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dot August 15, 2017

Just Announced! Spock's Beard Live with The Adrian Belew Power Trio at Sweetwater Pavilion, Fort Wayne Indiana on September 8, 2017!

Don't miss a rare midwest appearance from The Beard. Fort Wayne is an easy drive from Chicago, Detroit, Columbus, Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville, etc... Don't miss it! Click here for tickets and more info.

dot March 25, 2017

Spock's Beard is super excited to announce that the amazing Nick D'Virgilio has agreed to play on our next album!

Nick of course is well known to SB fans as our former drummer/lead singer/all around awesome dude as well for working with artists such as Genesis, Mike Keneally, Peter Gabriel and Big Big Train among many others. Nick was with us when we first started and we are over the moon to have him back with us for this album! We know you'll be as excited as we are to hear what we will be able to create with him back pounding the skins. We've been writing material and plan to start recording in earnest in late May, so stay tuned!


dot October 12, 2016
We regret to announce that Jimmy Keegan has resigned from Spock's Beard to pursue other interests. Jimmy has been a key member of the SB family since 2003, and his unique contribution will be sorely missed. His talents as a drummer and vocalist are world class, unsurpassed. We wish Jimmy well and look forward to what he's going to come up with next - Dude, you're the best!

The Oblivion Particle

The Oblivion Particle

Spock's Beard's 12th studio album

01. Tides of Time (7:45)
02. Minion (6:53)
03. Hell's Not Enough (6:23)
04. Bennett Built a Time Machine (6:52)
05. Get Out While You Can (4:55)
06. A Better Way To Fly (8:57)
07. The Center Line (7:05)
08. To Be Free Again (10:24)
09. Disappear (6:36)

10. Iron Man (special edition bonus track)


dot March 11, 2016


We have just received notice that Spock's Beard (all current members) along with Neal Morse and Nick D'Virgilio have been invited AND have agreed to perform 'SNOW' in Germany at Night of the Prog Festival on July 15th!

Details are still being finalized and you will be able to get more info and tickets soon at the NIght Of The Prog website.

dot March 10, 2016
Spock's Beard will be appearing at this year's RoSfest the weekend of May 6! Tickets and more info here.
dot November 6, 2015
Spock’s Beard – ‘The First Twenty Years’ collection now available! Click here.

Disc 1

1. The Light
2. Thoughts
3. The Doorway
4. June
5. Day For Night
6. At The End Of The Day
7. Solitary Soul
8. Wind At My Back

Disc 2

1. The Bottom Line
2. She Is Everything
3. On A Perfect Day
4. Jaws Of Heaven
5. Waiting For Me
6. Tides Of Time
7. Falling For Forever (new!)

dot May 30, 2015
Tickets available now at CalProg.com
dot April 28, 2015
Spock's Beard will be on tour in Europe in September and October to promote their upcoming album "The Oblivion Particle" which will be released in August. More info about that coming soon!

16.09 – Spirit of 66, Verviers, Belgium

17.09 – De Boerderij, Zoetermeer, Netherlands

18.09 – Framus & Warwick Music Hall, Markneukirchen, Germany

19.09 – Progresja, Warschau, Poland

20.09 – Metro Club, Brno, Czech Republic

21.09 – A-38, Budapest, Hungary

23.09 – Legend, Milan, Italy

24.09 – Kantine, Augsburg, Germany

25.09 – Sudhaus, Tübingen, Germany

26.09 – Alte Seilerei, Mannheim, Germany

27.09 – Essigfabrik, Köln, Germany

29.09 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK

30.09 – Assembly, Leamington Spa, UK

1.10 – The Classic Grand, Glasgow, UK

2.10 – O2 Academy Islington, London, UK

3.10 – Club Academy, Manchester, UK

dot March 19, 2015
Spock's Beard live in Southern California!
April 25 (Saturday) the band will return to the ALVAS Showroom in San Pedro, CA, This is a small venue and tickets will go fast! - Info and Tickets

More dates in 2015:

