The journey of Neal Morse has been one that has seen three decades of musical accomplishments, the latest being the inception of the Neal Morse Band. The Los Angeles born Prog-Rocker Neal Morse (Spock’s Beard, Flying Colors, and Transatlantic) has forged many relationships over the years. The most compelling and fruitful efforts have been those with Mike Portnoy (Ex-Dream Theater, Winery Dogs, Twisted Sister, Transatlantic, Flying Colors and more).
Together the pair has launched four bands. But the band that has endured the longest and thus with the most musical output has been the Neal Morse Band. Over the years Neal along with Mike Portnoy and Randy George always assembled musicians as needed to support Neal’s solo music. But in 2012 Neal with longtime bassist Randy George held auditions to find the musicians needed to fill out the band as a permanent line up that would write music together collectively.
Bill Hubauer (Keyboards, Vocals) and Eric Gillette (Guitar, Vocals) came to the band as result of 3 days of auditions. Together the five members embarked on The Grand Experiment. This would be the 8th studio album with Morse gone solo with Portnoy and George on board, but the first as a true collaboration with this line up.
The band tours worldwide almost yearly and is growing in its popularity as well as drawing in new listeners everywhere they go. The band has toured in North America, Central America and Europe. In 2013 they performed in Israel, Greece, Poland and India as well. The shows are filled with excited and extremely loyal fans, some which have regularly traveled very long distances to see the band. The band has an extensive catalog of live shows on Blu-Ray and DVD as well.
This year the Neal Morse Band will release their new project which is yet untitled. Bassist Randy George had this to say “We weren’t sure we could do a double CD and yet it seemed as though the concept and the music wanted to go there. But ultimately it will be a double CD. To cap that off we are working with a pre-imminent Classic Album Cover artist to create the painting of our concept which will grace the cover!”
Slated for a November release on Sony Metal-Blade Records the new album will be out about 2 months in advance of the 35+ date world tour the band is mounting in 2017!