In 2002 after many successful albums, Neal Morse left the band to persue a solo career as a Christian Progressive Rock artist.
Neal had been the band's main composer and singer. After his departure, this role was taken on by D'Virgilio. During this period, Spock's Beard v 2.0 released four more studio albums,
In 2011 Nick D'Virgilio
departed from the bandto become a musical director and performer with Cirque du Soleil
. Spock's Beard v 3.0
was assembled with the addition of their touring (live) drummer, Jimmy Keegan
and singer/ guitarist, Ted Leonard
To date, all incarnations of the band have been extremely popular and successful in the prog-music scene.