April 28 - Impérial de Québec - Quebec City, Canada (with Haken) - Info and Tickets

April 29 - Club Soda - Montreal, Quebec, Canada (with Haken) - Info and Tickets

May 1 - RoSfest 2015 - Gettysburgh, PA - Info and Tickets

November 15-19 - Cruise to The Edge - Info and Tickets

Cruise To The Edge  
dot September 9, 2014
Spock's Beard live in New York City!
B.B. King Blues Club in Manhattan. October 27, 2014 at 7:30pm. Click here for tickets and more info.  

dot August 14, 2014
Spock's Beard is offering a special VIP package for most of the shows on our upcoming Europe tour!

This will definitely not be your ordinary, boring meet and greet.

PLEASE NOTE: This VIP package is supplementary to your concert ticket. In other words, you still need to purchase a ticket if you want to see the concert.

First, we will make a special tour laminate (VIP pass) for you. You will be able to collect your laminate at the venue during sound check time and use it to be able to hang around during sound check, which is cool, but here's the best part:

You'll have a chance to come up on the stage with us for 10 or 15 minutes after we finish our sound check. We will be up there with you, so you will have the chance to ask us any questions you may have about the band or our gear, find out how we get sounds and see up close how our equipment is set up, get autographs if you'd like, and even have a picture taken of yourself with one of our guitars strapped on, or sitting at Jimmy's drum set, or standing within Ryo's keyboard zone.

Then we'll leave the stage and take you on a brief tour of our tour bus, which will only take a minute or two and is not really that exciting, but if you've never seen a band tour bus it would be interesting to see where we live while on tour. (There may be a venue or two where the bus is parked really far away from the venue (probably Paris, maybe London as well), so in those cases the bus tour will not be available.)

That sounds fun, right? The price of this adventure is €100. To purchase a VIP package, go here (link to Buy Stuff store on website). After you purchase this package, we will contact you to find out which show you will be attending.

This package will be available at all shows except for 2Days Prog Festival in Veruno, IT.

Click here to order the VIP package

dot August 14, 2014
Preorders are now being taken for the Spock's Beard "Live At Sea" DVD!

The Progressive Nation at Sea cruise, upon the beautiful Norwegian Pearl, was an event that will be considered by many of the musicians and fans that were there as one of their top lifetime live music experiences.

This is Spock’s Beard’s second and final show of the cruise, where they were joined on stage for the final two epic songs by founding member Neal Morse.

Live At Sea ($19 + shipping)

Norwegian Pearl / Stardust Theater

Friday, February 21, 2014

Song Listing:

1) Something Very Strange
2) Hiding Out
3) Walking on the Wind
4) Waiting For Me
5) June
6) The Light

Estimated shipping date - September 1, 2014.

dot August 10, 2014
Update on the "Live At Sea" DVD

The DVD currently at the manufacturer and is totally on schedule to start shipping by the end of August.

But. . .here's a little surprise.

Since the audio mix is already done and requires no physical manufacturing since it's a digital download, we thought "Why don't we release that now?". We couldn't think of a reason why not, so we'll be sending out download codes on Friday, Aug 08 for the audio-only version of the concert to everyone who preordered either of the two reward options. So keep an eye on your inbox, and if you don't see it in there check your spam folder.

Keep in mind that this is not the DVD video, it's the audio-only digital download version. (It rocks, by the way.)

And. . for those who missed out on the preorder, this audio-only version is now also currently for sale on our Bandcamp page

dot July 16, 2014
Spock's Beard on Tour!
September, 2014
Tue 02 - Zoetermeer NL - De Boerderij
Wed 03 - Verviers BE - Spirit of 66
Thu 04 - Weert NL - De Bosuil
Fri 05 - Munich DE - Backstage
Sat 06 - Veruno IT - 2 Days Prog Festival
Sun 07 - Nurnberg DE - Hirsch
Tue 09 - Bratislava SVK - Majestic Music Club
Wed 10 - Budapest HU - A-38
Thu 11 - Prague CZ - The Roxy
Fri 12 - Opole PL - Drumfest
Sat 13 - Berlin DE - C-Club
Mon 15 - Aschaffenburg DE - Colos-Saal
Tue 16 - Paris FR - Divan Du Monde
Wed 17 - Leicester UK - The Musician * city / venue change
Thu 18 - London UK - The Dome * city / venue change
Fri 19 - Cologne DE - Essigfabrik
Sat 20 - Bochum DE - Matrix
Sun 21 - Pratteln CH - Z7
October, 2014
Chicago, Saturday, October 25
Tickets & more info
dot June 1, 2014
Now available for preorder!

