Morsefest 2016 Review – SNOW in July!/The prog report
However, there were some moments worth highlighting, like Nick taking the stage in full hip-hop regalia for “Welcome to NYC” or his astonishing vocals in “Carrie”. Ted was a bolt of lighting on “Devil’s Got My Throat” giving a new level of energy to the song that was missing from the original recording. Jimmy used his acting chops to bring extra personality to “Freak Boy” as he slithered across the stage and Alan shined on the “Solitary Soul”. Ryo rocked the Keytar during his solo while Dave Meros provided the heavy groove on “I’m the Guy.” Of course, the steady presence through it all was Neal, who broke down at the end of “I Will Go” before leading everyone into the epic closing of “Wind at my Back”.
Spock's Beard Reunite For Morsefest/PROG
This was an incredible weekend for any fan of Spock’s Beard, Neal Morse, and Prog. Morsefest continues to grow into one of the more exciting and well-produced prog events.
NEAL MORSE & SPOCK'S BEARD Re-Materialize in Middle Tennessee/Music City Nashville.Net
The answer is logical. Neal left the band to pursue a spiritual path. Morse at this stage in his life is well-established in melding his faith into his solo work along with his music in prog super groups Transatlantic and Flying Colors. Interestingly, Mike Portnoy one of the biggest cheerleaders for Spock's Beard early on joined Neal for all of these projects but lately Mike has been busy growing the cult of The Winery Dogs and filling in on drums with Twister Sister. So perhaps it's more than chance that Neal Morse will rejoin Spock's Beard for another episode. At one point, Neal did exclaim, "Oh man, I might have to go out with these guys!" Time will tell if the next generation of the band is on deck for Spock's Beard. If so, they got things launched at warp speed at Morsefest 2016.