Tag Archives: Mike Portnoy

Album review: NEAL MORSE – Sola Gratia

NEAL MORSE - Sola Gratia

Inside Out [Release date 11.09.20] Neal Morse hardly seems to be out of the studio, with a covers collection released in the summer under the Morse Portnoy George handle, and last year he released the ambitious double album ‘Jesus Christ: … Continue reading

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Album review: FLYING COLORS – Third Stage Live In London

FLYING COLORS - Third Stage Live In London

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 07.08.20] Filmed during Flying Colors’ 2019 US and European tour on the 14 December at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the final night of that tour. They had only played nine shows on the tour, which … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…DREAM THEATER (Every album, every song) – Jordan Blum

On track...DREAM THEATER (Every album, every song) - Jordan Blum

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 17.07.20] This volume reveals the strengths and weaknesses of the series’ premise. Jordan Blum’s careful expose of all the albums reveals how indebted he is to other writers, websites and magazines.  And, let’s be honest, Wikipedia.  … Continue reading

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Album review: MORSE, PORTNOY, GEORGE – Cov3r To Cov3r

MORSE, PORTNOY, GEORGE – Cov3r To Cov3r

Inside Out [Release date 24.07.20] Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy and Randy George. Three titans of modern prog locked together to fight the elements and stride forth on their third covers album, each one bringing their ‘A Game’ as they join … Continue reading

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Album review: SONS OF APOLLO – MMXX

SONS OF APOLLO - MMXX

Inside Out [Release date 17.01.20] Second studio outing from the prog metal supergroup Sons Of Apollo who consist of vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, bassist Billy Sheenan, guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, drummer Mike Portnoy and on keyboards Derek Sherinian. Sons Of … Continue reading

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Album review: SONS OF APOLLO – Psychotic Symphony

SONS OF APOLLO - Psychotic Symphony

Inside Out [Release date 20.10.17] Sons Of Apollo only formed earlier this year and come labelled with the ‘supergroup’ tag, which can be a blessing or a curse – luckily a blessing in Sons Of Apollo case. The Sons Of … Continue reading

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Album review: THE NEAL MORSE BAND – Alive Again

THE NEAL MORSE BAND – Alive Again

Radiant Records/Metal Blade [Release date 05.08/16] This is a slightly more modest release – 2CD/DVD – after last year’s impressive ‘Morsefest 2014’ box set. This live show was recorded near the end of the ‘Alive Again’ world tour in Holland. … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE WINERY DOGS/ Inglorious – Bristol O2 Academy, 2 February 2016

THE WINERY DOGS - Bristol O2 Academy, 2 February 2016

Mike Portnoy announces to the crowd that The Winery Dogs don’t often play outside of the main cities of London/Manchester, so the Bristol fans wasted no opportunity to sign up for something special and – although not a sell out … Continue reading

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Album review: FLYING COLORS – Second Flight: Live at the Z7

FLYING COLORS - Second Flight: Live at the Z7

Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group [Release date 13.11.15] This new live package comes in a plethora of formats – takes a deep breath – 4K UltraHD, Blu-ray, DVD, LP + MP3, double CD/DVD, iTunes, Headphone Surround and Pono. Right now … Continue reading

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Album review: NEAL MORSE – Morsefest!

NEAL MORSE - Morsefest!

www.nealmorse.com [Release date 21.08.15] This is a massive box set, which you can get either as 2 disc Blu-Ray or a 4 CD/2 DVD set. Obviously aimed at the fans, as Neal Morse performs two of his keynote solo albums, … Continue reading

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Album review: NEXT TO NONE – A Light In The Dark

NEXT TO NONE - A Light In The Dark

Inside Out [Release date 29.06.15] When I was about 14 years old, I got beaten up by the meanest, toughest, most fearless kid in school – and he was only 10…not my finest hour. Now, at the ripe old age … Continue reading

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News: URIAH HEEP, CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL, THE FACES – 12 February 2015

Uriah Heep, Giants Of Rock - 9 February 2014

URIAH HEEP Sat April 25 HOLMFIRTH Picturedrome Sun April 26 LEAMINGTON SPA Assembly Tue April 28 YORK Fibbers Wed April 29 NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Riverside Tue May 05 BRISTOL Marble Factory Wed May 06 SOUTHAMPTON Engine Rooms Fri May 08 … Continue reading

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Album review: THE NEAL MORSE BAND – The Grand Experiment

The Neal Morse Band - The Grand Experiment

Inside Out www.insideout.de [Released 16.02.15] Does Neal Morse ever sleep? Not content with his rather good 1970′s West Coast flavoured solo album ‘Songs From November’ and the excellent second Flying Colors album, both released last year, he is back again! … Continue reading

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DVD review: TRANSATLANTIC – KaLiveoscope

TRANSATLANTIC - KaLiveoscope

Inside Out [Release date: 28.10.14] I’m maybe the wrong person to review this DVD.  Or perhaps the best.  Because while I’m familiar with the name and the fact the band’s a side project ‘supergroup’ I couldn’t previously have told you … Continue reading

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Gig review: FLYING COLORS – Islington Assembly Hall, London,13 October 2014

Flying Colors - Islington Assembly Hall, London, 13 October 2014

Due to the queuing system for the gig (they really need to have more than one person manning the ticket desk) I missed most of the support set from guitarist John Wesley (he’s worked with Porcupine Tree, Fish and more … Continue reading

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Album review: FLYING COLORS – Second Nature

FLYING COLORS – Second Nature

Music Theories Recordings/Mascot [Release date 06.10.14] Flying Colors, the prog rock supergroup, are back with their second album just two years after their exceptionally strong debut release.  Can they match that high standard? You bet they can! If anything this … Continue reading

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Album review: PAUL GILBERT – Stone Pushing Uphill Man

Paul Gilbert - Stone Pushing Uphill Man

Music Theories Recordings  [Released 15.09.14] Former Racer X and Mr. Big Guitarist Paul Gilbert has always had a refreshing and thoughtful approach to his instrumental work. On the Sisyphusian concept of ‘Stone Pushing Uphill Man’ his 13th solo album, he … Continue reading

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Gig review: TRANSATLANTIC – London The Forum, 12 March 2014

TRANSATLANTIC – London The Forum, 12 March 2014

Review by Yiannis (John) Stefanis Photos by Yiannis (John) Stefanis Wednesday the 12th of March was in my calendar for quite some time; this was the day when Progressive super group Transatlantic were to be in London for a highly … Continue reading

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Album review: FLYING COLORS – Live In Europe

Mascot 2CD+DVD+BluRay+vinyl ltd edition [Release date 14.10.13] Flying Colors are (whisper it quietly) a supergroup consisting of Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Steve Morse, Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs) and Casey McPherson (Endochine/Alpha Rev). They released a superbly enjoyable debut album last … Continue reading

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Album review: NEAL MORSE – Live Momentum

Inside Out (2DVD/3CD & BluRay) [Release date: 18.02.13] This is a real treat for fans of Neal Morse’s work and I am sure the inlay booklets/packaging will be suitably splendid as I only have promo copies of the two DVD … Continue reading

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