Spock's Beard's complete 2nd show on the PN14 cruise, with special guest appearance of Neal Morse performing "June" and "The Light"

The Progressive Nation at Sea cruise, upon the beautiful Norwegian Pearl, was a major event in progressive rock.

Spock's Beard was joined on stage for the final two epic songs by founding member Neal Morse, and the entire show was professionally filmed with multiple cameras and multitrack audio. The footage is currently in the process of being edited and mixed. We expect shipping date to be sometime in late August if we meet our Kickstarter goal, so please preorder this piece of prog history now!

Profits from the sale of this DVD will go towards the initial recording costs of Spock's Beard's 12th studio CD.

Song list: - Something Very Strange - Hiding Out - Walking on the Wind - Waiting For Me - June - The Light

click here to pre-order


dot May 27, 2014

Spock's Beard will be playing on June 27, 2014 at The Evolution Expo in Oakland, California. Also appearing will be Jefferson Starship. Buy Tickets Here

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dot April 13, 2014

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If you haven't joined yet, come check out the new Spock's Beard Forum on Facebook to discuss all things SB.

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dot April 13, 2014

Spock's Beard in Japan!

Check out the official SB Japan Facebook page for more info.  


dot March 8, 2014

Spock's Beard is playing at Baja Prog on April 5th!

Check out the Official Baja Prog site for more info.  

Baja Prog


dot July 30, 2013

Progressive Nation at Sea 2014

The Progressive Nation, including Spock's Beard is hitting the high seas in 2014! Join us in this inaugural sailing from February 18th – 22nd, 2014 on the luxurious Norwegian Pearl heading from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay and Freeport, Bahamas.

This music festival at sea gives you an experience that a land festival just can’t match. In addition to 4 days in the beautiful Caribbean and all the amenities of a cruise ship; you will enjoy music from morning ‘til night with over 40 shows on multiple stages, along with activities, Q&A’s, panels and workshops from your favorite artists. This is one vacation that will leave you inspired.

Visit www.progressivenationatsea.com to register for the pre-sale today!

dot July 21, 2013

Kicking off just one month from today: Back-to-back nights of a triple shot of Progressive Rock that will knock your socks off!!

Come celebrate InsideOut Records' 20th anniversary as Prog Rock giants, SPOCK'S BEARD, join Sound of Contact {featuring Simon Collins} and Jolly at LA's legendary Whisky a GoGo on Wednesday, August 21st and Brick by Brick in San Diego on Thursday, August 22nd.

That's three amazing bands for the price of one!!

Tickets are on sale NOW for each show so, get 'em while they're HOT: www.stairwaypress.com


If you want to get into the San Diego show for FREE and you have a pro quality 4x12 guitar speaker cabinet *OR* a pro quality bass speaker set up, can bring it to the venue at load in time, let us use it for the show, then take it home with you afterwards, you'll get a FREE ticket to the show!! If you already have a ticket you will be upgraded to VIP.

Just email us at [email protected] ~ let us know what you have and we'll work out the details!

Thanks so much!!
~Spock's Beard

dot July 9, 2013

An Important Announcement from Spock's Beard:

As you may have already heard, we are going to be doing a couple of shows in SoCal in August as part of the "Bring the Prog Back" North American Tour with Sound of Contact and Jolly. We're very excited about it to say the least!

However, due to personal reasons and schedule conflicts, Ryo Okumoto will not be performing at these shows.

