"01011001", the new rock opera from AYREON — the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen — will 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: April 11
Rest of Europe: April 14
North America: April 22 "01011001" has registered the following chart positions around the globe: The Netherlands: #2
UK: #26 (Rock/Metal chart)
U.S.: #68 (Indie chart)
Canada: #86 (Hard Music chart)
France: #90 "01011001" sold 1,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 32 on the the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart (which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200). More information, including soundclips, is available at this location. AYREON's last CD, "Ayreon: The Human Equation", was released in 2004. It contained guest appearances by a number of acclaimed vocalists, including James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER), Mike Baker (SHADOW GALLERY), Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH), Eric Clayton (SAVIOUR MACHINE), Devon Graves (DEADSOUL TRIBE, ex-PSYCHOTIC WALTZ) and Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD).