After just releasing the epic double album, THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM, The Neal Morse Band are announcing the massive live release of a once-in-a-lifetime concert event: Morsefest 2015 on March 24 via Radiant Records. Pre-orders are now open at RadiantRecords.com. Read our review of the event from 2015.  Neal Morse and his band just finished their US tour in support of their latest album and are coming off their final US performance on Cruise to the Edge.

In addition to The Neal Morse Band featuring Mike Portnoy, the 38 musicians on stage create a prog orchestra. Over two nights (one on each video disc) in 2015, they perform new arrangements of material from Neal’s career. The two concerts span over five hours, venturing beyond the studio versions they’re based on. In addition to complete performances of the ‘Sola Scriptura’ and ‘?’ albums, there are songs fromSpock’s Beard (featuring guest Nick D’Virgilio), Transatlantic, and surprises—including performances with guitar legend Phil Keaggy. Accompanied by extravagant visuals, including three video screens and live dancers, Morsefest 2015 is the most massive live release of Morse’s career.

Complimenting this level of musicality, is a multimedia visual presentation. It begins with the most elaborate lighting set-up Morse has ever used, constructed specifically for this event, designed by Ryan Proplesch. A video graphics track, projected on three screens, was created by media artist Christian Rios to illustrate every moment of each song. Live dancers provide further visual interpretations, adding a dimension to the performance that is rare in progressive rock.
In addition to both concerts, a one-hour documentary puts audiences behind the scenes for this epic event. Featuring candid moments from the band, other musicians, and crew—it’s an engaging glimpse into the whirlwind staging of this event. And there’s even a Prog Jeopardy featurette.

Sonically, outstanding audio is delivered by veteran mix engineer by Rich Mouser, who has helmed every Neal Morse, Spock’s Beard, and Transatlantic studio album. The package is presented as either 2 Blu-ray discs, or 2 DVDs with 4 CDs. Digital downloads of the music portion will be available from Radiant Records in uncompressed audio, and on iTunes. The classic Testimony album will also be available for first time, on vinyl.

“Morsefest 2015 was absolutely incredible for me! We performed QUESTION and SOLA SCRIPTURA plus a lot of other really cool stuff with full choir, horns, orchestral percussion, strings, piano harp, Cuika and dancers! The artwork on the video wall was absolutely mind blowing. Combine that with the atmosphere of the community of fans and the love in the room…it was definitely a peak experience in my career, and I think the DVD and Blu-ray are among the finest we’ve ever produced.”— Neal Morse

TRACK LISTING:
2 DVD/4 CD Set
DVD 1
Chapter 1 – Intro (1:56)
Chapter 2 – The Call (10:25)
Chapter 3 – The Grand Experiment (7:36)
Chapter 4 – Go The Way You Go (14:01)
Chapter 5 – MacArthur Park (13:36)
Chapter 6 – A Whole Nother Trip (24:14)
Chapter 7 – New Jerusalem (8:33)
Chapter 8 – Question Mark intro (3:16)
Chapter 9 – Temple Of The Living God (6:35)
Chapter 10 – Another World (2:16)
Chapter 11 – The Outsider ( 2:52)
Chapter 12 – Sweet Elation (2:46)
Chapter 13 – In The Fire (8:02)
Chapter 14 – Solid As The Sun (7:57)
Chapter 15 – The Glory Of The Lord (3:05)
Chapter 16 – Outside Looking In (5:12)
Chapter 17 – 12 (7:00)
Chapter 18 – Entrance (6:14)
Chapter 19 – Inside His Presence (7:16)
Chapter 20 – The Temple Of The Living God Reprise (1:14)
Chapter 21 – Credits (1:56)

DVD 2
Chapter 1 – Intro (2:06)
Chapter 2 – The Door (34:28)
Chapter 3 – The Conflict (27:55)
Chapter 4 – Heaven in My Heart (5:42)
Chapter 5 – The Conclusion (17:34)
Chapter 6 – Waterfall (7:56)
Chapter 7 – At the End of the Day (17:07)
Chapter 8 – Wind At My Back (7:02)
Chapter 9 – Whirlwind Medley ( 16:37)
Chapter 10 – Thank you and credits (7:17)