Spock's Beard Live in SoCal:

August 21 - The Whiskey-a-Go-Go in L.A. Buy tickets here

August 22 - Brick By Brick in San Diego. Buy tickets here.

dot June 18, 2013

New music video for Submerged, from BNaDS

dot June 8, 2013

2013 Tour T-Shirts are available!

The remaining t-shirts that we didn't sell on tour are now available here:
spocksbeard.online-merchandise.ch - They will be shipped from Switzerland, so shipping charges to EU addresses will be a lot less than if they were shipped from here in the U.S.

We also have some SB stickers, and the Limited Edition of "X" and "Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep" available there too, so if you live in Europe, this would be the place to order to save money on shipping.

The one big limitation - this is an EU-only merch page...people with addresses outside the EU cannot order. Sorry!!! Maybe if there is enough interest from outside the EU we can press a small batch of tour t-shirts here in the U.S. (Or maybe you know somebody in the EU that can order one for you and then mail it to you.)

Supplies are limited, so if you want one, act soon! (no Men's Medium left in stock. Most other sizes including Women's cut shirts are available.

(Tour dates are listed on the back of the Men's t-shirts, no tour dates on the Women's t-shirts)

dot April 26, 2013

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The Spock's Beard Facebook page has more videos, pics, etc. and is updated several times a week. If you haven't been there, go there and click like!

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dot April 25, 2013

Vocal practice for the upcoming European / Great Britain tour. Dates here.

dot March 12, 2013

NOW AVAILABLE: A HIGH RESOLUTION download of "Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep" - Limited Edition, for those serious audiophiles among us.

It is identical in content to the regular download, but the tracks were mastered at 96k / 24 bit resolution. To purchase, click here: Bandcamp

dot March 2, 2013

The Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep 2-CD Limited Edition is now available to order on the Buy Stuff page. This version is only available from the band and contains an extra track and expanded booklet. In addition, a download of the Limited Edition is available to preview and purchase through Bandcamp!

February 25, 2013  

New Tour Dates!

Spock's Beard will be doing live shows in May with Beardfish and Sound of Contact.
For the full InsideOut press release, click here

02 May, 2013 - Spirit of 66 – Verviers, Belgium - tickets & info
03 May, 2013 - Corporation – Sheffield, UK - tickets & info
04 May, 2013 - The Arches – Glasgow, UK - tickets & info
05 May, 2013 - Academy 2 – Newcastle, UK - tickets & info
06 May, 2013 - Robin 2 – Bilston, UK - tickets & info
07 May, 2013 - The Garage – London, UK - tickets & info
08 May, 2013 - La Scene Bastille – Paris, France
09 May, 2013 - Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland - tickets & info
10 May, 2013 - Hirsch – Nürnberg, Germany - tickets & info
11 May, 2013 - Majestic – Bratislava, Slovakia - tickets & info
12 May, 2013 - A38 – Budapest, Hungary - tickets & info
14 May, 2013 - Szene – Vienna, Austria - tickets & info
15 May, 2013 - Colos-Saal – Aschaffenburg, Germany - tickets & info
16 May, 2013 - Das Rind – Rüsselsheim, Germany - tickets & info
17 May, 2013 - Zeche – Bochum, Germany - tickets & info
18 May, 2013 - De Boerderij – Zoetermeer, Netherlands - tickets & info
19 May, 2013 - Markthalle – Hamburg, Germany - tickets & info



tour 2013

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February 8, 2013  

Spock's Beard will kick off their tour for Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep with a concert and CD release party on Saturday April 13 and Sunday, April 14 in Southern California at the Alvas Showroom in San Pedro. Seating is EXTREMELY limited and tickets will go fast!

Tickets are on sale now at www.alvasshowroom.tix.com



Live Alvas 2013


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January 1, 2013
Here's the artwork for Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep,
the band's new album. Design by Thomas Ewerhard.


February 20, 2013  

The Ryo Okumoto Project will be performing this Saturday, February 23 at the Alvas Show Room in San Pedro, CA. Get your tickets now here.






dot December 1, 2012
Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep, Spock's Beard's 11th studio album.

