footage of Blackfield's first TV appearance in Israel has been uploaded at YouTube.
Recently Chris successfully auditioned to be the drummer in Ray Davies' band and was surprised to discover he would be playing alongside It Bites original bass player Dick Nolan. Chris has just played his first show at the Norwegian Wood Festival in Oslo and was privileged to share the stage with Jackson Browne who guested on Waterloo Sunset. Click on the picture for a clip
Last night Chris played his first performance of Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London as a deputy for drummer Pete May.
The June edition of Prog Magazine includes an article on Nosound's 'Afterthoughts' release featuring an interview with Chris.
Rock Of Ages has moved and opens tonight in London's West End at The Garrick Theatre on Charing Cross Road.
Chris played with Alice Cooper last night when Alice made a guest appearance at Rock Of Ages.
Additional BBC News link
Chris is the drummer for the established American musical Rock Of Ages soon to open at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London's West End.
The last major missing piece of the Porcupine Tree back catalogue is finally available again.
Although mainly a collection of leftover tracks from 'Stupid Dream' and 'Lightbulb Sun', the band and many fans consider 'Recordings' to be every bit as strong as both these albums.
Aswell as favourite songs like 'Buying New Soul' and 'Disappear', it includes the full 14 minute version of 'Even Less' and great instrumental tracks such as 'Ambulance Chasing' and the wonderfully atmospheric 'Untitled'.
Whilst in Milan this March playing for the International Tour of Mamma Mia, Chris was sought out by Italy's 'Drum Club' magazine for a rare interview which has recently been published in their June/July issue.
Chris has been a Zildjian Artist for many years and just recently a page has been created for him at the Zildjian Cymbals web-site. His classic Porcupine Tree set-up is displayed together with a previously unseen photo of him taken whilst playing with the band in Greece.
To view his page please click here.
A brand new edition of the 2000 Porcupine Tree studio album 'Lightbulb Sun' is released on April 21st as a 2 disc CD/DVDA set.
In addition to a recent remix and remaster of the CD, the DVDA will include the original 2000 mix & master plus bonus tracks, and the booklet will include an added photo of the band.
This onstage hand-held video camera footage filmed by his drum technician shows Chris entering the throes of the power-chord at the end of the band's performance. It goes on to show the group taking their bow and displays the atmosphere created at Rome's Palacisalfa in 2001.
A brand new edition of the 1999 Porcupine Tree studio album 'Stupid Dream' is released on May 15th as both a 2 disc CD/DVDA set, and a double vinyl LP.
The DVDA will include the promo video for the single Piano Lessons and a photo gallery with live shots.
Ever since the last entry Chris has continued to be abroad playing for the Mamma Mia International Tour and below are links to snippets taken on his travels.
Mamma Mia kit photograph
Short drumming video clip
Photograph of Chris with Philomena Lynott
Some of Chris's original 'Hamma' drums in their instantly recognisable 'Poly-Copper' copper covering were stolen at the end of last year. Whilst not being a state-of-the-art line of drums, they are collectable being rare and are not only of sentimental value to Chris having formed part of his original kit, but they also feature within the Porcupine Tree catalogue - specifically on 'Sever' from the 'Signify' album.
Being unusual both in brand and colour they are easy to spot and should any possible leads ever be discovered at all, notification via the contact page of this site would be very much appreciated.
For more specific details including a photo, please click here.
Chris would like to send a message of sincere thanks to all those who sent emails to the site. As so many messages were received, he was not able to reply to all of them and so chose to respond to those that included a request for information or an answer to a question. However, he is touched by the enormity of the response and the wonderful compliments written to him.
Initially produced as a CD-Rom presentation the format still serves as somewhat of a 'cv', though with current 'news' simply being Chris's continuation on the Mamma Mia International Tour, possible additions to the site may be for example memorabilia from earlier band history and might therefore be of a more retrospective nature....