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NEAL MORSE To Release "Jesus Christ - The Exorcist" June 14

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Friday, June 14, 2019
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“Jesus Christ - The Exorcist” is a monumental project in Neal Morse’s already impressive discography. A Progressive Rock Opera 10 years in the making, it was written and produced by Morse and includes performances by Neal and an all-star cast of vocalists and musicians. “Jesus Christ the Exorcist” will be released on June 14, 2019 on a double album set featuring about two hours of music that will encompass all the spectrums and genres Neal Morse is known for and will, of course, tell the Story of Stories. 
 
Today, the first song from this masterpiece has been unveiled.
 
 
"I don’t know why it came to me in quite this way, but definitely the influences on this song are Black Sabbath and Deep Purple primarily. I even asked Rich Mouser when he was mixing the song to listen to “Paranoid“ because I thought that vocal effect would be cool on Ted’s (Leonard) voice," says Morse of the track. 
 
When asked about what fans can expect sound wise from the album, Morse explains, "Oh, it is completely diverse. There are touching ballads, rousing ensemble pieces, classical elements and dramatic Broadway musical type songs as well. It is really meant to be listened and experienced all the way through as you would a play or an opera. I hope the people will experience it in that way because I think that’s where they will really find the power in this piece of music."
 
He continues, "These songs and pieces of music were all written for this rock opera specifically. I wrote the first draft in 2008 and 2009, I believe. Then, last year in preparation for a performance at MorseFest I rewrote the whole musical again. I couldn’t be happier with the final outcome and I am thrilled that it is coming out on Frontiers this June."
 
With a cast of amazing vocalists and musicians like Ted Leonard, Eric Gillette, Nick D’Virgilio, Randy George, Bill Hubauer, Matt Smith, and others, this progressive rock opera is a landmark event that will leave its mark on every listener. “Let him who has ears to hear…let him hear!”
 
“Jesus Christ - The Exorcist”, had it’s live world premiere in 2018 and was performed by a Prog Rock all-star cast featuring Neal Morse (keys, guitar), Paul Bielatowicz (lead guitar), Bill Hubauer (keys), Randy George (bass), and Eric Gillette (drums). Featured vocalists included Ted Leonard (Spock's Beard, Enchant), Nick D'Virgilio (Big, Big Train, Spock's Beard), Jake Livgren (Protokaw), Matt Smith (Theocracy), Wil Morse and more. Also, John Schlitt (Petra) and Rick Florian (White Heart) have been added to the performance as well.
 
Widely regarded as one of the world's leading Progressive (“Prog") Rock musicians, Neal Morse is a prolific musical driving force and his desire to move people through his music burns brighter than ever before. Born in California in 1960 to a musical family, Morse played in many bands during his youth, learning and mastering several instruments along the way. In 1995, he wrote and recorded “The Light" with his then new band, Spock's Beard. It was an album grounded strongly in the then-unfashionable progressive rock genre, but the album and especially the title track became modern prog classics and brought Morse and the band global recognition. Over the next seven years, Spock's Beard released six critically acclaimed studio recordings and multiple live recordings, while establishing a passionate fan base in the Prog Rock community.
 
In 2001, Morse shocked his followers with word that he was stepping away from secular music…with no indication of where he was heading. Morse was now walking an unknown road. After success with Spock's Beard, he was starting all over again, this time boldly declaring his Christian faith and risking fan rejection and financial failure. He needn't have worried. As the “Testimony" Live DVD triumphantly documented, his solo tour was full of magical moments and was a deeply life affirming experience. Morse returned to the studio with Mike Portnoy and touring bass player Randy George to record 2004's “One", a conceptual album that was a vast, rewarding piece of music that reached new heights. Morse, Portnoy, and George stayed on this musical journey together until Bill Hubauer and Eric Gillette were added as permanent members of the Neal Morse Band in 2015 on "The Grand Experiment” album. This collective effort saw collaboration between all of the members and has subsequently yielded another studio album, the astonishingly brilliant “Similitude Of A Dream”, and two live releases. 
 
Frontiers looks forward to partnering with Neal on his continuing musical explorations and extending his progressive rock legacy with his latest creative vision.
 
