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Dream Theater Announce Dates With Opeth And More

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New York progressive metal pioneers DREAM THEATER are set to unveil their maiden voyage of "Progressive Nation", a package tour they will headline that will also feature the talents of OPETH, 3 and BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME.

The tour is the brainchild of DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, who explains, "I've been wanting to assemble a package tour like this for many years now. With all of the festivals and package tours that go through America, I've been talking with our manager and agent for over 10 years now about doing something that focuses on the more progressive, musician-oriented side of hard rock and metal. I decided it was time to stop talking the talk, lace up and finally walk the walk."

While DREAM THEATER co-headlined 2005's Gigantour alongside MEGADETH, as well as embarking on previous co-headlining runs with both QUEENSRŸCHE and JOE SATRIANI, they have primarily built their 22-year career on the road playing solely to their own audience. Portnoy comments: "I've always prided myself on personally hand picking new and exciting opening acts for DREAM THEATER in the past. Bands such as PORCUPINE TREE, SYMPHONY X, SPOCK'S BEARD, FATES WARNING, PAIN OF SALVATION and KING'S X. In all of these cases, it was important for me to pick bands that I admire and respect but also ones that I know our fans will enjoy. And I think playing with DT has helped expand all of those band's fanbases as a direct result. I am hoping Progressive Nation will continue to do the same thing in offering an audience for more daring and experimental acts that otherwise may not get the mainstream exposure they so rightly deserve."

Joining the bill for this inaugural run is Sweden's legendary OPETH who have been enjoying an ever-growing and expanding audience of their own for many years now. DT's Roadrunner Records labelmates will be ready to unleash their new album come next spring and Progressive Nation should be a great launching pad for their next world tour cycle. Guitarist/Vocalist Mikael Ã…kerfeldt comments: "We're very excited about this upcoming tour with DREAM THEATER. It will be the first tour that we're doing in support of our upcoming record, and also somewhat of a dream come true personally as I've been a fan of theirs for a long time. It's quite intimidating to be on the bill with such amazing musicians but obviously we'll try and give them a run for their money and pull out a few nice licks of our own. I guess we'll need to practice a little bit for this....how boring! Yet, I can't wait for this tour to start and I'm sure we'll have a blast with the DT guys as well as together with the other bands on the bill!"

Also on the bill with their unique blend of pop, funk and hard rock is upstate New York's 3 who issued the following statement: "3 is very pleased to announce its participation in the Progressive Nation tour. For well over a decade DREAM THEATER has been the vanguard of progressive rock and we are completely psyched to flex with these heavyweights, playing much of our new record 'The End is Begun'. This package will rock and awe fans everywhere as one of the most important tours of the year. It's a progressive way of music, a progressive way of life....welcome to the Progressive Nation tour."

North Carolina's BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME are enjoying rave reviews and critical acclaim for their latest CD "Colors" and are looking forward to sharing the stage each night with both DREAM THEATER and OPETH. Vocalist/keyboardist Tommy Rogers comments: "We are very excited to be touring with two bands that have been such an integral part of our musical upbringing. It is a wonderful opportunity to have our music heard by new ears."

DREAM THEATER are currently in the middle of their "Chaos In Motion" world tour which has already traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America in support of their latest Roadrunner Records CD "Systematic Chaos". The world tour will continue throughout 2008 hitting Asia, Australia and South America before concluding with Progressive Nation returning to North America in April/May 2008.

Portnoy hopes that this first venture of Progressive Nation will prove to be a success that can enable himself and DREAM THEATER to continue the package into future years and begin a tradition that musicians and fans alike can count on for quality musicianship and artistic integrity on future tours.

