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.

Dream Theater Premiere “Invisible Monster” Music Video

Dream Theater have premiered a new video for their new song “Invisible Monster.” This track is from the band’s new album “A View From The Top Of The World,” which will be released on October 22.

Guitarist John Petrucci commented:

“It was written after we’d written a bunch of material. A lot of the music was super energetic and upbeat, tempo-wise. Mike [Mangini] suggested we do something a little different though. So, we started working on a more mid-tempo song. The hook, riff, and melody changed so naturally. I equate it to ‘Pull Me Under‘ back in the day where we’d just start playing, something would come out, and we’d be, like, ‘Whoa, that’s cool.’ There’s a serendipitous moment where it happens. Lyrically, it’s about how anxiety plagues people. It’s like there’s an invisible monster beating you. You don’t see it, but it’s haunting you all of the time.”

Dream Theater Premiere Animated Video For New Song “The Alien”

Dream Theater have premiered an animated video for their new song “The Alien.” This track is from the band’s new album “A View From The Top Of The World,” which will be released on October 22. John Petrucci commented:

“It’s the first one we wrote together. It gives people a window into what it was like when we initially met up after all of those months off. It has the adventure, the untraditional structure, the heaviness, and the hooks. It really set the tone for the album. James wrote the lyrics about the idea of terraforming and looking beyond our Earth for alternative settlements. Since we’re going beyond our planet, ‘The Alien’ turns out to be us. I thought it was a cool and creative lyric by James.”

Dream Theater Tease New Song “The Alien”

Dream Theater have shared a teaser for their new song “The Alien.” The full track will be released on August 13 and it will also appear on the band’s new album “A View From The Top Of The World” (out October 22).

Dream Theater To Release New Album “A View From The Top Of The World” In October, Announce North American Tour

Dream Theater have announced that their new album “A View From The Top Of The World” will be released on October 22. You can find the cover art and track listing for that effort below:

“A View From The Top Of The World” Track Listing:

01. “The Alien” (9:32)
02. “Answering The Call” (7:35)
03. “Invisible Monster” (6:31)
04. “Sleeping Giant” (10:05)
05. “Transcending Time” (6:25)
06. “Awaken The Master” (9:47)
07. “A View From The Top Of The World” (20:24)

John Petrucci commented:

“We just love to play our instruments. That never goes away. I love to be creative, write, and exercise that part of my mind. We’ve been able to do this for a long time, and we don’t take it for granted. Whenever we get together, we know we can’t disappoint ourselves or our fans, so we manage to try even harder.”

James LaBrie added:

“We approach every album like it’s our first. It’s been such a great ride, but we’re not going to stop.”

In other news, Dream Theater have also announced a North American tour with Arch Echo:

10/28 Mesa, AZ – Mesa Arts Center
10/29 San Diego, CA – San Diego Civic Theater
10/30 Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
11/01 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
11/02 Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
11/04 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
11/06 Denver, CO – Paramount
11/08 Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
11/09 Milwaukee, WI – Miller High Life Theatre
11/11 Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
11/12 Akron, OH – Goodyear Theater
11/13 Toronto, ON – Meridian Hall
11/15 Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre
11/16 Quebec, QC – Grand Theatre
11/17 Laval, QC – Place Bell
11/19 Rochester, NY – Kodak Center
11/20 Philadelphia, PA – The Met
11/21 Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
11/23 Boston, MA – Boch Center – Wang Theatre
11/28 Wallingford, CT – Toyota Oakdale Theatre
11/29 Red Bank, NJ – Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at the Count Basie Center for the Arts
11/30 Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
12/02 Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
12/03 Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center
12/04 St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
12/06 Nashville, TN – Grand Ole Opry House
12/07 Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
12/09 Dallas, TX – Three Links Deep Ellum
12/10 Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
12/11 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
12/13 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
12/14 St. Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater

Dream Theater Tease New Album

It looks like Dream Theater are planning to reveal the details for their new album on July 28. According to Blabbermouth, the band’s fan club have been sharing various teasers leading up to reveal. You can find acronyms for all of the album tracks and their runtimes below:

* TA (09:32)
* ATC (07:35)
* IM (06:02)
* SG (10:05)
* TT (06:25)
* ATM (09:47)
* AVFTTOTW (20:24)

Dream Theater Stream “Pull Me Under” From “Images And Words – Live In Japan, 2017”

Dream Theater are streaming “Pull Me Under” from their “Images And Words – Live In Japan, 2017” release. That effort will be available on June 25 and the band had the following to say about it:

“The first release in the ‘Lost Not Forgotten Archives’ series, ‘Images and Words – Live in Japan, 2017’, is available for pre-order today, May 14th, and releasing June 25th. This initial entry into our reimagined collectors series is a live recording of our 2017 performance featuring the classic album, ‘Images and Words’, performed in full at Japan’s legendary Budokan arena. Released on CD as well as vinyl and digital for the first time, you can purchase and stream through your favorite music service. The exclusive autographed, ultra-clear vinyl version is limited to just 250 copies, and available only through https://lostnotforgottenarchives.dreamtheater.net/

Dream Theater Announce “Lost Not Forgotten Archives”

Dream Theater will be reissuing their Ytsejam Records catalog as part of a “Lost Not Forgotten Archives” series. The band said the following about that:

“Dream Theater, in conjunction with Inside Out Music are pleased to officially announce the ‘Lost Not Forgotten Archives’, which will see the long-standing Ytsejam Records catalog reissued and remastered alongside some brand new additions to this special collectors series. Released on CD as well as vinyl and digital for the first time, with brand new artwork, they will also be available in limited, autographed special editions direct from the band. Dream Theater are proud to present this exciting new series, starting with the first release, ‘Images and Words – Live in Japan, 2017’. Available for pre-order May 14th, releasing June 25th. https://lostnotforgottenarchives.dreamtheater.net

Dream Theater Finish Recording New Album

Dream Theater have officially finished the recording process for their new album. Guitarist John Petrucci confirmed the news during a recent interview with Thomann:

“We just wrapped recording of that. We had been working on that since October. And I am super excited about it. It’s not gonna come out till later this year. We don’t have any release-date information yet, obviously, as we do, we’ll let everybody know. But I am just really, really excited. The pandemic has been hard on a lot of people in the world, and as far as the way it’s affected musicians, everybody wants to play — everybody’s pent up; there’s no live performances. So I feel like, with all these records that we’re doing in the studio, the Dream Theater guys came to play. So the record [is] filled with energy and excitement and positivity. I’m excited about it. I can’t wait for people to hear that.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Dream Theater Continue Work On New Album

Dream Theater have continued work on their new album. The band shared a new photo from the sessions, which you can see below. This news comes after Mike Mangini confirmed that he finished tracking drums for the effort last month.