Tracklist:
 
CD1
1. Introduction
2. Overture
3. Getaway
4. Gather The People
5. Jesus’ Baptism
6. Jesus’ Temptation
7. There’s A Highway
8. The Woman Of Seven Devils
9. Free At Last
10. The Madman Of The Gadarenes
11. Love Has Called My Name
12. Better Weather
13. The Keys To The Kingdom
14. Get Behind Me Satan
 
CD2
1. He Must Go To The Cross
2. Jerusalem
3. Hearts Full Of Holes
4. The Last Supper
5. Gethsemane
6. Jesus Before The Council And Peter’s Denial 
7. Judas’ Death
8. Jesus Before Pilate And The Crucifixion 
9. Mary At The Tomb
10. The Greatest Love Of All
11. Love Has Called My Name (Reprise)
 
Full Cast:
Ted Leonard – Jesus
Talon David - Mary Magdalene
Nick D’Virgilio - Judas Iscariot
Rick Florian - The Devil
Matt Smith - John the Baptist
Jake Livgren – Peter and Caiaphas
Neal Morse - Pilate, Demon 1, Disciple 1
Mark Pogue - Israelite 1, the Madman of the Gadarenes, Pharisee 2
Wil Morse - Israelite 2, Demon 3, Pharisee 1
Gabe Klein - Demon 2, Pharisee 4
Gideon Klein - Demon 4
Julie Harrison - Servant Girl
 
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Oct

NEAL MORSE BAND Set Jan 25 for 'The Great Adventure'

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Friday, January 25, 2019
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THE NEAL MORSE BANDNeal Morse (lead vocals, guitars, keyboards), Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Randy George (bass), Bill Hubauer (keyboards, vocals), Eric Gillette (guitars, vocals)—will take fans on THE GREAT ADVENTURE with their latest double concept album due out January 25, 2019 on Radiant Records via Metal Blade Worldwide. It will be available in three formats: a two CD package, two CD/DVD Special Edition featuring behind-the-scenes video clips of the making of the album, and three vinyl LPs. Pre-orders begin December 4 on Radiant Records’ website.
 
The follow-up to 2016’s critically acclaimed THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM, which critics hailed as “a masterpiece,” will be the ninth studio album with Morse, Portnoy and George, and the third as a true collaboration with this current lineup. Together, Morse and Portnoy have launched four bands, but the one that has endured the longest and thus with the most musical output has been THE NEAL MORSE BAND.
 
“Let the great adventure now begin…” The closing line of THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM, has proved to be strangely prophetic. The new album is exactly that: a perfect companion piece to TSOAD’s partial retelling of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. It has everything that fans would expect from an album by THE NEAL MORSE BAND, and more: rock, metal, classical and jazz elements appear throughout, as well as some killer melodies, all played faultlessly by some of the greatest rock musicians on the planet. 
 
As Neal Morse explains, “This band continues to amaze me! I have to say it was a little daunting to follow up THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM as it was such a special album and it delivered every night at our concerts, but I believe that THE GREAT ADVENTURE will have a tremendous impact as well. This new double album is everything that I hoped it would be! I listened through last night and I was in tears at the end!“
 
Mike Portnoy emphatically agrees. He says, “How do you follow an epic double concept album??? Well, create another epic double concept album!! Hahaha. I always knew topping THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM was going to be difficult, if not impossible, as I held it in such high regard, but alas, I am absolutely blown away with what we achieved here! We’ve created what is the ultimate companion to TSOAD.”
 
“Sometimes there are things that you just can’t mess with,” Randy George continues. “On THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM we tapped into something special. I was sure that the follow up should be something quite different, but you have to follow your heart and follow the music where it wants to go. THE GREAT ADVENTURE is nothing short of a miracle. It’s similar to SIMILITUDE in concept and form, but yet it’s tougher and deeper in its tone! This is a powerful work and I look forward to playing it live!
 
True to the album’s title, the creative process was indeed a “great adventure.” Unlike many previous Morse albums, which have often been written and arranged within weeks, this time around these prolific and world-class musicians spent almost a year working on the end result, producing an abundance of top quality material. This meant some ruthless decision-making: some already completed songs and characters had to go, and-–with studio time running out–new links and ideas were being composed and recorded up to the eleventh hour. “A lot of work and re-work has gone into this,” says Morse, “but I know that some of the most successful and far-reaching albums I’ve been involved with have been just like that. SOLA SCRIPTURA and Spock’s Beard’s SNOW album come to mind.”
 
Another key question that had to be addressed in the studio was how to pull all the ideas together into a coherent whole. In the end, what unlocked this “adventure” for Morse was the realization that THE GREAT ADVENTURE needed a new voice and perspective. This time, it is that of the Pilgrim’s abandoned son, a younger, perhaps angrier, voice than was heard on THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM.
 
THE NEAL MORSE BAND will bring THE GREAT ADVENTURE to fans worldwide with a new round of headlining tour dates, which begin February 2, 2019 in Nashville at City Winery. For ticket information and VIP ticket sales go to www.radiantrecords.com. Check them out at any of the following stops, with more shows to be added in the coming months:
 
