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Below is our complete Dream Theater news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Labyrinth and Angra have been confirmed as the support acts for Dream Theater on their upcoming Italian tour.
Jun. 21 Fucecchio (Fi), Buca S.Andrea
Jun. 22 Ascoli Piceno, Piazza Del Popolo
Jun. 23 Stra (Ve), Villa Pisani
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
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...
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dream Theater's "Live at Budokan" will be released on Tuesday, October 5th, 2004. It will be available as a 2-DVD set, a 3-CD set, as well as a bundle that contains both the 2-DVD and 3-CD.
The 2-DVD set features Dream Theater's concert recorded on April 26th, 2004, at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan. Disc 1 has the complete live concert. Disc 2 is packed with special features including a Japanese tour documentary, guitar / keyboard / drum solos, the tour opening video and a multiangle version of "Instrumedley".
The setlist of the concert is as follows: More...
Dream Theater's "Live at Budokan" will be released on October 5th 2004. It will be available as both a 2 DVD set and a 3 CD set.
Beatallica has postponed the show at the Cubbybear Lincolnshire this Friday. The band "definitely wants to play in Chicago again soon". On the positive side, Beatallica was invited by Mike Portnoy to open for Dream Theater on Sunday, September 5 at the Barrymore Theater in Madison, WI.
Dream Theater vocalist JAMES LABRIE talked with Electricbasement.com about the band maintaining heaviness while maturing with family considerations, "(laughs) Well, family and music are separate entities. But you can enjoy both. You have to realize where we’ve gone with our career and our albums. No one album can say where the next will go. We’ve always liked unpredictable risk-taking and always had the freedom to go where we wanted to go. And our fans have come to expect the unexpected.
"That allows us to create what we want to create. With Train of Thought, you’re talking about five guys who, over the years, have been listening to various heavy bands. Whether Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Metallica, Megadeth or Slayer - and Meshuggah being a more contemporary example. And Pantera. I love those guys."
Read the full article at Electric Basement.
DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy will be doing an in-store appearance / autograph session at the Jecklin Soundlab in Zürich TOMORROW (Wednesday, February 4th) from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the Jecklin Soundlab, located at Rämistrasse 42, 8024 Zürich.
Here are all of DREAM THEATER's remaining European tour dates: More...
DREAM THEATER have added late March dates in Washington and Hartford to their previously announced US tour schedule.
Confirmed dates for 'An Evening With Dream Theater - Train of Thought 2004' World Tour now include: More...
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