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Mustaine Says Gigantour DVD Planned

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message I nthe "Forums" section of the band's official web site:

"Well, the weekend is upon us and it is a fabulous sunny day here in San Diego County. I am meeting with director Michael Sarna, who you remember did the 'Of Mice and Men' video, today to BBQ and go over a special project for Gigantour.

"We are discussing the making of a DVD of the entire event for your collection which will include everything from behind the 'metal curtain' of my office, working on the last details of the tour, to pre-production, to rehearsals and the bands all meeting up in Fresno, California, to taking the mighty festival on the road to you.

"It will hopefully feature songs, sound-checks, and other casual stuff that I know as a fan and friend of the bands of Gigantour, I will want to see. I hope you will too.

"There will be loads of stuff still updated and added to the Gigantour site in the days to come, and daily news updates regarding all the bands, so go there and check often!

"I will be announcing the next band for the second stage next week, as well as more confirmed tour dates.

"Lastly, Tuesday I will meet up with John Petrucci [DREAM THEATER] and Jeff Loomis [NEVERMORE] (who I am told once auditioned for MEGADETH, but I thought he was too young and said so?!?!), two amazing guitarist for a photo shoot in NYC. I am looking forward to meeting up with guys for numerous reasons, some of which are to hang out with great talent, but also to thank them for their contribution to this tour, and to this music genre that we all belong to. I also hope to get some tips from them too.

"I will try not to load myself with my favorite pizza in the world, yep, you all know, Ray's Pizza of NYC. And maybe I can meet Annie and some more Droogs again there if time permits. So if all my hard work at the gym has paid off, I should be able to afford to have two bites and a lick of a plain slice.

"I can't wait to see you all on the adventure, and thank you in person."

"I love you all and GOG!"

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More Gigantour Dates Revealed

Numerous dates have now been revealed for the "Gigantour", which features Megadeth, Dream Theater, Fear Factory, the Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore on the Main Stage, and Dry Kill Logic and Symphony X on the Second Stage so far. Here's the current schedule:

Jul. 21 Fresno, CA - Selland Arena
Jul. 22 Las Vegas, NV - Thomas And Mack Arena
Jul. 23 Sacramento, CA - The Cove @ Cal Expo
Jul. 24 Concord, CA - Chronical Pavillion
Jul. 30 Tucson, AZ - Casino Anselmo
Aug. 02 Dallas, TX - Nokia Live
Aug. 04 Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amp.
Aug. 06 Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
Aug. 07 West Palm Beach, FL - Sound Advice Amp.
Aug. 10 Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Amphitheatre
Aug. 12 Chicago, IL - Tweeter Center
Aug. 19 Portland, ME - Civic Center
Aug. 20 Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Amp.
Aug. 23 Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach Amphitheater
Aug. 24 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 26 Boston, MA - Bank of American Pavilion

More dates are expected to be announced in the coming days.

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Mustaine "Narrows Down List" Of Gigantour Bands

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following Gigantour update in the "Forums" sections of the band's official web site:

OK, now here is some dirt on the first and second stage: I wanted to have the first stage be powerful and the second stage be a glimpse into the future bands that are either influenced, fans, or friends of mine and Megadeth. I did say that I had 'this band' or 'that band' in my sights, but I have seriously narrowed down the list.

I am still interested in Dry Kill Logic, Overkill, Dead New Day, Re:Ignition, Life Of Agony, Children Of Bodom, The Agony Scene, Diecast, Symphony X, Otep, and believe it or not, Anthrax and Testament. There are a lot more bands still trying to get onboard, but I think I will just have to make a list for next year.

My dilemma is this; the West Coast run will not have The Dillinger Escape Plan on for the first several shows. I am still deciding to either fill that slot or just go on as a four band show for the main stage. I would love to have Anthrax or Overkill on the main stage with us all, but I don't want to offend Anthrax by offering them that slot unless they really want to take it, and I don't know if Overkill are available yet.

After that, there will be more shows at the end of the tour where Dream Theater will have finished and I need to fill that slot (If I do) at that time.

This tour will run from mid-July to mid-September and will also include Texas, Georgia, and Florida this time, as well as another stint across Canada at the end of the tour.

We have been made offers to go to Mexico City and Monterey, Mexico on the Gigantour run; and Santiago, Chile; and Sao Paolo, Brazil in October on our own. I will not go down to South America without playing Argentina or Columbia too, so don't worry. We just have to work out the details.

Please stay tuned so that I can give you more of the official news real soon.

