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DREAM THEATER have announced a change to their upcoming Australian tour, with their January 26th show in Perth being moved from the Showgrounds to Burswood Theatre. IN additing, they have updated and confirmed their South American tour schedule. Dates are as follows: More...
After recently celebrating the band's 20-year anniversary, DREAM THEATER returns with its first-ever best-of collection. Spanning 1991-2005, the two-disc set contains rare single edits, B-sides and a trio of new remixes that spotlight that band's nonpareil musicianship, complex arrangements and amazing songwriting. DREAM THEATER's "Greatest Hit (…& 21 Other Pretty Songs)" will be available from Rhino on April 1 at all physical retail outlets and www.rhino.com for a suggested retail price of $19.98 and at all digital retail outlets for a suggested retail price of $12.99.
Referring to DREAM THEATER's first and only major radio hit, "Pull Me Under", the compilation's tongue-in-cheek title is a testament not only to the band's sense of humor but also highlights the acclaimed New York-based quintet's ability to make music and cultivate a legion of fans on its own terms, without help from radio or MTV. The collection features more than two hours of progressive hard rock from James LaBrie (vocals), John Myung (bass), John Petrucci (guitar/vocals), Mike Portnoy (drums/vocals) and Jordan Rudess (keyboards).
The collection contains three newly remixed versions of tracks from DREAM THEATER's breakout 1992 album, "Images And Words": the aforementioned "Pull Me Under" as well as "Take The Time" and "Another Day". Portnoy says this album presented the perfect opportunity to give the songs a bit of a facelift. "The original mixes always sounded a bit '80s' to me, so we had our good friend and longtime mixer Kevin Shirley give the tracks a bit of an update to sound more like the rest of the DREAM THEATER catalog. The songs remain the same (no pun intended — Kevin just mixed that album as well), but there are little nuances in the tracks that I forgot were originally there, and it's very cool to hear them again."
The collection's 22 songs are split evenly between two discs, which are divided into "The Dark Side" (the metallic) and "The Light Side" (the melodic). Filled with some of the band's most sinister sounds, the first disc lives up to the billing of "The Dark Side." Longtime fans will appreciate the abundance of alternative versions of classic tracks, including single edits of "Lie", "Home" and "Misunderstood". Disc One concludes with two tracks from the band's 2005 album "Octavarium": "The Root Of All Evil" and "Sacrificed Sons".
The second disc, "The Light Side", spotlights the band's melodic side and features an alternate mix of "Through Her Eyes", a single edit of "Solitary Shell" and "To Live Forever", a 1994 B-side from the U.K.-only single of "Lie".
A grassroots phenomenon for 20 years, DREAM THEATER continues to record studio albums acclaimed for award-winning musicianship as well as artistic vision. To meet the demands of a demanding global fan base, the band also maintains an active touring schedule that regularly includes sold-out performances around the world.
DREAM THEATER has currently been on the road since June 2007, traveling the globe in support of their latest studio album "Systematic Chaos". Their world tour will conclude with a final run throughout North America in May as they premiere their "Progressive Nation" package tour with OPETH, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, and 3 supporting.
"Greatest Hit (…& 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs)" track listing:
Disc 1 (The Dark Side):
01. Pull Me Under (2007 Remix)
02. Take The Time (2007 Remix)
03. Lie (Single Edit)
04. Peruvian Skies
05. Home (Single Edit)
06. Misunderstood (Single Edit)
07. The Test That Stumped Them All
08. As I Am
09. Endless Sacrifice
10. The Root Of All Evil
11. Sacrificed Sons
Disc 2 (The Light Side):
01. Another Day (2007 Remix)
02. To Live Forever
03. Lifting Shadows Off A Dream
04. The Silent Man
05. Hollow Years
06. Through Her Eyes (Alternate Album Mix)
07. The Spirit Carries On
08. Solitary Shell (Single Edit)
09. I Walk Beside You
10. The Answer Lies Within
On March 18th, Rhino Records is releasing double-CD Best Of from prog-metal legends DREAM THEATER called Greatest Hit & 19 Other Pretty Cool Songs. Tracklisting, artwork and other info will be revealed soon.
