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In an exclusive interview with MetalInsider.net, Dream Theater's John Petrucci revealed what lead to the band's decision to re-sign with Roadrunner Records.
Petrucci also provided an update on Dream Theater’s new album, gave his pick to take home the metal/hard rock Grammy, and shared his thoughts on Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe’s current legal woes.
In addition, MetalInsider.net is giving away a pair of film cels from the “Forsaken” video signed by the entire band. Read the entire interview and enter the contest right here. Excerpts from the interview are available below. Dream Theater was also recently covered in our Sunday Old School column here. More...
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With ProgPower USA wrapping up yesterday, along with our pledge to cover more progressive acts in Sunday Old School this year, it seemed like a fitting time to look at one of the biggest names in modern progressive metal, Dream Theater. Dream Theater was originally formed under the name, Majesty in 1985 by guitarist John Petrucci, bass player John Myung and drummer Mike Portnoy, who met each other while students at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. They filled the remaining slots in the band when Petruccis old friend, Kevin Moore joined on keyboards and vocalist Chris Collins was recruited after the band heard him singing Queensryche. The hectic schedules of the musicians resulted in them all leaving education to focus on the group and they soon recorded some songs as demos, which sold out in a matter of months. In November 1986, Majesty decided to fire Collins and after a year of searching, they appointed Charlie Dominici as their new singer, despite him being considerably older than the other members. They were to experience another change after Dominicis recruitment, when a band from Las Vegas, also named Majesty, threatened legal action if they did not change their name, leading them to choose the new moniker, Dream Theater, which was named after a theater that Portnoys father used to run.
With their new, more visually stimulating name and a stronger work ethic, the band eventually caught the attention of Mechanic Records, a division of MCA Records, and released their first album, "When Dream and Day Unite" through the label in 1989. The album was met with lacklustre reviews and the label broke many promises they had made, leaving Dream Theater to continue performing mostly around New York. The group soon made two key decisions, with the first being to fire Dominici due to what they perceived as his limited vocal range, and performed with him for the last time opening for English prog legends, Marillion. Their second item of business was to be released from Mechanic, which they eventually achieved. More...
Dream Theater posted the fourth road report video, featuring footage from the Dramatic Turn Of Events Tour 2012 in North America (with special guests Crimson Projekct). For remaining tour dates, venues and tickets, head over to this location.
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Dream Theater posted more road report footage from the Dramatic Turn Of Events Tour 2012 in North America (with special guests Crimson Projekct). For remaining tour dates, venues and tickets, head over to this location. VIP packages can be purchased here.
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Dream Theater posted a new road report video from the Dramatic Turn Of Events Tour 2012 in North America with special guests Crimson Projekct. For tour dates, venues and tickets, head over to this location. VIP packages can be purchased here.
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New Dream Theater drummer Mike Mangini was interviewed by Artisan News Service in October 2011, after being announced as the replacement for Mike Portnoy, but the full video has never been seen until now.
Check out the video clip below to see Mike talk about preparing for the audition, quitting his job as a drum teacher at Berklee College of Music in Boston, how teaching makes him a better player, and more.
This Sunday is Mother's Day, and Roadrunner Records though it would be nice to let some of the label artists represent for their moms, who supported their kids' musical ambitions early on. Roadrunner asked two simple questions - "Does your mom like/support your band?" and "What's your mom's favorite song by your band?"
Max Cavalera, Sepultura/Nailbomb/Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy: "Yes, my mom was our first big supporter. She let everybody camp in our house. Our house was always full of metal kids. Her favorite song is 'Innerself' [from Sepultura's Beneath the Remains]. I think she likes the lyrics, because it was about when I was living in Brazil and she remembers that period of our life."
Tyler Connolly, Theory of a Deadman: "My mother is a big supporter of our band, of course, and always wants to make sure we wear our seat belts on our tour bus. I don't think she has a favorite song, but always wonders where I got my terrible potty mouth from. We usually roll through her home town once a year and she's the best at wrangling sluts for me. I love my mom."
Phil Demmel, Machine Head: "My mom, being a musician, was supportive of my interest in music from the word go. Her and my father cultivated my 'hobby' doing everything from matching me dollar for dollar on my first guitar, videotaping my earliest gigs at the seediest Bay Area bars/clubs, to standing on stage with me in front of 60,000 people in her native Portugal when we opened for Metallica. She loves our acoustic material. Our songs 'Descend the Shades of NIght' and 'Darkness Within' are favorites." More...