"Progressive Nation" tour dates:

Apr. 29 - Mexico City, Mexico - National Auditorium *
May 02 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheater
May 03 - Oakland, CA - Paramount Theater
May 05 - Seattle, WA - Wamu Theater
May 06 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum
May 9-10 - Calgary, ALB - Macewan Hall
May 12 - Minneapolis, MN - Myth
May 13 - Chicago, IL - Rosemont Theater
May 14 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
May 16 - Columbus, OH - LC Amphitheater
May 17 - Cleveland, OH - Time Warner Amphitheater @ Tower City
May 18 - Albany, NY - The Armory
May 20 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theater
May 21-22 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
May 26 - Washington DC - DAR Constitution Hall
May 27 - Richmond, VA - The National
May 28 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
May 30 - Miami, FL - The Fillmore
May 31 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock
Jun. 01 - Tampa, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
Jun. 04 - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Coliseo of Puerto Rico *

* The Mexico and Puerto Rico dates will be DREAM THEATER with special guests BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME (OPETH and 3 will NOT be appearing on these two dates)

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. HAIL OPETH!! writes:

f*** YES!!!! JUNE 1 TAMPA!!! CAN'T f***ING WAIT TO SEE OPETH AGAIN!!!

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2. JimmyBronx writes:

Where's the Toronto date?? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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3. FocusShift writes:

Looks like a trip out to Cleveland, again.

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4. Bastard_Of_Bodom writes:

NOOO, there must be more comming there has to be, no Toronto is an outrage. I was hoping for a Hamilton date but come on at least Toronto come on guys. I am still hoping that Opeth will announce some headlineing off dates

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5. solidmunkeytoe writes:

finally we get some talent in atl. all this rap and hip hop is lowering my IQ by the min.

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6. Public Execution writes:

Damnit, this isn't even coming close to me. A Chicago trip is probably too far.

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7. kallah writes:

No Canada dates... *sigh*

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8. Jrizzle writes:

w00t May 30th

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9. Angry Mob Justice writes:

f*** yes! A Los Angeles date! Ever since i heard about the announcement of this tour, i've been waiting anxiously for some dates. All the bands on the bill are absolutely amazing and there's no way i'd miss something as rare as this.

# Feb 8, 2008 @ 5:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Westfallen writes:

Holy crap. Gay. 3 US west coast dates?!? You gotta be friggen kidding. The best tour of the year, and it's nowhere close to me.

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11. heaVY01 writes:

the west coast is fricken gay man. bunch of weird-o's. california and the rest should just float out into the sea......

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12. Westfallen writes:

For the most part...agreed post 11. But I'm forced to live in Utah. I just want to see some good big-time metal acts.

# Feb 9, 2008 @ 3:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. RememberMetal? writes:

no where even remotely close to me. I'll wait till Opeth headline. Get a longer set from them anyway, I can't stand DT's vox.

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14. Jrizzle writes:

I'm mostly gonna go for Opeth and BTBAM cuz it will be one hell of a show. I'll stick around for DT and 3 as well since i havent heard much from either

Now Playing: Winds of Plague - Angels of Debauchery

# Feb 9, 2008 @ 10:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

Aside from the fact that the lead singer of DT can't sing this concert will still be one hell of a show. If I have my ways I'll be making it to the Albany show. I've seen Opeth and 3 live, but now its time I get the chance to see BTBAM, and to a lesser extent, DT!!

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16. kallah writes:

DT singer can't sing? lmao...

# Feb 9, 2008 @ 8:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. PorcupineTreeFan writes:

correction: DT's singer can sing...its just very annoying to me.

# Feb 10, 2008 @ 9:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. FocusShift writes:

Jrizzle, Three is a really chill band with some excellent guitar work thats less shred-tastic and more subtle (save the soloing). They're a great band to be blazed off your a$$ for haha.

This whole show will be that situation come to think of it.

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19. deathbringer writes:

Hey PorcupineTreeFan, drop me a line via the contact form when you get the chance. Thanks.

# Feb 11, 2008 @ 11:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. psythe writes:

I dig Dream Theatre, the singing doesn't bother me. I dig Opeth about a million billion trillion times more though. What do you mean, 'exaggeration'? hahah

Somebody tell my 'H' key to work properly again, it's being temperamental :(

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21. xFiruath writes:

Man I wish Opeth was headlining but any chance to see them without having to leave the country is a godsend, so I'm making the trek to Seattle to catch it.

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