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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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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!
Robot Chicken on DVD later this month, I wanna do something on that show!

"My Daughter Rocks!


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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.

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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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Ex-Dream Theater Keyboardist To Release New Album

Former Dream Theater keyboardist, Derek Sherinian, is in the studio producing yet another masterpiece.

The new, untitled work is currently underway in Sherinian's own Beachwood Manor Studios in Burbank, CA. This new album is slated to be released June 2006 worldwide on InsideOut Music in the US & Europe, and Marquee/Avalon in Japan.

After a nine-month world tour with Billy Idol, Sherinian went immediately into the studio. With the immense reception to last year's album "Mythology," he decided to bring back several of the available players that made it happen. "This is the 4th solo record of mine that Zakk has played on," explains Sherinian. "Zakk is the real deal and I am very fortunate to be able to work with him."

The 2006 all-star line-up is comprised of Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society/Ozzy), John Petrucci (ex-Dream Theater), Steve Lukather (Toto), Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who, Judas Priest), Tony Franklin (The Firm/Blue Murder), and Brian Tichy (Billy Idol, Ozzy) and other surprise special guests.

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Dream Theater Announce Tour Dates

The following dates for Central and North America have been announced as part of DREAM THEATER's 20th Anniversary Tour. All shows are "An Evening With" (no opening act, two sets with an intermission):

24 - San Juan, Puerto Rico at Tito Puente Amphitheater
26 - Bogota, Columbia at Palacio De Deportes

1 - Guadalajara, Mexico at Diana Theater
2 - Mexico City, Mexico at National Auditorium
3 - Monterrey, Mexico at Plaza De Toros Monumental
10 - Los Angeles, CA at Pantages Theater
11 - San Francisco, CA at The Warfield
13 - Salt Lake City, UT at Kingsbury Hall
14 - Denver, CO at The Fillmore
22 - Toronto, ONT at Massey Hall
23 - Montreal, QUE at Metropolis
24 - Quebec City, QUE at Le Colisee
30 - Boston, MA at The Orpheum Sat

1 - New York City, NY at Radio City Music Hall

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Dream Theater Schedule More Tour Dates

DREAM THEATER have announced a San Francisco live date as part of their upcoming tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Mar. 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Pantages
Mar. 11 - San Fransisco, CA @ The Warfield
Apr. 01 - New York City, NY @ Radio City Music Hall

As previously reported, 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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Dream Theater Drummer Announce Autograph Session

Dream Theater drummer, Mike Portnoy, has announced an autograph session on December 6th in Santiago, Chile. The address of the event is:

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Dream Theater Announce More Asian Tour Dates

Dream Theater have announced some of the latest confirmed 2006 tour dates in Asia. So far, the confirmed Asian dates are as follows:

Jan. 07 Osaka, Japan - Grand Cube
Jan. 08 Fukuoka, Japan - Shimin Hall
Jan. 09 Hiroshima, Japan - Aster
Jan. 11 Nagoya, Japan - Aich Geijutsu Theater
Jan. 12 Tokyo, Japan - Kokusai Forum
Jan. 13 Tokyo, Japan - Kokusai Forum
Jan. 15 Osaka, Japan - Grand Cube
Jan. 17 Yokohama, Japan - Blitz
Jan. 19 Seoul, Korea - Olympic Fencing Gymnasim
Jan. 21 Taipei, Taiwan - Hsinchung Gymnasium
Jan. 23 Hong Kong - HITEC Exhibition Hall
Jan. 25 Bangkok, Thailand - Impact Arena Exhibition and Convention Centre
Jan. 27 Singapore - Singapore Indoor Stadium
Jan. 29 Jakarta, Indonesia - Istora Senayan, Gelora Bung Karno

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Dream Theater's Rudess Release Instructional DVD

The following was posted on the Dream Theater website:

