Dream Theater Confirm That They Will Be Performing “Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory” In Full On 20th Anniversary Tour

John Petrucci has confirmed that Dream Theater will be performing “Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory” in full on their upcoming 20th anniversary tour for the album. The group will also be playing a number of other songs, including tracks off their new album “Distance Over Time“ (out February 22).

Petrucci told Rolling Stone the following:

“…The tour is going to be “An Evening With,” and part of the evening will be playing some of the new record and some older songs in our catalog, and then also playing Scenes From a Memory in its entirety. So it going to be a lot of fun. And that was a really important record for us, speaking of storytelling and all that. Because it was our first concept record.”

Petrucci also talked a lot about the group’s new album in the chat. He said the following when asked about their decision to go for a heavier sound and a more succinct songwriting approach:

“A lot of it was due to the fact that we wanted to take a more organic approach to the recording process, and create a situation where you had all the instruments blaring together in a rehearsal room-type of setting. And I think when you do that, it lends itself to creating heavier music.

Because you have the guitar amp cranking, and then, you know, Mike [Mangini] hears that from across the room and he responds to that in his drumming, and then someone else hears what Mike’s doing and responds to that in his own playing. Everybody is interacting with one another musically. And that makes for a more powerful album.

At the same time, we also knew we wanted to do a bit of a shorter record, with more concise songs. We didn’t want to have three songs on the album. We wanted to have a bunch. So we kept it all very tight and focused.”

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Dream Theater Officially Confirm Release Date For New Album “Distance Over Time”, Reveal Venues For Upcoming North American Tour

Dream Theater have officially confirmed that their new album “Distance Over Time” will be released on February 22. With this news, the band have also revealed the venues for their upcoming North American tour. The group will be touring in support of the new album, while also celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory.”

Guitarist John Petrucci said the following about the album:

“When I listen back to the album, I can distinctly recall every moment of the writing process; where I was standing in the room, what inspired us in that instant and the meaning behind each song. As a producer, my goal was to try and create the best-sounding Dream Theater record we’ve ever made so that listeners can just be enveloped in the music.

I really wanted this recording to truly reflect the spirit, joy and passion that went into making the album and for people to walk away feeling some of the organic nature, personality and raw energy that the band captured while together in the studio. For me, I think it accomplishes that and I hope that other people will feel the same way.”

Tour Dates:

03/20 San Diego, CA – Balboa Theatre
03/21 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
03/22 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
03/24 San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
03/26 Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
03/28 St. Paul, MN – The Ordway
03/29 Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
03/31 Milwaukee, WI – Miller Theater
04/02 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
04/04 Toronto, ON – Sony Centre
04/05 Montreal, QC – Place Des Arts
04/06 Quebec City, QC – Theatre Capitole-Carabet Du
04/08 Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
04/09 Oakdale, CT – Toyota Presents Oakdale
04/10 Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Center For The Arts
04/12 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
04/13 Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theater
04/15 Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
04/17 Nashville, TN – TPAC
04/22 Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
04/23 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
04/26 St. Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater
04/27 Jacksonville, FL – Moran Theater
04/29 Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
04/30 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
05/01 Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall
05/04 Mexico City, MEX – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

Dream Theater Tease Music From New Album “Distance Over Time”, Announce North American Tour

Dream Theater have shared a new teaser video for their new album “Distance Over Time,” which is set to be released in February. With this news, the band have also revealed the dates and cities for their upcoming North American tour. The group will be touring in support of the new album, while also celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory.”

Tour Dates:

03/20 San Diego, CA
03/21 Los Angeles, CA
03/22 Los Angeles, CA
03/24 San Francisco, CA
03/26 Denver, CO
03/28 St. Paul, MN
03/29 Chicago, IL
03/31 Milwaukee, WI
04/02 Detroit, MI
04/04 Toronto, ON
04/05 Montreal, QC
04/06 Quebec City, QC
04/08 Boston, MA
04/09 Oakdale, CT
04/10 Red Bank, NJ
04/12 New York, NY
04/13 Upper Darby, PA
04/15 Washington, DC
04/17 Nashville, TN
04/22 Charlotte, NC
04/23 Atlanta, GA
04/25 Orlando, FL
04/26 St. Petersburg, FL
04/27 Jacksonville, FL
04/29 Dallas, TX
04/30 Houston, TX
05/01 Austin, TX

Dream Theater Planning To Release New Album In February

During a recent interview with Metal Wani, Jordan Rudess talked a bit about the band’s new album. According to him, the effort will be released in late February 2019.

Rudess said the following about the album [transcribed by Blabbermouth]:

“Right now, we’re mixing it. It’s being mixed as we speak. It sounds awesome. I’m so excited about it. There’s a very, very strong energy around the band these days. We all feel very connected and excited about what’s coming. We can’t wait to unleash the whole thing on everybody. And that’s all gonna happen really, really soon as well; it’s just right around the corner.”

He recently talked about the effort with Lots Of Musik as well saying:

“But I’m excited because I feel like this new album is going to be a home run. I get it – Dream Theater fans don’t like to go for too long of a gentle ride. Maybe a ballad here and there, but I think the bulk of them are not so into the Disney-esque influence. [Laughs]

“We did that and we loved it, we had a great time, it was the biggest production ever. But now the next stage is back to the roots, back to the core of the sound – screaming Hammond organ, killing leads, chunky riffs, slamming drums, and everybody will be there moshing! [Laughs]”