Meanwhile, the first two dates have been announced for Gigantour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

08/23 - Wantagh, NY @ Tommy Hilfiger At Jones Beach Theater
08/24 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

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Mustaine Considers New Additions To Gigantour

Lead shredder and singer Dave Mustaine of Megadeth is considering several new additions for an upcoming North American tour; including Diecast, Dry Kill Logic, Otep, Overkill, Pain of Salvation, Taproot, and Symphony X.

Megadeth's "Gigantour" is set to begin in late July with Dream Theatre, Fear Factory, Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore. Dillinger Escape Plan will join the tour late, according to Mustaine's forum announcement, and the slot is as-of-yet still open. "There are still many more bands to review, and now I am waiting for their music to be sent."

The band also reports a possible Australia visit. Mustaine said, "It may not be with any of the current line-up of other bands, but at least we are starting the preliminary footwork."

A website for the tour -- named after a 1960's cartoon "Gigantor" -- will be launched next month. This six-week trek will likely be the band's final tour under the Megadeth name.

The thrash metal band were founded in 1983 by former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine.

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Devin Townsend Band To Enter Studio In August

Canadian madman Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad) has booked off half of August and all of September to record the new Devin Townsend Band album. It is tentatively called "Sychestra" (changed from from the previously announced "Human"). The Devin Townsend Band DVD will likely be released as a bonus disc with the album and not independently. Like in 2003, Devin thinks that the two records will artistically complement as well as contradict one another.

In related news, Strapping Young Ladbassist Byron Stroud will be back with Fear Factory for the Gigantour in the USA, featuring Megadeth, Dream Theater, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore. Meanwhile, Will Campagna has returned as Strapping Young Lad's keyboard player and will be joining them on the upcoming Sounds of the Underground tour beginning in late June. This tour is different in that it starts in the morning and the bands are separated into three tiers, rotating order within each tier for each performance. SYL are in Tier 2 and are scheduled to play somewhere between 3 and 6 p.m. each date. Somewhere between Tier 2 and 3, there will be a special "half-time show" performance by GWAR.

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Dream Theater Tracklisting & CD Artwork Online

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has uploaded the revised/final cover artwork for the group's new album, "Octavarium", at this location. The CD is scheduled for release on June 7 via Atlantic Records.

DREAM THEATER began writing and recording their latest album last November at the Hit Factory studios in New York City. The follow-up to 2003's "Train of Thought" will hold the distinction of being the very last album ever recorded at the world-famous recording facility.

Asked how "Octavarium" differs from its predecessor, DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci recently told Billboard.com, "The album before this we wrote in the rehearsal period, constructed all the songs and then went into the studio and recorded them. The style from song to song was pretty consistent; that album was pretty dark and heavy and very riffy, sort of metal [or] progressive metal-sounding. This one we wrote in the studio, and I think that stylistically from song to song it's more diverse."

"Octavarium" track listing:

01. The Root of All Evil
02. The Answer Lies Within
03. These Walls
04. I Walk Beside You
05. Panic Attack
06. Never Enough
07. Sacrificed Sons
08. Octavarium

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Nevermore Complete Recordings For New Album

Century Media report that NEVERMORE recently completed the recording process for their new album, This Godless Endeavor, at Backstage Studios in England with legendary producer Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, OPETH). The new offering is currently set for a summer release. This will mark the group’s first recording with guitarist Steve Smyth (ex-TESTAMENT).

Nevermore will embark on massive six-week summer festival tour, dubbed the Gigantour, alongside MEGADETH, DREAM THEATER, FEAR FACTORY and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN in late July.

Warrel Dane (vocals) further describes his thoughts on the new album and upcoming tour: “We have completed the recording process for This Godless Endeavor and Andy Sneap will finish mixing and mastering the record this week. It was a great experience working with Sneap again and he has really outdone himself on this record. We are also really psyched up for Gigantour. It's great to part of a tour that is focused on musicianship instead of current trends. This summer is going to be great.”

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Megadeth's Mustaine Checks In On Gigantour

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the group's official web site:

"I thought I would start to inform you of what you can expect from the Gigantour Festival this summer.

"First off the set times on the main stage will be approximately 90 minutes for MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER each, 45 minutes for FEAR FACTORY, and 30 minutes each for DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NEVERMORE.

"We are hoping to have a second stage of talent and as of now there is a list of fourty bands that want to be part of this wonderful summer excursion. Each one of those bands would play approximately 20 minutes, excluding the headlining band for the second stage, which would be around 30 minutes.

"We are going to play in many cities that we may have missed last trek, and so far the dates total 32, but that may grow depending on the demand from you, the fans, and from the promoters who believe. More...

