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With your help, Progressive Rock, Metal, Pop, Fusion and more will converge in grand fashion on District 97's 3rd studio album!
With your help, Progressive Rock, Metal, Pop, Fusion and more will converge in grand fashion on District 97's 3rd studio album!
278 backers pledged $20,023 to help bring this project to life.

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Update: We're funded, but there's still a lot to be done!  Additional funds will allow us to do all kinds of things, like go on tour to support the album!  Read more about that here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1801575573/district-97s-3rd-studio-album/posts/970827

The Project

In the 2 years since the release of our highly acclaimed sophomore effort TROUBLE WITH MACHINES, District 97 has been hard at work writing, arranging and rehearsing new music that strives to continually push the boundaries of what's expected in Rock music, all while maintaining an accessibility for a broad range of music fans.  Through a number of tours in the US and Europe, we've honed this material to the point where we're ready to hit the studio and lay these tracks down for the ages.  While we've saved just enough money to get started, we don't have nearly enough to bring the project to fruition.  That's where we're hoping you will come in ;-)  

The Rewards

In exchange for your pledge, you'll receive any number of rewards, many of which are exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign.  Of course, most donors will get the new album when it's released in Spring 2015, but many rewards will be available immediately after completion of the campaign.  One of the most exciting aspects of the rewards is that you can pre-order District 97 With John Wetton-One More Red Night (Live in Chicago). ONE MORE RED NIGHT is our new live album featuring renditions of classic King Crimson material sung by the original iconic vocalist, John Wetton.  It will be released on October 6th, 2014 by Cherry Red Records, and every effort will be made to ensure you receive it on or before release day.  John has been kind enough to sign a limited number of copies specifically for this campaign.  Other rewards will include personal interaction with the band, handwritten lyrics from our archives, the opportunity to executive produce the album, and even the chance to own the drum kit that appeared on D97's first two studio albums and tours!  Please contact us through Kickstarter or info@district97.net with any questions on rewards.

Page 1 of Jonathan's Original Handwritten Lyrics for The Perfect Young Man
Page 1 of Jonathan's Original Handwritten Lyrics for The Perfect Young Man
The District 97 Drumset!
The District 97 Drumset!

 How Your Pledge Will be Used

The costs of recording, mixing, mastering, creating artwork and everything else that goes into making an album are considerable.  Therefore, we are setting our goal at a conservative $12,000 to cover all, or most, of those costs.  If we are fortunate enough to exceed this goal, those additional funds would be used for the other myriad expenses the band faces for rehearsing, travel, lodging, gear etc.

Risks and challenges

The goal is to have this album completely finished by the end of 2014 and released in early 2015. While we think this is certainly realistic, juggling the schedules of the 5 band members, the recording studio, the mixing engineer etc. can sometimes lead to production delays. However, you can rest assured that, as a backer, you will receive the album at the earliest available opportunity. In order to tide you over, the rewards have been designed to get you other exclusive content as soon as the campaign is successfully completed.

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    DIGITAL GOODIES-You'll receive a download of a live version of our brand new song, "Takeover," AND a download of the sheet music of "The Actual Color" from our 2nd album, TROUBLE WITH MACHINES, as meticulously transcribed by Peter Crighton.

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    THE NEW ALBUM-You'll get the new album on CD when it's released, as well as the DIGITAL GOODIES.

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    SIGNED ALBUM WITH YOUR NAME IN THE ALBUM CREDITS!-You'll get a signed copy of the new album *with your name in the album credits*, as well as the DIGITAL GOODIES.

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    2 NEW ALBUMS SPECIAL-You'll get a copy of DISTRICT 97 WITH JOHN WETTON-ONE MORE RED NIGHT, our new live CD of King Crimson classics performed with iconic Crimson vocalist, John Wetton. You'll also get a SIGNED COPY OF THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM when it's released with YOUR NAME IN THE ALBUM CREDITS + the DIGITAL GOODIES.

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    JOHN WETTON SIGNED ALBUM-You'll get a copy of DISTRICT 97 WITH JOHN WETTON-ONE MORE RED NIGHT *signed by John Wetton and District 97*. You'll also get a SIGNED COPY OF THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM when it's released with YOUR NAME IN THE ALBUM CREDITS + the DIGITAL GOODIES.

