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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.

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Dream Theater To Tour With Trivium

Progressive heavy metal veterans Dream Theater have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of North America in support of their forthcoming new studio album, "A Dramatic Turn Of Events," which will be released on September 13th through Roadrunner Records. Support on the trek will come from Florida based metal outfit Trivium, who will be celebrating the release of their fifth album, "In Waves," which will hit the shelves on August 5th, also via Roadrunner.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Dream Theater Performance Footage Available

Fan-filmed footage has been posted online (courtesy of YouTube user iclateralus) of Dream Theater performing with new drummer Mike Mangini in Rome on July 4th, 2011. The first clip can be viewed below, with the rest available after the jump.

Dream Theater will also be releasing the new album "A Dramatic Turn of Events" on September 20th, 2011. The track listing is as follows:

1. On The Backs Of Angels
2. Build Me Up, Break Me Down
3. Lost Not Forgotten
4. This Is The Life
5. The Shaman's Trance
6. Outcry
7. Far From Heaven
8. Breaking All Illusions
9. Beneath The Surface


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New Dream Theater Song Available

Erstwhile and newly drummer-ed prog metal masters Dream Theater have released the first song off the bands upcoming album, "A Dramatic Turn Of Events". Whether or not the album title is a thinly-veiled reference to the drummer saga is unclear, but this is Dream Theater's first original song with new drummer Mike Mangini. The song is called "On The Backs Of Angels," and can be heard on RoadRunner Records' Youtube Channel.

"A Dramatic Turn Of Events" will be released September 13th.

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Video Of Adrenaline Mob's Live Debut Posted Online

Professionally filmed footage of the live debut from Adrenaline Mob, the new band featuring former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, Symphony X vocalist Russell Allen, Stuck Mojo/Fozzy guitarist Rich Ward, guitarist Mike Orlando and bassist Paul DiLeo (of Nena fame,) has been posted online. You can check out the video, which shows the band performing the classic Black Sabbath song, "The Mob Rules," below. The video was recorded on June 24th at The Hiro Ballroom in New York City. More...

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Mike Portnoy Reveals New Band Details

Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, who left the band last year, has revealed some details about one of his new musical endeavors.

Portnoy has announced that he has formed a new group named Adrenaline Mob, and that the band also features Stuck Mojo/Fozzy guitarist Rich Ward, Symphony X vocalist Russell Allen, Sonic Stomp guitar player Mike Orlando and bassist Paul DiLeo. The quintet will make its live debut in New York on June 24 and are currently working on a debut album.

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Dream Theater Reveals New Album Details

American progressive metal veterans Dream Theater have revealed the title and track listing for their upcoming new full-length album. The album has been given the title of "A Dramatic Turn Of Events" and will feature 9 tracks. Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess commented on the album, which is planned for a September 20, 2011 release through Roadrunner Records, by saying:

"We have poured our hearts and minds into the creation of this album. All the life changing events that surrounded us before, as well as during the whole process, fueled our desire to dig deep within ourselves and create the best music we possibly could."

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. On The Backs Of Angels
2. Build Me Up, Break Me Down
3. Lost Not Forgotten
4. This Is The Life
5. The Shaman's Trance
6. Outcry
7. Far From Heaven
8. Breaking All Illusions
9. Beneath The Surface

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Eden's Curse To Support Dream Theater In The U.K.

Eden's Curse has posted the following update online;

"Yes, it's true my friends .... anything can and will happen! The 'Curse has nailed the opening slot for the Dream Theater shows in July. We look towards the future with our friends in Dream Theater, as they prepare their U.K. return, with a show that will blow minds and speakers!! An evening of metal delights will never sound better to metal supporters everywhere!! Dream Theater is back and the 'Curse is ready to kick some ass with their hardcore fans in the U.K., and our fans? They know what's coming. PREPARE!"

Dream Theater's U.K. dates include;
July 22 - Leeds Academy – Leeds, UK
July 23 - Wolverhampton Civic Hall - Wolverhampton, UK

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Dream Theater Gives Lengthy Interview

John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater recently sat down with Music Radar and gave a long and in-depth interview in which they cover lots of topics, including the new album, Mike Portnoy's departure, Mike Mangini's arrival and a host of other things.

One of the most interesting bits, excerpted below, is when Petrucci and Rudess talk about how Portnoy asked to rejoin the band, and why Dream Theater turned down his request.

This is particularly interesting when read adjacent to Portnoy's comment's on the matter, and taken together seems to be a classic case of trying to win the breakup. You can read the entire interview with Petrucci and Rudess at MusicRadar.com.