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Mustaine Hand-Picks Bands For Gigantour

It's called Gigantour, and it's the brainchild of MEGADETH frontman/guitarist Dave Mustaine.

Set to launch in late July, Gigantour is a six-week festival trek co-headlined by MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER, who'll be accompanied by other main-stage acts FEAR FACTORY, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NEVERMORE. Artists for the second stage will be announced in the coming weeks.

Gigantour follows MEGADETH's sold-out 2004 "Blackmail The Universe" tour in support of 2004's "The System Has Failed" — MEGADETH's tenth studio album — which debuted on the charts at #18 and was critically hailed as a brilliant return to form. Bandmates Glen Drover (guitar), James MacDonough (bass) and Shawn Drover (drums) will once again join Mustaine on the road.

Gigantour — whose moniker was inspired by the classic 1960s cartoon "Gigantor" — will criss-cross North America, with stops in amphitheatres and arenas in cities including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Montreal, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston, Denver and Minneapolis, among others. The tour is implementing the "fan-friendly" ticket price of approximately $35 each. Mustaine notes: "I think people may want an affordable alternative to the choices out there — along the lines of a pure music festival — like Monsters of Rock or Clash of the Titans."

Mustaine handpicked the bands for Gigantour, with a focus on musicianship. "There are few very successful tours out each summer and in order to be significant, I knew the first Gigantour had to make an impact with top bands like DREAM THEATER, FEAR FACTORY, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NEVERMORE." Mustaine wanted to "put together a festival that consisted of positive bands that play heavy music in a high energy environment."

Mustaine comments on the other bands he's chosen for the Gigantour main stage. "I think that the variety of playing styles and the credibility of the different players is really exciting. I'm looking forward to spending time with DREAM THEATER — including my friend Mike Portnoy — while on the road. I think DREAM THEATER is unbelievably talented. I can't wait to see what their set list is going to be for this festival."

Mike Portnoy from DREAM THEATER comments on the band's perspective on the tour: "I think we probably bring some diversity to the bill, because we're kind of like chameleons — we can fit into a lot of different situations. We've done shows in the past with IRON MAIDEN, SLAYER and PANTERA, and then we've also done shows with ELTON JOHN, YES and DEEP PURPLE. I think our fan base is very diverse like that too." Portnoy sees Gigantour as a "kind of a meeting of musicians and metal-heads." He adds: "I've been listening to MEGADETH since day one and always admired them and Dave as an artist — he constantly stuck to his guns and stuck by the music he believes in. MEGADETH are one of the pioneers of the genre." Gigantour marks the first U.S. leg of DREAM THEATER dates in support of their forthcoming release "Octavarium", due out June 7 on Atlantic Records.

Mustaine first toured with FEAR FACTORY in 1994. "I think FEAR FACTORY and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN are really going to add something different to the tour and bring some new people in." He continues, "The frontman of NEVERMORE [Warrel Dane] used to be in a band called SANCTUARY and I produced their first record."

Mustaine is excited to hit the road and has a positive outlook for Gigantour. "I look forward to watching this develop over the years and seeing how we can turn this into something that's going to stand the test of time. And if this works, and it really works, maybe we'll take it elsewhere."

Stay tuned for tour dates, venues and information about the second-stage bands to be announced soon.

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Labyrinth, Angra Confirmed For Dream Theater Tour

Labyrinth and Angra have been confirmed as the support acts for Dream Theater on their upcoming Italian tour.

Tour dates:

Jun. 21 Fucecchio (Fi), Buca S.Andrea
Jun. 22 Ascoli Piceno, Piazza Del Popolo
Jun. 23 Stra (Ve), Villa Pisani

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Dream Theater "Octavarium" Album Details Revealed

DREAM THEATER have completed work on their eighth full-length studio album, entitled "Octavarium", tentatively set for release through Atlantic Records on June 7. The track listing is as follows:

01. The Root of All Evil
02. The Answer Lies Within
03. These Walls
04. I Walk Beside You
05. Panic Attack
06. Never Enough
07. Sacrificed Sons
08. Octavarium

DREAM THEATER began writing and recording their latest album last November at the Hit Factory studios in New York City. The follow-up to 2003's "Train of Thought" will hold the distinction of being the very last album ever recorded at the world-famous recording facility.

DREAM THEATER's 2005/2006 world tour will kick off on June 10 in Sweden with a leg of European festivals and select headlining shows which will then be followed by a North American leg throughout July/August as part of a "package" tour with several other bands. More information will be made available soon.

Here are the upcoming DREAM THEATER tour dates: More...

