Neal Morse Band reveal Grand Experiment


The Neal Morse Band have confirmed the release of their album The Grand Experiment on February 16 via InsideOut.

And a European tour with Beardfish as opening act includes a London date the following month.

For the first time ever, Morse – along with Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Eric Gillette and Bill Hubauer – began studio sessions without any material written in advance.

The bandleader says: “I wanted to see what it would be like to create freely in the room with no preconceived notions. It was quite a risk.

“I used to be paranoid about whether things would turn out in the short time we had available, so I’d fill all the spaces in advance. This time I made a lot of room for the guys to express themselves – and the result is outstanding.

“We wanted to experiment, do something a bit different and see what everyone was capable of. We found out in spades.”

The album includes five tracks – two “long prog epics” and three shorter pieces. More details will be announced in due course. Beardfish will tour in support of their eighth album +4626-COMFORTZONE, set for release on January 12.

Neal Morse Band and Beardfish tour dates

Mar 05: Prattein Z7, Switzerland

Mar 06: Zoetermeer De Boerderij, Netherlands

Mar 07: London Islington Assembly Hall, UK

Mar 08: Verviers Spirit Of 66, Belgium

Mar 09: Paris Divan du Monde, France

Mar 11: Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal, Germany

Mar 12: Mannheim Aire Seilerei, Germany

Mar 13: Hamburg Markethalle, Germany

Mar 14: Bochum Matrix, Germany