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Neal Morse Band at Saint Andrews, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Neal Morse has spent his tenure as a progressive rock icon progressing through all sorts of situations.

The Los Angeles resident and Nashville native spearheaded the band Spock's Beard and was part of the supergroups Transatlantic and flying Colors. A born again Christian he also makes Christian music and, in recent years, lead the Neal Morse Band, a collective that released its second album, "The Similitude Of A Dream," last year and continues to tour to support it.

With "Similitude," a two-disc concept album, out nine months, Morse, 57, says that "I like it a lot more now than when we finished it. Mike (Portnoy, drummer) was a little quicker on the draw than I am; The night we finished the very, very rough draft of this album we listened to it and he stood up and said, 'Guys, I think we just made the albums of our career.' I just thought, 'Wow, really...?' I have to live with stuff for a little while before I can decide how I feel about it."

Morse says that more than two decades of recording has taught him to be patient but also to have faith in his instincts. "I don't look back very much," he explains by phone from his home in Nashville. "I'm always looking forward. I'm always praying and asking God what's next, what should be the next thing? I don't always get a solid answer, but the answer comes in time. Sometimes it's just becomes obvious by what you're inspired with and what’s happening; The music that's coming will dictate itself. So I'm always looking forward to the next project."

Morse is planning to start working on new material with the Neal Morse Band as well as Flying Colors. But he's further along on another project he describes as "a singer-songwriter album, sort of like (2014's) 'Songs From November' but even more organic than that. I would say I'm about halfway; We've got drums and bass and acoustic guitar, and scratch vocals on a lot of stuff. I've got to get in there and do all my other stuff. I need about two weeks to do that, but it won't be for a little while yet. But that's the next thing that'll be out."

Neal Morse Band

Saturday, Aug. 19. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Saint Andrews Hall, 413 E. Congress St., Detroit.

Tickets are $50.

Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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