The preorder has finally begun! We are now taking preorders!.
Target delivery date for the Limited Edition is March 01, 2013


Proceeds from this preorder are a necessary part of the funding required to put out a quality product, so your support is greatly appreciated!

The title of the CD is “Brief Nocturnes And Dreamless Sleep” and will be shipped as a main disc PLUS a bonus disc. This privately released Limited Edition will contain an additional bonus track and some extra booklet pages that will not be on the InsideOut release in April.

As a gesture of appreciation for your trust in Spock’s Beard, by purchasing this CD before it is even finished your preordered copies will be shipped a month before being released worldwide by InsideOut / Century Media.

You’ll notice that there are more preorder options this time, one of which is a digital download. There are also some more expensive packages offered that are quite unique and may be highly interesting to some of you.

So click HERE to check it out! Preorder soon because it is a Limited Edition with only 5,000 units available. (The 5,000 total units available will be divided between digital downloads and physical CDs). Once they’re gone, they’re gone, never to be reissued.

Thank you for your interest and support!!

Spocks Beard
Here are new excerpts of five new songs from album:

December 1, 2012

Ryo has submitted a collection of original, handwritten keyboard charts from the “Neal-era” of Spock’s Beard.  

We maxed out the number of items we could include on our Indiegogo campaign, so the contents and description of this collection can be viewed by going to our Buy Stuff.page.

May 13, 2012

Here are some excerpts from rough mixes of five songs from the upcoming SB studio album. The tentative release date will be in fall, 2012. You'll be able to pre-order the album and special edition packages right here in the very near future!

April 1, 2012

Night of The Prog

SB will be playing at the Night Of The Prog in St. Goarshausen, Germany on Saturday, July 7, 2012. More info: WiV Entertainment

January 30, 2012


Now available for preorder on SB.com!!! - click here
Also check out some new lower prices and package deals.

January 30, 2012
Hi there, It's Ryo. I arranged and played keyboards on a project called The ANABASIS who just released their debut CD on 10t Records. The CD is called “Back From Being Gone” and features quite a few musicians from the progressive rock scene. Check it out! www.theanabasisproject.com
January 12, 2012

Some excerpts from The X Tour Live DVD to be released February 13, 2012. 

January 2, 2012


The live show that we recorded at the beginning of the "X" tour is due to be released through Mascot Records / Music Theories Recordings on February 13.

It's being offered two ways, either as a regular edition containing two audio CDs, or a Special Edition with the two audio CDs plus a DVD video of the concert. The DVD also has some great special features such as a previously unreleased "nameless" version of Their Names Escape Me, a photo slide show, plus some backstage and rehearsal footage.

Both versions will be available worldwide on February 13 through the usual retail outlets and download services. We will also be stocking it on our website.

If you would like to pre-order now directly from Mascot / Music Theories Recordings, please follow this link: mascotlabelgroup.com

November 21, 2011

Announcing – Spock’s Beard has a new recording and touring lineup! 

To keep bringing you the finest Prog Rock, we’ve brought on board the amazing vocalist/guitarist Ted Leonard (Enchant, Thought Chamber) and Jimmy Keegan (Santana, John Waite), who’s been our tour drummer for close to 10 years now. If you know these guys, you know they’re world class. They bring exciting new energy and creativity to the party.

We regret that Nick D’Virgilio, a founding member of the band, good friend and incredible talent is unable to continue with us due to his other commitments. Please continue to support him, check out his new solo CD “Pieces,” go see him with Cirque du Soleil and follow whatever other madness he's up to. He’s awesome. We wish him the best of luck and the success he deserves. We wouldn’t be here without NDV!

Look for a new live Spock’s Beard DVD and extensive European tour in early 2012, followed by our 11th studio release sometime in the summer. We’re energized and excited, and will be posting updates and sound samples as we progress.

Thank you for continuing to support us through the years and changes. We stay committed to bringing you the finest in Prog Rock and taking it into the future.

