Dream Theater To Release Live Album Featuring 2002 Full Album Performance Of Iron Maiden’s “The Number Of The Beast” On Vinyl And Streaming Services

Dream Theater will be releasing a live album featuring their 2002 full album performance of Iron Maiden’s “The Number Of The Beast” at La Mutualite in Paris, France on June 10. The band said the following about that:

“’The Number of the Beast’, performed in its entirety, is a can’t-miss live release in the growing Lost Not Forgotten Archives series. Pre-order now for the 10th June release date HERE. Originally released on our YtseJam Records label in 2005, ‘The Number of the Beast’ is our rendition of the classic album from legendary Iron Maiden. This unique 2002 performance in front of a French audience at La Mutualite in Paris, France is the only available recording of this one-off historic event, forever preserved in the YtseJam collection and now available to pre-order for the first time ever on vinyl and streaming services.

Mike Portnoy Attends Dream Theater’s New York City Show

Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy attended the band’s March 4 concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. Notably, singer James LaBrie even gave him a shoutout during the show. Portnoy commented:

“After 36 years, I finally got to see my 1st Dream Theater show last night! 🤣 It was a wonderful evening and it was such a pleasure to spend time with my old friends again ☮️🙏

PS – Of course I spent time w John Myung as well…(in fact, we went to the show with his family), we just didn’t snap a pic… 📸”

[via Blabbermouth]

Listen To Dream Theater’s Cover Of “O Holy Night”

Dream Theater are celebrating Christmas (December 25) by streaming their cover of “O Holy Night.” The band recorded the track during a soundcheck at the Roseland Theater in Portland, OR in 1993 and it was previously only available on a fan-club exclusive CD.

[via Blabbermouth]

Dream Theater Announce Rescheduled Dates For Their North American Tour

Dream Theater’s North American tour has officially been rescheduled for early 2022. Arch Echo will open the U.S. dates, while Falset will open the Canadian dates.

Tour Dates:

02/02 Mesa, AZ – Mesa Arts Center
02/04 El Cajon, CA – The Magnolia
02/05 Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
02/06 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
02/08 Seattle, WA – Showare Center
02/10 Salt Lake City, UT – Mavericks Center
02/12 Denver, CO – Paramount Theater
02/15 St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theater
02/16 Cincinnati, OH – Icon
02/18 Minneapolis, MN – State Theater
02/19 Milwaukee, WI – Miller High Life
02/20 Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
02/22 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
02/23 Akron, OH – Goodyear Theater
02/25 Boston, MA – Wang Theater at Boch Center
02/26 Quebec, QC – Grand Theatre de Quebec
02/27 Ottawa, ON – National Arts Center
03/01 Montreal, QC – Place Bell
03/02 Toronto, ON – Meridian Hall
03/04 New York, NY – Beacon Theater
03/05 Wallingford, CT – Oakdale Theater
03/06 Washington, DC – Warner Theater
03/08 Philadelphia, PA – The Met
03/09 Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie
03/11 Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
03/12 Atlanta, GA – Roxy
03/13 Nashville, TN – The Opry
03/15 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
03/16 St. Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater
03/18 Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
03/19 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
03/21 Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater

Devin Townsend Added To Dream Theater’s Spring European Tour

Devin Townsend has been added to Dream Theater’s upcoming European tour. That trek is currently scheduled for spring 2022.

