Flying Colors, the hot new virtuoso prog rock supergroup featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple), and Neal Morse (Spock's Beard), follow the release of their eponymous debut album with a rare European tour taking in London's prestigious Shepherd's Bush Empire on September 21st.
Flying Colors showcases Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Dave LaRue (bass), Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar), and Steve Morse (lead guitar). "The 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".
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 songs 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.
"It was quite an experience making the album", recalls Dave LaRue. "It's been an inspiring challenge melding folk, prog, pop and metal into one big recording".
Mike Portnoy was the co-founding member and drummer for the world's biggest prog metal band Dream Theater. Neal Morse is the co-founding member of the prog rock bands Spock's Beard and Transatlantic. David LaRue is the bassist for the Dixie Dregs and has worked with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Steve Morse is the lead guitarist for Deep Purple. Casey McPherson is the lead singer for Alpha Rev, who has experienced success on US radio with numerous hit singles including "New Morning".
FLYING COLORS SEPTEMBER 2012 EUROPEAN TOUR
Plus Special guest: BEARDFISH
Sunday, September 9th
Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
Monday, September 10th
Berlin, Germany – C-Club
Tuesday, September 11th
Munich, Germany – Theaterfabrik
Thursday, September 13th
Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
Friday, September 14th
Zurich, Switzerland – Volkshaus
Saturday, September 15th
Stuttgart, Germany – Longhorn
Sunday, September 16th
Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos-Saal
Monday, September 17th
Cologne, Germany – Gloria
Wednesday, September 19th
Paris, France – Le Trianon
Tickets: €60/50/40 - www.fnacspectacles.com
Thursday, September 20th
Tilburg, Holland – 013
Tickets: €35 - www.ticketmaster.nl
Friday, September 21st
London, England - Shepherd's Bush Empire