Mike Portnoy has admitted to Prog Journal that Transatlantic’s upcoming reside launch, The Closing Flight: Reside At L’Olympia, would be the band’s final.
Launched on February 17 by way of InsideOut Music, The Closing Flight: Reside At L’Olympia captures Neal Morse, Pete Trewavas, Roine Stolt and Portnoy on the Paris venue on the final evening of their The Absolute Universe Tour in July 2022.
“It’s no secret,” Portnoy says within the band new problem. “We alluded to it a number of occasions on social media all through the tour. It actually seems like the tip of an period. All of us felt an incredible sense of finality, like we had been taking this so far as it may possibly go, each within the studio and on stage. We couldn’t have been happier with the way in which it ended.
“This was a type of nights the place all the celebrities aligned. I feel it was the perfect we performed on your entire run. The ovations between the songs and on the finish of the present had been simply spine-tingling. Neal was damaged down crying, all people actually felt the feelings within the air. If it certainly finally ends up being the final present we ever play, we couldn’t have ended on the next be aware.”
The Closing Flight shall be launched as each a three-CD/single Blu-ray Digipak and a mammoth four-LP gatefold package deal, masking over three hours of music. Nevertheless, Portnoy reveals that regardless of the band calling it a day, this gained’t be the final Transatlantic report to emerge. In late 2023 they plan to launch recordings of their weekend performances at Morsefest, again in April.
“We did two nights,” Portnoy says. “Not solely was there The Absolute Universe in its entirety however The Whirlwind too, in addition to a couple of different songs that we had by no means performed reside, accompanied with strings and a choir and all that. It’s actually one other must-have for the completists.”
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