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Redemption Leader Sits Out Part of Up Coming Tour

Sean Entrikin of PRYMARY will fill in for REDEMPTION guitarist/songwriter Nicolas van Dyk for several dates on the latter band's upcoming U.S. tour with DREAM THEATER.

Said Dyk: "For those of you aware of my rather demanding 'day job,' I personally will be making as many of these shows as possible (hopefully the significant majority of them). For the dates where I am unable to make it, we will be fortunate to have the talents of Sean Entrikin of PRYMARY taking my place. The rest of the band will be there at all dates."

REDEMPTION supporting DREAM THEATER:

July 27 - Gibson Amphitheater - Los Angeles, CA
July 30 - E Center - Salt Lake City, UT
July 31 - Paramount Theater - Denver, CO
Aug. 07 - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI
Aug. 09 - State Theater - Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 10 - Rosemont Theater - Chicago, IL
Aug. 11 - Tower City Amphitheater - Cleveland, OH
Aug. 21 - Bank Of America Pavillion - Boston, MA

INTO ETERNITY will also be on the bill.

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Dream Theater Reveal More US, Euro Tour Dates

Dream Theater have announced their latest Chaos In Motion 2007 World tour plans including Eurpoean shows with Riverside as support, a multitude of festivals and a summer US tour with Redemption and Into Eternity. Here are the confirmed tour dates, with many more to come: More...

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Dream Theater Reveal 'Systematic Chaos' Artwork

Progressive metal pioneers DREAM THEATER have revealed the cover artwork for their new album, "Systematic Chaos", due in June via Roadrunner Records. Check it out at this location.

"This album's got all of the elements we've become known for," reveals drummer Mike Portnoy, who co-produced the CD with guitarist John Petrucci (Paul Northfield engineered and mixed the effort). "The focus on musicianship, the skull-crushing riffs, the big progressive epics and the heart-wrenching melodies. We've got one of the strongest and most devoted fan bases in the world, and they should certainly be happy with the new material." The disc sports seven new songs, one of which runs 25 minutes.

"Systematic Chaos" track listing:

01. In The Presence of Enemies Pt. 1 (9:00)
02. Forsaken (5:36)
03. Constant Motion (6:55)
04. The Dark Eternal Night (8:51)
05. Repentance (10:43)
06. Prophets of War (6:01)
07. The Ministry of Lost Souls (14:57)
08. In The Presence of Enemies Pt. 2 (16:38)

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Dream Theater Confirm First U.S. Summer Tour Date

Dream Theater have announced its first confirmed U.S. summer tour date at the Gibson Theater in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, July 27th. No further details are available as yet.

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Dream Theater Confirmed For Download Festival

Dream Theater confirmed today that they'll be playing UK's Download 2007. Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy can't wait: "Fuck yeah! It's about time!!! I am absolutely stoked for Dream Theater to finally play Download... In a career already filled with so many personal achievements and dreams having been realized, somehow an invitation to play Download or Donington has always eluded us thus far... After all our hard work for the past 21 years and having made so many fans and friends in the U.K., it's nice to finally get the invitation! This gig will come within the first month of a world tour that will last well into 2008 for us, but I can already predict this will be one of the highlights of the year for us..."

Other confirmed acts include Devil Driver, DragonForce, Evanescence, Iron Maiden, Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, Korn, Linkin Park, Machine Head, Marilyn Manson, Machine Head, Megadeth, Motley Crue, Shadows Fall, and Slayer.

Visit the Download 2007 web site for more details.

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Dream Theater Confirm Final Tracklisting

Dream Theater have confirmed the final track listing of their impending new album, Systematic Chaos:

1. In The Presence of Enemies Pt.1
2. Forsaken
3. Constant Motion
4. The Dark Eternal Night
5. Repentance
6. Prophets of War
7. The Ministry of Lost Souls
8. In The Presence of Enemies Pt.2

The band just mastered the album on Wednesday and it was to be in the hands of Roadrunner Records on Thursday. Produced by Portnoy and guitarist John Petrucci, "Systematic Chaos" is Dream Theater's ninth studio album and Roadrunner debut, and will be out this summer.

In related news, Tama.com has a new interview online with Mike Portnoy. In the interview, Mike talks about the new Dream Theater album "Systematic Chaos", his Albino Monster, the upcoming G3 tour with John Petrucci, his new instructional DVD "In Constant Motion", working with Neal Morse and more.

