Dream Theater To Release “Distant Memories – Live In London” In November

Dream Theater will be releasing a new live album/film titled “Distant Memories – Live In London“ on November 27. That effort was recorded during a February show at the Eventim Apollo in London, England. John Petrucci commented:

“Whether you had a chance to see this tour in person and want to relive what was hopefully an awesome concert experience or enjoying the performance on video for the first time, Distant Memories – Live In London very accurately and very beautifully captures the energy and excitement we all felt together at the Apollo this past February.”

“Distant Memories – Live In London” Track Listing:

01. “Untethered Angel”
02. “A Nightmare To Remember”
03. “Fall Into The Light”
04. “Barstool Warrior”
05. “In The Presence Of Enemies – Part 1”
06. “Pale Blue Dot”
07. “Scenes Live Intro”
08. “Scene One: Regression”
09. “Scene Two: I. Overture 1928”
10. “Scene Two: II. Strange Déjà Vu”
11. “Scene Three: I. Through My Words”
12. “Scene Three: II. Fatal Tragedy”
13. “Scene Four: Beyond This Life”
14. “Scene Five: Through Her Eyes”
15. “Scene Six: Home”
16. “Scene Seven: I. The Dance Of Eternity”
17. “Scene Seven: II. One Last Time”
18. “Scene Eight: The Spirit Carries On”
19. “Scene Nine: Finally Free”
20. “At Wit’s End”
21. “Paralyzed” (bonus track)

A live video for “Pale Blue Dot” from the release can be found below:

Dream Theater To Begin Working On New Music This Fall

During a recent interview with Spain’s Metal Hammer magazine, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci revealed that the band are planning to work on new music this fall. He said the following:

“There’s a lot going on musically this year. Obviously, everybody’s trying to be creative. The DREAM THEATER schedule is different now. We would have been touring in the spring, we would have been touring now, and then we probably would have been off for the fall and winter. But now that that’s all changed, we’ll go back in the studio, because nobody wants to sit around and do nothing. We’re musicians, we’re creative people, so we’re gonna make music. So, yeah, our schedule has been sort of shifted, I guess, because of the pandemic… We’re gonna do what we do, which is make music. So we’re not gonna sit around, and we’re gonna move our schedule up and start working on new music in the fall.”


[via Blabbermouth]

Dream Theater And Berklee College Of Music Announce “Dream Theater Scholarship Fund”

Dream Theater have partnered with Berklee College Of Music to create the “Dream Theater Scholarship Fund.” The fund will help out student musicians in need by offering them scholarship money on an ongoing basis.

The fund was created after guitarist John Petrucci, an alumni of the school, and his wife Rena, who recently got her Advanced Guitar Certificate online, visited Berklee to tour the production and music studios. The couple, whose son Reny also graduated from Berklee in 2018, discussed the idea with president Roger Brown and the scholarship was born. Brown commented

“Dream Theater has been a tremendous influence on the progressive metal scene, achieving worldwide success for their dedication to excellence in music. The Dream Theater t-shirt has been the most popular item of apparel on our campus for years, and many students have chosen to come to Berklee as a result of the band’s legacy. We are so appreciative of Dream Theater’s support.”

The fund will be headed by Berklee’s Mirek Vana, Global Development Officer / Executive Producer, and Dream Theater’s manager Frank Solomon.

This news comes 35 years after Petrucci, bassist John Myung and ex-drummer Mike Portnoy formed Dream Theater while they were students at Berklee. It’s worth noting that current drummer Mike Mangini was also a drum professor at the college before leaving to join the band in 2010.

[via Blabbermouth]

Dream Theater’s “Barstool Warrior” Beer To Be Available At Select Venues During Upcoming Tour

Dream Theater have revealed that their new “Barstool Warrior” beer will be available at select venues on their current North American tour. The beverage, which was created in collaboration with Barrier Brewing Company, was previously introduced this past summer, but it has been sold out ever since. However, 300 new cases of the beer have been brewed and fans will be able to purchase it during the band’s October 12 show at the Palace Theater in Albany and other unspecified shows. On top of that, the drink will also be available in select New York and New Jersey stores.