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    SKYPE CONVO WITH LESLIE AND JONATHAN-Talk to Leslie and Jonathan via Skype for half an hour! We can discuss the new record, other D97 material, whatever you want! You'll also get a copy of ONE MORE RED NIGHT (signed by John Wetton and D97, while signed copies last) + a SIGNED COPY OF THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM when it's released with YOUR NAME IN THE ALBUM CREDITS + the DIGITAL GOODIES.

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    THE COMPLETE DISTRICT 97 COLLECTION-This reward is a great option for those who don't have our previous work, or would like to give it to someone as a gift. You'll receive our first 2 CD releases, HYBRID CHILD and TROUBLE WITH MACHINES, as well as the following live releases on CD-R: LIVE AT CALPROG, LIVE AT RITES OF SPRING, LIVE AT WFPK. You'll also get a DVD-R movie of LIVE AT WFPK. You'll also receive ONE MORE RED NIGHT (signed by John Wetton and D97, while signed copies last) and a SIGNED COPY OF THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM when it's released with YOUR NAME IN THE ALBUM CREDITS + the DIGITAL GOODIES. This is a great value!

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    PROGTOBERFEST PACKAGE-You and a guest are invited to attend Chicago's Progtoberfest on Sunday, 10/26! We'll be playing alongside Stick Men and many other great bands. . You'll also get a copy of ONE MORE RED NIGHT (signed by John Wetton and D97, while signed copies last) + a SIGNED COPY OF THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM when it's released with YOUR NAME IN THE ALBUM CREDITS + the DIGITAL GOODIES.

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    VIRTUAL STUDIO VISIT-Hang out with us for an hour via Skype in the recording studio, and see how we go about making the album! You'll also get a copy of ONE MORE RED NIGHT (signed by John Wetton and D97, while signed copies last) + a SIGNED COPY OF THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM when it's released with YOUR NAME IN THE ALBUM CREDITS + the DIGITAL GOODIES.

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    JONATHAN'S ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN LYRICS TO "THE PERFECT YOUNG MAN"-From Jonathan's personal collection, you'll get his handwritten lyrics to The Perfect Young Man, one of the key tracks in the D97 catalogue. You'll also get a copy of ONE MORE RED NIGHT (signed by John Wetton and D97, while signed copies last) + a SIGNED COPY OF THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM when it's released with YOUR NAME IN THE ALBUM CREDITS + the DIGITAL GOODIES.

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    VISIT THE STUDIO-Come check out a D97 recording session at In Vault Lab in Chicago! Please note travel expenses are the sole responsibility of the pledger. You'll also get a copy of ONE MORE RED NIGHT (signed by John Wetton and D97, while signed copies last) + a SIGNED COPY OF THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM when it's released with YOUR NAME IN THE ALBUM CREDITS + the DIGITAL GOODIES.

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    THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER-You will be privy to every step in the process; we'll send you the backing tracks, rough mixes, alternate mixes, artwork proofs, you name it! You will be CREDITED AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER for the new album. You'll also get A VISIT TO THE STUDIO (in-person or Skype),an ORIGINAL HANDWRITTEN LYRIC FROM THE NEW ALBUM, ONE MORE RED NIGHT (signed by John Wetton and D97, while signed copies last) and a SIGNED COPY OF THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM when it's released + the DIGITAL GOODIES.

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    OWN THE DISTRICT 97 DRUM SET!!-You'll get THE 6-PIECE DW MAPLE CUSTOM DRUMSET USED BY JONATHAN on HYBRID CHILD, TROUBLE WITH MACHINES, ONE MORE RED NIGHT and THE VAST MAJORITY OF DISTRICT 97'S LIVE SHOWS!! Note: If drum set can't be picked up in Chicago, additional shipping charges will apply. You'll also get a copy of ONE MORE RED NIGHT (signed by John Wetton and D97, while signed copies last) + a SIGNED COPY OF THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM when it's released with YOUR NAME IN THE ALBUM CREDITS + the DIGITAL GOODIES.

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