The Grand Experiment (2015) feature Neal Morse (vocals, keyboards, guitars), Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Randy George (bass, vocals), Bill Hubauer (keyboards) and Eric Gillette (guitars). Release date is February 10th, 2015, and pre-orders start here at Radiant Records online shop (HERE), January 10th, 2015.
Story goes that for the first time ever Neal Morse came into a recording session with his long time friend and collaborator Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Bill Hubauer and Eric Gillette...with nothing! He had no prepared material at all.
Neal comments, "I wanted to see what it would be like to create freely in the room with no preconceived notions. It was quite a risk!" On previous albums, like the Testimony album for example, Morse had the entire album written in advance. "I used to be rather paranoid about whether things would turn out in the short space of time we had available...so I would fill all the space in advance!" This album was totally different. "I made a lot of room for the other guys to create and express themselves and the result is outstanding! We wanted to experiment, do something a bit different, and see what everyone is capable of...we found out...in SPADES!" The results are obvious! This was a "grand experiment" that produced something far beyond anyone's expectations!
The Grand Experiment will be released in 3 formats:
- Single Disc
- 3 Disc Special Edition Digipak (containing the main disc, bonus audio disc featuring 3 unreleased studio tracks and 2 live tracks from the Morsefest weekend, and a "making of" documentary DVD in special packaging)
- LP + 2CD Set (containing main disc, and bonus audio disc)
The main disc, contains 5 tracks, 2 long prog epics that are sure to be favorites for years to come, as well as 3 shorter songs including the catchy title track "The Grand Experiment." Mixed by Rich Mouser.
1. Following the Call
2. The Grand Experiment
5. Alive Again
The band will be heading out on tour in support of The Grand Experiment (2015) during February and March 2015 in the USA and Europe!
Here are the dates:
North American Tour Dates:
Feb 22nd Nashville, TN - TBA
Feb 24th Manhattan, NY - Highline Ballroom
Feb 25th Montreal , QB - La Tulipa
Feb 26th Quebec City, QB - L'Impérial de Québec
Feb 27th Chicago, IL - Arcada Theater
Feb 28th Denver, CO - Soiled Dove Underground
Mar 2nd Los Angeles, CA - Westminster Theater
European Tour Dates (opening band Beardfish):
Mar 5th Pratteln CH - Z7
Mar 6th Zoetermeer NL - Boerderij
Mar 7th London UK - Islington Assembly Hall
Mar 8th Verviers BE - Spirit Of 66
Mar 9th Paris FR - Divan du Monde
Mar 11th Aschaffenburg DE - Colo-Saal
Mar 12th Mannheim DE - Alte Seilerei
Mar 13th Hamburg DE - Markthalle
Mar 14th Bochum DE - Matrix
Info about the tickets and dates visit Radiant Records website HERE.
Source: Press release