CD 1
01 – Intro (1:56)
02 – The Call (10:25)
03 – The Grand Experiment (7:36)
04 – Go The Way You Go (14:01)
05 – MacArthur Park (13:36)
06 – A Whole Nother Trip (24:14)
07 – New Jerusalem (8:33)

CD 2
01 – Question Mark intro (3:16)
02 – Temple Of The Living God (6:35)
03 – Another World (2:16)
04 – The Outsider ( 2:52)
05 – Sweet Elation (2:46)
06 – In The Fire (8:02)
07 – Solid As The Sun (7:57)
08 – The Glory Of The Lord (3:05)
09 – Outside Looking In (5:12)
10 – 12 (7:00)
11 – Entrance (6:14)
12 – Inside His Presence (7:16)
13 – The Temple Of The Living God Reprise (1:14)
14 – Credits (1:56)

CD 3
01 – Intro (2:06)
02 – The Door (34:28)
03 – The Conflict (27:55)
04 – Heaven in My Heart (5:42)
05 – The Conclusion (17:34)

CD 4
01 – Waterfall (7:56)
02 – At the End of the Day (17:07)
03 – Wind At My Back (7:02)
04 – Whirlwind Medley ( 16:37)
05 – Thank you and credits (7:17)

2 Blu-ray Set
Disc 1
Chapter 1 – Intro 00:00 – 01:56 (1:56)
Chapter 2 – The Call 1:56 – 12:21 (10:25)
Chapter 3 – The Grand Experiment 12:22 – 19:58 (7:36)
Chapter 4 – Go The Way You Go 19:58 – 34:00 (14:01)
Chapter 5 – MacArthur Park 34:00 – 47:36 (13:36)
Chapter 6 – A Whole Nother Trip 47:36 – 01:11:50 (24:14)
Chapter 7 – New Jerusalem 01:11:50 – 01:20:23 (8:33)
Chapter 8 – Question Mark intro 01:20:23 – 01:23:39 (3:16)
Chapter 9 – Temple Of The Living God 01:23:39 – 01:30:11 (6:35)
Chapter 10 – Another World 01:30:11 – 01:32:28 (2:16)
Chapter 11 – The Outsider 01:32:28 – 01:35:20 ( 2:52)
Chapter 12 – Sweet Elation 01:35:20 – 01:38:06 (2:46)
Chapter 13 – In The Fire 01:38:06 – 01:46:08 (8:02)
Chapter 14 – Solid As The Sun 01:46:08 – 01:54:06 (7:57)
Chapter 15 – The Glory Of The Lord 01:54:06 – 01:57:11 (3:05)
Chapter 16 – Outside Looking In 01:57:11 – 02:02:23 (5:12)
Chapter 17 – 12 02:02:23 – 02:09:24 (7:00)
Chapter 18 – Entrance 02:09:24 – 02:15:38 (6:14)
Chapter 19 – Inside His Presence 02:15:38 – 02:22:54 (7:16)
Chapter 20 – The Temple Of The Living God Reprise 02:22:54 – 02:24:08 (1:14)
Chapter 21 – Credits 02:22:54 – 02:26:05 (1:56)

Disc 2
Chapter 1 – Intro 00:00 – 2:06 (2:06)
Chapter 2 – The Door 02:06 – 32:20 (34:28)
Chapter 3 – The Conflict 32:20 – 1:02:24 (27:55)
Chapter 4 – Heaven in My Heart 1:02:24 – 1:08:06 (5:42)
Chapter 5 – The Conclusion 1:08:06 – 1:25:41 (17:34)
Chapter 6 – Waterfall 1:25:41 – 1:33:36 (7:56)
Chapter 7 – At the End of the Day 1:25:42 – 1:33:36 (17:07)
Chapter 8 – Wind At My Back 1:33:36 – 01:57:46 (7:02)
Chapter 9 – Whirlwind Medley 1:57:46 – 2:14:23 ( 16:37)
Chapter 10 – Thank you and credits 2:14:24 – 2:21:37 (7:17)