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Dream Theater Swap Spots at Gods Of Metal Fest

Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater fame posted the following message on their myspace [blog]:

"Dream Theater have respectfully offered to swap positions on the bill for Italy's Gods Of Metal festival and offer our closing slot to Heaven and Hell.... We will both play equal set lengths, but out of our respect for the Black Sabbath legacy, we thought it was appropriate that Heaven and Hell close the show. "

Dream Theater recently launched an official myspace page, which is still undergoing construction. The songs posted on the page include Panic Attack, I Walk Beside You, Pull Me Under, and The Spirit Carries On.

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Behold...The Arctopus Update On Side Projects

Guitarists Mike Lerner and Colin Marston appeared in the holiday issue of Guitar One Magazine and are play and sans-drums version of Alcoholocaust on the cd-rom that comes with the current issue.

Drummer Charlie Zeleny is going to Japan from February 4-12 to play duo with Jordan Rudess, keyboardist of Dream Theater. They are going to be playing Rudess Morgenstein Project and Rhythm of Time tunes with the whole thing being sponsored by Roland. He also completely finished tracking the Blotted Science drum parts for the "Machinations of Dementia" album with Ron Jarzombek of Spastic Ink, Gordian Knot and Watchtower and Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse. The album should come out sometime in 2007.

Colin's new recording studio, Menegroth, the Thousand Caves (thethousandcaves.com) is now up and running in New York City.

Colin has just completed work on a new album from his project Byla, with Dysrhythmia guitarist Kevin Hufnagel, ex-Swans vocalist Jarboe, and Crom-Tech / Orthrelm guitarist Mick Barr. It is due out in the fall.

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Dream Theater Sign To Roadrunner Records

Roadrunner Records has announced the signing of progressive metal pioneers Dream Theater. A new studio album, Systematic Chaos is due in June. Dream Theater will hit the road in support of the album for a world tour, including major festival appearances in Europe.

Since their first studio release in 1989, this U.S. based five-piece has notched up record and DVD sales in excess of six million and headlined to audiences of 20,000. Having undertaken seven world tours across 42 different countries, Dream Theater has established a live reputation that has swept them to arena-status around the globe. They have appeared alongside acts such as Deep Purple, Iron Maiden and Yes.

Recognized by peers and public alike for their advanced musical expertise, the band (Mike Portnoy, drums; John Petrucci, guitar; John Myung, bass; James LaBrie, vocals; Jordan Rudess, keyboards) has long held the ability to combine complex arrangements with unadulterated songwriting skills, the material often underpinned by riffs as heavy as anything in the Metallica repertoire.

"This album's got all of the elements we've become known for," reveals Portnoy. "The focus on musicianship, the skull-crushing riffs, the big progressive epics and the heart-wrenching melodies. We've got one of the strongest and most devoted fan bases in the world, and they should certainly be happy with the new material. By working closely with the label we hope to turn a great many new heads, too."

"Dream Theater and Roadrunner Records have led parallel careers on the cutting edge of metal for many years," say A&R men, Derek Oliver & Dante Bonutto, "We're thrilled to be working with a genuine market-leader, and when you add everything the guys bring to the table to the independent spirit and work ethic of the label, the results can only be exciting in the extreme!"

Prior to teaming up with Roadrunner, Dream Theater was signed to a seven-album deal with Warner Music Group worldwide. The deal commenced with the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Images And Words (1992), a Gold-certified US release, and concluded, in equal style, with Octavarium (2005), a Top 40 Billboard outing. In August of last year the band issued Score, a live album/DVD (recorded at Radio City Music Hall in New York), which went straight to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard DVD charts, knocking Pink Floyd from the top!

By the following month, the five were holed up at Avatar Studios in New York, working on the new album with veteran engineer/ mixer Paul Northfield (Rush, Queensrÿche, Porcupine Tree). As usual, Portnoy and Petrucci chose to co-produce the project, which features seven compositions (one a 25-minute epic), and word on the grapevine is that the Dream Theater/Roadrunner alliance looks all set to kick off with a classic.

Systematic Chaos, Dream Theater's ninth studio release, arrives at a time when the band is casting a longer-than-ever shadow across the rock and metal landscape. Their influence is being acknowledged by an increasing number of contemporary, cutting-edge acts such as Stone Sour, Trivium, Shadows Fall, Opeth as their fan base continues to grow.

Touring plans will be announced shortly.

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Initial G3 Tour Dates Announced

The 2007 incarnation of Joe Satriani's popular G3 tour will kick off on March 14th in Phoenix starring Satriani, John Petrucci (Dream Theater) and Paul Gilbert. The tour will play selected dates in North America throughout March and April.

