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Morse + Morse + LaRue + Portnoy + McPherson

Steve Morse and Dave LaRue, © 2009 Nick Soveiko CC-BY-NC-SA

Steve “can’t just be sitting around” Morse has teamed up with multi-instrumentalist Neal Morse (no relation), his old buddy Dave LaRue, ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, and vocalist Casey McPherson for a brand new, yet unnamed project which just has entered the studio to begin working on an album.

Blabbermouth has some quotes from Neal Morse on this new venture:

Last April I got together with Steve Morse to do some writing and to see what would happen with a collaboration between the two of us and how I went down to his house in Florida and spent some days with him, getting to know him and writing some music and we had a really good time. So we’ve been talking about doing a project together for a while.

There are some demos and some things that Steve and I did in April that we’ve worked on and so we’ll have some things to start with, but I think the plan is to get together and see what happens and write in the room.

We’re all excited about the project, but it is a bit of a mystery as to what will come. The vision is to do something a little more song-oriented and not quite so riffy, as one might expect. But still, of course, having the musical elements that people like Steve Morse, Dave LaRou, Mike Portnoy, and myself can provide.

We’ve mapped out about 10 days [in the studio for the project’s first session]. We’ll see what happens and see how much we can get done, if we can’t get the basics down enough for an album then we’ll have to continue on later.

Everyone’s schedules are a bit in flux and their very busy people so I don’t know how long it will take us to actually finish and release the record.

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the info.

35 Comments to “Morse + Morse + LaRue + Portnoy + McPherson”:

  1. 1
    Jazk says:

    End of Deep Purple ?

  2. 2
    Svartheden says:

    This might get as good as anything ever can get. Not sure they need a singer, though.

  3. 3
    Tuomas says:

    When did Portnoy leave Dream Theater???

  4. 4
    kraatzy says:

    Nice casting list …

    And that’s another reason, why DEEP PURPLE don’t produce a new DEEP PURPLE-album for us !!!

    The single members have no time because of DP-touring schedule and solo projects …

    The band have no time, because of solo projects for every single member and because the DP-touring schedule.

    It is time, when it is time for a new band-album …

    bla bla bla, blaaaa blaaaa, bla bla, bla bla blaaa blaaa blaaa



  5. 5
    HZ says:

    This could be interesting project – Portnoy in combination, priceless.

    Steve is cool.

  6. 6
    Crimson Ghost says:

    I like Neil, of course the others too so this should be intereting to say the least.

  7. 7
    Raziel666 says:

    Mike Portnoy posted this on his twitter account:

    Mike Portnoy
    Day #1 of the Portnoy, Morse, Morse, LaRue & McPherson project was incredibly productive and exciting!! So many ideas and such talent…wow!

    Hopefully we’ll get something good from this! 😉

  8. 8
    purplepriest1965 says:

    On another thread I read Steve said THEY had booked studiotime in Spain, this spring.

    Good time to start thinking about a good title for the last album……

    The Spanish Archer winking to the coasts of Morocco?

    Spanish Archer?

    The Final Straw?

    The Final Curtain?

    Fuck You!


    Cheers, Mark

  9. 9
    mutomasa says:

    exciting news. I hope this project will make us happy and get successful. especially,I am pretty interested in Portnoy’s play.

  10. 10
    Roberto says:

    I can understand Steve…Deep Purple are sporadically interested in writing/recording…but He’s going to form a supergroup just while Purples are finally planning to record an album!

  11. 11
    Roberto says:

    Morse + Morse + LaRue + Portnoy : I thought it was an instrumental project…personally I would change drummer (for ex me;)…I really don’t like Portnoy style…

  12. 12
    kraatzy says:

    @ Tuomas:

    On September 8th 2010.


  13. 13
    Crimson Ghost says:

    @4 – I’m highly convinced it’s a ploy to piss you off more so you can whine more and more about it… as soon as you stop there might be a record on the shleves, released under your bitching nose, lol!

    Not sure what you’re on about, Robert, Neil is a vocalist. Is this apparently heart breaking stuff rocket science to you? lol!

  14. 14
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Today I read an article from which I understood that Portnoy wanted to get back in DT and begged to wait for him…….

  15. 15
    stoffer says:

    #8 & #11 must be tough to go thru life so damn positive!!

  16. 16
    Dawg says:

    What exactly, if any, are the plans for a new Purple release? It has been over 5 years. As much as Gillan says he sits around constantly writing, wouldn’t you think we might shelf the other projects long enough to put together a dozen or so new tracks for the mother ship?….. Just asking.

  17. 17
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    I’m surprised at this point that Steve hasn’t done something official with his son. I saw his son get up on stage and jam a long tune with the ‘Steve Morse Band’ in 2009 in South Carolina. Got to chat with them both after the show. He has his own band. He’s a younger, cockier version of Steve. Has an arrogant stage style. Not quite as laid back as his dad. Plays well though. Very appreciative of being ‘Steve’s Son’. Would love to see a collaboration between them both. They really seem to click……


  18. 18
    T says:

    When the ratings for the original Star Trek series plummeted and it became unlikely that the program would be renewed by the network, Gene Roddenberry wrote an episode called “Assignment: Earth” that was supposed to be a spin-off in the event things suddenly folded.

