Neal Morse

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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
 
 
 
Mon
04
Jul

One On One With Mitch Lafon - NEAL MORSE & MIKE PORTNOY

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2015
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Prog rock legends Mike Portnoy and Neal Morse guest on episode 236 of One On One With Mitch Lafon.
 
 
In the episode's first interview drummer Mike Portnoy discusses The Winery Dogs, working with Twisted Sister, his sobriety and his upcoming performance of Dream Theater's Twelve-Step Suite, Flying Colors and much more.
 
Quote from the Mike Portnoy interview:
 
The Winery Dogs (time 1.21): "We're pretty much winding down this cycle for Hot Streak. It's been eight or nine months on the road at this point so we're kinda wrapping up."
 
Managing his time in multiple bands (2.29): "There's a lot of scheduling involved. I have to keep my eye on it and I have to be real responsible. Basically, whatever gets puts on the calendar gets my time."
 
(time 3.02): "Start of next year will be out with The Neal Morse Band. I'll be out with them for the first four or five months of next year."
 
Discussing his sobriety and the Twelve Step Suite begins at 9.08
 
For more about Mike Portnoy & The Winery Dogs visit:
TWITTER: @MikePortnoy & @TheWineryDogs
 
In this episode's second interview multi-talented instrumentalist Neal Morse discusses his new live album 'The Neal Morse Band - Alive Again', his Inner Circle fan club, friend Mike Portnoy, Spock's Beard, Transatlantic, Flying Colors, his faith and much more.
 
The Neal Morse Interview starts at the 25.43 minute mark
 
For more about about Neal Morse visit:
Twitter: @nealmorse

 

 
Wed
20
Aug

FLYING COLORS Debut First New Video

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Flying Colors have released their new video for the song Mask Machine. View it here:
 

 
Mascot Label Group and Flying Colors have announced a September 29 release date in Europe and the U.K. for the band'sSECOND NATURE album via the Music Theories label.
The music press acknowledged the eponymously titled debut album from Flying Colors among the most compelling releases of 2012. Combining the talents including Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/ex-Kansas guitarist Steve Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy(Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard and a prolific solo artist), bass playerDave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and more) with a comparatively new talent, singer/songwriter Casey McPherson, the band mixed virtuoso music with melodic songwriting by crafting new-fashioned music the old-fashioned way.
 
Fri
01
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/ 

 
Wed
30
Jul

FLYING COLORS Announce Second Nature Album For September

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Monday, September 29, 2014
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FLYING COLORS
"SECOND NATURE" – THE NEW ALBUM

FEATURING
STEVE MORSE, MIKE PORTNOY, DAVID LARUE,
CASEY MCPHERSON, NEAL MORSE

RELEASED BY MUSIC THEORIES / MASCOT LABEL GROUP
UK/EUROPE RELEASE: 29th SEPTEMBER
NORTH AMERICA RELEASE: 30th SEPTEMBER

TOUR STARTS 2nd OCTOBER WITH DATES IN LOS ANGELES,
CHICAGO, PHILADELPHIA, BARCELONA, MILAN,
TILBERG, FRANKFURT, PRATTELN, LONDON, AND PARIS

Mascot Label Group and Flying Colors have announced a September 29 release date in Europe and the U.K. for the band's SECOND NATURE album via the Music Theories label.

The music press acknowledged the eponymously titled debut album from Flying Colors among the most compelling releases of 2012. Combining the talents including Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/ex-Kansas guitarist Steve Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard and a prolific solo artist), bass player Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and more) with a comparatively new talent, singer/songwriter Casey McPherson, the band mixed virtuoso music with melodic songwriting by crafting new-fashioned music the old-fashioned way.