Tour Dates:

04/20 Belfast, IRE – The SSE Arena (no Devin Townsend)
04/21 Newcastle, UK – Utilita Arena (no Devin Townsend)
04/23 London, UK – The SSE Arena Wembley (no Devin Townsend)
04/25 Paris, FRA – Le Dôme de Paris
04/26 Rennes, FRA – Le Liberte
04/27 Bordeux, FRA – Metropole Arena
04/29 Lisbon, POR – Cinema City Campo Paqueno
04/30 Madrid, SPA – Palacio Vistalegre
05/01 Bilbao, SPA – Bizkaia Aretoa
05/03 Toulouse, FRA – Zenith
05/04 Geneva, SWI – Geneva Arena
05/06 Rome, ITA – Palalottomatica
05/07 Milan, ITA – Mediolanum Forum
05/08 Padova, ITA – Kioene
05/10 Budapest, HUN – Arena Budapest
05/11 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
05/13 Amsterdam, NET – AFAS Live
05/14 Oberhausen, GER – Turbinhalle
05/15 Esch-sur-alzette, LUX – Rockhal
05/17 Partille, SWE – Partille Arena
05/19 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
05/20 Trondheim, NOR – Spektrum
05/22 Frederiksberg, DEN – KB Hallen
05/23 Berlin, GER – Admiralpalast
05/24 Krakow, POL – Tauron Arena
05/26 Prague, CZE – Tipsport Arena
05/27 Zagreb, CRO – Dom Sportova
05/29 Bucharest, ROM – Romexpo
05/30 Sofia, BUL – National Palace Of Culture
06/01 Istanbul, TUR – Kucukciftlik Park

Townsend commented:

“Hey all, Devin here. As absurd as it may sound in this day and age, I am (cautiously) pleased to announce a tour with Dream Theater. Over the past few years, I’ve found myself in the company of those cats, and I think they’re good people and of course, a monster band. I look forward to playing things from the multiple new releases coming up, as well as from my entire catalog. It’s a tour that will be sure to yield great musical moments, and confusion for all 😊 Thanks for the opportunity DT… see you soon with DT featuring DT 😊

Also: I know so many of you have been understanding and patient as we reschedule the headline shows from more than a year ago. It has been chaos on every level, but its beginning to see the dawn as dates as being proposed. Please hang on just a little longer and we’ll have information for you soon.

This does mean that most of the European ‘Lightwork‘ headline shows will now be rescheduled to a later date. Tickets already purchased will remain valid. Please check with your ticketing vendor for their refund policy.

Devin‘s headline shows in Dublin, Glasgow and London are unaffected. More info and ticket links can be found here: https://hevydevy.com/tourdates

Dream Theater Premiere “Awaken The Master” Music Video

Dream Theater have premiered a new video for their song “Awaken The Master.” This track is from the band’s latest album “A View From The Top Of The World.” Guitarist John Petrucci commented:

“It’s the last song we wrote. It’s also the first time I’ve used my eight-string guitar, which was fun for me. Back in the day when we were writing ‘Awake’, I’d always wanted to play a seven-string. So, I ordered myself one. I wanted to be inspired again by the instrument without any pre-conception. I used it, and I wrote in my style on the eight-string. It was actually a prototype! ‘Awaken The Master’ purposefully starts with guitar only. [Bassist] John Myung wrote the lyrics. Recently, I heard him say, ‘The master was your heart.’ He was referring to awakening your heart. It’s one of the heavier songs on the record due to the range of the instrument.”

Watch Dream Theater’s Virtual “A View From The Top Of The World” Album Release Party

Yesterday (October 23), Dream Theater streamed a virtual album release party for their latest record “A View From The Top Of The World.” The video, which can be found below, includes a Q&A session with the band, a “Digging For A Spark” making-of documentary, a chat with engineer James “Jimmy T” Meslin and mixer Andy Sneap, and more.

Dream Theater’s James LaBrie Says He Once Turned Down The Chance To Audition For Iron Maiden

During a recent interview with The Metal Voice, Dream Theater singer James LaBrie revealed that he almost got to audition for Iron Maiden after Bruce Dickinson left the band in 1993. However, he ultimately declined the offer.

LaBrie said the following when asked if there was a discussion about him trying out for Iron Maiden:

“Yeah, sure. Absolutely there was. Because at the time, we were being looked at to be managed by IRON MAIDEN’s management. And so, [MAIDEN’s manager] Rod Smallwood, at the time, we were playing darts, and he took me aside and he said, ‘What do you think about…?’

