The Flower Kings

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The Flower Kings
The Flower Kings performing in 2014
The Flower Kings performing in 2014
Background information
Years active1994 (1994)–2008, 2011–2015, 2018–present
MembersRoine Stolt
Hasse Fröberg
Michael Stolt
Lalle Larsson
Mirko De Maio
Past membersJaime Salazar
Zoltan Csörsz
Daniel Gildenlöw
Marcus Liliequist
Ola Heden
Erik Hammarström
Tomas Bodin
Felix Lehrmann
Jonas Reingold
Zach Kamins

The Flower Kings are a Swedish progressive rock band formed in 1994 by guitarist and singer-songwriter Roine Stolt. The group began as Stolt's touring band to support his third solo album The Flower King. They continued performing after the tour and have gone on to become one of the most prolific studio recording units in progressive rock, having released over twenty hours of music spread across fifteen studio albums. Their music is similar to early symphonic progressive rock groups such as Yes, marked by sharp dynamic changes, polyrhythms, heavy bass, vocal harmonies, abstract and occasionally nonsensical lyrics, and extended song lengths.



In early 1993, guitarist and singer Roine Stolt had written material for his third solo album The Flower King and sought for musicians to perform it.[1] He had wanted to release a progressive rock-style album for a while and felt the time was right to pursue the project.[2] The album features Stolt on vocals, guitar, bass and keyboards, Jaime Salazar on drums, and Hasse Fröberg on vocals, and was recorded in Sweden between May 1993 and January 1994.[3]

In preparation for Stolt's concert tour to support the album's release, Stolt, Salazar, and Fröberg were joined by Stolt's brother Michael on bass and Tomas Bodin on keyboards.[2] The five performed their first gig on 20 August 1994 at an outdoor festival in Uppsala, Stolt's hometown and the city where The Flower King was recorded.[2][3][4] After they decided to become a full time band, they officially adopted the name The Flower Kings, named after Stolt's album. Stolt had produced a list of potential titles for the record, one of which was "The Flower King", and chose it because of its positive meaning and its reference to the hippie era of the 1960s.[2]


After performing a series of concerts through 1994, the band entered the studio in December 1994 to record their debut album, Back in the World of Adventures. The recording process was gradual, finishing in September 1995.

In 2000, Michael Stolt was replaced by Jonas Reingold.[1] Two years later, Salazar was replaced by Zoltan Csörsz. Daniel Gildenlöw of Pain of Salvation joined the band the same year as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist.

Other contributors have included Hasse Bruniusson (percussion) and Ulf Wallander (saxophone).

Stolt has written the vast majority of the material the band has recorded, with Bodin contributing most of the rest. The music is best described as symphonic progressive rock, bearing a strong resemblance to the music of Yes, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, and early Genesis, with jazz fusion and blues influences. The band's lyrics are almost uniformly positive and uplifting, affirming such values as love, peace, and spirituality, and furthering their association with Yes.[1]

Their 1999 album Flower Power contains the eighteen-section, almost 60-minute "Garden of Dreams".

In June 2007, they released The Road Back Home, a compilation of remixed songs from 1994 to 2006, plus "Little Deceiver" (a previously unreleased track) and the full version of their cover of "The Cinema Show" by Genesis.[5]

Zoltan Csörsz was replaced by new drummer Marcus Liliequist for one album, but returned for the 2007 album, The Sum of No Evil. He was subsequently replaced by Erik Hammarström in 2008.[6]

In 2008, Ola Heden, previously of Reingold's side project Karmakanic, joined on guitar, vocals and keyboards.[6]

In November 2008, the band were the opening act of the Ecco Prog Fest in Moscow.

After touring in 2008, The Flower Kings were inactive for four years. Stolt felt the band had varied levels of focus in their direction and had started to feel lost. They reunited in 2011 to work on new material after Stolt felt it was the right time and sensed eagerness from the other members to work together.[7][8] This marked the arrival of German drummer Felix Lehrmann.[7] Banks of Eden, the group's eleventh album, was released in June 2012 and was recorded with analogue recording techniques and styles reminiscent of the height of vinyl records.[7] This was followed by Desolation Rose in October 2013.

The lineup of Stolt, Bodin, Reingold, Fröberg and Lehrmann played together for the last time in 2015. 2016 and 2017 saw the band members busy with other engagements.

In December 2017, the first part of a career-spanning box set titled A Kingdom of Colours was released. This first box, with 10 discs, covers the period from 1995 to 2002 and includes the studio albums from Back in the World of Adventures to Unfold the Future. The second box set, titled A Kingdom of Colours 2 and covering the albums Adam and Eve through to Desolation Rose, was released in June 2018.[citation needed]

In September 2018, Stolt announced a new album named Manifesto of an Alchemist. The album did not feature long-time keyboardist Tomas Bodin, and as such it is credited to "Roine Stolt's The Flower King" rather than "The Flower Kings"[citation needed]

In August of the same year, Roine Stolt presented a new band called "Roine Stolt and friends play The Flower Kings". The band featured Stolt, Fröberg and Reingold with new keyboard player Zach Kamins and new drummer Mirko De Maio. Roine Stolt stated that he was done being in a group and wanted to tour as a solo artist like Roger Waters or Steven Wilson. Tomas Bodin was not a part of this group and made his displeasure quite public. The band toured with Spock's Beard in November and December 2018 and continued to do shows in 2019, this time under the name "The Flower Kings Revisited".

