Canadian prog-rockers Saga reunite with Michael Sadler, set release date for new album

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Saga is on the loose again. The Canadian prog rockers have reunited with original lead singer Michael Sadler, and will release their 20th studio project on August 28, 2012 through Eagle Rock/ear Music.

The forthcoming album’s title, 20/20, is both a tip of the hat to the band’s recording history as well as a good luck wish to keyboardist/vocalist Jim Gilmour — who had to undergo an eye operation during Saga’s most recent European tour. (The band says Gilmour’s eyesight is now, indeed, 20/20).

Saga is best known for “On The Loose,” which went to No. 26 on the Billboard Charts in March 1983. 20/20’s opener “Six Feet Under” immediately brings to mind that decades-old triumph — with a dominant keyboard sound, roaring guitars and a ear-worm chorus. “Anywhere You Wanna Go” has a similarly catchy, high-energy feel, as well. The emotional ballad “Lost For Words” once again demonstrates Sadler’s incredible vocal range.

“One thing that we agreed on was that, if and when I ever were to return,” Sadler says, “it would have to feel like it was exactly the right thing to do and exactly the right time to do it.”

Summer and fall dates in the U.S., Canada, Europe and South America will follow.

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