Dream Theater Announce European/UK Tour

Dream Theater have announced a headlining European/UK tour. The trek will take place early next year.

Tour Dates:

01/23 Napoli, ITA – Palapartenope
01/24 Firenze, ITA – Teatro Obihall
01/25 Brescia, ITA – Gran Teatro Morato
01/27 Bratislava, SLO – A4 Studio
01/28 Brno, CZE – DRFG Arena
01/29 Warsaw, POL – COS Torwar II Lodowisko
01/31 Tallinn, EST – Alexela Kontserdimaja
02/06 Stockholm, SWE – Annexet
02/09 Horsens, DEN – Forum Horsens
02/10 Gronigen, NET – De Oosterpoort
02/12 Tilburg, NET – 013
02/14 Zurich, SWI – Samsung Hall
02/15 Stuttgart, GER – Lierderhalle
02/17 Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo
02/18 Birmingham, UK – Symphony Hall
02/19 Glasgow, UK – SEC Armadillo
02/21 London, UK – Eventim Apollo

John Petrucci Shoots Down Fan Speculation Of Mike Portnoy’s Possible Return To Dream Theater: “I’ve Been Very Vocal About This”

As you are probably aware of by now, Dream Theater’s John Petrucci has been working with Mike Portnoy again in the form of his solo project and Liquid Tension Experiment. Despite this, the guitarist has ruled out the possibility of welcoming the drummer back to Dream Theater.

Petrucci said the following about reconnecting with Portnoy during a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”:

“You see that right away. It makes people so happy to see that reconnection. It’s literally like… Any sort of post of a photo from that, every comment is just literally, like, ‘I’m crying. This makes me so happy,’ blah blah blah. More than any sort of controversial, stupid thing anyone could say, the overwhelming reaction is just a great, positive feeling in the DREAM THEATER-Mike Portnoy big community. And I love that. It’s the way it should be.”

He also added the following about the possibility of Portnoy returning to Dream Theater:

“I’ve been very vocal about this and outspoken and very careful about this to be clear with my intentions and Mike and I and our reuniting. The stuff that we are doing together with my solo stuff, with LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT, with Mike touring with me, this is its own thing, and DREAM THEATER is its own thing, and the history that we now have with Mike Mangini in the band for 12 years, it’s important for me to make sure that people don’t misunderstand this. Because it’s not good for anybody; that kind of weirdness or controversy, as we all know, it’s just toxic. So I’ve been saying… Maybe I’m selfish but I feel so lucky that I get to do this with Mike [Portnoy] and play live with him, play this instrumental music, record, and being in DREAM THEATER with Mangini, it’s like I’ve kind of been spoiled. I get two of the greatest drummers in the world to be able to play with. And I think it’s important for people to know that and to have that clarity — I really do.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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.