If there is anything you always wanted to ask Steve, now is your chance, as Ultimate-Guitar.com are organizing an AMA with him. Just leave your question in a comment here, and UG will catch up with Steve at the upcoming Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp to get some answers.
On February 7, Flying Colors made an unannounced surprise appearance at Cruise To The Edge 2017, as part of Mike Portnoy's 50th Birthday Bash. The band performed Infinite Fire, A Place In Your World, Kayla and Mask Machine on the ship's pool stage, the first show of the cruise, not long after departure from Tampa. Watch the whole Flying Colors performance here, see a nice band photo here, and a photo of the guys with Mike and Neal's other band Transatlantic here. Later during the cruise, on February 10, Steve was a guest on Eddie Trunk's live SiriusFM radio show broadcast. See a picture of Steve and Eddie during the show here.
Deep Purple have announced a tour in the US, in between the tours for mainland Europe and the UK that were already announced earlier. The US shows will take place in August and September, and Deep Purple will be touring together with co-headliner Alice Cooper and special guest The Edgar Winter Band. For more information about the tour, click here. To buy tickets and VIP packages, click here. The announcement of the tour was followed by the release of the band's Time For Bedlam EP, containing non-album songs and unreleased recordings. The new album inFinite will be released in April, and will be accompanied by a video documentary of the recording process. Watch a short clip here.
Three different new guitar string jewelry gift sets have been added to Steve's official store. Designed for Valentine's Day by artist Katya Hast-Ekström of Katya Arts, all handmade from silver and guitar strings played by Steve in concert. So if you are looking for a special gift for a special someone, head over to the Steve Morse Official Store to check out what's on offer. Free gift wrapping is available.
As usual in January, Steve has been present at the annual Winter NAMM convention in Anaheim CA, a trade only event for manufacturers of music equipment, musicians, and other people involved in the music industry. Steve has been appearing at the booths of Ernie Ball Music Man and Engl Amps, doing signature sessions, demos and interviews. This year, 2017, marks the 30th anniversary of the Ernie Ball Music Man Steve Morse signature guitar, and the company presented Steve with the #2 guitar of that series, the second one ever made, 30 years old but unused and in perfect shape, unlike Steve's trusty and battered #1 that has been with him everywhere.
In a video interview that Steve did with American Musical Supply, he shows and compares both guitars. He also reveals that Ernie Ball is making a 30th anniversary commemorative guitar, which will come on the market later this year. Watch and hear Steve play #2 for the very first time here and here, and see a photo of Steve with the first prototype of the commemorative guitar here. In another interview with Gear Gods he talks about work on the new Flying Colors album, jamming with the Dixie Dregs Freefall lineup and the Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp. And in an interviewwith Guitar Interactive Magazine he talks about guitars, soloing and working with Bob Ezrin. More videos: Steve talking about and showing his Ernie Ball Music Man signature models (for Guitar World) here, Steve and fellow Ernie Ball Music Man artist John Petrucci of Dream Theater having a fun conversation at the Reverb booth here, Sterling Ball and Ernie Ball Music Man artists Paul Gilbert, John Petrucci, Steve Lukather and Steve Morse doing an amusing interview for Andertons Music Co here (Steve comes in at 11:10). Some nice photos of Steve at the Engl and Ernie Ball booths here, here and here.
"I never thought I would see a calendar say '2017' in my lifetime, but here we are. Time is passing faster and faster, and now that I'm finally wise enough to make some better decisions, many of those opportunities have passed. The one thing that I have no regrets about is spending time with family, having an occupation that has allowed me much freedom of expression, and helping others when possible. More than ever, I see that the most important part of my career should have been trying to be the best example for younger players. The measures of success all fade, compared to somebody being a positive influence on our chaotic culture. Support your local musicians, and Happy New Year!"
EarMusic has announced that the wait for new Deep Purple music is over. Now you can listen to the first new song, Time For Bedlam, from the highly anticipated follow-up to their 2013 album Now What?! The upcoming, brandnew album InFinite, that Steve recorded earlier this year with his band mates Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Roger Glover and Don Airey, will be released on April 7th, 2017. For more info about the album, single, an upcoming EP and a documentary movie of the recording process, click here.