In July 2019, "Revisited" was removed from the band name, making it clear that this lineup was now "The Flower Kings". The band went on to release the double albums Waiting for Miracles in 2019 and Islands in 2020, the latter having been recorded entirely remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.[9]

On 24 March 2021, Roine Stolt announced two big projects. The Flower Kings are working on a brand new album "in the same innocence" of Stardust We Are.[citation needed] By the end of 2021, Stolt explained that Jonas Reingold could no longer participate in the touring line-up due to his commitments with Steve Hackett's band but Reingold still plays some of the songs in the studio.[10]

On 19 April 2021, Roine officially teases that Stardust We Are is getting a brand new vinyl remaster.[citation needed]

On January 7, 2022, the band announced their 15th studio album "By Royal Decree" for release on March 4, 2022, while also announcing that founding member Michael Stolt returned after more than two decades to contribute bass and vocals, splitting duties with current bassist Jonas Reingold.[11] On April 8, 2022, InsideOut and Roine Stolt announced that Back in the World of Adventures and Retropolis were getting "remastered and partly remixed". The release date for both was placed on May 27, 2022. Also Stardust We Are and Flower Power are getting remixes and remastered in June.

The 16th studio album, Look At You Now was announced for an 8 September 2023 release, alongside a European tour about to take place in October 2023. In April 2023, Zach Kamins revealed he left the group due to complicating touring logistics and Daniel Lantz joined for the summer shows. In July, the group mentioned Lalle Larsson will play for the rest of the upcoming European dates.[12]


Current members

  • Roine Stolt – vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar (1994–present)
  • Hasse Fröberg – vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar (1994–present)
  • Michael Stolt – bass guitar (1994–1999; 2021–present)
  • Mirko DeMaio – drums (2018–present)
  • Lalle Larsson - keyboards (2023–present)

Former members

  • Jaime Salazar – drums (1994–2001)
  • Tomas Bodin – keyboards (1994–2015)
  • Jonas Reingold – bass (1999–2021)
  • Felix Lehrmann – drums (2011–2015)
  • Zoltan Csörsz – drums (2002–2004; 2007–2008)
  • Daniel Gildenlöw – vocals, guitars, keyboards (2002–2004)
  • Marcus Liliequist – drums (2005–2006)
  • Zach Kamins – keyboards (2018–2023)

Guest musicians

  • Hasse Bruniusson – percussion (1995–present)
  • Ulf Wallander – saxophone (1995–present)
  • Håkan Almqvist - sitar 1997
  • Pat Mastelotto – drums (2007)
  • Erik Hammarström – drums (2008)
  • Ola Heden – vocals, keyboards, guitar (2008)
  • Aliaksandr Yasinski - Accordion (2022)
  • Marjana Semkina - vocal (2023)
  • Daniel Lantz - keyboards (2023)



Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and sales figures
Title Album details Peak chart positions



Back in the World of Adventures
  • Released: September 1995
  • Label: Foxtrot
  • Formats: CD, LP
  • Released: 25 May 1996
  • Label: Foxtrot
  • Formats: CD
Stardust We Are
  • Released: April 1997
  • Label: Foxtrot
  • Formats: CD, LP
Flower Power
Space Revolver
  • Released: 4 July 2000
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD
The Rainmaker
  • Released: 18 September 2001
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD
Unfold the Future
  • Released: 5 November 2002
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD, LP
Adam & Eve
  • Released: 3 August 2004
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD
Paradox Hotel
  • Released: 4 April 2006
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD
The Sum of No Evil
  • Released: 25 September 2007
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD
Banks of Eden
  • Released: 18 June 2012
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD, LP, DD
27 68 64 192 45
Desolation Rose
  • Released: 28 October 2013
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD, LP, DD
92 53 91 187 35
Waiting for Miracles
  • Released: 8 November 2019
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD, LP, DD
59 84 67
  • Released: 30 October 2020
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD, LP, DD
48 109 92
By Royal Decree
  • Released: 4 March 2022
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD, LP, DD
17 53 84 185 23
Look At You Now
  • Released: 8 September 2023
  • Label: Inside Out Music
  • Formats: CD, LP, DD
49 27
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albums

Official bootlegs

Fan Club albums

  • Fan Club 2000 (2000)
  • Fan Club 2002 (2002)
  • Fan Club 2004 (2004)
  • Fan Club 2005 / Harvest (2005)


Box sets

  • A Kingdom of Colours: The Complete Collection From 1995 to 2002 (2017)
  • A Kingdom of Colours II: The Complete Collection From 2004 to 2013 (2018)


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