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Dream Theater's Progressive Nation 2009 Tour Lineup Announced

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New York progressive metal veterans DREAM THEATER will take their PROGRESSIVE NATION tour back on the road for its second incarnation with a run through America and Canada in July/Aug 2009.

In addition to a headlining set by DREAM THEATER, this year's package will feature the ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA as well PAIN OF SALVATION and BEARDFISH.

PROGRESSIVE NATION was created by DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy and its inaugural run in 2008 also featured OPETH, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME and THREE.

Portnoy once again hand-picked all of the bands for the 2009 bill. He comments: "This year's lineup is so exciting for me. Every band is bringing something very unique to the package to create an incredibly well rounded musical experience. I am just as excited to be watching all the bands from the side of the stage as I am to be performing with mine in the center of it!"

Fresh on the heels of his Grammy win, Dweezil Zappa is pleased to announce his plans to join forces with Dream Theater as part of the Progressive Nation 2009 tour: "It's no secret that I started ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA with the intention to diversify and expand the audience for my father's music. I figured I'd probably have to do it one concert at a time. Playing with DREAM THEATER on the PROGRESSIVE NATION tour is a great way to accomplish that goal. Music fans who are seeking something to challenge their senses should definitely consider attending this great bill."

Portnoy adds, "It is an absolute honor for me to have ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA on board. Frank Zappa is one of my all-time biggest heroes and his music practically invented the term 'progressive'. Dweezil is doing an amazing job carrying on the tradition of his father's daring spirit and like his dad, has surrounded himself with a band of jaw-dropping, incredible musicians"

Vocalist/Guitarist Daniel Gildenlow of Pain of Salvation comments: "We are truly very happy to be part of the PN09 tour, and to be back in the States again and bring all the sweat and flesh to our music and our well deserving American fans. We feel honored to have been asked."

Gildenlow also joked, "Actually, Mike has been on our backs now for two years in what we believe to be a personal campaign, bordering on harassment, to make us come over. So when he asked us about PN09, it was a joy to finally be able to say yes. And if Mike didn't give up on us, then hopefully America hasn't either."

Vocalist/Keyboardist Rikard Sjöblom of BEARDFISH is equally excited: "When we read on a website that Mike Portnoy had our album "Sleeping in Traffic Part 1" among his favorite releases of 2007, we just couldn't believe it and we were really happy about it! And now we once again gasp for air since we've been asked to join PROGRESSIVE NATION 2009 together with DREAM THEATER (one of the biggest bands in this genre today!), PAIN OF SALVATION (hey, fellow Swedes!!!) and ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA (being a HUGE Zappa fan myself, I think this is really cool!). Since we've only played the US once before we simply can't wait to come over and rock out!"

PROGRESSIVE NATION will be the first North American tour for DREAM THEATER in support of their newest Roadrunner Records release which is slated for a June 2009 release.

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1. xFiruath writes:

That's cool that Pain of Salvation got picked up, but I was really hoping to see To-Mera and maybe Emancer on this bill. I probably won't be going this year though, as the real draw last year was Opeth, Three, and Between the Buried and Me. I'm not really a huge fan of Dream Theater (heresy I know - they are the prog masters). It's not that I actively dislike them, I just wouldn't choose to put a CD in with so many other options available.

# Feb 13, 2009 @ 6:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. BrunoHockalugie writes:

Wow, I thought Pain of Salvation was never going to return the states. Good to see they changed their minds. I went last year mainly to see Opeth and if I have money I will go this year, too

# Feb 13, 2009 @ 7:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Eric J. Griffin writes:

DT is the sh!t , along with zappa plays zappa what an awesome line-up. All hail the DT!!!!

# Feb 13, 2009 @ 7:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. DeathInEye writes:

What other, lesser known Prog bands do you guys listen to XFruath/Bruno? I never know where to look. I'm loving Emancer!

# Feb 13, 2009 @ 7:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. xFiruath writes:

I suppose "Am Universum" era Amorphis would be considered prog, as it's not often that you hear saxophone in metal albums. There's also the previously mentioned To-Mera. I've been told that Voivod is prog influenced, but I personally haven't heard it. There's also Orphaned Land, although if you don't like a religious bent in your music you should probably steer clear.

I just found this awesome (and extensive!) list of prog bands on Wikipedia. Search for "List of progressive metal artists" and you should find it.

# Feb 13, 2009 @ 8:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. DeathInEye writes:

Yeah I just started To-Mera. It's nice hearing a female prog vocalist. And thanks for the Wikipedia tip.

# Feb 13, 2009 @ 8:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. deathbringer writes:

Yeah, this looks much more prog and much less metal. I've heard beardfish and discounted it for review on Metalunderground. Interesting, but not heavy at all.

# Feb 13, 2009 @ 10:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. psythe writes:

Zappa Plays Zappa! :D I like this line-up. It is good.

Not really into female vocalists myself hey. Dunno exactly why, but it generally puts me off. Except for Arch Enemy lol. Can't get enough of them at the moment :)

# Feb 14, 2009 @ 1:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Vicarious_Intent writes:

Ahahaha, that's so funny that I was just thinking about this today! Thanks for posting this!

Wow, what a lineup too! Less metal than last year, so yeah, lots of people on this site might not dig it. But WOW. This is some really great stuff, seriously, I can't miss it.

# Feb 14, 2009 @ 1:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. peartleelifeson writes:

POS and DT! What more could you want?!

# Feb 15, 2009 @ 7:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. me and me writes:

to me opeth and dreamtheater should headline this tour every year. the two bands combined is one awesome f***ing show

# Feb 15, 2009 @ 10:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. bbristowe writes:

I will probably go because John Petrucci is very good at what he does, plus you never know, this new cd could blow me away.

I also second psythe's post. Arch Enemy rules. Chris Amott has gotta be one of my favourite guitarists.

# Feb 16, 2009 @ 4:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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