The starting tour itinerary follows with more dates TBA shortly.

Mar. 14 Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
Mar. 15 Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
Mar. 16 Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Theatre
Mar. 17 Berkeley, CA - Berkeley Community Theatre
Mar. 18 Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre

The 2007 tour marks the 5th North American G3 run and the 12th G3 tour worldwide since its inception. The first G3 tour, featuring Satriani, Eric Johnson and Steve Vai, played to sold-out crowds throughout October and November, 1996 and was followed by successful treks in Europe, South America, Japan and Australia. The most recent North American G3 tour, in 2003, showcased Satriani, Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen and was documented in the platinum DVD G3 Live in Denver. Other platinum DVD's include the 1996 run and the 2005 Japanese tour with Vai and Petrucci.

For more information, visit www.satriani.com/G3.

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Gods of Metal Festival Announce Bands

According to a posting on DREAM THEATER's official web site, SYMPHONY X, ANATHEMA, PORCUPINE TREE, SADIST and DGM have also been confirmed to appear at this year's Gods of Metal festival, which will take place in two separate installments at Idroscalo in Milan, Italy. The first part of the festival will be held on June 2-3 and will feature the following artists (with more to be confirmed):

June 2-3:

DREAM THEATER
HEAVEN AND HELL
BLIND GUARDIAN
DIMMU BORGIR
PORCUPINE TREE
SYMPHONY X
ANATHEMA
SADIST
DGM
SCORPIONS

The second installment of Gods of Metal will take place June 30 and will feature OZZY OSBOURNE (headliner), MEGADETH and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, among others.

There will be eight bands performing each day (a total of 24 artists over the three days). Tickets go on sale January 26.

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Dream Theater To Begin Recording New Album

Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater has announced on "Friday Night Rocks" radio show on New York's Q104.3 FM that the band is currently in discussion with several labels on topic of a new record deal. Meanwhile, the band will be making use of a New York City studio to record it's follow-up to last year's "Octavarium", which is estimated for an April/May release next year. A few excerpts from the drummer's interview on "Friday Night Rocks" follows:

"We've done all of this pretty much on our own at this point. The labels thus far have… With the exception of our heyday 15 years ago, with 'Images and Words' and everything — other than that, we've pretty much just built this thing on our own, so it'll be amazing to see what we can do with a little bit of support."

"We are currently making our new album with Paul Northfield engineering. DREAM THEATER's had the same engineer for the last 10 years — this guy Doug Oberkircher — and for the sake of getting some fresh ears with us in the making of the new album, we're working with Paul, and Paul did [RUSH's] 'Permanent Waves', 'Moving Pictures', and 'Signals', as well as some of the newer stuff, so we're getting RUSH stories every day from Paul about the making of those albums, and how they recorded the guitar solo for 'Limelight'; he would tell us about the change of tide with 'Signals', and stuff ... It's really cool. Paul is an awesome guy."

"Me and Mikael [Åkerfeldt] from OPETH and Steven Wilson from PORCUPINE TREE, the three of us have been talking about doing something for a long time now, it's just been a matter of our schedules not working out, but I think it's inevitable that this project will come off in the near future, as soon as we can find a window that all three of us can together.

"I've done so many projects through the years, but none of them were like a real metal project. I've done prog things or classic-rock things or — you know, OSI, TRANSATLANTIC, those were kind of more proggy — but I've never done like a real metal thing, and that's so much in my blood."

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Gigantour CD Audio Samples Available

Audio samples from the upcoming Gigantour deluxe 2-CD set have been made available at Amazon.com. The 2-CD and 2-DVD sets, due on August 22 and September 5, respectively, via Image Entertainment, capture 2005's heavy metal onslaught that was hailed as the best metal bill of the year, with Revolver magazine calling it "the mother of all shred fests." Organized by MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine as a tour featuring "only bands whose musicianship matches their ability to melt faces with sheer volume and power" (Miami Herald), "Gigantour" features unforgettable performances by MEGADETH, DREAM THEATER and FEAR FACTORY as well as ANTHRAX (CD only), NEVERMORE, LIFE OF AGONY, SYMPHONY X, DRY KILL LOGIC and BOBAFLEX.

The "Gigantour" DVD set encompasses a special bonus disc with all the no-holds-barred offstage action: tour bus visits, backstage drama, practical jokes plus interviews with the people who make a national package tour happen, like tour managers, pyrotechnics experts and band members. The "Gigantour" CD contains three songs not included on the DVD. More...