Dream Theater's Progressive Nation tour is set to begin in April and will feature OPETH, 3 and BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME.
Upcoming Dream Theater's "An Evening With..." dates include:
12 - Seoul, Korea - Melon-AX Hall
15 - Tokyo, Japan - Budokan
17 - Singapore, Singapore - Fort Canning Park
19 - Bangkok, Thailand - Bangkok Hall
22 - Beijing, China - MG Live House
26 - Perth, Australia - Showgrounds
27 - Adelaide, Australia - Showgrounds
29 - Melbourne, Australia - Festival Hall
30 - Sydney, Australia - The Horden
1 - Brisbane, Australia - Riverstage
Imhotep webzine recently conducted an interview with DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Imhotep: How did you feel when you learned that "Systematic Chaos" had leaked onto the web weeks or months after its release? What's your opinion on this whole MP3-file-sharing thing that's been going on?
Portnoy: "Honestly, I understand the fans. They are willing to have an album as soon as they can. I feel the same when one of my favorite bands finishes an album. I can't wait to get my hands on it, so I totally understand that. But for me, on the other side of the fence, it's frustrating sometimes because you want people to hear it directly in its full-fidelity presentation. You want them to see the artwork, and the booklet, and kinda get the whole big picture, so it's frustrating that that can't always be maintained, but, you know, it's uncontrollable. I can't get crazy about it. When I read it leaked, I was actually very calm because we expected that to happen, and to be honest, I was surprised that we held it so long without a leak, 'cause we delivered the record in mid-February, and it leaked three months after. I think we held it pretty well."
Imhotep: Charlie Dominici (ex-DREAM THEATER vocalist) and his band opened some shows along the tour. What do you feel about his return to the scene? Have you listened to his new album?
Portnoy: "Yeah, and I'm very very proud of him and I'm happy for him. He'll be probably the first to tell you that. I helped him get back on his feet, I helped him find the band, I helped him find his record deal, and I've been very supportive of trying to help him in any way I can. And inviting him to open the shows for us was is another step in that direction as well, so, I'm supportive of him. Other ex-members, like Derek Sherinian and Kevin Moore, went on to have careers on their own, so, I figure it's great that Charlie, after 15 years away from it all, is finally getting back into it."
Imhotep: Talking of Kevin, I think a lot of DREAM THEATER fans were looking forward to seeing him onstage with you on the 20th anniversary tour. Taking your relationship with him as a musician and a person into account, which would you say that are the reasons for his always kind-of-reserved-defensive attitude when it comes to talking about DREAM THEATER and getting involved in things related to the band?
Portnoy: "Well, I was disappointed he didn't do it as well; it's not like he wasn't invited. I did invite him to participate with us at the 20th anniversary. I invited him to participate on the 15th anniversary of 'When Dream And Day Unite'. The invitation has always been there but he always turned it down, so any disappointment should not be pointed at us, it should be pointed at him. That's just his nature, he's the type of person that is very strong-minded, and I have to say the word stubborn. Once he sets his mind to something he sticks to it and you can't change it. It was because of that that I realized that if he had stayed in DREAM THEATER, the band would have probably broken up. People look back and comment about 'Images And Words' and 'Awake', and look at Kevin like there was this great formula and chemistry; that's not the reality. The reality is that the personal chemistry and the working and creative chemistry would not have lasted another year or two. He's not at all interested in progressive music, he's not at all interested in heavy music, so there was absolutely no place for his taste vision in DREAM THEATER anymore."
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Prog legends Dream Theater will be including a short tour of Australia in 2008's tour plans, and to coincide with their presence down under, guitarist John Petrucci will, thanks to Ernie Ball/Music Man/OLP, be able to use some of his spare time to give a few guitar clinics such as he did in Melbourne last year when he was in Australia with G3. Although nothing has yet been announced as to clinics for Melbourne or Sydney fans, Petrucci will be available at the following locations, on the following dates:
Perth - Friday, January 26th: 1pm to 3:30pm, venue yet to be announced
Adelaide - Monday, January 28th: from 1pm at the Viva Function Centre (Lizard Lounge), 9a Light Square, Adelaide
Brisbane - Friday, February 1st: 1pm to 3:30pm, venue yet to be announced.
