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Los Angeles, United States (1992 – present)

Spock’s Beard is a band formed in 1992 in Los Angeles by brothers Neal and Alan Morse. Neal (keyboards/vocals) and Alan (guitars) were joined by fellow musicians Nick D’Virgilio (Nick D’Virgilio, drums - also known as NDV) and Dave Meros (bass), and were later joined by veteran keyboardist Ryo Okumoto.

Spock’s Beard play a brand of progressive rock with pop music leanings, drawing much influence from Genesis and The Beatles. They are also well known for their intricate multi-part vocal harmonies and use of counterpoint much in the vein of Gentle Giant. They’ve released records like the acclaimed The Kindness of Strangers and V before releasing the epic concept album Snow, 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. The ‘new’ lineup has released four more studio albums: Feel Euphoria, Octane, Spock’s Beard and X.
On tour, the band is supported by drummer Jimmy Keegan, leading to occasional drum duets/duels between him and Nick D’Virgilio (which can be compared to Phil Collins and Chester Thompson at Genesis concerts; drummer Collins also took the lead singer role, after original frontman Peter Gabriel left the band).

On November 21, 2011 news was announced that Nick D’Virgilio would discontinue working with the band (due to his work commitments with “Cirque du soleil”), with Ted Leonard (former Enchant and Thought Chamber) replacing him on vocals and former tour drummer Jimmy Keegan replacing him on drums permanently.


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  • pteronophobic

    I've just been getting into this band in the last year. One (of many) things I like about them is the fact that they rarely have long self-indulgent solos. Even though they have long instrumental passages, there is very little soloing. Not that I don't like prog instrumental excesses, but it's refresh to hear a prog band that rarely indulges. Also, I got my first Spock's Beard CD shortly before Leonard Nimoy died. I don't know what that means, exactly.

    Yesterday 10:00pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Was really skeptical of their post-Neal Morse direction, but they stayed every bit as progressive, actually moreso. It's the lack of pop hooks that make them less 'accessible' currently, the keyboard playing and basslines have actually gotten a good deal more intricate with the same direct lyrics. It's a good style, gonna have to look into the new album when it's out...Tides of Time has quite a bit of Yes and Kansas in it!

    1 Jul 4:50pm Reply
  • Dogger_Dog

    The latest album kind of blows. No offense.

    26 May 10:45pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    @dr_bun, I got into them through At the End of The Day and All on a SUnday (the first is awesomely proggy, the second is catchy and very Beatles styled.) Hope that helps, Mister Ryu Okumoto on the Keyboards is awesome ELP as well, if you like them.

    7 Feb 5:19am Reply
  • dr_bun

    I only like the edge of the in-between and kamikaze can anybody help me?

    30 Jan 6:06pm Reply
  • SoundscapeMN

    Kevin Gilbert's THUD Deluxe Edition on sale now

    22 Jan 12:06pm Reply
  • TheEverflow

    Never really understood "Snow". For me it's by far the worst album with Neal. First four albums all 11/10, of course. "V" is 10/10.

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • SoundscapeMN

    hey, for the Kevin Gilbert fans who may come here (Kevin worked with Spock's on both The Light and Beware of Darkness, and "The Great Nothing" is thought of largely about Kevin Gilbert), Kevin's 1st solo record "THUD" could be coming out on VINYL. !Please make a comment (for those who have Facebook) in this Post if you are interested.

    10 Jul 2014 Reply
  • mattimek

    + On A Perfect Day +

    11 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Abomination317

    The first three albums and Snow are just amazing prog. I have to say that Flow is pretty much their masterpiece.

    26 Feb 2014 Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Ślaska dla fanów Spock's Beard

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
  • DrBlur

    "New album is good. But SB will never release an album better than Snow. It's genuinely one of the best albums of all time in my opinion. " TOTALLY agree.

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Prog_Machine

    Meh....I didn't like the new album. I'll stick with The Light, V, Snow and X

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
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  • sandowner1

    Spocks Beard European Tour kicks off next week, I will be at The Garage, London... Love the new album, the addition of Ted Leonard on vox/guitar along with his writing skills was truly a superb move on their part :) See ya there!

    27 Apr 2013 Reply
  • magpie_1862

    New album is good. But SB will never release an album better than Snow. It's genuinely one of the best albums of all time in my opinion.

    26 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Yellowxander

    'Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep' album review:

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
  • DrBlur

    The new album is fucking FANTASTIC! They didn't miss a beat, and dare I say it's their best post-Neal album apart from the self-titled one, if not even better than that one.

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • GeorgeDrucsen

    Review: Spock’s Beard – Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep [7/10]

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • TheSuiciderr

    New album is great. Was afraid how the new guy would fit in but no worries anymore.

    13 Apr 2013 Reply
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