Apart from the new music and album release date, new tourdates for 2017 have been announced as well, under the moniker 'The Long Goodbye Tour'. Sofar there are dates in mainland Europe in May and June, and dates in the UK in November, with more dates still being added. Deep Purple have not yet answered the many questions received from fans all over the world who are speculating about the meaning of the title "Infinite"and "Long Goodbye". In any case, as Steve always says, "Live music is the real thing", so catch him and the guys live on stage if you can, check out the tour dates here and here.
In the past week Flying Colors were together at Steve's studio in Florida, writing new music for their third album, with Steve doing double duty both as guitarist and engineer. The guys had a great time and the work went really well, as is evident from some photos posted by Mike Portnoy here, here, here and here, and two nice videos from Neal Morse here and here. One more photo of the band in the studio, joined by executive producer Bill Evans, here. The band will try to reconvene again in a few months to finish up another round of songs, and then begin recording. So stay tuned for #FC3!
On December 5th, Steve and the other guys of Flying Colors - Dave LaRue, Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy and Casey McPherson - will get together again to start writing for their third album, the follow-up to 2014's Second Nature. When asked how he feels about getting back to work with Flying Colors, Steve said: "I am looking forward to writing with Flying Colors again, because of the way that everybody influences the musical ideas that we bring in. It's sort of like playing a game of chess where everybody is on the same side: We need to think several steps ahead of each move, and constantly revise the plan. I really enjoy the ability to hear an idea get fleshed out quickly, too. Things move fast, but with great results!" To keep track of all things Flying Colors, check out their website, Facebook official page and fan page, and Twitter feed.
Several signed CDs and DVDs have been added to the items available at Steve's official store. Steve signed them all during the latest Deep Purple recording sessions. Even though he didn't have much free time to do it, Steve did insist on drawing the little guitars with his signatures, as he always does, saying that it wasn't a real autograph without them. Check out all carefully signed items at the Steve Morse Official Store!
Swedish artist (and long time fan) Katya Hast-Ekström has teamed up with Steve and his executive producer Bill Evans to create a line of official Steve Morse guitar string jewelry. All Steve Morse jewelry items are hand crafted from strings used by Steve in concert, combined with Sterling 925 silver. Apart from the pieces made with strings, there is also a silver replica of Steve's #1 guitar. All items come with a certificate of authenticity.
Steve said about this jewelry: "This is the first time I have had anything to do with any merchandise being sold online. I want to let you know that any jewelry that uses guitar strings, uses the strings from one of our tours. It always feels strange to throw away old strings, and this feels so much better. Our jewelry maker has figured out a cool way to make art out of the used string. Thanks for your support!" View all available items and place your order at the new Steve Morse Official Store! For more information about Katya and her work, check out her website and Facebook page.
If you are looking for cool Steve Morse merchandise, look no further! There now is a new Steve Morse official store, with very exclusive hand-made items, as well as signed items. To see what is on offer now, click here. More items will be added in future, so you will want to keep checking back. And of course it will be Christmas pretty soon, so if you want to get a really special gift, this is the place to be. All items in the store can be gift wrapped, and can include a card in your hand writing. Check it all out at the Steve Morse Official Store!
The thought of playing right alongside your musical hero can be as exciting as it is daunting, but let's face it - for most people such an experience is just a dream. That dream can become reality though, as next March guitar virtuoso Steve Morse will join current and former Deep Purple members Ian Paice and Glenn Hughes in a Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp event dedicated to the legendary group. What should prospective campers expect? How should they prepare for that moment when they're jamming alongside one of their idols? In a chat with Music Aficionado, Steve breaks it all down, and he stresses: Don't worry. You'll be in good hands. To read the full interview and profit from the insight and good advice that Steve provides, click here.