Italian guitarist Marco Sfogli, who played on DREAM THEATER vocalist James LaBrie's "Elements of Persuasion" album in 2005, will release his solo debut, "There's Hope", early next year via Lion Music. More details will be revealed soon.
Progressive rock masters DREAM THEATER will be on Xbox LIVE December 5 playing Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge (and maybe a different title as well) as they blow off some steam after the release of their ninth album, "Systematic Chaos."
If you're an Xbox LIVE Gold member, and you want to go up in the air with DREAM THEATER, send a friend request to these Xbox LIVE Gamertags while playing online from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 5:
DreamTheaterMP (Mike Portnoy – drums)
DreamTheaterJP (John Petrucci – guitar)
DreamTheater JM (there is a space between DreamTheater and JM - John Myung – bass)
DreamTheaterJL (James LaBrie – vocals)
DreamTheaterJR (Jordan Rudess – keyboards)
If you're invited to play, you'll be able to chat with band members while flying around in Crimson Skies.
For more information, visit www.xbox.com.
DREAM THEATER will be featured as the Xbox LIVE Artist of the Month for the month of December.
LIVE members on Xbox 360 will have access to exclusive performance, interview, and behind-the-scenes footage from the band's recent tour
DREAM THEATER will playing over Xbox LIVE on December 5 in the "Game with Fame" program. Get onto Xbox LIVE and prepare to play your favorite band.
DREAM THEATER's drummer Mike Portnoy recently sat down in Barcelona with Sergi Ramos from TheMetalCircus.com and spoke about several topics such as family life on the road, new business models for releasing albums and having a taste of being a record company by releasing the official bootlegs of his own band. "I have this immense archive that I want to share with the fans" says Portnoy. "Because I know what it is to be a fan".
The drummer also spoke about RADIOHEAD's recent internet only release of a new album where fans were asked to pay whatever they felt like. "I envy them," said Portnoy. "I think it's awesome that they can do it and I love the fact that the album is so quickly available (...). Regarding the fans choosing their own price...that could be financial suicide for them but in a way it's also kind of cool because it shows it's not just about the money for them".
The whole 18 minute interview can be listened by clicking here.
DREAM THEATER's long-standing Italian fanclub, Italian Dreamers, have closed down after 14 years.
They have issued the following statement:
"It is hard to find the words to write down this announcement and it is for sure the hardest task for us since 1993.
At that time our Fan Club was only a sort of a bet, a bet we have won thanks to the determination and the generosity of some people, joined by the same passion and able to create and preserve with brilliance and devotion an incomparable and unique patrimony made of images and words, and a lot of music. This is a voluminous book in which all of us, together with you, left a little sign. This is a dream lasted 14 years with its ups and downs, sacrifice and nuisances, joys and sorrows for which everyone of us has always given his best to write his part of the story. A story that ends in the best way possible, with everyone happy to be there and celebrate. That was it.
It passed exactly one year from the La Finale contest for the Official Tribute Band in Rimini. The organization of that great event was the hardest and most important job we ever did.
The great success of that night and your estimation have been the greatest satisfaction for all of the people of the fan clubs staff that were there to work for you.
The day after, when we met to arrange the last things left in our cars, there was a second of silence where everyone looked each other in the eyes and said: And now? How can we exceed last night success?. The constant challenge to improve ourselves day by day has always been the Italian Dreamers soul. That day we understood that it would have been hard to accept another challenge and thats why we took the decision, not a sudden one but a decision reached gradually in a time beat by our private life.
It was sheer chance that the name we gave to that event it is now signing the Final step of Italian Dreamers Fan Club.
We have always known only one way to manage the Fan Club: always give 110% of ourselves, always be the example to be followed. That was the only way to give you a part of this great passion produced by this incredible music.
Now our jobs and our families prevails over it and we really think that it is not fair to keep a halting creature alive or entrust it to some unknown opportunist that would accept to keep on this adventure alive only for the pleasure to be named Italian Dreamers.
