Spock's Bear Biography

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Spock's Beard is a progressive rock band formed in 1993 in Los Angeles by brothers Neal and Alan Morse. Neal (keyboards/vocals) and Alan (guitars) were joined by fellow musicians Nick D'Virgilio (drums), Dave Meros (bass), and keyboardist Ryo Okumoto.

The Beard play a brand of progressive rock which draws on multiple influences ranging from classical, pop, rock, jazz and jazz fusion, and R&B. One can hear the influences of many groups, including Genesis, Yes and the Beatles, yet their sound is original and fresh. They are also well known for their intricate multi-part vocal harmonies and use of counterpoint much in the vein of Gentle Giant. Spock’s Beard has released ten studio CDs to date, including the acclaimed “The Kindness of Strangers” and “V,” before releasing the epic concept album “Snow” in 2002, which also marked the departure of leader and main composer Neal Morse for a solo career as a Christian artist.

After the departure of Neal Morse, the frontman role was taken on by Nick D'Virgilio. This Spock’s Beard v2.0 has since released four more studio albums: “Feel Euphoria,” “Octane,” “Spock’s Beard,” all on InsideOut Music and “X,” released on Mascot Records. Although Nick plays drums for the studio sessions, the complicated role of frontman required the group add tour drummer Jimmy Keegan to the fold. Both drummers perform with drum sets on stage, and the unique combination allows them to both spell one another as well as create opportunities for wonderful duet performances. All band members are writing now, which has resulted in a much more soulful and diverse mix of material into this incarnation of the band. The latest CD brings the fusion, rock, and classical influences strongly to the front.

With a touring schedule that has covered much of Europe and the US, they have played to their legions of fans at major prog festivals around the world. Their live shows have been well documented on DVDs and live CDs such as 2005’s “Gluttons for Punishment” recorded during their European "Octane" tour and “Spock’s Beard Live” recorded in Holland during their European “Spock’s Beard” tour, released in June of 2008.

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