July 28, 2021

In addition to the forthcoming new album Innocence and Danger (see todays album review in these pages!), the Neal Morse Band – now known as NMB – have shared a new video for ‘Bird On A Wire’ , the 2nd single from the album due out on 27th August on InsideOutMusic).

NMB (Neal Morse Band) is: 
Neal Morse (vocals, keyboards and guitars) 
Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals)
Randy George (bass)
Eric Gillette (guitars, vocals)
Bill Hubauer (keyboards, vocals) 

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Tour dates for NMB – ‘An Evening of Innocence & Danger’ are on sale now – across US and Europe:

USA 2021 

Oct 8th & 9th – Cross Plains, TN – Morsefest 2021

Oct 12th – Seattle, WA – The Triple Door

Oct 14th – St Charles, IL – The Arcada

Oct 15th – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom

Oct 16th – Ft Wayne, IN – Pieres

Oct 17th – Cleveland, OH – The Beachland Ballroom 

Oct 19th – Glenside, PA – The Keswick Theater 

Oct 20th – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage

Oct 21st – Boston, MA – The Sinclair

Oct 22nd – New York City, NY – The Sony Theater 

Europe 2022 

May 28th – Madrid, Spain – Teatro Kapital

May 29th – Barcelona, Spain – Apolo

May 30th – Milan, Italy – Live Club

May 31st – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7

June 2nd – Tilburg, Netherlands – 013

June 3rd – London, England – Shepherds Bush Empire

June 4th – Paris, France – Trianon

June 5th – Esch Sur Alzette, Luxembourg – Rockhal

June 7th – Cologne, Germany – Live Music Hall

June 9th – Brno, Czech Republic – Sono

June 10th – Krakow, Poland – Studio Club

June 11th – Warsaw, Poland – Progresja

June 13th – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle

June 15th – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio

June 16th – Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik

June 17th – Oslo, Norway – Cosmopolite

June 18th – Stockholm, Sweden – Lilla Cirkus

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Watch the “Bird on a wire video, created by Christian Rios, here:

Mike Portnoy says this about the track, “This was the 2nd song we wrote for the new album’s sessions. The main riff & groove stemmed from an idea Randy George brought in and the chorus was something Bill had…and the intro and middle shred riffs were Eric’s…another truly collaborative effort!”

Watch the video for the album’s first single “Do It All Again” here:

With NMB’s previous two releases being concept albums, it’s perhaps remarkable that Innocence & Danger is a series of unrelated songs, but drummer Mike Portnoy says “After two sprawling back to back double concept albums in a row, it was refreshing to get back to writing a collection of unrelated individual songs in the vein of our first album.” 

Indeed, making this album came easy to the band; while the initial inspiration came particularly from Bill Hubauer (keyboards) and Randy George (bass), the ideas flowed from everybody from there on, as George recalls: “I am excited about the level of collaboration that we achieved on this one. We even went in with a lot of ideas that weren’t necessarily developed, and I think in the end we have something that represents the best of everybody in the band.” 

In fact – like its two acclaimed predecessors – Innocence & Danger is a double album by inspiration, rather than design, as Portnoy explains: “As much as we wanted to try and keep it to a single album after having just done two double albums, we wrote so much material that we found ourselves with our third double album in a row! That’s pretty prog!”

There is also plenty in Innocence & Danger to excite those prog fans who have a thirst for epics, as Neal Morse explains: “There’s one half hour epic and another that’s about 20 minutes long. I really didn’t realize that they were that long when we were recording them, which I guess is great because if a movie is really good, you don’t realize that it’s three hours long! But there are also some shorter songs: some have poppier elements, some are heavier and some have three part acoustic sections. I’m excited about all of it, really.”

Watch a clip from “The Making of Innocence & Danger” here:

‘Innocence & Danger’, featuring artwork by Thomas Ewerhard (Transatlantic), is available for pre-order and will be available as:

• Limited 2CD+DVD Digipak (featuring a Making Of documentary)

• 3LP+2CD Boxset 

• Standard 2CD Jewelcase

• Digital Album 

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