Album artwork by designer and illustrator Hugh Syme (Rush, Aerosmith, Def Leppard)

Executive Producer Bill Evans assembled a team of virtuoso players, a pop singer/songwriter, and the right producer to create sophisticated music that was accessible. Over 100 singer/songwriters were considered for the role. Portnoy pitched the idea of approaching McPherson, a member of the group Alpha Rev, whose 2010 album called ‘New Morning’ dominated the Billboard Top Ten for 17 weeks.

After an hour-long phone call with Evans, the band found their man. As Mike had quite rightly hoped, McPherson went on to prove the ‘X Factor’ that elevated Flying Colors above the norm. "The idea of having an actual singer as opposed to a musician that also sang, really opened up a whole other world," Portnoy told Prog magazine.

Flying Colors (L-R): Steve Morse (guitar, vocals), Mike Portnoy (drums, percussion, vocals), Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar),
Dave LaRue (bass, vocals) Photo Credit: © Jim Arbogast

Classic Rock magazine hailed the band’s debut as "fearless", praising its "Journey-sized choruses" and referencing artists as diverse as The Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Doors, Muse, and even Frank Sinatra.  In late 2012, the band toured America and Europe, dazzling fans with Flying Colors originals and selections from the catalogues of the five members.


Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar), Steve Morse (guitar, vocals)
Photo Credit: © Jim Arbogast

Schedules allowing, the protagonists had always viewed Flying Colors as a genuine band as opposed to a side project, hence they began writing a second studio album. From the first writing session to final delivery of the masters in July 2014, the process took almost a year and half, in four distinct stages: writing sessions via Skype in January/February 2013, another burst of writing and recording at Neal Morse’s house in Nashville, a trip to Portnoy’s home that spawned five additional songs, and finally individual recording/arrangement over the internet throughout the spring of 2014.


Dave LaRue (bass, vocals), Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals)
Photo Credit: © Jim Arbogast

This time the band opted to self-produce, with Evans, the man responsible for the concept of Flying Colors, reprising his role as Executive Producer and co-engineer. Besides offering a finely tuned set of ears, Evans would remix a track each time an amendment was made, before sending it onto each band member, allowing closer collaboration by the band.  "There was no repudiation of producer Peter Collins," clarifies Evans, "but the guys had become a family and they wanted to try something different."

 

 

Sporting stunning artwork from the legendary designer Hugh Syme (Rush, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Whitesnake) and bookended by two tracks of truly epic stature – ‘Open Up Your Eyes’ and the multiple-part ‘Cosmic Symphony’ – the album is every bit as breathtaking as the debut.  Portnoy stresses that the music’s proggier path was "not conscious at all."

 

"Direction was never even discussed," continues Portnoy. "We just did what we do. I think perhaps not having a producer to ‘trim the fat’ possibly led to the songs breathing and expanding a bit more."

"This is an album full of many layers," concludes guitarist Steve Morse. "The more you listen, the more you can hear. It’s an album to keep listening to."

Second Nature showcases a compelling and thought-provoking collection of songs written and performed by musicians at the top of their game.

FLYING COLORS
OCTOBER 2014 TOUR

10/02 LOS ANGELES, CA JAMES ARMSTRONG THEATER Buy Tickets
10/03 CHICAGO, IL ARACDA THEATER Buy Tickets
10/04 PHILADELPHIA, PA KESWICK THEATER  
10/07 BARCELONA, SPAIN RAZZMATAZZ 2 Buy Tickets
10/08 MILAN, ITALY MILAN LIVE CLUB Buy Tickets
10/09 TILBURG, NETHERLANDS 013  
10/11 FRANKFURT, GERMANY BATSCHKAPP Buy Tickets
10/12 PRATTELN, SWITZERLAND Z7 Buy Tickets
10/13 LONDON, UK ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL Buy Tickets
10/14 PARIS, FRANCE ALHAMBRA Buy Tickets

Flying Colors (L-R): Dave LaRue (bass, vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar),
Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals), Mike Portnoy (drums, percussion, vocals),
Steve Morse (guitar, vocals) Photo Credit: © Jim Arbogast

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