Archive for Dream Theater

The most amazing example of why musical education is so important - Mansfield High School Percussion Ensemble

April 5 2011

Nathan and I were chatting last night mussing about the yellowsphere and I got my daily Google alert for "Dream Theater" - yeah, I know. The first link was to this article - Percussion Ensemble Wins Division Title. I read thru and came to this part of the story:The show was entitled "Goodnight," and featured a dreaming theme. The music in the show featured a medley of songs from progressive metal bands Dream Theater and Liquid Tension Experiment. The band practiced for over six months to perfect the routine. So high school percussion band playing a mix of Dream Theater and LTE. And doing it so well they were winning awards. I had to check this out. So I searched on YouTube and found this: It is seven minutes long but trust me it's worth every second. Talk about being blown away. Interpretive dance from the cymbalists? A drum core that can do marching patterns like no college band I have seen. A guitarist and bass player who were right on target with some of the hardest guitar and

When your unpopular tastes become mainstream and how people react to you

September 9 2010

While this entry covers a topic specific to my musical tastes, that is not the focus of this entry. Background: On Wednesday evening, Mike Portnoy quit the band Dream Theater. For anyone who has read my blog or followed me on-line knows that Dream Theater is my favorite band. I don't have a DT tattoo or anything permanent, but otherwise some might call my fandom obsessive. Yes, my birthday gift to myself was a trip to Columbus, OH to see DT perform a one off headlining show during their summer tour with Iron Maiden (and good thing I did). What happened Wednesday was more than just the end of a chapter in Dream Theater. It was a wake up call that what I considered a unpopular passion being far more than I ever realized. I never felt that Dream Theater was popular. It was an edge taste that I shared with many of the geeks of the world. Dream Theater is a geeks band for sure. Musicians loved them, but so did the geeks of the world. I can't tell you how many times I would be chatting wit

Iron Maiden Summer 2010 Tour - Supported by Dream Theater

March 4 2010

Summer, specifically July 18th, 2010, can not come soon enough!

Time for another review ... Progressive Nation 2009 (Dream Theater, Zappa Plays Zappa)

September 7 2009

On Sunday, August 23rd, 2009, I had the pleasure of attending Progressive Nation 2009 - and it was a blast! Here are some thoughts about each band: the location was at the Chicago Theater - and thank you to the promoters for picking a location just 3 blocks from where I live. Nice walk home afterwards :-) Scale the Summit Scale the Summit is a modern day Liquid Tension Experiment - a 4 piece instrumental band that just rocks. They have two guitarists and no vocals - but you really don't miss them. Four outstanding musicians that I am sure picked up a bunch of fans on this tour. Big Elf Big Elf is what I would call classic prog rock - with a touch of that 70's hippie flair that makes me run the other way. Mike Portnoy listed their album as one of his top favorite of 2008, but I had a hard time getting into it. Stellar musicians all, the organ sounds and style just turned me off. If you like the old school prog style - think late era Beattles - with a mix of modern day

Dream Theater’s "Black Clouds & Silver Linings" sells 40,000 copies in it’s first week, places in top 10 of US Charts

July 1 2009

So pretty cool news for Dream Theater: The new album from DREAM THEATER, entitled "Black Clouds & Silver Linings", sold 40,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. Commented DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy: "This is truly amazing.... that after almost 25 years together, this band is still growing and progressing and doing bigger and better numbers than ever... I can't think of many bands that can claim that. Plus — a progressive metal album with four songs over 12 minutes in the U.S. Top 10??? (wedged between JONAS BROTHERS, EMINEM and HANNAH MONTANA!) Hell must've frozen over!!!! (This must be a first of its kind...)" DREAM THEATER's last CD, "Systematic Chaos", opened with 36,000 units in 2007 to enter The Billboard 200 chart at No. 19. 2005's "Octavarium" premiered with 27,000 copies to debut at No. 36. In addition to the standard-version CD, DREAM THEATER's tenth studio album, "Black Clouds & Si

Jordan Rudess’ Notes on a Dream CD/Digital Download takes DT ballads to the classical level

June 16 2009

Jordan Rudess, keyboard wizard for Dream Theater, has released a CD of solo piano performances of many of Dream Theater's ballads, along with some original content. Track listing: 1. Through Her Eyes 2. Lifting Shadows Off a Dream 3. Perpetuum Mobile 4. The Silent Man 5 Another Day 6. Hollow Years 7. The Grand Escapement 8. The Spirit Carries On 9. Speak To Me 10. The Answer Lies Within 11. Collision Point 12. Vacant You can purchase the CD here or order a digital version in MP3 - 128, MP3 - 256, or FLAC Lossless here.

