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  FLYING COLORS PLAY ONLY UK CONCERT IN LONDON THIS FRIDAY
18th September 2012



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Mascot Label Group is pleased to announce the release of the eponymous debut album from Flying Colors - the spectacular new virtuoso prog/pop/Metal rock band formed by drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) and guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple). The album is released by Music Theories Recordings in the UK on Monday March 26th, followed by a US release on Tuesday March 27th.

Flying Colors is Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Dave LaRue (bass), Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar), and Steve Morse (lead guitar). "This album has bits and pieces of what you'd expect from each of us," says Portnoy. "The sum of all its parts led to brand new, unchartered territory for everyone involved."

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The formation of Flying Colors began with a simple idea: virtuoso musicians and a pop singer joining together to make new-fashioned music the old fashioned way. Refreshing, classic, old and new, the recordings are saturated with the many styles, tones and hues of the players who in becoming a band have delivered a unique fusion of vintage craftsmanship and contemporary music.

In 2008, executive producer Bill Evans brought the idea to the world renowned musicians and producer Peter Collins. Intrigued by the idea and the prospect of working together, the four musicians signed on to form a band and record a first album.

Steve Morse and Dave LaRue have developed magical music chemistry over the years that began early in their careers as partners in Dixie Dregs. In 1995, Morse subsequently became a member of Deep Purple, while LaRue's ongoing musical adventures include Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, Steve Vai, and the aforementioned Portnoy.

Multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer Neal Morse is one of the leading figures in progressive rock, whose notoriety follows his co-founding of the seminal band, Spock's Beard in 1995, recordings as a solo artist, and contributions to the super-group Transatlantic.

Mike Portnoy is one of the most popular and respected drummers in both metal and rock, and an accomplished writer and producer. He is the recipient of numerous industry accolades, including 26 Modern Drummer awards, Revolver Magazine's Golden God award for 'Best Drummer' and Drum Magazine's 'Drummer of the Year'. He rose to prominence as the leader, drummer, producer, and co-writer for Metal/prog juggernaut Dream Theater, before moving on in 2010. That same year, he worked on Avenged Sevenfold's #1 album 'Nightmare' and their subsequent tour.

It was Portnoy who recommended Alpha Rev's emotive singer Casey McPherson as a contender to join Flying Colors. McPherson, who's 2010 Hollywood/Disney album New Morning debuted in the Top-5 on two Billboard charts, enjoyed major success at radio with multiple hits. The track 'New Morning' spent 17 weeks in the Top-10 on Triple A Radio, and enjoyed a run on Vh1's Top-20 Countdown for months. Steve Morse offers, "Casey was a glorious find, because he could make anything sound fantastic, and is a multitalented like the others."

Flying Colors convened for just nine days in early 2011, and composed and recorded this album during a short and intense session.

"It was quite an experience," recalls Dave LaRue. "The band moved at a fast pace, ideas flying around the room at all times. Sections of tunes were arranged, and then re-arranged. Ideas were tried every which way until we made them work, or, in some cases, discarded them altogether. Just keeping track of everything was a challenge!"

The album is filled with trial and triumph. It's been an inspiring challenge melding folk, prog, pop, and metal all into one big recording."

FLYING COLORS SEPTEMBER 2012 EUROPEAN TOUR
PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS: BEARDFISH

Sunday, September 9th: Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
Monday, September 10th: Berlin, Germany – C-Club
Tuesday, September 11th: Munich, Germany – Theaterfabrik
Thursday, September 13th: Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
Friday, September 14th: Zurich, Switzerland – Volkshaus
Saturday, September 15th: Stuttgart, Germany – Longhorn
Sunday, September 16th: Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos-Saal
Monday, September 17th: Cologne, Germany – Gloria
Wednesday, September 19th: Paris, France – Le Trianon
Thursday, September 20th: Tilburg, Holland – 013
Friday, September 21st: London, England - Shepherd's Bush Empire




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