Playing with Lou Gramm and ASIA featuring John Payne this weekend!

Playing with Lou Gramm and ASIA featuring John Payne this weekend!

15 November 2021

Playing with Mr. Lou Gramm, the original lead vocal from Foreigner & also playing with ASIA this weekend in LA! I’m very excited to play with Lou! He’s my hero!

Just got call for this gig today and I have practically 9 hours to copy 18 songs and program sound and practice because I’m recording my solo album with Jonathan Mover at Rich Mouser studio for next 3 days till Wednesday then fly to Las Vegas for rehearsal then back to LA for shows Friday and Saturday.

I really need to uncoil all the way to Asia!

ProgJect: This is the band prog fans have been waiting for!

ProgJect: This is the band prog fans have been waiting for!

27 September 2021

It was March 23rd, 2019. I was waiting in line to get into the venue for the Brand X concert in Pasadena, California when a voice behind me said, “Hey, Ryo!”

There stood Jonathan Mover, drummer extraordinaire, and I knew who he was, but didn’t know him personally.

“I want to talk to you about a band I’m putting together”, he said. What kind of band, I asked? He answered, “A prog cover band!”

Like a Pink Floyd tribute band, I wondered? He said, “Much bigger.”

I’m in. Let’s get together and talk!

I met him down at his facility in L.A. and it blew my mind! It’s HUGE! And beautiful. He runs Drumhead Magazine also. It’s an impressive operation.

But, I still didn’t know that much about him, and what it would be like to play together. I had promised to do my research and upon doing so found out, oh my God, he’s one of the best drummers around! It was an easy decision.

We started rehearsing and were readying ourselves for a tour when the pandemic started.

We kept on rehearsing and arranging and polishing, and it has paid off. We are finally ready to announce our new band.

It’s called ProgJect, and we will be performing in as many cities and states as we can to bring the power of prog to the people!

Stay tuned for further updates, including gig announcements, and exclusive video content.

Spock's Beard UK Tour in March 2022

16 September 2021

Legendary US progressive rockers Spock’s Beard are beyond excited to be announcing UK tour dates for March 2022.

Alan Morse comments:

“We’re just so excited to get back on the road again, we can’t wait to see all our friends we’ve missed so much during this crazy time. We are ready to rock! We’re planning to play some of the Spock’s “classics” we know y’all love to hear, plus some surprises you haven’t heard in a long time - or maybe ever! Come up and say hello! Hope everyone is rested up and ready for a major supernova of prog rock madness, cos we’re bringing it, baby!”

Here’s the complete list of dates:

  • 14/03 - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
  • 15/03 - Glasgow, G2
  • 16/03 - Bilston, Robin 2
  • 17/03 - London, 229
  • 18/03 - Great Yarmouth, HRH Prog

Tickets will go on sale on September 17th at 10 a.m. GMT.

Time to Rock in UK!!

Recording for my new solo album has started!

Recording for my new solo album has started!

29 August 2021

Folks, I have a wonderful announcement!

We recently recorded two drum tracks at Sweetwater Studios with my friend Nick D’Virgilio for my upcoming 5th solo album. “Mirror Mirror” is the first song on the album, and “The Myth of the Mostrophus” (the title track), a 22-minute epic closes out the record.

Nick recorded both songs in 4 hours. It was incredible! Nick is such a great drummer. I have had killer drummers before — on my second album it was legend Jeff Porcaro and on my last album was the incomparable Simon Phillips. Two of the best drummers in the world…but I have to say Nick always was and always will be my favorite player. Besides his technique, the drumming is so musical; his drums sing!It’s not easy to find a drummer who possesses that rare combination of feel, groove, and chops. He simply knows how to make songs more dynamic, and he understands what a composer is trying to express within an arrangement.

I think the reason he’s as good as he is, is that he’s not only great drummer, but also a fantastic singer and songwriter. As you know, he was a founding member of Spock’s Beard, first on drums and then on lead vocals, while also playing guitar, bass and keyboards. Such a profoundly talented musician. I can’t wait to finish this album and have you all hear what we’ve been dreaming up for you!

Dave Meros tracks bass next and then Alan Morse on guitar. I can’t wait!

It’s all so exciting!

Spock's Beard at HRH Prog XII festival - March 17-20, 2022

04 April 2021

Spock’s Beard to perform at the HRH Prog XII festival in Great Yarmouth, UK

Spock’s Beard is proud to announce we will be back to perform in the UK in 2022!

We will be sharing a headlining bill with bands such as Tangerine Dream and Pendragon at the HRH Prog XII festival in Great Yarmouth on the east coast of England.

The festival will take place between March 17th and 20th of 2022. Head over to their website for more information. Hope to see you there!

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