DATE                CITY                                         VENUE
 
Sat 2/2              Nashville, TN                             City Winery
Sun 2/3             Tampa, FL                                 The Ritz (Cruise To The Edge Pre-Cruise Party)
Mon 2/4            Tampa, FL                                 Cruise To The Edge 2019 (through February 9)    
Sun 2/10           Atlanta, GA                               City Winery
Mon 2/11           Charlotte, NC                             Neighborhood Theatre
Tue 2/12            Baltimore, MD                           Soundstage
Wed 2/13          Jersey City, NJ                          White Eagle Hall
Fri 2/15             Boston, MA                               The Sinclair
Sat 2/16            Philadelphia, PA                        Keswick Theatre
Sun 2/17           Westbury NY                             The Space at Westbury
Mon 2/18           Montréal, QUE.                          Club Soda
Tue 2/19            Quebec City, QUE.                    Salle Sylvain Lelievre
Thu 2/21            Toronto, ONT.                            Opera House
Fri 2/22             Pittsburgh, PA                           Mr. Smalls Theatre
Sat 2/23            Cleveland, OH                            Beachland Ballroom
Sun 2/24           Detroit, MI                                 The Crofoot Ballroom
Tue 2/26            St. Charles, IL                           Arcada Theatre
Wed 2/27          St. Louis, MO                            Delmar Hall
Thu 2/28            Dallas, TX                                  Gas Monkey Live
Fri 3/1               Lawrence, KS                            Granada Theatre
Sat 3/2              Denver, CO                                Summit Music Hall
Tue 3/5             Seattle, WA                              The Triple Door
Wed 3/6            Portland, OR                             Hawthorne Theatre
Thu 3/7             San Francisco, CA                     Slim's
Fri 3/8               Whittier, CA                              The Whittier Center Theatre
Sat 3/9              Chandler, AZ                             Bogle Theatre (Chandler Center For The Arts)
 
Sun 3/24           London, United Kingdom Islington Assembly Hall
Mon 3/25           Paris, France                             The Alhambra
Tue 3/26            Tilburg, Netherlands                   O13
Wed 3/27          Esch /Alzette, Luxembourg         Rockhal Esch Sur Alzette
Fri 3/29             Koln, Germany                          Kantine
Sat 3/30            Copenhagen, Denmark               Viften
Sun 3/31           Goteborg, Sweden                     Stora Teatern
Mon 4/1            Stockholm, Sweden                   Skandiascenen
Wed 4/3            Berlin, Germany             Heimathafen
Thu 4/4             Hamburg, Germany                    Markthalle
Fri 4/5               Leipzig, Germany                       Halle d / Werk 2
Sat 4/6              Warsaw, Poland                        Progresja
Sun 4/7             Brno, Czech Republic                 SONO Music Club
Tue 4/9             Munich, Germany                      Technikum
Wed 4/10          Pratteln, Switzerland                  Z7 Konzertfabrik
Thu 4/11            Lyon, France                             C.C.O. 
Fri 4/12             Trezzo sull'Adda MI, Italy            Live Club
Sat 4/13            Barcelona, Spain                       Salamandra 1
Sun 4/14           Madrid, Spain                            Sala Mon
 
 
 
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Aug

Prog Icon NEAL MORSE To Release Anticipated New Solo Album 'Songs From November'

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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Prog Icon Neal Morse To Release Eagerly Anticipated New Solo Album 'Songs From November'

Cross Plains, TN - Much to the excitement of Prog fans worldwide, Neal Morse will be releasing his eagerly anticipated new solo album 'Songs From November' on Aug. 19, 2014! Even a style as broad and accepting as Progressive Rock has its boundaries. Prog icon Neal Morse decided to break that mold and create a challenging new album. 'Songs From November' may be his bravest outing to date. Musically, creatively, and production-wise, it's like nothing he's ever done. Can you handle it?! It's an album of 'normal' songs! Songs even your friends might like!

Says Neal, 'I listen to a lot of different kinds of music for various occasions'prog albums when I really want to focus on intricate music'sometimes jazz and classical. But many times I find myself attracted to 'feel good' singer-songwriter albums like a Jackson Browne or Graham Nash record. So one day I thought to myself'I'd like to make an albuum like that! 'Songs From November' is that album.'

Morse wrote most of the songs during a flood of ideas in November, 2013. He recalls, 'They just kept pouring out that month'I don't really know why'but it wt was great!' After the epic Transatlantic world tour was completed in March 2014, Morse set out to make 'November' a reality. And he would craft it differently than anything before.

Says Neal, 'I could've gotten together with a bunch of studio musicians in Nashville and banged this thing out, but I felt like the thing to do was to get together with this young drummer named Gabe Klein and work on it as a team. He is only 18 years old and amazing! We had a great time recording these songs and many more. We actually recorded twice as many songs as we needed and picked the best ones. It was the first time I've ever done that and it was very fruitful. I sent out 21 songs to a bunch of different people that I trust and chose from their lists. So that was also a totally new approach for me.'

The final 11 songs are among the best that Neal has ever composed ' and the most surprising you will hear. In reinventing himself, he was ready to explore uncharted territory. Are you?

'Songs From November' is Produced by Neal Morse and Engineered and Mastered by Rich Mouser.

To purchase: www.Radiantrecords.com

For more information: http://nealmorse.com/ 
 
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