    I’m just sayin’.

  19. 19
    Tony Lind says:

    Hmmmmm, not happy !!! So far, not so good. End of purple ? Should sadly think so! And to think that I played on the same stage as they did when they were “RoundAbout” in 1968. What a sad end of such a good band. All we are asking is just a new album ! Surely that really is not much to ask. Come on purpleteers, get to it ! Too many (millions) true purple fans out there waiting ! Cut out all those private projects and get together for a serious recording session so we can all be happy again, and by the way, while you are at it, make it a double album !!!
    A true old fan.

  20. 20
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Hey Christopher

    I ws not negative, perhaps a bit pun intended.

    Fuck You could be their WDWTWA.
    Just saying to thye naysayers to fuck off.
    Whats so negative about that?

    Maybe you re right and I did get used to a bit of rough play between fans and band.

    Remember the Gillan interview of late in which he clearly showed his irritation when asked about a new album?

    How could one not be flattered being asked for that?!

    Maybe we re walking on eggs right now, maybe we are spoiling the fine build momentum for them……

    Maybe we ll learn later that WE are to blame for ruining the atmosphere.

    The Final Curtain …
    I dont think that has to be negative at all.
    When their album is a great one, why not?

    The Spanish Archer shows humour, not negativism at all.

    I invite you to join and make up an imaginairy title based on something old, but direct of indirectly linked to the DP history.

    The House Of Blue Light was a very cool one IMHO.

  21. 21
    kraatzy says:

    @ Crimson Ghost

    It is you personal problem that you couldn´t distinguish about personal meaning of me on one side … and …
    PERSONAL ATTACK on the other side (that you obviously prefer).

    Fuck of yourself and touch your own bitching nose, because you hurt the talking- /debate-rules all the others here are using.

    Because of that: Shame on you – I will prey for you !!!



  22. 22
    stoffer says:

    priest—I guess our sense of humor is not on the same page??
    I do however like “The Final Curtain” if it happens to be true!

  23. 23
    Tommy H. says:

    “The Final Curtain” reminds me of Europe’s “The Final Countdown”.

  24. 24
    alf+ says:

    i hope this current DP soon broken, and then arise the mark lll(maybe the IV)with the man in black ahead, lord, paice…
    gillan & Morse sucks

  25. 25
    alf+ says:

    i hope this current DP soon broken, and then arise the mark lll(maybe the IX)with the man in black ahead, lord, paice…
    (gillan & Morse sucks)

  26. 26
    alf+ says:

    jeje the mark IV is impposible

  27. 27
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Humour is not only subjective but also differs from moment to moment.

    In the beginning I despised SouthPark, later on I got used to it and kinda enjoy it.
    But still I a aware of certain things in the serie which should be at least qualified as ” dubious”.

  28. 28
    John S says:

    So this is essentially Transatlantic meets the Dregs?

  29. 29
    james jay says:

    @18–just like “Happy Days” Jumping the Shark episode–the saga ending soon? let’s hope not.

  30. 30
    Crimson Ghost says:

    @kraatzy – or is that crazy?

    You didn’t see the humor, but nothing in the guidelines here say we can cheap shot artists either, we just do it or we don’t. I choose not to, you choose to. There was nothing personal, just observant of something you won’t shut up about. I’d like a new album and all that, Gillan to perhaps stop doing so many interviews, the band to do less gigs and rest more before shows, with more of their own material, etc… Fair game silly. I must ask to read again, do you know what “lol!” means?

  31. 31
    fdr says:

    I’m optimistic and believe that in 2011 we’ll see new records by Purple, Gillan, Steve Morse new project, Roger and Don Airey! It’s not impossible, isnt’it? How cool would that be?! Here’s hoping.

  32. 32
    kraatzy says:

    @ crimson ghost

    I don´t know “lol” and I didn´t have seen your humor.

    I am sorry but not only I am waiting for a new DP album.

    But 5-6 years is a very long time for waiting.

    All the others (Steve Morse, Don Airey, Ian Gillan … are broadcasting their new cd´s .. and what is going on with our DP heroes ?
    ……….. n o t h i n g …….. only touring …… touring …..

    this is frustrating and depressing …. chears …

    No “lol” and without a wink .. only clearly factual.

    Thats the reality for us.


    -kraatzy- (not crazy !!!)

  33. 33
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Alf+ @25,

    Get a clue. Ignoramus extraordinaire? Dream On outside of REALITY in now this year of 2011. If it’s drugs, I will pray you disperse of them and climb back into REALITY. But seriously, get a effing clue….




    Va Voom! She went again, can’t stop wigglin’!

  34. 34
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Actually, what is ‘Going on with our Deep Purple Heroes’ is exactly what they want to do…..

    Could have done that long ago with No Deep Purple. But they carried on and gave both….

    Stop all this Bitching. Go to the Lady GA GA site and complain (where you belong). This is the Purple Site. All things Purple are Rampant. Anyone whom feels negative towards Purple need not respond……(goo goo ga ga).


  35. 35
    pe zar says:

    well i appreciate all the thoughts and comments of this future bands release. i personally know Dave, Steve & Kevin. i feel this would be an awesome batch of talent. where is their first concert i want front row!!!!!

    thanks guys good luck!


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