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Dream Theater Live Video Clip Posted Online

A video clip of DREAM THEATER performing the track "I Walk Beside You", taken from the band's upcoming "Score" DVD, has been made available for streaming at Rhino.com. More...

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Gigantour Two-Disc CD and DVD Details Revealed

As news of the return of Gigantour becomes imminent, last year's fast and furious inaugural festival tour arrives in stores on deluxe 2-CD and 2-DVD sets August 22 and September 5, respectively, via Image Entertainment. Both configurations capture 2005's heavy metal onslaught that was hailed as the best metal bill of the year, with Revolver magazine calling it "the mother of all shred fests." Organized by MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine as a tour featuring "only bands whose musicianship matches their ability to melt faces with sheer volume and power" (Miami Herald), "Gigantour" features unforgettable performances by MEGADETH, DREAM THEATER and FEAR FACTORY as well as ANTHRAX (CD only), NEVERMORE, LIFE OF AGONY, SYMPHONY X, DRY KILL LOGIC and BOBAFLEX.

The "Gigantour" DVD set encompasses a special bonus disc with all the no-holds-barred offstage action: tour bus visits, backstage drama, practical jokes plus interviews with the people who make a national package tour happen, like tour managers, pyrotechnics experts and band members. The "Gigantour" CD contains three songs not included on the DVD. More...

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Mike Portnoy To Collaborate w/ Opeth's Akerfeldt?

Jakob Herrmann of Drummer's Digest recently conducted an interview with DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

On whether the technical side of the band's music superior to the musical side:

Portnoy: "We try to have a balance. There's times when we know we want to write stuff that's very technical, and at that point it's dictated by our technical abilities. But then there's other times where we wanna cool it out and really concentrate on the song, and that's when we wanna put the technical side on the shelf and try to really concentrate on the songwriting. I think 'Octavarium' is a perfect example of that balance. There's a little bit of all of those things on the album."

On how the band's last album, "Octavarium", compares to the earlier ones:

Portnoy: "I wouldn't say it's a new direction, we've always kind of done what we do, which is a balance of progressive, heavy and kind of melodic, you know? We've always tried to have all of those elements, so I can't say the new album is a new direction. It's just the latest version of what DREAM THEATER does."

On the rumors about "Octavarium" contains connections and references to earlier albums:

Portnoy: "Not necessarily. 'Octavarium' is a concept album. It's got a lot of threads through it. Musically, visually, through the artwork and the layout, sonically in the production and the sound effects. It's a concept album where all the songs kind of relate to each other."

On the fact that he is a singing drummer:

Portnoy: "I've been doing that with DREAM THEATER now for about seven years. I sing backing vocals when we're in the studio as well. I actually find it easy. I don't consider myself a great singer, you know, but I think there's enough to give a good quality harmony to the song, which I think is important. If you listen to the guys in YES or whatever, they didn't have the greatest voices, but it's the blend that created the good harmony. And also with the vocals I write, I write them with more than one vocal in mind, usually for counter-point call-and-answer kind of thing. My vocal parts aren't always harmonies. Sometimes they're back trading lines back and forth."

On the rumors saying that he and Mikael Åkerfeldt, the mastermind behind Swedish metal act OPETH, are planning to do something together:

Portnoy: "Yeah, he's coming down tonight actually. Most of the guys are. I've been a fan of theirs for years, and we've become friends the last couple of years. He and I and Steven Wilson [of PORCUPINE TREE] have talked about doing something together. Hopefully some time soon we'll be able to coordinate our schedules and make it happen. I think me and Steven want to make it heavy, and I think Mikael wants to, uh, not be heavy. Because me and Steven want to do stuff that we can't do with PORCUPINE TREE and DREAM THEATER, and get to some really heavy stuff. And I think that Mikael wants to get away from the heavy stuff because he does that all the time with OPETH, so who knows. Maybe we'll meet somewhere in the middle. I think it'll be great. I mean, I've had great experiences collaborating with other people, especially people who are the kind of leaders of their bands. That was kind of what TRANSATLANTIC was about, since Neal Morse and Roine Stolt are kind of the leaders of their bands, you know. It was a great creative environment, and I think a similar chemistry would happen with Steven and Mikael."

Read the full article at Drummersdigest.com.

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Jordan Rudess Posts 'Screaming Head' Video Online

A brief message at DREAM THEATER keyboardist JORDAN RUDESS' website is directing fans here, where they can check out video footage of Jordan performing the track 'Screaming Head' from his latest solo studio release, Rhythm Of Time (2004).

