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Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse Releasing Album In May

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Mike Portnoy
What kind of band doesn’t have a name? The kind that, on May 22, will release a record through Radiant Records called Cover 2 Cover.

The new album full of covers — from Randy George, Neal Morse and former Dream Theater and current Adrenaline Mob drummer Mike Portnoy — comes from a band with no name.

People simply refer to it as the George/Morse/Portnoy project, or some variation of that. Why can’t they pick a name? Are all the good band names taken? Name your band that: All The Good Names Are Taken.

That, I could respect. They need a name.

“Together, this group of musicians hand-picked these classic cover songs to complete the second such CD in the bands extensive catalog,” says a press release. “This widely diverse selection of songs is sure to capture the essence of the age of music that has impacted these accomplished musicians!”

Says Portnoy, from the unnamed band: “One of the first things myself, Neal and Randy usually start talking about when we gather for one of Neal’s solo albums is what we can cover should we have some leftover time at the end of the session. And now over the course of both CDs, we have covered 28 songs!

“Ranging from the obscure to the classics. Like the first Cover To Cover, most of the song choices on this CD are rooted in the ’70s and are songs/bands we grew up with,” says Mike.

The album will boast covers of Todd Rundgren’s “I Saw The Light,” Boz Scaggs’ “Lido Shuffle,” Steely Dan’s “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” The Police’s “Driven To Tears,” and a medley of Neil Young tunes.

The effort will also come with a cover of King Crimson’s “Starless,” Joe Cocker’s “The Letter,” and versions of Osmonds, Bee Gees, and Elvis Costello tunes.

What? No Dream Theater or Avenged Sevenfold covers?