You’ve gotta remember — I was in a very bizarre situation. DREAM THEATER, we had already recorded [1992’s] ‘Images And Words’, we were looking for management, we were getting ready to try and set up a tour and get out there. And I remember him saying to me — he takes me aside, and the rest of the guys in DREAM THEATER were there too, playing darts, because we were looking at him for management. And he says, ‘I just wanna throw something at you.’ And he had his assistant with him too — Merck — at the time. And they were both standing there. They were going, ‘What do you think about being the singer with IRON MAIDEN?’ And I said, ‘What? What are we talking about here? I’m confused. Are you not here for the reason that you might start managing DREAM THEATER? Or are you here to get me to become…?’ And I had already recorded the [DREAM THEATER] album. Can you imagine how bizarre that was?’

Anyways, so I just said, ‘No. No way. You know what? I’m gonna tell you the reasons why I’m not going to do this.’ And they said, ‘What’s that?’ And I said, ‘One: DREAM THEATER. That’s it. Period.’ And I said, ‘But if I need to go any further with this, way back when I was 22 years old, I sang for a band called CONEY HATCH for a year. And I walked [in as the replacement for] another singer [named] Carl Dixon,’ and I said, ‘and basically what I felt like was a glorified jukebox.’ And I said, ‘Because I came into the band, I was able to sing all that stuff no problem — no problem — but there was never that ‘This is me. And this is what I created.’ It was about, ‘Are you looking at me for who and what I am?’ I don’t think so. And I don’t think you ever will.

Bruce and I have mutual respect for one another. We’ve met several times. We’ve done several shows. I remember doing the BBC show with him. And there was that mutual respect between the two of us. And I remember just thinking, ‘I’m not gonna get out there and be singing MAIDEN every night — even though I think they’re a great band, and Bruce is a great singer. No, thank you.’ I need to create something that I can say, ‘No, this is what I created from the beginning.’ And we all know, okay, I wasn’t on the first [DREAM THEATER] album, ‘When Dream And Day Unite’.

And [the offer to audition for MAIDEN] came and went. As fast as it was asked, it was dismissed. And they went, ‘All respect. Totally get it. No problem.’ Boom. And we moved on.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Dream Theater Postpone North American Tour To 2022

Dream Theater have postponed their fall North American tour. The trek will be rescheduled for 2022.

The band issued the following statement:

“Dream Theater have made the difficult decision to move their October-December 2021 North American tour dates to early 2022.

In light of current instabilities to touring that remain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel confident that this is the right decision. Know that we are as disappointed as you are that we will have to wait a little longer to bring Dream Theater music to you live. We miss performing for you all and can’t wait until we can be on stage bringing our new album and fan-favorites to you.

This was an extraordinarily challenging decision to make but needed to be done after taking into consideration the varying local mandates across North America. In an effort to present the absolute most complete and engaging Dream Theater experience that our fans around the globe have come to expect, we feel we are all best served to postpone all touring activities to early 2022.

At this time, we ask that everyone hold on to their tickets as we are working frantically to finalize the reschedule of all of these dates. All shows are currently being re-booked to begin in February 2022. Please keep an eye on our website, and we’ll have a complete, updated itinerary shortly. All previously purchased tickets will be honored. Please consult your local point of purchase for any inquiries regarding refunds.

We know that we all have eagerly awaited a return to normalcy, and the opportunity to enjoy live Dream Theater music together again. We apologize profusely but hope that everyone can understand the logic behind this decision.

Playing music for our fans is all we ever want to do. We look forward to seeing each and every one of our fans as soon as possible. We wish it could have been sooner, but we are counting the days until we can see you all again.

Thank you,
Dream Theater“

As previously reported, Dream Theater will release their new album, “A View From The Top Of The World,” on October 22.