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Dream Theater Finish Recording New Album

DREAM THEATER have finished recording the follow-up to 2003's "Train of Thought", tentatively due in May/June via EastWest. "I just literally came from the very last session tonight — we just finished the album tonight, we start mixing it on Monday," DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy revealed during a live appearance Friday night (Feb. 25) on the "Friday Night Rocks" show on New York's Q104.3 FM. "We'll be delivering it to the label a couple of weeks after that. I think it's gonna be out in May. I mean, the tour starts in June, so hopefully the record will be on the shelves before then.

"What's it like? It's awesome. It's a little bit of everything — it's really a mixed bag. It's like classic DREAM THEATER where it's got some long songs, some short songs, some heavy songs…"

As previously reported, DREAM THEATER's "Live At Budokan" two-DVD set was recently certified platinum.

Released last October, "Live At Budokan" documents DREAM THEATER's April 26, 2004 show at Tokyo's Budokan Hall. Disc 1 of the two-DVD set has the complete live concert. Disc 2 is packed with special features including a Japanese tour documentary, the drum solo from Osaka, tours of Guitar World and Keyboard World by John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess, the tour opening video and a multiangle version of "Instrumedley".

Upcoming DREAM THEATER shows:

Jun. 10 - Sweden Rock Festival - Sölvesborg, SWE
Jun. 11 - Arrow Rock Festival - Lichtenvoorde, NETH
Jun. 12 - Buchholz Footballstadium - Zurich, SWI
Jun. 18 - Loca Rock Festival - Murcia, SPA
Jun. 26 - Graspop Festival - Dessel, BEL

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Evergrey To Support James Labrie

Evergrey are pleased to announce new show dates including the support slot for James Labrie (Dream Theater) in Europe. This tour will be followed by a two week headline tour of Europe and a DVD release tour which will include some acoustic gigs/signing sessions. During some of these appearances they will have the DVD projected on large screens.

Tour dates:

Apr. 19 Treviso, ITA - New Age
Apr. 20 Rome, ITA - Qube
Apr. 22 Milan, ITA - Transilvania
Apr. 23 Pratteln, SWI - Z 7
Apr. 24 München, GER - Elser Zusatzhalle
Apr. 26 Tilburg, NETH - 013
Apr. 27 Hamburg, GER - Markthalle
Apr. 28 Düsseldorf, GER - Tor 3
Apr. 30 London, UK - Mean Fiddler
May 01 Paris, FRA - Elysee Montmartre
May 02 Aschaffenburg, GER - Colos-Saal

Other Summer festivals and various live dates will be announced soon.

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Dream Theater Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival

Sweden Rock Festival will take place on June 9 to 11, 2005 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The progressive metal band Dream Theater have just been confirmed for the festival. Other confirmed band are as follows:

Swedish bands: Morgana Lefay, Satanic Slauter, Symphorce, Crystal Eyes, Yngwie Malmsteen, Candlemass, Hammerfall, Therion, Hellfueled, Statetrooper, A.C.T, Thryfing

Foreign bands: Mötley Crüe (US), Accept (D), DIO (UK), Saxon (UK), Kansas (US), Styx (US), Blackfoot (US), Magnum (UK), Sebastian Bach (US), Helix (CAN), Vixen (US), Sonata Arctica (FIN), Robin Trower (US), Nazareth (UK), Shakra (CH), Force Of Evil (DK)

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Dream Theater Confirmed For Graspop Metal Meeting

Dream Theater are the latest band confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting festival, set to take place June 24-26 in Dessel, Belgium. Also scheduled to perform at the 10th-anniversary edition of the festival are Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Axel Rudi Pell, Grave Digger, Suicidal Tendencies and Exciter. More confirmations will be announced soon.

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Fates Warning Announce Drummers For European Dates

Fates Warning have announced the drummers for the upcoming European shows.

"Ray, Joey, Frank, and I are pleased and honoured to announce that Mike Portnoy (Dream Theatre) will be playing drums for us at the Headway festival April 3rd in Amstelveen, Netherlands", says guitarist Jim Matheos.

For the February gigs, none other than Nick D´Virgilio of Spock's Beard will handle the drums!

