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    NEAL MORSE BAND: The Great Adventure - January 25 2019

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    October 15, 2018 -- THE NEAL MORSE BAND—Neal 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 3, 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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    Another double concept and a big tour! Wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Progatron View Post
    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.
    So, I guess they're just ignoring Transatlantic and Neal's solo albums?


    This is an autobuy, of course. I love Eric Gillette's work, and these guys never fail to deliver. If you like what they do, they're great at it (if that makes any sense).
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    Wow, that's a nice chunk 'o touring!

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    It's an excellent album, just ask Neal! lol

    Seriously though, I'll purchase this and I'm sure it will be decent. But I have a hard time connecting long term with these mega concept albums, where the tracks all run into each other.
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    Morse is an expert in recurring musical themes but sometimes he's on the verge of overdoing it. TSOAD has so many of those, I analyzed it and found there wasn't a single song that didn't include a theme from another song. I wonder, if Neal rehashes those musical themes yet again on this new double album, won't it be a bit too much?
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    I still haven't really gotten into TSOAD. I mean, it's obviously meticulously performed and written, but I just don't get any kind of feeling from it (aside from, these guys are really good at what they do). I don't really remember much of it when it ends and it just never connected with me like previous albums (I still love The Grand Experiment as a kind of great "could have been a Spock's Beard album" album).

    So I will approach this one with as open a mind as possible. TSOAD I was kind of put off right away by all the praising the band members had for it. I mean, I get that most musicians are going to be most proud of their latest accomplishment, but how many Lamb, The Wall (insert famous prog concept albums here), etc. comparisons has Portnoy made about albums he's worked on? That kind of thing turns me off for some reason, probably because I don't think those albums are really on that level of creativity and originality.

    Still, I'll undoubtedly buy the album and hopefully I'll be pleasantly surprised.

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    You've gotta remember that reusing themes is also something Portnoy loves doing. Didn't he say that the original Testimony 2 was lacking that?

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    Wow, emotions....
    Out of all the possibilities, I never would have expected there to be a companion double album.
    I saw TSOAD live last year - easily one of my favorite concerts.

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    Has there ever been a band that has used the same album cover twice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Man In The Mountain View Post
    Has there ever been a band that has used the same album cover twice?
    Talk about lazy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Man In The Mountain View Post
    Has there ever been a band that has used the same album cover twice?
    What's the story with that? Is this a "2nd in a series" he's trying to continue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anesthetize2112 View Post
    Out of all the possibilities, I never would have expected there to be a companion double album.
    Really?

    Oh, just have say again for good measure, looks like they're skipping NYC on this tour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Man In The Mountain View Post
    Has there ever been a band that has used the same album cover twice?
    It's the same music, why not the same cover?

    Ok, I kid, I kid. Sort of.
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    oh no not another double concept album! just kidding, if it's half as good as Similitude it'll be great.
    but i have to admit, i was hoping for a regular NMB album, a few great tunes sandwiched between 2 epics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruno View Post
    What's the story with that? Is this a "2nd in a series" he's trying to continue?
    It would seem so. This is the first I’m seeing this cover, so I was not involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Man In The Mountain View Post
    It would seem this way, though nowhere does he say it is. In fact, for the last year he denied they would do a continuation of TSOAD. This is the first I’m seeing this cover, so I was not involved.
    Interesting...


    Quote Originally Posted by Man In The Mountain View Post
    This is the first I’m seeing this cover, so I was not involved.
    ....VERY interesting...

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    From Mike's Twitter:

    For the record: when we finished the writing sessions in Jan, it was going to be a single disc and NOT connected to TSOAD...after sitting with it for a while, Neal felt strongly it should be a sequel to TSOAD and 2 CDs, so we reconvened in Aug to do alot of rewriting & arranging
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruno View Post
    ...VERY interesting...
    Not this time. He used Thomas Ewerhard, who does most of his major prog covers. I’m is #2 artist. Or have been anyways.

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    Playing Detroit and Chicago with an open date in between. Too bad they could not squeeze in a Southwest Michigan date in Grand Rapids or someplace in between. I might consider the Detroit (actually Pontiac) show. Not familiar with the venue though. I really liked SOAD and really enjoyed it live at ROSfest.

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    regarding his recurring themes, i hope he doesn't use the themes from the previous album. he did that with Testimony 2.
    also looks like their set list for the new tour will be the whole album.... and most likely the 2nd night of Moresefest 2019.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BravadoNJ View Post
    regarding his recurring themes, i hope he doesn't use the themes from the previous album. he did that with Testimony 2.
    also looks like their set list for the new tour will be the whole album.... and most likely the 2nd night of Moresefest 2019.
    That was pretty much my point as well. But knowing Morse, how can you imagine him not making any callbacks to the previous album when they are supposed to be thematically connected?
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    I'm so ready for this LP!!! I'm having trouble getting that new PinioL out of my brain. This will surely help.

    I love Neal and everything he has done. Similitude was a masterpiece. Hopefully this will be as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruno View Post
    What's the story with that? Is this a "2nd in a series" he's trying to continue?
    Quote Originally Posted by Progatron View Post
    From Mike's Twitter:

    For the record: when we finished the writing sessions in Jan, it was going to be a single disc and NOT connected to TSOAD...after sitting with it for a while, Neal felt strongly it should be a sequel to TSOAD and 2 CDs, so we reconvened in Aug to do alot of rewriting & arranging
    I thought it was always intended to be a sequel. I seem to recall when he did TSoaD that it was too big of a work (talking about Pilgrim's Progress) to address on one album, so he was only tackling part of it and would probably do more on another release.

    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    It's the same music, why not the same cover?

    Ok, I kid, I kid. Sort of.
    Nailed it!


    Quote Originally Posted by BravadoNJ View Post
    regarding his recurring themes, i hope he doesn't use the themes from the previous album. he did that with Testimony 2.
    Agreed. But I'm sure that he will.
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    One song on two disks maybe?

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