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NEAL MORSE delivers a rock opera about the work of Jesus

03. June 2019

NEAL MORSE erntet die Früchte seines anhaltenden kreativen Höhenflugs und liefert eine Rockoper über das Wirken Jesu

It took ten years for "Jesus Christ The Exorcist" to see the light of day. No wonder, because mammoth projects with the Flying Colors, Transatlantic and the Neal Morse Band drove the music-obsessed just as much around as solo tours.

eclipsed: What was the trigger to start working on such an epic?

Neal Morse: [The music manager] Michael Caplan called me one day and suggested that I should write some kind of new version of "Jesus Christ Superstar". Apparently he and a friend had listened to the original version from the 70s. We talked about how to write something like a gospel-based rock opera. I started with the first draft in 2008.

eclipsed: Then what happened?

THE NEAL MORSE BAND - Perfectionists Against Their Will

16. March 2019

THE NEAL MORSE BAND - Perfektionisten wider Willen

A splendidly funny Neal Morse, who is currently recording the keyboards for the third Flying Colors album, explains eclipsed the background of "The Great Adventure". He does not hide the fact that the creation process - similar to "Snow" - was sometimes very laborious. But that doesn't mean that Morse & Co. lacked songs. In fact, there are another 45 minutes of material that were not used at all.

eclipsed: In the press release you could read that you were not planning to write another concept album. And certainly not a sequel to "The Similitude Of A Dream". Why not?