Fates Warning tourdates:

Feb. 16 Wigwam - Budapest, Hungary
Feb. 17 Hristo Botev Hall - Sofia, Bulgaria
Feb. 18 Vox - Istanbul, Turkey
Feb. 19 Hydrogios - Thessaloniki, Greece
Feb. 20 Gargarin 205 - Athens, Greece
Apr. 03 Headway Festival Amstelveen, Holland (special guest drummer: Mike Portnoy)

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Dream Theater Vocalist To Release Solo Album

Dream Theater vocalist, James LaBrie's solo CD is slated for release on March 15th. Musicians inlcude Matt Guillory (Dali's Dilemma) on keyboards, Mike Mangini (Extreme) on drums, Bryan Beller (Steve Vai) on bass, and a new guitar prodigy from Italy named Marco Sfogli. The CD will also feature a special guest appearance by fellow Canadian Kim Mitchell (Max Webster). Engineering chores are being handled by James' old Winter Rose bandmate, Richard Chycki who has done work for the likes of Aerosmith, Rush, and the Jeff Healey Band. Look for James to perform live with his band to support the release. Stay tuned for more details.

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Dream Theater Drummer To Perform With Overkill

Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy will be playing a set with classic East Coast thrashers Overkill this Friday, October 29 for Eddie Trunk's annual Halloween party.

The event will take place at The Hard Rock Café, located at 57th St between Broadway and 7th Ave. in New York City. Doors open at 9:30. Overkill will go on around midnight/12:30 a.m. It is a free show as all tickets were given out on Eddie's radio show.

The event will be broadcast live via Trunk's radio show this Friday night between 11:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. on Q104.3 FM and simulcast between 10:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. on Rockin 101 HMH in St Cloud, Minneapolis.

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Derek Sherinian New Solo Album And Friends...

Former Dream Theater/Yngwie Malmsteen keyboardist Derek Sherinian will release his fourth solo album, "Mythology", on November 9 via InsideOut Music. Special guests include Zakk Wylde, Steve Stevens, Allan Holdsworth, Steve Lukather, Simon Phillips, John Sykes, Tony Franklin, Marco Mendoza, Brian Tichy, and Jerry Goodman.

"Mythology" track listing:

01. Day of the Dead (mp3 clip)
02. Alpha Burst (mp3 clip)
03. God of War (mp3 clip)
04. El Flamingo Suave
05. Goin' To Church
06. One Way or the Other
07. Trojan Horse
08. A View From The Sky
09. The River Song
10. Derek Sherinian Live Solo (Japanese bonus track)

Musicians appearing on the album are as follows:

Derek Sherinian - Keyboards
Zakk Wylde - Guitar (Tracks 1,3,9)
Steve Stevens - Guitar (Tracks 2,4,8)
Allan Holdsworth - Guitar (Tracks 1,6)
John Sykes - Guitar (Track 3)
Steve Lukather - Guitar (Track 5)
Simon Phillips - Drums (Tracks 2,4,5,6,8,9)
Tony Franklin - Bass (Tracks 1,2,5,8)
Marco Mendoza - Bass (Tracks 3,4,7,9)
Rufus Philpot - Bass (Track 6)
Jerry Goodman - Violin (Tracks 1,6)
Brian Tichy - Drums (Tracks 1,3,7,9)
Brian Tichy - Additional Guitars (Tracks 1,3,7)

"Mythology" was produced by Derek Sherinian and was co-produced by Simon Phillips and Brian Tichy.

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Dream Theater Keyboardist Talks About Going Solo

In a brand-new interview with the Get Ready To Rock! web site, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess was asked how easy it was to escape the Dream Theater "web" while composing the material for his latest solo album, "Rhythm of Time." "Well, I believe that I am a very established composer," Jordan replied. "Dream Theater is one of my passions and my main job right now, but as far as escaping from a musical point of view, no problem! I have a million of ideas that need to come out musically, and even one album that I just did is really not enough. It was cool to come out of the Dream Theater world for a while and do this one, because I have created some very interesting heavy sounds for the new album. 'Train of Thought' is a really heavy and metal album for which I have created all these cool distorted keyboard sounds, and I thought that if I could take the experience of this heavy album, and all the sounds that I made for it and bring it in to my world, I could then extract what I want to use from that sound and I could also put my classical, fusion and jazz influences together and create my own music.

"I’ve got more information even now than ever before about the Dream Theater sound. I've contributed more to Dream Theater, and I've learned more from them. So, as far as using Dream Theater as a basis for moving away from them, this is even more powerful. I feel really good about doing that, and I realize that the core audience for this album will primarily be Dream Theater fans who would like to check out what Jordan Rudess does by himself, but I mean, think about it… Some of the Dream Theater fans don't have a clue as to how much music I actually contribute to the band, but when they hear this, maybe if they're smart, they will start to get a grasp of that, but even if they're not, they will probably just like the music. They will definitely detect the Dream Theater influences, but they will also go for a ride on other musical journeys that don't exist in the Dream Theater domain."

Read the full article at Get Ready to Rock.

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