Time has come, it is time to stop.
We are proud to have spread the disease, we are proud for your support.
Our thanks to everyone and Good Luck!"
Simone e Marco
Italian Dreamers Staff
According to UK-based music journalist Dave Ling, Rich Wilson's upcoming official book on DREAM THEATER, "Lifting Shadows", contains some shocking bombshells, such as that the prog-metal masters came close to axing singer James LaBrie back in 2002. "Towards the end of the 'Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence' tour, several of us were really starting to question our future with James," admits drummer Mike Portnoy. An "ultimatum" was issued (you'll have to read the book to find out the full details).
As we all know, LaBrie overcame his disappointment, reacting positively to the challenge and remains with the group to the present day.
Spanish/Swedish melodic metal band SANDALINAS has found a new home on Metal Heaven. Their new CD is called "Fly To The Sun" and is due on January 18, 2007. Next to mainman Jordi Sandalinas, "Fly To The Sun" also features the great vocal talents of singer Rick Altzi (AT VANCE), Patrik Johansson (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) on drums, Mick Cervino (BLACKMORE’s NIGHT) on bass guitar and Elias Holmild (DRAGONLAND) on keyboards. The album furthermore includes various guests such as Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER) on keyboards on the track “Seasons In The Sand” as well as Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE) and Andy LaRocque (KING DIAMOND) at various guitar solos.
You can listen to some advance music here:
- SANDALINAS - Bad Dreams (edit)
- SANDALINAS - Fly To The Angels (edit)
- SANDALINAS - Never Seen Before (edit)
The tracklist of "Fly To The Sun" is as follows:
FLY TO THE SUN
NEVER SEEN BEFORE
BACK FROM THE LIGHT
NO MATTER WHAT
AS THE RAIN FALLS
RING OF FIRE
THE WRONG SIDE OF ME
SHADOWS IN THE RAIN
THE HEALER TALKS
SEASONS IN THE SAND
DREAM THEATER has scheduled the following "An Evening With..." dates in Australia in January/February:
Jan. 25 - Perth, Australia - Showgrounds
Jan. 27 - Adelaide, Australia - Showgrounds
Jan. 29 - Melbourne, Australia - Festival Hall
Jan. 30 - Sydney, Australia - The Horden
Feb. 01 - Brisbane, Australia - Riverstage
Roadrunner Records has announced the nomination of several artists in this year’s Boston Music Awards. Killswitch Engage, The Dresden Dolls and Dream Theater have been nominated for awards in the following categories:
"Act of the Year"
“Album of the Year (Major)"
"Outstanding Live Act of the Year"
"Outstanding Metal/Hardcore Act of the Year"
"Song of the Year" for My Curse
Howard Jones for "National Male Vocalist of the Year"
Adam Dutkiewicz for "Local Producer of the Year"
The Dresden Dolls:
“Outstanding Live Act of the Year”
Amanda Palmer for “National Female Vocalist of the Year”
“Act of the Year”
The Boston Music Awards are celebrating their 20th anniversary, with proceeds from the event to benefit the Music Drives Us Foundation and the Berklee City Music Program. The awards ceremony is set to take place at the Orpheum Theater in Boston on December 1st at 7:30 PM. Over the last 20 years, the Boston Music Awards have awarded rising and established artists for their outstanding achievements in a variety of musical categories. Past winners include Aerosmith, Staind, The Dropkick Murphys, and many more Boston area natives and citizens.
You can view a full list of nominees here.
New York progressive metal pioneers DREAM THEATER are set to unveil their maiden voyage of "Progressive Nation", a package tour they will headline that will also feature the talents of OPETH, 3 and BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME.
The tour is the brainchild of DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, who explains, "I've been wanting to assemble a package tour like this for many years now. With all of the festivals and package tours that go through America, I've been talking with our manager and agent for over 10 years now about doing something that focuses on the more progressive, musician-oriented side of hard rock and metal. I decided it was time to stop talking the talk, lace up and finally walk the walk."
