The Neal Morse Band – “The Similitude Of A Dream” – The New Album





The journey of Neal Morse has seen three decades of musical accomplishments, the latest being the inception of The Neal Morse Band. Morse has forged many relationships over the years with his other bands, Spock’s Beard, Flying Colors, and Transatlantic. However, the most compelling and fruitful efforts have been those with drummer Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Flying Colors, Transatlantic, ex-Dream Theater).

Now the current line-up of “The Neal Morse Band” Morse, Portnoy, bassist Randy George, keyboardist Bill Hubauer and guitaristEric Gillette – brings forth “The Similitude of a Dream”, a concept album to be released 11th November on Radiant Records via Metal Blade Records/SONY. This will be the eighth studio album with Morse, Portnoy and George, and the second as a true collaboration with this current line-up.

Anyone who pre-orders the new album will automatically receive two free MP3 tracks. Fans can pre-order “The Similitude of a Dream”directly from Radiant Records –

Clocking in at over 100 minutes, this amazing piece of PROG storytelling will leave you breathless, exhilarated, amused and fulfilled in a way that only inspired music can. It will be available in various formats: a two CD package, a Special Edition with the two CDs and “The Making of a Dream” DVD, or as three vinyl records along with two CD’s.

Watch the official lyric video for the songs – “Long Day” and “Overture” here –

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. Over the years, Morse, along with Portnoy and George, always assembled musicians as needed to support Neal’s solo music. In 2012, they held auditions to find the musicians needed to fill out the band as a permanent line-up that would write music collectively. Hubauer and Gillette joined the band after three days of auditions. The fivesome went on to release The Grand Experiment in 2014, and the Alive Again live DVD/2 CD in 2015.

The Similitude of a Dream” is loosely and sometimes directly based on the book, Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan,” explains Neal Morse. “The book’s original title was The Pilgrim’s Progress from this world to that which is to come, delivered under the similitude of a dream, and was originally published in 1678. The book chronicles the spiritual journey of a man from the City of Destruction to a place of Deliverance. Someone had suggested to me that I do a concept album based on this book, but I kind of forgot about it. Then when I began writing new songs last December, the suggestion came to my mind. I had never read the book, so I Googled the SparkNotes story outline and began to write some little song bits and instrumentals based on what I had read. Those bits combined with the ideas that the other guys brought to the table then miraculously exploded into this double concept album. Funny thing is, this album only really covers about the first 75 or 80 pages. Maybe we should’ve made a five disc collection! Well, we’ll save that for later. Ha.”

Album Track Listing:
Disc 1:

  1. Long Day
  2. Overture
  3. The Dream
  4. City Of Destruction
  5. We Have Got To Go
  6. Makes No Sense
  7. Draw The Line
  8. The Slough
  9. Back To The City
  10. The Ways Of A Fool
  11. So Far Gone
  12. Breath Of Angels

Disc 2:

  1. Slave To Your Mind
  2. Shortcut to Salvation
  3. The Man in The Iron Cage
  4. The Road Called Home
  5. Sloth
  6. Freedom Song
  7. I’m Running
  8. The Mask
  9. Confrontation
  10. The Battle
  11. Broken Sky / Long Day (Reprise)

The Neal Morse Band tours worldwide almost yearly and continues to grow in popularity, attracting new listeners everywhere they go. The band has toured in North America, Central America, Europe, Israel, Mexico and India. The shows are filled with excited and extremely loyal fans, some which have regularly travelled very long distances to see the band. The band has an extensive catalogue of live shows on Blu-Ray and DVD as well.

Their latest round of worldwide tour dates start January 15, 2017 in Morse’s current hometown of Nashville, TN. More dates will be announced in the coming weeks on the band’s official website.

North American Dates

Jan 15 Nashville, TN – Venue TBA
Jan 17 Seattle, WA – Triple Door
Jan 18 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
Jan 21 Whittier, CA – Center Theater
Jan 22 Phoenix, AZ – Nesbitt-Elliott Playhouse Theater
Jan 24 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
Jan 25 Dallas, TX – Curtain Club
Jan 27 St Charles, IL – Arcada Theater
Jan 28 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
Jan 29 Toronto, ONT – Mod Room
Jan 31 Montreal, QUE – Club Soda
Feb 01 Quebec City, QUE – Salle Jean Paul Tardif
Feb 02 New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Feb 03 Washington DC – State Theater
Feb 07 – 11 Cruise To the Edge

European Dates

March 22 Barcelona, Spain – Apolo
March 23 Milan, Italy – Venue TBA
March 24 Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
March 25 Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colo-Saal
March 26 Berlin, Germany – Lido
March 28 Warsaw, Poland – Progresja Music Zone
March 29 Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
March 30 Verviers, Belgium – Spirit of 66
March 31 Cologne, Germany – Stollwerck
April 01 Malmo, Sweden – KB
April 02 Tilburg, Holland – O13
April 04 Luxembourg – Rockhal
April 05 Paris, France – Divan Du Monde
April 06 Birmingham, England – O2 Academy 2
April 07 Glasgow, Scotland – O2 ABC
April 08 Manchester, England – O2 Ritz
April 09 London, England – O2 Islington Academy

Additional Dates

April 12 Tel Aviv, Israel – Havana Club
May 6th Gettysburg PA – RosFest

And more to be added…

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