Dream Theater Cover #5 - "Larks Tongues In Aspic, Pt. 2" by King Crimson

June 16 2009

The firth cover song by Dream Theater has been released, Larks Tongues in Aspic, Part 2 by King Crimson. Mike Portnoy talks about the new cover song here:

Dream Theater Cover #4

June 9 2009

The third of six cover songs by Dream Theater has been released, take your fingers from my hair by Zebra. Mike Portnoy talks about the new cover song here:

Dream Theater Cover #3

June 2 2009

The third of six cover songs by Dream Theater has been released, Odyssey by The Dixie Dregs. Mike Portnoy talks about the new cover song here:

Dream Theater Cover #2 - Medley of Queen Songs

May 26 2009

The second of six cover songs by Dream Theater has been released, a medley of Queen songs. Mike Portnoy talks about the new cover song here:

First of Six Dream Theater Covers - Stargazer by Rainbow

May 19 2009

One of things that Dream Theater is doing in conjunction with the release of "Black Clouds & Silver Linings" is released six cover songs - one each week starting now until the release of the CD. You can purchase it today on iTunes or get a CD with all of these in the special edition.

Dream Theater’s "A Rite of Passage" Video

May 8 2009

Listen to ’A Rite of Pasage’ from Dream Theater’s new album ’Black Clouds & Silver Linings’ RIGHT NOW!

May 6 2009

That's right folks, you can download 'A Rite of Passage' - a track from Dream Theater's upcoming Black Clouds & Silver Linings right now! Go here and fill out the form. You can also pre-order 1 of 4 versions of the new release. Guess which one I ordered :-)

Dream Theater’s "Black Clouds & Silver Linings" to be released June 23rd

March 12 2009

Info about the new Dream Theater album was released today: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 13, 2009 New York, NY: Progressive metal veterans DREAM THEATER have announced BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS as the title of their tenth studio album. The band commenced work on the album – their second for Roadrunner Records, following up 2007's Systematic Chaos — in October of last year. Roadrunner will release the record on June 23. In addition to the standard version CD, the album will also be available on vinyl LP, as well as a 3-disc Special Edition CD that will include the full album, a CD of instrumental mixes of the album and a CD of six cover songs, the titles of which will be revealed at a later date. Six weeks prior to the June 23 street date, Roadrunner will release one cover song per week through digital retailers. Drummer Mike Portnoy and guitarist John Petrucci are once again at the helm as producers, while Paul Northfield mixed the record. The band will embark on a worl

Progressive Nation 2009 Announced

February 12 2009

Hard to believe this is true For Immediate Release February 13th 2009 DREAM THEATER’S “PROGRESSIVE NATION 2009” TO TOUR NORTH AMERICA IN JULY/AUG WITH SPECIAL GUESTS ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA, PAIN OF SALVATION AND BEARDFISH 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 outstanding musicianship of ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA as well as two incredibly talented imports from Sweden: PAIN OF SALVATION and BEARDFISH. PROGRESSIVE NATION was created by DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy and its successful 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 based on their diversity and musicality. He comments: “This year’s lineup is so exciting for me. Every band is bringi

Dream Theater Studio Update - Can you handle it?

