It’s not very often that we get to cover a once in a lifetime event like we did with the Neal Morse Band playing their Similitude of a Dream album in its entirety at St. Louis’ Delmar Hall. This show was announced a few months back and immediately we knew it would be one not to miss, as the Neal Morse band consists of Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard, Etc.) on acoustic guitar/vocals/synth and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold, Adrenaline Mob, Etc.) on drums/backing vocals amongst others. Upon the announcement, I had never listened to Neal Morse, maybe a little bit of Spock’s Beard, but not much other than that, so I was going in blind. Once I found out they were playing the latest NMB release “Similitude of a Dream” in its entirety, that made things easier. Just find the album and listen to it a few times to familiarize myself with it, and that I did.
The night of the show couldn’t come soon enough, by time of the show I had already known a few friends were going to be there. I had tickets through the magazine and when I looked at the floor arrangements online the few days before I realized there were assigned seats. Within an hour of the show I was messaged on Facebook by a fan in distress, her and her husband couldn’t make the show and needed to get rid of their tickets. She asked if I knew anyone that would want to go and could pay, but everyone I knew interested in the show already had tickets. She ended up transferring the tickets to my name on Ticketmaster’s site and when I looked at the seats she had, they were much closer. We ended up using our tickets to get in (Matt, Steve and I) and once we realized the tickets handed to me were around all our friends, we sat in those seats and enjoyed it with our friends.
Overall, the concert was fantastic! The band was spot on with everything they did. It was almost like a musical as there were somewhat costume changes to showcase different characters in the album. The bassist would make faces at the crowd to give us a good laugh and Mike Portnoy made sure to pummel the drums from start to finish. If this tour is stopping in a town near you I highly suggest checking it out as you will not be disappointed, especially the 10-15 minute encore after the album is finished, so don’t leave early.
I was fortunate enough to obtain a photo pass for this spectacular event, so please check out my photos below and if there are ones you like please feel free to like, comment and share the album with everyone you know!