Music Radar: Well, apparently, it wasn't. He went off with Avenged, but in December, when it became clear that he wasn't staying in that band, he came to you guys and asked if he could rejoin.

Rudess: "Yeah, that was a very challenging time. It was several months later, and what basically happened was… [pauses] You know, just to give you an idea of how deep this was to lose him, how difficult it was… after we got off the phone with him, when he told us what was going to happen, that he was leaving… I literally sat on the steps of my studio and cried. This is a guy who's a friend of mine, who we all love and admire. We didn't want to see it come crashing down. The whole thing brought me to tears. More...

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Dream Theater Reveals New Drummer

Progressive metal veterans Dream Theater have finally announced the replacement for drummer Mike Portnoy, who left the group last year. Taking his place behind the drum kit will be Mike Mangini, who has previously played for Steve Vai, Annihilator and Extreme, amongst others. The third documentary clip revealing the new drummer can be found here.

Vocalist James LaBrie stated the following: "This is one of the most important decisions in our career and sorry to have to make you wait and I'm sure it's been extremely stressful. Nonetheless, we have some news for you and we would like to welcome you to the family."

Dream Theater also posted two previous documentary clips from the drummer auditioning process, which can be found here and at this location.

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Dream Theater Posts Second Drummer Search Clip

Dream Theater has now posted the second episode of "Dream Theater: The Spirit Carries On," which showcases the band's search for a new drummer to replace Mike Portnoy. The video can be viewed below. Details on the first clip in the documentary series are available at this location.

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Dream Theater Posts Drummer Search Documentary

Dream Theater has posted a 20 minute documentary clip online discussing the departure of drummer Mike Portnoy and showcasing several of the people of the auditioned for the vacant position. You can check out the documentary at this location (spoiler: they still don't reveal who it is). The band also commented:

"Hi Everyone, we wanted to take a minute to thank all of you who signed up and watched the trailer on Thursday. This is an incredibly exciting time for all of us and we know that the anticipation has been, well, uncomfortable to say the least!

"Over the next few days we hope that you will enjoy this very special documentary we've put together which literally invites everyone into the rehearsal room during the audition process and ultimately reveals who we chose as the new drummer in Dream Theater.

"This is unlike anything we've ever done before and we felt that this would be a unique way of sharing our experience with all of you as a sincere thank you to everyone who has listened to, believed in and supported DT throughout the years.

"Beyond all the drama and presentation, it always comes back to the thing that unites us all: our common passion to create, perform and listen to great music! To that end we are in the studio working hard on our next album and can't wait to deliver it to the world and to see all of our friends on tour. Until then, please go to Roadrunner's YouTube channel to begin watching the documentary now!"

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Dream Theater Posts Drummer Search Documentary

Dream Theater, which has still not announced a replacement for drummer Mike Portnoy, has issued the following announcement about posting a video clip online detailing the band's search fora replacement drummer:

"A little more than a month after original drummer Mike Portnoy's sudden departure from Dream Theater, the band held three days of auditions in New York City. Over an amazing and productive three-day period, the band played, jammed and spoke candidly with seven of the world's greatest drummers, learning about them musically, personally and professionally, and assessing the fit of each drummer's incredible chops with the band's trademark prog-rock sound.

"Dream Theater have been extremely sensitive to the fact that this is not only a monumental decision in their own lives, but also a critical moment in the lives of DT fans around the world. The departure of our lifelong bandmate and friend was an unexpected and truly heartbreaking blow. The fact that as a result of that event we'd be introduced to seven infinitely capable and uniquely talented drummers was heartening.

"Dream Theater would like to share with its fans some of the intense process, along with the musical joy, that went into choosing a new drummer. Who is the best fit behind the kit?

"Go to Dream Theater's Facebook page to sign up for the mailing list and to receive more details about an exclusive and intimate look at the auditions, and to find out exactly when and how the momentous announcement about the band's new lineup will be made. Also on Facebook, fans will be able to find out information about the band's upcoming 2011 World Tour."

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Dream Theater Issues New Album Update

Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci has posted the following update online.

"First I'd like to say that my love and support goes out to all of our friends in Japan as they work through the tragic events of the past week. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. I know that the strength of the Japanese people will prevail.

"As for the new Dream Theater album, it is going incredibly well and I can't wait for everyone to hear it! We are in the tracking process and working hard as well as just having so much fun.

"I appreciate everyone's patience regarding the announcement (or lack thereof!) of Dream Theater's new drummer. I know it has been very frustrating to have to wait for the news. Believe me, we are bursting at the seams to tell everyone and rest assured that our decision will not disappoint on any level!

