Flying Colors’ new live album Third Stage: Live in London is released on 18 September 2020 on Music Theories Recordings!
“Welcome to the rarest of all sightings, rarer than a UFO sighting, rarer than a sasquatch sighting. A Flying Colors sighting – here on stage, in London.” states, Mike Portnoy. The super group Flying Colors is releasing their new live album “Third Stage: Live In London” on September 18 on Music Theories Recordings. “Third Stage: Live In London” was filmed during the group’s US and European tour 2019 and the material is taken from the tour last show on December 14 at the iconic Shepherd’s Bush Empire which was completely sold out. The concert is released in one variety of formats: Earbook (with coffee table book), triple LP in orange transparent vinyl, Blu-ray, digital and double CD / DVD. The DVD contains bonus material that was filmed at the band’s performance at Morsefest 2019 in Cross Plains, Tennessee, USA. Combining the talents of the supergroup’s musician, guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs, ex-Kansas), drummer Mike Portnoy (Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater, Transatlantic), keyboardist and singer Neal Morse (Transatlantic, ex-Spock’s Beard as well as a successful solo career), bassist Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, ex-Joe Satriani) and the power pack for singers and songwriter Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev, The Sea Within), it beats sparks!
They had only done nine exclusive gigs on the tour which culminated with the sold out gig in London that got Mike Portnoy to halfway up and proclaim: “Welcome to one of the rarest, more so than seeing a UFO or seeing the big Foot. Flying Colors on a London stage. This is a bit of a sad night for us as it is the last of the tour and we never get a chance to play often enough so we will remember everything and enjoy every second. ” Their latest studio album Third Degree was released only two months before and songs from the album were included in almost half the evening repertoire while the rest was taken from the self-titled debut 2012 (which ended up on Billboard’s top 10) and the sequel Second Nature from 2014 which ended up in the top 10 little anywhere in the world. The band went on stage with pictures from an HD projector in the background and get massive applause as the band begins with Blue Ocean and then the audience is overwhelmed by their virtuosity, catchy tunes and reflective lyrics that form the basis of everything Flying Colors does. McPherson remembers the moment he walked out on stage: “I remember how I felt just before we walked on. My daughter and her Grandma, whom I love so much, sat in the audience and it felt like nothing could go wrong. It’s always a nice feeling. Then you can the material is so good that it’s just going out and letting go. ”
The band effortlessly threw themselves into the progressive masterpiece A Place In Your World with masterful guitar playing by Steve Morse, after which they put in another switch with the two thunderous new songs The Loss Inside and the closest apocalyptic More. That’s it that makes the band so special, their ability to weave together several different styles at the same time. The interaction between LaRue and Portnoy is priceless while at the same time hypnotized by Neal Morse’s incredible virility. The band plays through lightning fast instrumental parts, complex and at the same time melodic pop songs, jazz fusion, progressive rock and fantastic songs from McPherson, Neal Morse and Portnoy. Together, it gives the band several dimensions that other bands can only dream of if. At Kayla, the light in the room is lit and the more than one hundred year old place feels almost intimate as a small club. “Playing with Flying Colors is like being in a movie,” says the singer. “There are so many strong feelings and thinking that this was the band’s last gig was both fun and sad at the same time. I love all the other guys in the band and we have so much fun when we’re out and about Tour. Our chemistry is like a really good sushi. There is not one ingredient that can be neglected and it tastes so good. It is one of the world’s kindest and unique band I’ve ever been to. ” Third Stage: Live In London” captures the band in all its uncompromising brilliance, five musicians who show that they have a special chemistry and communication. As Portnoy puts it, it is one of the rarest places to see, but such a sight!
1. Blue Ocean
2. A Place In Your World
3. The Loss Inside
7. You Are Not Alone
8. Forever In A Daze
9. Love Letter
10. Peaceful Harbor
12. Infinite Fire
13. Cosmic Symphony
14. The Storm
15. Mask Machine
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- Steve Morse – solo guitar, accompanist
- Casey McPherson – vocals, keyboard, guitar
- Neal Morse – keyboard, vocals
- Dave LaRue – bass guitar
- Mike Portnoy – drums, percussion, vocals
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