Thu Oct 11 2012

7:30 PM (Doors 6:00 PM)

Highline Ballroom

431 W. 16th Street New York, NY 10011

All Ages

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Also featuring Randy George, Bill Hubauer, Eric Gillette, Adson Sodre

Dinner menu available. GA Seating. All ages.
First come, first seated. $10 min/person at tables.

Highline Ballroom
Neal Morse featuring Mike Portnoy

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    Morse’s long time studio partner and friend Mike Portnoy had a small window in January 2012 when he could record. The only problem was, there was only one song and a few bits and pieces written. Taking a leap of faith, he scheduled a recording session with the drumming legend and longtime bass player Randy George in two weeks, hoping that the music would arrive before the musicians. And boy did it ever.

    “Momentum” features five exceptional stand alone songs and one longer conceptual piece. In addition to the accessible title track, there’s the quirkily clever, Gentle Giant-inspired “Thoughts Part 5,” which follows in the footsteps of the previous “Thoughts” tracks penned by Morse with Spocks Beard. Rounding out the shorter tracks is “Weathering Sky,” which offers a moody and introspective cry for deliverance and renewal. Then comes “World Without End,” a near 34-minute, six-part epic that contains everything that defines Morse as a master of the genre.

    Another highlight of this record is that, in addition to a masterful solo by guitar wizard Paul Gilbert, there are contributions from Adson Sodre, Bill Hubauer and Eric Gillette—three musicians who were selected as members of Morse’s new touring band through an exciting YouTube driven open audition process.

    While “Momentum” propels Morse forward and further cements his standing as a prolific progressive rock icon, it steers clear of the potential “more of the same” trap, and features some of the finest performances to date by the Morse, Portnoy, George team.

    The release of “Momentum” on September 11 will be quickly followed up by a 10-date North American tour that spotlights the fresh talent of his new live band, with stops in Nashville, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Mexico City, Baltimore and Jacksonville.

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    Michael Stephen "Mike" Portnoy (born April 20, 1967) is an American drummer primarily known as the former drummer, backing vocalist, and a co-founder of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Known for his drumming prowess and technical skill, Portnoy has won 26 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine[1]. He co-produced six Dream Theater albums with guitarist John Petrucci, starting from Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory through Black Clouds and Silver Linings. From A Change of Seasons onwards, Portnoy had been writing a significant amount of Dream Theater's lyrics. He is the second youngest person (after Neil Peart) to be inducted into the Modern Drummer's Hall of Fame (at 37 years of age).

    Besides his work with Dream Theater, Portnoy is known for his many side projects and tribute bands. He is a founding member of Liquid Tension Experiment, an instrumental progressive rock band featuring fellow DT members John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess along with bass legend Tony Levin. He is also a founding member of Transatlantic, a progressive rock "super-group" featuring Spock's Beard keyboardist/vocalist Neal Morse, Flower Kings guitarist Roine Stolt and Marillon bassist Pete Trewavas. Portnoy has also recorded and/or toured/performed live with Avenged Sevenfold, Neal Morse, OSI, Hail!, Stone Sour, Fates Warning, Overkill and G3. Over the years, Portnoy has also created tribute bands to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Rush, and The Who, which has allowed him to perform the music of his four favorite drummers.

    On September 2010, Portnoy announced that he had left Dream Theater after 25 years. He was replaced by Mike Mangini. Since his departure, Portnoy has started two new projects. One is with Symphony X singer Russell Allen and guitarist Mike Orlando, a straight rock/metal band called Adrenaline Mob[2]. He has also started a progressive pop oriented band with Steve Morse, Neal Morse, Dave LaRue, and Casey McPherson called Flying Colors.

Highline Ballroom

Neal Morse featuring Mike Portnoy

Thu Oct 11 2012 7:30 PM

(Doors 6:00 PM)

Highline Ballroom New York NY
Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy
  • Sorry, there are currently no tickets available through TicketWeb.

All Ages

Also featuring Randy George, Bill Hubauer, Eric Gillette, Adson Sodre

Dinner menu available. GA Seating. All ages.
First come, first seated. $10 min/person at tables.