Rhythm Of Time can also be ordered at Jordan's Online Store, located here.

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Anthrax Drummer Jams With Dream Theater

Drummer Charlie Benante of Anthrax have posted the following message on the official Anthrax website:

"I want to start a Prog Rock Band! Who’s with me???

"Last night was inspirational... I was going to see Dream Theater play here in Chicago as I've never had the chance to see them live. It always seemed that our schedules never allowed for it, but tonight it all worked out. Mike [Portnoy, Dream Theater] called and asked if I'd like to come up and do a drum duet with him (he has 2 kits up there), 'FUCK YEAH, that sounds like fun'. Mike (as you all know) is a kick ass drummer and a great guy. We've been friends for a few years now and we share the same tastes in music, movies, drums and coffee (had to get that last one in).

"He basically told me the arrangement and sent me an MP3 of his solo; we needed to decide what we were going to throw in. I thought it would be cool if he did the beginning of INDIANS as a segue and he had the idea of me playing the beginning of 6:00. I think that was my favorite part, I loved playing that tune - now I have to learn the rest of it.

"I think this ranks up there with some of my favorite performances. Mike is a very giving drummer; it wasn't about blowing the other guy away or anything like that. It was two drummers having a ball doing what they do and letting the audience be a part of it... it’s as simple as that. I had such a blast doing this with him and the band and I thank those guys once again for an AWESOME SHOW!!!

"I love the fact that D. T. do not cater to radio, MTV - they do it their own way and I admire them for it. I looked out to the sold out crowd and thought - this is amazing! This is how it should be! Don't be surprised if you see Anthrax teaming up with them sometime in the future... hahaha

"The Deftones were in town last week and fucking ruled! This band has grown so much from when they toured with us back in 1995 - they have 'it'. I was bummed that they didn't play my favorite song 'Digital Bath' but I'll get over it. I can't wait for some new shit.

"Okay, okay.
What else is going on?
We're chatting on Tuesday in the CDC.
I need to order a B I G G E R drum kit from TAMA!
Arctic Monkeys rock!
Designing a signature snare drum!
MAD TOYZ RULZ!
Robot Chicken on DVD later this month, I wanna do something on that show!

"My Daughter Rocks!

"CB"

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Dream Theater Cancel Salt Lake City Show

Dream Theater have posted the following message on their website:

"We regret to announce that we have been forced to cancel our Salt Lake City show.
Bad weather & travelling conditions have made it impossible for our trucks to get to Salt Lake City in time to play the show.
We are truly sorry about this and are surely as disappointed as the fans as the show was sold out and we haven't played for our fans there in over 5 years.
DT"

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Final Dream Theater 20th Anniv. Tour Intinerary

DREAM THEATER's 20th Anniversary Tour will conclude with a final leg of Central and North America. All shows are "An Evening With" (No opening act, two sets with an intermission). The final and complete itinerary is as follows:

Feb 24 - San Juan, Puerto Rico @ Coliseo de Puerto Rico (new venue)
Feb 26 - Bogota, Colombia @ Palacio De Deportes
Mar 01 - Guadalajara, Mexico @ Diana Theater
Mar 02 - Mexico City, Mexico @ National Auditorium
Mar 03 - Monterrey, Mexico @ Plaza De Toros Monumental
Mar 06 - Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theater
Mar 07 - Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
Mar 09 - Anaheim, CA @ The Grove NEW!
Mar 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Pantages Theater
Mar 11 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
Mar 13 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
Mar 14 - Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
Mar 17 - Minneapolis, MN @ State Theater
Mar 18 - Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
Mar 19 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
Mar 22 - Toronto, ONT @ Massey Hall
Mar 23 - Montreal QUE @ Metropolis
Mar 24 - Quebec City, QUE @ Le Colisee
Mar 26 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theater
Mar 28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
Mar 29 - Wallingford, CT @ Chevrolet Theater (formerly Oakdale Theater)
Mar 30 - Boston, MA @ The Orpheum
Apr 01 - New York City @ Radio City Music Hall*

DREAM THEATER's very last show of the band's 20th Anniversary Tour 2005/2006 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday, April 1 will be recorded and filmed for an upcoming 20th anniversary DVD and CD release. To hear the radio ad, click here (mp3, 1.4 MB).

DREAM THEATER are continuing to tour in support of their latest album, "Octavarium", which came out in June 2005.

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