"As for info and details on the new album, anything such as the title, song names, running times, artwork, direction etc, will be posted on the official Dream Theater and Roadrunner sites once the album is complete and we begin to prepare for its release.

"Looks like the start of our next world tour is lining up nicely as well. It's always great to be over in Europe during the summer playing out doors and seeing all of our friends again.

"In the meantime, I'm just shedding, lifting and buried deep in the making of the new album. My beautiful Music Man's and Boogies are raging and there are many notes flying around the studio!

"I hope everyone is well. Thank you so much as always for being such amazingly supportive friends and fans!"

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Dream Theater Member Sends Message To Japan

Dream Theater Keyboardist Jordan Rudess has posted a "musical message" online to the people of Japan, following the country's recent string of natural disaters. You can view Rudess' "musical message" in the player below.

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Eden's Curse Posts "No Holy Man" Video

AFM Records has released a new promotional video for "No Holy Man" from multinational melodic metallers Eden's Curse, which features a guest appearance by Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie. You can check out the clip below. "No Holy Man" is the first track to be released from Eden's Curse's forthcoming third studio album, "Trinity," which will hit the stores on March 18.

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Threshold To Play Night Of The Prog

Threshold has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming Night of the Prog festival in July:

"Threshold will perform at the 2011 edition of Night Of The Prog Festival in Germany on 8-9 July. Other bands include Dream Theater, Anathema, IQ, RPWL, Eloy, Riverside and more."

You can check out Threshold's full touring itinerary at this location. Additional details on Germany's Night of the Prog festival can be found here.

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Dream Theater Announces New Tour Dates

American progressive metal veterans Dream Theater have announced new tour dates set to take place in Europe and the United Kingdom. The band is also expected to announce its replacement for former drummer Mike Portnoy, who left band in late 2010, in the coming weeks.

July 4 - Rome, Italy
July 5 - Verona, Italy
July 9 - NIGHT OF THE PROG FESTIVAL, Loreley, Germany
July 24 - HIGH VOLTAGE FESTIVAL, Victoria Park, London, UK
July 29 - ENATSKA NOC FESTIVAL, Mala Skala, Czech Republic

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Dream Theater To Headline "Night Of The Prog"

American progressive metal act Dream Theater has been announced as the headline act at the forthcoming "Night of the Prog" festival in Germany. "Night of the Prog" 2011 is set to take place on July 8-9, 2011 in Loreley, Germany. Other acts that have been announced include Riverside, Anathema, Eloy and IQ. A festival press release states:

"It took this festival only a few editions to raise to one of the leading progressive rock festivals in Europe - or probably even the world.

"Next to the music and bands that have taken part at the festival editions, the main reason for the success is simply the location! The UNESCO world heritage Loreley is one of the most outstanding open air amphitheaters in Europe. High above the river Rhine, the visitors are overwhelmed by the beautiful surrounding area.

"By this outstanding [ambient] we continue to establish the festival as the "[Mecca] of Progressive Rock.' The hightlights of the past 3 years have been for sure the appearances of Fish, ASIA, Jethro Tull, Roger Hodgson, Steve Hackett, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Marillion - to name a few.

"The tradition to supply a stage for young and emerging artists is one of our major tasks. To give them the chance to play in front of thousands of people will definitely help to create a career."

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Mike Portnoy Announces In-Store Appearances

Former Dream Theater / Avenged Sevenfold drummer Mike Portnoy has announced four upcoming in-store appearances. The details are as follows:

Tues. Feb. 8, 6:30pm - Daddy's Portsmouth, NH
1465 Woodbury Ave
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Wed. Feb. 9, 6:30pm - Daddy's Manchester, NH
1279 S. Willow St.
Manchester, NH 03103

Thurs. Feb. 10, 6:30pm - Daddy's Boston, MA
165 Mass Ave.
Boston, MA

Fri., Feb. 11, 6:30pm - Daddy's Dedham, MA Grand Opening
444 Providence Highway
Dedham, MA

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Mike Portnoy 'Beatles Cover Band To Play New Shows

Yellow Matter Custard, the Beatles tribute act featuring former Dream Theater / Avenged Sevenfold drummer Mike Portnoy and Spock's Beard keyboardist Neal Morse, has announced new tour dates.

The new dates are its first batch of concerts set to take place in over eight years. The list of dates, cities and venues can be viewed below:

Feb. 25 - Long Beach, CA - Art Theater of Long Beach
Feb. 27 - Chicago, IL - [to be announced]
Feb. 28 - New York City - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

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