November 30 2008

Mike Portnoy, drummer of Dream Theater, just posted this tidbit on the recording of their new album: Well, normally I wont share any studio info for fear of over speculation and analyzation (yes, there's another thread in the Forum with 21 pages of people talking about mine and JP's hair based on Jordan's studio diary!).... But I felt the need to share this excitement with y'all: Today I finished my drum tracks for the new Dream Theater album! And as I normally never give away song descriptions, titles, lengths, etc....I will say just this: Imagine a DT album with A Change Of Seasons, Octavarium, Learning To Live, Pull Me Under and The Glass Prison....all on one album.... COULD YOU HANDLE IT??????? Excited? I sure am!!!! Happy Turkey Day Everybody, MP To answer Mike's question .. no I could not :-)

Dream Theater Chaos in Motion DVD Trailer

July 15 2008

Dream Theater to be included in Rock Band 2

July 14 2008

So as I was saying the other day, Dream Theater really needed to get on the Guitar Hero / Rock Band bandwagon. With the full set list of Rock Band 2 introduced at Microsoft's E3 press conference from New Rock Band 2 Bands, Details Announced: Update - Full Setlist by Maarten Goldstein Jul 14, 2008 1:00pm CST tags: Rock Band 2 Adding to a steady stream of Rock Band 2 news, more details about the game were announced today by Harmonix and MTV Games. Available for Xbox 360 this fall with PS2, PS3 and Wii releases following later in the year, Rock Band 2 is set to ship with over a hundred songs. More than eighty of those will be on disc, and another twenty will follow as a free DLC pack following release. In addition to previously announced bands, Rock Band 2 will also feature songs by Pearl Jam, Metallica, Allman Brothers, Motorhead, Devo, Jane's Addiction, Megadeth, Paramore, and Modest Mouse. The game will also feature "Let There Be Rock" by AC/DC, a music rhythm game fi

Dream Theater - Chaos in Motion DVD Announced

July 13 2008

The press release: DREAM THEATER Chaos In Motion 2007/2008 LIVE DVD SETS TO BE RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER DOCUMENTING 2007-2008 WORLD TOUR 115 SHOWS, 105 CITIES, 35 COUNTRIES AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF FANS New York, NY: Few bands inspire such fanaticism among their fans as Dream Theater. The best way to satiate this dedicated legion is to provide them with even more material to devour and Dream Theater are doing just that this September. The band will release Chaos In Motion 2007/2008, which documents their "Chaos In Motion" world tour, which kicked off June 3, 2007 at the Monsters of Rock Festival in Milan, Italy and concluded almost a year to the day later on June 4, 2008 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It's essentially a travelogue of their most recent touring experience and it hits shelves on September 23. Chaos In Motion 2007/2008 will be available in two configurations: as a double DVD set and as five disc collector's set which includes two DVDs and three CDs, containing 14 live track

Could David Cook be the next big progressive metal singer?

July 8 2008

It was great to see American Idol pick a winner this year with real musical talent, but is this picture of David Cook and Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater a preview of Cook's album to come? :-) ... read more about this picture on Mike's forum : Actually, I was SHOCKED to see that he did in fact know who I was.... In fact, he was totally psyched to meet me and immediately asked me to autograph his hat for him. I thought that was very cool of him. The guy is currently in the heart of a media frenzy and I am real happy for him as I think he's a real talent and deserves all of the success he is now enjoying.... For those wondering how on earth we even ended up in the same room in the first place... I took my family to the American Idol tour kickoff in AZ and brought my family backstage afterwards. We met all 10 performers and I got pix of each of them with my kids. They were all incredibly nice to them... David Cook was the only one of the bunch who got excited to meet me.

Time for another review ... Liquid Tension Experiment - Chicago 6.26.2008

June 26 2008

Liquid Tension Experiment brought their 10 anniversary reunion tour to Chicago on 6.26.2008 - last night. This is one of those concerts I have been waiting for a long time ... they only did a handful of shows when they released their 2 jam releases. I have seen Dream Theater many times, and Iron Maiden did a great show this year, but I would have given up both just to see LTE. The show starts. The for guys, Mike Portnoy, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, and Tony Levin, start jamming. They play about 60 minutes. They ripped out some killer LTE tunes, such as: Acid Rain Kindred Spirits Another Dimension Paradigm Shift Freedom of Speech Universal Mind John and Jordan did something from their "An Evening With ..." CD and we got something I did not know. All of a sudden, Jordan stops playing his keyboard. He walks over to Mike, says something, and then heads off stage. Mike goes on to tell us Jordan is having keyboard problems. So Mike, John, and Tony start jamming. And jammin

For the metalheads ... Fuse TV’s Talking Metal brings us Turtlehead

March 20 2008

This is for the metal music fans out there, as well as the Dream Theater fans. Fuse TV's Talking Metal show gets together musicians to jam on classic metal songs. This jam, by the band "Turtlehead", is of the song "Overkill" by Motorhead. The members of the band? Bobby Blitz from Overkill singing, Frank Bello from Anthrax on bass, Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater on drums, and the two hosts playing guitar. In a world where "mashup" is something we hear used daily, this is a great one :-)

Listen to Dream Theater’s Greatest Hit tracks now!