In 2001 Steve appeared on the album Warmth In The Wilderness - A Tribute To Jason Becker. In 2013 he performed at the second Not Dead Yet benefit concert for Jason Becker in San Francisco. In case you don't know, Jason Becker is a guitarist and composer who has been suffering from ALS for 26 years. Due to the effects of his incapacitating condition, Jason can only move his eyes and lips. Obviously he can't play guitar anymore, but he does still compose music. He is currently planning on recording a new album, with all new original compositions, performed by a host of guest guitarists, such as Trevor Rabin, Joe Satriani, Steve Morse, Aleks Sever, Guthrie Govan, Gus G., Jeff Loomis, Chris Broderick and more.
Steve said about his involvement in Jason's project: "Jason has the true spirit of music burning bright inside of him. He inspires anybody who knows him, and it's an honor to be part of this!" To pay for all the costs involved in the making of the new album, Jason has started an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign. For more information, and for making donations, read an article that Guitar Player magazine published about Jason's project, and visit Jason's IndieGoGo page. Both pages feature this video about the project, sharing would be very much appreciated.
In January 2015, Steve acted as a guest instructor at Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp for the first time, in Ledyard CT (see some photos here). In March 2017 he will be doing it again, this time in Hollywood CA, along with fellow Deep Purple legends Ian Paice and Glenn Hughes. Steve said: "I'm excited that I've been asked back for a visit at Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp, this time in Los Angeles. Can't wait to get back to Camp again and jam with some of these great players." Read more about this Camp edition here, for all available packages and prices click here.
In a newly published article on MusicRadar, Steve reflects on 50 years of guitar playing. He talks about mentally grading himself for his performances, and shares 12 lessons that he learned during his five decades as a guitarist. To read the article and learn from Steve's tips and advice, click here.
"I was recently part of a collaboration to launch The Epic Guitar Solo Challenge for the EJ Whitten Foundation who are dedicated to fighting the issues of prostate cancer and depression. This is a fun way to get guitarists together, and for a worthy cause! I really like all the positive energy of this whole project!"
Find out more about the Epic Guitar Solo contest here and check out the music video that features Steve and many other guitarists, called Don't You Tell Me Not To Play Guitar, here. Read more on the EJ Whitten Foundation here.
July 22, 2016, was a busy day for Steve. He not only did a clinic and a concert, but he also was interviewed for an upcoming documentary about the magic of the electric guitar, produced by Monarda Arts in Germany. Interviewer Armin Sabol said about Steve: "He's an extremely nice guy with a lot of spirit. Looking forward to this interview in the finished documentary. This may take a while since the movie is in its very early stage, let's see how long it will take to finish the movie." Click here to see a photo of Armin and Steve after the interview.
On a day off from Deep Purple's current world tour, Steve Morse joined a podcast show from his hotel room in Antalya, Turkey for a conversation about his early influences, the Dixie Dregs getting signed, Flying Colors, Bob Daisley and Living Loud, performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, in addition to much more. Listen to the interview here.
During the recent Deep Purple tour in Japan, last May, Steve was interviewed by Glenn Williams of www.musicwriterinjapan.com. The interview starts like this:
"Aside from constantly being voted in numerous polls as one of the world's top guitarists, Steve Morse is also one of the nicest men you could ever meet. Humble to the core, he approaches interviews and fans with the same gratitude he always has, that of he not really knowing why people want to meet him or shake his hand. The man genuinely doesn't believe he's anything anybody else isn't and his upbringing shows when he politely offers my photographer a seat before sitting down himself (my photographer was a lady). Steve smiles all the way through the interview, constantly wants to explain more about things with insights and you get the feeling that he'd be a wonderful companion to drive a thousand miles across a desert with. Indeed, if I hadn't called time on the interview, we'd probably still be there now."
To read the full interview, click here.
Steve's new website, launched on June 23rd 2016, brings a whole new level of information and engagement with the many facets of Steve's ongoing career. Developed by a devoted team at Golden Flamingo, the website will continue to grow and expand as Steve's career continues to, as well. Sharing his thoughts, Steve said, "Thanks to Golden Flamingo, Bill, Tom and Marije for the website remake!"