The last couple of years has been busy for Transatlantic after their bumpy career, filled with time-offs. The band plans to release a live album titled ‘The Final Flight: Live At L’Olympia.’ Since the title hints at the band’s future, Mike Portnoy recently spoke to Prog Magazine about Transatlantic’s upcoming plans and admitted this release would be their last.
“It’s no secret. We alluded to it several times on social media throughout the tour,” said Portnoy, pointing out that they have been honest about their plans. “It really feels like the end of an era. We all felt a tremendous sense of finality, like we were taking this as far as it could go, both in the studio and on stage. We couldn’t have been happier with the way it ended.”
The drummer also stated that their performance at L’Olympia gave them a sense of closure. He noted, “This was one of those nights where all the stars aligned. I think it was the best we played on the entire run. The ovations between the songs and at the end of the show were just spine-tingling. Neal was broken down crying; everybody really felt the emotions in the air. If it indeed ends up being the last show we ever play, we could not have ended on a higher note.”
Transatlantic was formed in 1999 as a side project of Neal Morse, Roine Stolt, Pete Trewavas, and Mike Portnoy. The band’s initial career lasted only for three years, during which they released two studio albums and one live album. Their second run started when they reunited in 2009, and since then, Transatlantic has been working on records on and off.
The supergroup’s latest release was their fifth album, ‘The Absolute Universe,’ which came out on February 5, 2021. The band performed many shows after their album release to promote their record. While their fans would love to see more material coming from Transatlantic, Mike Portnoy’s recent statement about their future ended those dreams and drew a line in the sand.