March 20 2008

You can listen to a bunch of the songs from the upcoming Greatest Hit (and 21 other pretty cool songs) cd from Dream Theater today! Check out the remix of Pull Me Under. The drums sound a lot thicker and the overall sound is just very cleaned up. How I would love to hear DT record that song with JP's current guitar sounds :-)

LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT tours for their 10th Anniversary !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 12 2008

I wish you could hear my reaction to this ... but screaming for joy just does not come across on a blog. Here are the details: LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT — the instrumental progressive rock/metal project featuring DREAM THEATER members Mike Portnoy (drums), John Petrucci (guitar) and Jordan Rudess (keyboards) alongside progressive rock icon Tony Levin (bass) of KING CRIMSON and PETER GABRIEL fame — will embark on a short "10th Anniversary Reunion Tour" in June. Confirmed dates are as follows: June 21 - Bethlehem, PA - NEARfest June 23 - New York City - BB King's June 25 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater June 27 - Downey, CA - Downey Theater June 28 - San Francisco, CA - Bay Area Rock Fest In 1998 and 1999, LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT released two instrumental albums that set the prog world on fire. After the success of the two albums and the project's undeniable chemistry, Rudess was asked to join DREAM THEATER full-time and the project was put on the shelf for an indefinite hiatis.... unt

Dream Theater Video Ad for Greatest Hit CD

February 25 2008

Here are a great video ad for the upcoming Greatest Hit (and 21 other pretty cool songs). Check it out:

Dream Theater Video Ad for Progressive Nation 2008

February 25 2008

Here are a great video ad for the upcoming Progressive Nation 2008 tour. Check it out:

Dream Theater Stuff: "Forsaken" Video and Greatest Hit CD Info

February 9 2008

Hi, I am John, and I am your regular Dream Theater news guy ;) First, here is the video: You can read more about the video and how it was made here. Next up, we have the inevitable release of a Dream Theater Greatest Hit CD from their previous record label ... but at least they let Mike name it: Man, I love their sense of humor :-). Here is the info about the disc, and why people might actually buy it (since most fans own all their cds): DREAM THEATER COLLECT THEIR GREATEST HIT (...& 21 other pretty cool songs) The Acclaimed Band’s First-Ever Best-Of Compilation Spans 14 Years of Progressive Hard Rock and Includes Rare Edits and B-Sides Features Three New Remixes by Kevin Shirley of “Pull Me Under,” “Take The Time” and “Another Day” Two-Disc Set Available April 1 from Rhino LOS ANGELES - After recently celebrating the band’s 20-year anniversary, Dream Theater returns with its first-ever best-of collection. Spanning 1991-2005, the two-disc set contains rare single e

Progressive Nation 2008 Details

February 7 2008

DREAM THEATER’S “PROGRESSIVE NATION 2008” featuring OPETH, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME and 3 North American Tour Dates Tues April 29th - Mexico City, Mexico - National Auditorium* Fri May 2nd - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheater Sat May 3rd - Oakland, CA - Paramount Theater Mon May 5th - Seattle, WA - Wamu Theater Tues May 6th - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Fri & Sat May 9th & 10th - Calgary, ALB - Macewan Hall Mon May 12th - Minneapolis, MN - Myth Tues May 13th - Chicago, IL - Rosemont Theater Wed May 14th - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Fri May 16th - Columbus, OH - LC Amphitheater Sat May 17th - Cleveland, OH - Time Warner Amphitheater @ Tower City Sun May 18th - Albany, NY - The Armory Tues May 20th - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theater Wed & Thurs May 21st & 22nd - New York, NY - Terminal 5 Mon May 26th - Washington DC - DAR Constitution Hall Tues May 27th - Richmond, VA - The National Wed May 28th - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle Fri May 30th - Miami, FL