Dream Theater Announce 2020 European/UK Tour

Dream Theater have announced an early 2020 European/UK leg of their “Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory” 20th anniversary tour. The trek will find the band performing the album in full, along with other songs from their catalog, including tracks off their latest album “Distance Over Time.“

Tour Dates:

01/11 Amsterdam, NET – AFAS Live
01/12 Oberhausen, GER – Turbinenhalle 1
01/14 Stockholm, SWE – Cirkus
01/15 Stockholm, SWE – Cirkus
01/17 Helsinki, FIN – Ice Hall
01/18 Oulu, FIN – Club Teatri
01/20 Trondheim, NOR – Spektrum
01/21 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
01/23 Hamburg, GER – Sporthalle
01/24 Helsingor, DEN – Kulturvaerftet
01/26 Paris, FRA – La Seine Musicale
01/27 Lyon, FRA – Halle Tony Garnier
01/29 Barcelona, SPA – Saint Jordi Club
01/31 Madrid, SPA – Wizink Center
02/01 Valbom, POR – Municipal Pavilion
02/02 Lisbon, POR – Campo Pequeno
02/05 Ludwigsburg, GER – MHP Arena
02/06 Frankfurt, GER – Jahrhunderthalle
02/08 Budapest, HUN – Papp Laszlo Sportarena
02/09 Munich, GER – Zenith
02/11 Rome, ITA – Palazzo dello Sport
02/12 Milan, ITA – Mediolanum Forum
02/14 Zurich, SWI – Samsung Hall
02/15 Prague, CZE – Tipsport Arena
02/16 Wroclaw, POL – Hala Orbita
02/18 Hannover, GER – Swiss Life Hall
02/21 London, UK – Eventim Apollo
02/23 Glasgow, UK – SEC Armadillo

The group commented:

“Europe! The response to Distance Over Time has been overwhelmingly positive and we are really looking forward to playing some of the songs from that album live for our European audiences in an ‘Evening With’ setting along with our full headlining show production.

For those of you who were there when we premiered Scenes From A Memory live in Europe 20 years ago, this will not only be a trip down memory lane but also the chance to see it presented in a completely new light and the way it was always intended to be.

Our updated presentation has all-new animated video content depicting the characters and storyline through the entire show as they’ve never been ‘scene’ before!

For those of our fans who were either not born yet, too young, or had not yet been introduced to DT 20 years ago, this will be a fresh opportunity to experience Scenes live for the first time in its entirety. We can’t wait to perform for all of you!”

Dream Theater Premiere Animated Video For “Barstool Warrior”

Dream Theater have premiered an animated video for their song “Barstool Warrior.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Distance Over Time.”

Guitarist John Petrucci commented:

“‘Barstool Warrior‘ is a fictional tale about two characters, unrelated but connected in their lament over being stuck in dead end situations. The first is a local townie, alcoholic who never escaped the humdrum of his sleepy, maritime village.

The second, a woman trapped in an abusive relationship trying to survive from day to day while questioning what makes her stay. Both are able to reimagine their lives and find the courage to embrace a better future by embodying the person they dream of being.”

Dream Theater Announce Fall Leg Of “Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory” 20th Anniversary Tour

Dream Theater have announced a fall North American leg of their “Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory” 20th anniversary tour. The trek will find the band performing the album in full, along with other songs from their catalog, including tracks off their latest album “Distance Over Time.“

Tour Dates:

09/26 Louisville, KY – Louisville Palace
09/27 Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
09/29 Canton, OH – Canton Palace Theatre
10/01 Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center
10/02 St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre
10/04 Baltimore, MD – Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center
10/05 Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
10/06 Richmond, VA – Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts
10/08 Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center
10/09 Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
10/11 New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre New Jersey
10/12 Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
10/15 Brookville, NY – Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
10/17 Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli Theatre
10/18 Memphis, TN – Elvis Presley’s Graceland
10/19 Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi
10/22 San Antonio, TX – Majestic & Empire Theatres
10/23 El Paso, TX – Abraham Chavez Theatre
10/24 Mesa, AZ – Ikeda Theater Mesa Arts Center
10/26 Tucson, AZ – Tucson Convention Center
10/27 El Cajon, CA – The Magnolia
10/28 Riverside, CA – Riverside Live
10/30 San Jose, CA – San Jose Civic
11/01 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
11/04 Omaha, NE – Omaha Performing Arts
11/05 Madison, WI – Overture Center for the Arts
11/06 Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
11/09 Syracuse, NY – The Oncenter
11/11 Kitchener, ON – Centre In The Square

Dream Theater Premiere Animated Video For “Paralyzed”

Dream Theater have premiered an animated video for their new song “Paralyzed.” This track is from the band’s new album “Distance Over Time,” which will be released on February 22. Guitarist John Petrucci commented:

“The song is an introspective reflection on the negative impact that being obstinate or single-minded can have on important relationships.”