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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Steve Morse, Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy Join Forces In Flying Colors; EPK Posted Online; Cover Art Work Revealed

  1. The release of the eponymous debut album from Flying Colors is coming - the spectacular new virtuoso prog/pop/metal rock band formed by drummer Mike Portnoy(ex-Dream Theater) and guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple). The CD will be out in March

    Flying Colors is Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Dave LaRue (bass),Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar), and Steve Morse (lead guitar).

    "This album has bits and pieces of what you'd expect from each of us," says Portnoy. ""The sum of all its parts led to brand new, unchartered territory for everyone involved."

    The formation of  Flying Colors  began with a simple idea: virtuoso musicians and a pop singer joining together to make new-fashioned music the old-fashioned way. Refreshing, classic, old and new, the recordings are saturated with the many styles, tones and hues of the players who in becoming a band have delivered a unique fusion of vintage craftsmanship and contemporary music.

    In 2008, executive producer Bill Evans brought the idea to the world-renowned musicians and producer Peter Collins. Intrigued by the idea and the prospect of working together, the four musicians signed on to form a band and record a first album.

    Flying Colors convened for just nine days in early 2011, and composed and recorded this album during a short and intense session.

    "It was quite an experience," recalls Dave LaRue. "The band moved at a fast pace, ideas flying around the room at all times. Sections of tunes were arranged, and then re-arranged. Ideas were tried every which way until we made them work, or, in some cases, discarded them altogether. Just keeping track of everything was a challenge!" The album is filled with trial and triumph. It's been an inspiring challenge melding folk, prog, pop, and metal all into one big recording."

    Touring plans for  Flying Colors  will be announced in the coming months.

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