"Critically-acclaimed Dream Theater keyboard artist and educator Jordan Rudess takes a deep look inside the world of live keyboard performance and shares his knowledge of what it takes to become a true keyboard master. Get an in-depth look at his unique approach to performance with Dream Theater using examples spanning across the entire Dream Theater catalog, as well as Jordan's numerous solo projects. Enjoy watching the wizard at work, while learning how to harness the power of today's keyboard technology. Jordan also shares his warm-up routine through a series of technical exercises that will sharpen your skills and get you ready to play. Also included is close-up bonus footage of Jordan performing three songs from his solo album, 'Rhythm of Time.' This DVD is jam-packed with two hours of pure 'keyboard madness.'"

The instructional DVD can be purchased at Jordan's online store.

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Gigantour Report from Huntington, WV

After parking at the pay lot across the street we approach the Big Sandy Super Arena located on 3rd avenue of Huntington, West Virginia. The venue is lovingly referred to as the “civic center” by the locals. On the bricked walk way in front of the doors is a van, not any van but a van fully painted in the cover art of the new Bobaflex album, Apologize for Nothing. Impressive, flashy and showboating, but impressive none the less. This is home state for the band, so why not show off a little. We snap a couple of pictures of the van and we’re off to the window to grab our tickets. I give the lady my name and who I’m on the list for, Bobaflex. She finds the envelope; she slides the package through the slot in the glass. I open the package, as promised my photo pass. Off to a good start to a good night. More...

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Dream Theater Ticket Packages For Europe Scrapped

Dream Theater have posted the following message in the tour section of their official website:

"Dear Dream Theater Fans,

We regret to inform you that the Platinum and Gold Packages will not be offered for the European portion of our tour. Due to the various production schedules from venue to venue, the logistics have proven difficult to implement the Meet and Greet portion of the Platinum Experience. All customers will still receive their tickets, but will be refunded the difference down to the face value of the ticket, plus a US$12 per ticket fee plus a US$15 shipping and handling fee per order."

The European tour dates are as follows:

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Dream Theater Drummer To Take Part In Online Chat

Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy will take part in an online chat at the Gigantour.com forums on Friday, September 2 at 5:30 p.m. EST. You must be a registered member of the Gigantour.com forums in order to view and/or participate in the chat.

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Mustaine Says Gigantour Doing Better Than Expected

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine recently spoke to Aaron Yoxheimer of The Morning Call about Gigantour, the six-week festival trek co-headlined by MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER. Several excerpts from the chat follow:

On the need for another traveling metal festival, which arrives in Reading, PA today:

"I wouldn't compare this to those other festivals [such as Ozzfest, Sounds of the Underground]. I'd compare it to something a little more old-fashioned and not based so much on being sponsored by alcohol companies and a lot of things that these other festivals have associated with them.

"I'm not taking a dig at those other festivals, 'but if you go back to things like Monsters of Rock, the California Jam, or Clash of the Titans, they were real festivals, not a flea market with bands playing in between. Ticket prices are low [$20-$40 on average], and the bands are playing for nominal fees, so it's truly about the love of music.

"It would be great if we had Clear Channel or some huge corporate sponsor dumping millions of bucks into this, so we could make the tickets be even more affordable and maybe get more popular bands, but I wanted to do things in an honorable way, without compromising the fans' or my own integrity."

On ticket sale figures posted on the Internet, which show that the tour has barely filled venues to half-capacity in most markets:

"We were looking in the beginning to play to 3,000 to 5,000 people a marketplace, but unfortunately some of the buildings able to hold those numbers weren't there. … There was nothing else available except for much larger places. So it's really easy to say that this thing isn't selling when you walk into a large venue and see a really small amount of people in proportion to its size.

"But we know that's not the case. We know that this is doing better than we expected. In fact, I just received word from our agency that they believe in this and we're already talking about next year.