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Latin Percussion has posted footage online of ex-Dream Theater member Mike Portnoy performing with the 90 year old Candido Camero. Check out the footage in the player available below.
Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has stirred up controversy by hinting that Dream Theater may have borrowed a bit too much influence from the band Red. He alleges that the Red song "Feed the Machine" is incredibly similar to the Dream Theater tune "Build Me Up, Break Me Down." This series of quotes came about on Portnoy's ProgBlog when he responded to a thread about John Petrucci's top album pick of 2011 on the Roadrunner site. For the full article, go to this site.
"Check out the first song on [John Petrucci's] fave album of the year…. WOW, the arrangement and orchestration sounds awfully familiar!! Surely it must be an intentional 'nugget' for the fans… It couldn't possibly be blatant formula plagiarism, now could it…?? I just have to laugh…Hey…I'm not trying to start a war…. and I am indeed totally in a happy place in my life and career… I'm just merely making an observation and posting openly on my own forum like I always have and always will… If anybody ELSE wants to blow this up, it's their choice and doing…not mine! And PS – to defend music that I co-wrote/arranged (that were cited previously in this thread), there's a difference between 'inspiration corner'/'copping a certain vibe' and blatantly re-writing an existing song or formula section by section…"
Here are the two videos posted, so that you may do your own analysis: More...
Dream Theater has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's upcoming show in Guadalajara:
"Dream Theater’s December 9 show in Guadalajara, Mexico has unfortunately been cancelled for logistical reasons that are beyond the control of the band and the promoter.
"All tickets will be refunded. Dream Theater regrets this inconvenience to fans who’ve already purchased tickets and thanks them for their understanding."
You can also find a recent update from the road from new Dream Theater drummer Mike Mangini by heading over to this location.
Dream Theater drummer Mike Mangini has checked in with an update in which he discusses the groups recent Grammy nomination amongst other things. His message reads as follows:
"I seriously played my two best shows/solos (on December 1st in San Diego, California and on December 2nd in Anaheim, California) while being the sickest I've been in 20-30 years. But not enough to jeopardize me too much or affect the show negatively. I don't know how that happens. My apologies for not being able to speak much, or for coughing at the paid pre-show pic taking. Now you know why. I didn't, and couldn't, call friends, my family, my wife, nobody...
"It was weird to try so hard to speak. All of you that play must've experienced this before. How can we be so sick, then play like not too much is wrong? It must be a love of overcoming challenges and helping the team. I guess that's how athletes do it. I honestly curled up in a ball after the show and didn't think I'd make it out of there. More...
As was previously announced, Periphery will be touring as direct support to the legendary Dream Theater throughout Europe from January 23rd through February 26th. Today the band members announced that they will play two headlining shows amidst those dates. Brussels, Belgium, and Prague, Czech Republic, have been added to the band's schedule.
Following the "Frak The Gods" North American tour, the group has now officially announce its newest member Mark Holcomb (he had a project with Misha Mansoor called Haunted Shores and filled in on the "Frak The Gods" tour) on guitars.
Misha Mansoor states: "We are happy to announce that Mark Holcomb (Haunted Shores) will be joining the Periphery ranks as a full time guitarist! He toured with with us our headlining run of Australia, our Frak The Gods US headliner and our 2 shows opening for Dream Theater, and we feel that we have found a perfect fit for us both live and in the studio. We are extremely excited to have him on board, and cant wait to show you all the cool new music we have been working on together! Since we made arrangements for the tour before Mark was inducted, our good friend Nolly (Red Seas Fire) will be filling in on the European tour opening for Dream Theater. However that will be the last tour we do with a fill-in guitarist, as Mark will join on full time after that!"
Thomas Murphy (bass) adds: "The most important thing about a band is the chemistry between its members. We've all known Mark for years and are very proud to announce him as our newest member. Not only is he an amazing writer and guitarist, but also an amazing person. We can't wait to see what the future holds for the band now that he has joined."
Mark Holcomb further comments: "I couldn't be more excited as not only have these guys been great friends of mine for a long time, but I consider every last one of them musical siblings in a sense. Each of us brings something different to the table and I can't wait to see what we can accomplish."