While DREAM THEATER co-headlined 2005's Gigantour alongside MEGADETH, as well as embarking on previous co-headlining runs with both QUEENSRŸCHE and JOE SATRIANI, they have primarily built their 22-year career on the road playing solely to their own audience. Portnoy comments: "I've always prided myself on personally hand picking new and exciting opening acts for DREAM THEATER in the past. Bands such as PORCUPINE TREE, SYMPHONY X, SPOCK'S BEARD, FATES WARNING, PAIN OF SALVATION and KING'S X. In all of these cases, it was important for me to pick bands that I admire and respect but also ones that I know our fans will enjoy. And I think playing with DT has helped expand all of those band's fanbases as a direct result. I am hoping Progressive Nation will continue to do the same thing in offering an audience for more daring and experimental acts that otherwise may not get the mainstream exposure they so rightly deserve."
Joining the bill for this inaugural run is Sweden's legendary OPETH who have been enjoying an ever-growing and expanding audience of their own for many years now. DT's Roadrunner Records labelmates will be ready to unleash their new album come next spring and Progressive Nation should be a great launching pad for their next world tour cycle. Guitarist/Vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt comments: "We're very excited about this upcoming tour with DREAM THEATER. It will be the first tour that we're doing in support of our upcoming record, and also somewhat of a dream come true personally as I've been a fan of theirs for a long time. It's quite intimidating to be on the bill with such amazing musicians but obviously we'll try and give them a run for their money and pull out a few nice licks of our own. I guess we'll need to practice a little bit for this....how boring! Yet, I can't wait for this tour to start and I'm sure we'll have a blast with the DT guys as well as together with the other bands on the bill!"
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Dream Theater have launched a charity auction series in conjunction with Camp Good Days and Special Times. Camp Good Days and Special Times is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life threatening challenges. Camp Good Days facilitates residential camping experiences at their recreational facility in Branchport, New York and year-round support activities. All proceeds collected from these auctions will be donated to the charity and will be used to support the many programs and services offered. The band will continually donate a variety of memorabilia to the charity until June 2008 and the items will be available for auction via eBay.
The next item to enter the auction is drummer Mike Portnoy's "Iron Mike" boxing robe. Portnoy has famously worn this black Everlast boxing robe for his curtain call during the band's last three world tours and can be seen wearing it on "Live at the Budokan," "Score" and "In Constant Motion" DVDs.
This item will be up for auction from October 16 through October 26, 2007 with a starting bid of $200. 100% of proceeds collected from this auction will be donated to Camp Good Days. For bidding and more information, please visit the Dream Theater Charity Auction Site.
For more information on Camp Good Days and Special Times, visit: http://www.campgooddays.org.
OPETH frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt has issued the following update:
"I spent a few days in London and guys... I've met a few very interesting people,, namely the original line-up of COMUS, one of my all time favourite bands. Me and my friend, Stefan Dimle (owner of the Mellotronen store) had dinner with them and I tell ya, it was amazing! Stefan is putting together a fantastic package for a upcoming gig, due to take place in March 2008 on a ferry cruise between Sweden and Finland. Comus will play on this boat for the first time since 1972! I'm still in shock!"
"I had Glen Goring play 'The Herald' in front of my fucking face! I can't believe it...there's a clip on Youtube that Stefan posted and I look like a grinning idiot! Wow! I have met Roger Wootton, my hero...the guy who've inspired me a 1000 times and more! I got a miniature boat as a gift from Bobbie Watson, who is probably one of the sweetest person I've ever met. I had Andy Hellaby insist on paying my beer after having slammed a copy of their ultra rare 7" single on the table before my eyes. I guess you cannot understand my excitement if you're not.....me."
"Later that day I met Pete French, for me legendary for his vocal work in bands like LEAFHOUND (also playing on the boat), ATOMIC ROOSTER and CACTUS. Perfect gentleman and he told some great stories too! As I went to bed, instead of my usual dreams about filthy sex I was dreaming about 7" Comus singles, Leafhound original LP's and the chance of hearing 'Diana" live! Dreams can come true...sorry for that fucking cliché...really, sorry!"