If you don't already, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest.

photos by Alex Solca
September 29, 2011

Spock's Beard now on Twitter!
Follow us for all the latest....
September 2, 2011

from Ryo -

Hi everyone, I know it's been four years since my Jaw accident, but I'd like to send a personal thank you note to those of you who donated money to me. I tried to reach many of you but since it's been a long time I'm sure many email addresses have changed.  If your name is listed below please email your name and home address to [email protected]  Much appreciated. Ryo

Alan Pittman
Alain Gilloux
Alexander Kempf
Andreas Gnadl
Andrew J Caines
Andrew Slostad
Andre Barta
Anthony Jones
Anthony Matos
Andrew Moag
Anthony Stramaglia

Bill Bankert
Brent Simons
Brian Brady
Bytech Services

Carlos De Vincenzo
Chris Millar
Clement Rouziere
Cory McCarthy
Curtis Bunts

David Harris
Drew Greco
David Billington
Donald Harding
Dawn Johnson
Ed Ballard

Frank Hoover
Filip Ladon
Finn-Arne Joergensen

Gareth Richard
Gill Soles
Glen McKee
Giulio Cesare Giorgini

Hans Albrecht
Hauke Brackhagen
Henry Crall

Jason Philps
Jamison McGregor
James Terence Wright
Josh Bonnett
Jan Uijterwaal
Jeff Edvik
James Banks
Jeff Kersh
Jon Williamson
Jonathan Gwyn
Julio Virella
Kenneth Hendricks
Kyle Davis
Kevin Swindells
Keith Vanden Eynden

Michael Kirchhoff
Mark Godwin
Michael Kuntz
Mark Shahin
Michael O'Donnell
Massimo Olita
Michal Crhonek
Michael Pruchnicki

Nicholas Cacia

Philipp Schmidig
Pablo Trejo
Patrick McAfee
Pierre de Kermel

Robert Grazier
Richard Flamini
Richard Embry
Roberto Mendes
Rogério Weis Naressi

Sander Bannink
Stefan Benoit
Sofia Krolik
Sigurd Johnson
Simon Seipel
Stephen Dunbebin
Sami Saastamoinen

Tim Krey
Trevor Hart
Trond Sand

Wolfgang Bleicher
August 18, 2011

Hey there everyone!!!

I am lucky enough to have been interviewed Scott Kahn for the music website MusicPlayers.com. It is a great music website with a lot of information. Click here to go directly to my feature interview and then take a look around the rest of the website.

Rock!!! - Nick

August 12, 2011


I have managed to release a new solo EP while on the road with Cirque. It is called PIECES and I am very proud of it. You can go to my website to buy a physical copy or you can get it at ITUNES or other quality digital music sites. ROCK!!! - Nick


NDV - Pieces
May 1, 2011

Hi Everybody,

World Class singer/guitarist Ted Leonard (Enchant, Thought Chamber) will be filling in for Nick at both Sweden Rock on June 11 and the High Voltage Festival in London on July 24. 
Ted's a great guy and an amazing talent, we know he will do a fantastic job with our songs.  This promises to be a great opportunity to introduce Spock's Beard to lots of people who may not be familiar with us. We guarantee performances that will uphold the high standards you know us for.  We're really looking forward to these shows and we hope to see you all there.  Thanks for supporting the Beard!

click here to purchase tickets

For those of you unfamiliar with Ted, here are a few videos to check out:

Enchant - Comatose
Enchant - Paint The Picture
Enchant - Pure
Ted Leonard - The National Anthem

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photo © Allen Ross Thomas
March 24, 2011

Spock's Beard's X was voted best CD in the DPRP (Dutch Progressive Rock Pages) Best of 2010 Poll. They also scored three of the ten best tracks including Jaws Of Heaven which was #1 as well as best keyboards, bass and drummer honors. More info at the DPRP website. Thanks everyone!

Spock's Beard
January 5, 2011

The Spock's Beard Europe 98 CD is
back in stock on the BuyStuff page!

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