"I've been pretty aware of what I do business-wise and I think every right decision I make makes it easier for young musicians that come after me. So I have a duty do the right thing, not only to myself and to my family, but to my successors as well. I have had [negative] experiences [on] other tours, but there was never anything that occurred that made me hate the people I was touring or working with. Even the MÖTLEY CRÜE tour [the 2000 Maximum Rock tour] — which I really loathed — I don't hate the members, I just hated the tour."

On his detractors:

''It's easy to talk badly about someone when you don't know them. A lot of people think I'm unapproachable, but all you have to do is go to our web site and see how much interaction I have with our fans. And believe it or not, when I'm out in public and not on stage with a guitar and a microphone, I'm really pretty shy. I really have a hard time taking compliments because of that. Another thing is that sometimes when people ask me for something I say no because it's just not something I do."

On a recent visit to Pittsburgh, where a woman asked him to sign her breasts. When he declined, she cursed at him:

"I'm there thinking, 'First off, I'm married, and second of all, even if you were hot, it wouldn't happen. You've obviously got no mirrors in your house if you think you can just walk up to somebody and say, 'Sign my [breasts]."

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Montreal Gigantour Show To Be Filmed For DVD & CD

Dream Theater has announced on their website that the Montreal, Canada Gigantour concert at the Bell Centre on September 2nd will be filmed and recorded for an upcoming Gigantour DVD and Gigantour CD.

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Dream Theater Announce S. American Tour Dates

Dream Theater have announced dates for their upcoming South American tour. There will be no opening act and 2 sets with an intermission unless noted otherwise. Tour dates:

Dec 03 Buenos Aires, Argentina - Obras Sanitarias
Dec 04 Buenos Aires, Argentina - Obras Sanitarias
Dec 06 Santiago, Chile - Velodrome
Dec 09 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Claro Hall
Dec 10 Sao Paulo, Brazil - Credicard Hall
Dec 11 Sao Paulo, Brazil - Credicard Hall
Dec 13 Caracas, Venezuela - El Poliedro

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Gigantour Sales Update

The Gigantour summer festival trek — featuring co-headliners MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER alongside with a host of support acts — kicked off July 21 in Fresno, California. The following Nielsen SoundScan sales figures (as of August 3, 2005) for the bands participating in the tour have been rounded to the nearest thousand:


"Greatest Hits: Back to the Start" - 52,000 (+23,650 since July 13)
"The System Has Failed" - 162,000 (+1,739 since July 13)
"Countdown to Extinction" - 2,263,000 (+1,431 since July 13)


"Octavarium" - 56,000 (+8,160 since July 13)
"Train of Thought" - 125,000 (+803 since July 13)
"Images & Words" - 604,000 (+594 since July 13)


"Archetype" - 128,000 (+942 since July 13)
"Obsolete" - 459,000 (+921 since July 13)


"Miss Machine" - 68,000 (+822 since July 13)
"Calculating Infinity" - 69,000 (+345 since July 13)


"This Godless Endeavor" - 5,000 (NEW!)
"Enemies of Reality" - 24,000 (+555 since July 13)
"Dead Heart In A Dead World" - 30,000 (+174 since July 13)


"Broken Valley" - 19,000 (+3,720 since July 13)
"River Runs Red" - 158,000 (+153 since July 13)


"The Odyssey" - 24,000 (+578 since July 13)
"V: The New Mythology Suite" - 19,000 (+152 since July 13)


"Dead and Dreaming" - 24,000 (+570 since July 13)
"The Darker Side of Nonsense" - 60,000 (+131 since July 13)

BOBAFLEX - "Primitive Epic" - 4,000 (+48 since July 13)

NOTE: MEGADETH, DREAM THEATER, FEAR FACTORY, and NEVERMORE played 10 Gigantour shows between July 21 and August 2. SYMPHONY X, DRY KILL LOGIC, and BOBAFLEX played eight Gigantour shows between July 21 and August 2. LIFE OF AGONY played seven shows between July 21 and August 2. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN has yet to make a Gigantour appearance.

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