Periphery has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
After previously posting a clip showing life on the road, Dream Theater has now also released the final video clip in the series documenting the recording of "A Dramatic Turn of Events." This one takes you inside the recording studio with the band, as the group puts the songs together. Check out the clip below.
Progressive metal band Dream Theater posted a new video showing life on the road. The band is currently on tour with Trivium in the U.S. in support of the new album "A Dramatic Turn of Events."
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The second Metal Masters clinic took place tonight at the Best Buy Theater in New York City. Anthrax was scheduled to perform at 9pm EST, but what fans did not know is their special guest line up earlier in the night would make metal history. Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, and Scott Ian from Anthrax were joined on stage by David Ellefson of Megadeth, ex Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, Slayer's Kerry King, and former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo. The Best Buy Theater erupted when the group broke into some of Pantera's most memorable hits. You can see video of the songs "A New Level" and "Fucking Hostile" below.
American progressive metal legends Dream Theater has posted their entire new album, "A Dramatic Turn Of Events" online for streaming. You can check it out by heading to RoadrunnerRecords.de. The album will be released on September 13th through Roadrunner Records and will be the group's first record to feature new drummer, Mike Mangini, who replaces founding member Mike Portnoy, who left the band last year. The album will be available as a jewel case, digital download and vinyl, as well as a special limited edition box set which includes:
- A Dramatic Turn Of Events album
- instrumentals of the entire album
- DVD of The Spirit Carries On – a 60 minute movie documenting Dream Theater’s drummer auditions
- double-LP set of A Dramatic Turn Of Events (180-gram vinyl in gatefold jacket)
- Dream Theater branded custom turntable slipmat
- litho print of album cover
- 50 lucky winners will find a Dream Theater "Ticket For Life" (randomly inserted)
- All content housed in a custom box
- Receive a digital download of the album the day BEFORE release
Periphery guitarist Misha Mansoor has posted the following statement online, in response to the news that the band will be opening for Dream Theater on its upcoming tour.
"To say that the chance For Periphery to open for Dream Theater is a dream come true would be a gross understatement. Dream Theater has been one of my favorite bands for about as long as I can remember. I started taking guitar seriously and bought my first 7 string because of John Petrucci. If it weren’t for Dream Theater, Periphery simply would not exist. I can’t express in words just how excited we are for the opportunity to share the stage with them."
American progressive metal legends Dream Theater have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour in January of next year, in support of their forthcoming new album, "An Unexpected Turn Of Events," which will be released through Roadrunner Records on September 13th. Backing the group on the tour will be Periphery.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Dream Theater has posted a snippet online of the song "This is the Life," which can be heard by heading over to Musicradar.com. Roadrunner Records also commented on the new track segment:
"With all the drama that swirled around the Dream Theater drummer situation like a hamster stuck in a Dyson, it's a relief for everyone to get back to concentrating on what the prog titans do best - namely crushing your brain with their unrivalled songwriting prowess.
"To make sure your brain doesn't get too melted, they've only posted a snippet of new track 'This Is The Life' online - hit the link below to hear it now, and also check out John and Jordan having a chat about the collector's box set for 'A Dramatic Turn of Events'."
The new album "A Dramatic Turn of Events" is due out on September 13th, 2011. Dream Theater will also be hitting the road with Trivium this September in support of the release. Details on the shows are available here.
Roadrunner Germany posted a new video of Dream Theater discussing the forthcoming LP "A Dramatic Turn of Events" track by track. You can check out the video below.
"A Dramatic Turn of Events" is scheduled for release on September 13, 2011. A deluxe collector's edition exclusive pre-order box is available, which includes the following:
1. "A Dramatic Turn of Events" album
2. Instrumentals of the entire album
3. DVD of "The Spirit Carries On" (60-minute movie documenting drummer auditions)
4. Double-LP set of "A Dramatic Turn Of Events" (180-gram vinyl in gatefold jacket)
5. Dream Theater branded custom turntable slipmat
6. Litho Print of album cover
7. 50 lucky winners will find a Dream Theater "Ticket for Life" (randomly inserted)
8. Custom box
9. Digital download of the album the day before release
Pre-orders are available here