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Dream Theater Drummer Mike Portnoy Speaks On Opening For Iron Maiden

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In a recent post online, Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy spoke on the band's upcoming tour supporting British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden and how he will be realising a life-long dream of playing at Madison Square Garden. The message reads as follows:

"It is a bit of a dream come true for us. After 25 years together, at this stage in our career, there's honestly only three bands Dream Theater would consider opening for and Maiden is one of them. It is an absolute honor. Through the years, we've done many one-off shows with Maiden and they've almost all been overseas. It is very exciting to finally be doing a full tour with them and on our side of the pond no less. These are gonna be amazing shows that the fans won't want to miss. Up the fucking irons!"

"Dream Theater has achieved so many dreams through the years, from playing the Budokan in Tokyo to Wembley Arena in London to Radio City Music Hall in NYC, but the one remaining dream that has eluded us through all of these years was to play at Madison Square Garden. Well, on July 12, along with Iron Maiden, that dream will finally be fulfilled."

Guitarist John Petrucci added: "I am unbelievably excited to be finally playing Madison Square Garden, and with the almighty Maiden to boot! They have been heroes to the band since the beginning and are iconic in our eyes. There is nothing like achieving success and recognition in your own country, in your own city. It's going to be an incredible night for sure."

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1. deathfan87 writes:

zzzzzzzzzz...dream theater is alright technically for the most part a lot of good musicians but man some of thier songs can put me to sleep, almost fell asleep one time playing pull me under on guitar hero. maiden is gonna blow them out of the water every night on that tour

# Mar 5, 2010 @ 11:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. cynicalnoosphere writes:

i disagree. Dream Theater will probably end up taking over that tour anyway. Maiden's amazing but Dream Theater is just epic (if you have any amount of patience/ear for music that isn't 100% metal)

# Mar 5, 2010 @ 11:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. bat2112 writes:

Really? They're not for everyone, but saying Dream Theater is "alright" technically, is like saying Tiger Woods is an "alright" golfer.....

# Mar 5, 2010 @ 1:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. deathfreak writes:

#1 Key word "guitar hero".

# Mar 5, 2010 @ 6:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. BrunoHockalugie writes:

I am on the fence about them opening. Dream Theater is a great band, but their fans from my experience, kind of think that they were better than the "metalheads" who came there for the other bands. I have seen them twice now (once opening for Megadeth, the other with Opeth as direct support) and both times I thought the people that came to see DT came off kind of.....I guess elitist is the word? I really hope this doesn't happen when they open for Maiden.

# Mar 5, 2010 @ 7:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. hellrat writes:

I don't think no dreamy theatrics are EVER gonna take over no MAIDEN tour...silly notion

maiden ain't a fvckin band man, its a religion... :)

bruno, those gapers you're talking about are called 'pseudo-metal techie snobs'.... and they're all fvckin cheesed!cks

it don't matter who opens...but these dt dudes sound super fvckin stoked to be on board

UP THE FVCKING IRONS

# Mar 5, 2010 @ 7:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Diamond Oz writes:

I know what you mean man. I remember trying out for a band last year and they were all into Dream Theater and the whole technical thing and they got in a strop because I can't sing like the guy in DT. Ah well. I'm not a fan, but I'd like to see them. An opening slot on the Maiden tour works well for them I think as it'll introduce alot of younguns to their music, but they won't be on long enough to get really boring for the people who won't like them. As I said before, they're a decent band and a much better pick than Trivium or Funeral For A Friend.

# Mar 5, 2010 @ 10:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. WOLF7 writes:

And I cannot stand Dream Theater.
The expression "fret wankery" says it all.

# Mar 6, 2010 @ 8:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Rychemn writes:

Another band Dream Theater opened up for was Queensryche...down here in Fl. at the house of blues....it was in support of their "Tribe" album and I thought DT was a pretty awsome band, definetly don't mind seeing them supporting Iron Maiden....it's gonna be a great show.....can't wait!!!!!! Up The Irons!!!!! \M/ \M/

# Mar 6, 2010 @ 2:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. ThrashattheHeart writes:

thyis is going to be one hell of a tour. But is The Final Frontier album Maiden's last?

# Mar 7, 2010 @ 4:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. hellrat writes:

nah thrash heart ^^^...even if it's intended to be their true final...its MAIDEN brother :)

they have wielded on through fat and lean (read: fvckin bailey!) and are now as they should be...galloping ever into beyond...

the irons will not lay idle

eddie's fvckin immortal anyway...and he don't tolerate no slacking about!

UP THE FVCKING IRONS

# Mar 7, 2010 @ 6:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. xeqtnr writes:

Dream Theater is kinda tough to stand ...agreed...but Petrucci and Portnoy are legends....i have never seen anyone shred like him. although there are many who are quick but this guy is a guitarists choice...i can only dream of being like him...he's too fast man..

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