"Anyways, I had to share that with you."
"Also saw DREAM THEATER last night and they were great! Listening to.....'Songs Of experience' by David Axelrod! Great record! Playing Bioshock....great game! Melinda is now a big fan of KISS, and me and my wife have to listen to Dynasty maybe three-four times a day. I have nothing to do with it, she's just a fan...now, all of a sudden. Anyways, good choice I must say...we bought her a personal vinyl copy of the album so she can listen to it as much as she wants."
DREAM THEATER have added a Korean date to their Chaos In Motion World Tour 2007/2008. They will play Melon-AX Hall in Seoul, Korea on January 12th, 2008
The band's upcoming tour schedule is now as follows:
1 - Hanover, Germany - AWD Hall
2 - Warsaw, Poland - Torwar
4 - Antwerp, Belgium - Lotto Arena
5 - Paris, France - Zenith
7 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Phillipshalle
8 - Frankfurt. Germany - Jahrhunderthalle
9 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Ahoy
11 - Glasgow, UK - Carling Academy
12 - Manchester, UK - Apollo
13 - London, UK - Wembley Arena
21 - Munich, Germany - Tonhalle
22 - Erlangen, Germany - Stadthalle
23 - Stuttgart, Germany - Messe 3
25 - Bologna, Italy - Land Rover Arena (Paladozza)
26 - Roma, Italy - Palalottomatica
27 - Andria (Ba), Italy - Palasport
29 - Milano, Italy - DatchForum
30 - Padova, Italy - Palasport
31 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Eulachhalle
2 - Barcelona, Spain - Palau Olimpic De Badalona
3 - Barcelona, Spain - La Cubierta
4 - Durango (Bilbao), Spain - Feria De Muestras
6 - Toulouse, France - Le Phare
7 - Nancy, France - Zenith
9 - Wales, UK - Newport Centre
10 - Wolverhampton, UK - Civic Hall
11 - Blackburn, UK - King George's Hall
12 - Seoul, Korea - Melon-AX Hall
15 - Tokyo, Japan - Budokan
17 - Singapore, Singapore - Fort Canning Park
In October 1998, LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT - featuring DREAM THEATER's Mike Portnoy (drums) and Jordan Rudess (keyboards) alongside bass legend Tony Levin (KING CRIMSON, PETER GABRIEL) - reunited at Millbrook Studios in upstate New York to record their second album. According to a press release, "a few days into the sessions, John Petrucci's pregnant wife went into premature labor leaving Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess and Tony Levin stranded in an already set-up and booked recording studio. So like any creative and productive musicians would do, they decided to stay and JAM... and JAM they did!
For some bizarre and still unexplained reason, the master tapes of these jams were misplaced during the mixing process. But, luckily, Portnoy records almost everything he ever does and as a result his live 2-track stereo DAT mixes are the only remaining traces of this historic jam. So what you have here is as live and raw as it gets. No overdubs, no editing, no mixing. Just three guys, their instruments and their spontaneous imaginations feeding off of each other."
The "historic jam" is being released under the moniker LIQUID TRIO EXPERIMENT. Titled Spontaneous Combustion, Magna Carta is releasing the album in Europe on October 22nd and in North America on the 23rd. The packaging is a limited edition Metallic Print DigiPak containing brand new liner notes by Mike Portnoy.
Swedish metallers OPETH will support DREAM THEATER on the prog-metal giants' next North American tour in April/May 2008. More details will be announced soon.
OPETH will release the "The Roundhouse Tapes" double CD in the U.S. on November 20 via Peaceville Records. The set will be issued in Europe on October 22.
The cover artwork for "The Roundhouse Tapes" has been posted at this location. According to a press release, "The Roundhouse Tapes" contains "a captivating OPETH performance from the Camden Roundhouse, London, UK, on November 9, 2006, and sees the band in scintillating form churning out a selection of classics from their illustrious career. You know what to expect from OPETH: unrivalled composition; seamless progressive dynamics and boundless atmosphere from the mellow to the incredibly heavy, all sealed with the unmistakable vocal presence of mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt." More...