Mike Mangini Finishes Tracking Drums For New Dream Theater Album

Mike Mangini has finished tracking drums for the new Dream Theater album. According to him, the effort will be “energetically unrelenting.”

Mangini said the following:

“My drums for DT15 are complete. This is a long post, but for those of you just like me who need positive inspiration more than ever, this is for you:

I’ve not played on an album this energetically unrelenting start to finish since Annihilator. But the wild thing is the amount of vintage DT melody weaved on to that kind of energy. I’ve never tapped into more advanced uses of my old and new chops in musical ways because of a monumentally collaborative effort of 5 like-minded, organic/evolving individuals. Is it from the forced lockdown like other music I’ve heard released? Maybe. Is it from nobody individually or collectively trying to do anything specific musically except just play and be a daring 19-year-old again? Probably. I never say that any new album is better than another. It never seems to be to me after reading, “this is our best blah blah blah.” What I’m communicating is exactly what it is about DT15 that sticks out as being significant and important to me. Better? That’s pointless given so many different tastes. Who cares.

However, it’s really cool that the band and individuals can keep progressing at this career stage. But we’re supposed to given how we’re defined. Accordingly, there’s all the “familiarity” one needs in this new music, but it’s definitely not the same old fills/chords/beats. Besides, what could be more boring than a defined “progressive” musician not being creative, dynamic, and growing physically and creatively from album to album? That would be kinda like a poker machine spitting out the same hands game after game, year after year.

Earning good mechanics is a great thing as it pertains to consistency and avoiding playing poorly. But A TRUE machine is a thing that doesn’t grow. That’s OK unless your thing, your claim, is to be a “progressive” musician. We strive to “complete” who we are even though nobody can fully “complete” everything. No creative growth truly defines and = a “BOT” so to speak. DT15 is no such thing and I’m excited to report back with so much joy. BTW: I took used items from the session for my store.”

Dream Theater Share “The Spirit Carries On” Live Video From “Distant Memories – Live In London”

Dream Theater have shared a new live video for their song “The Spirit Carries On.” The footage is taken from the band’s new live album/film “Distant Memories – Live In London,“ which was released last month. That effort was recorded during a February show at the Eventim Apollo in London, England.

Dream Theater Release Holiday Medley “The Holiday Spirit Carries On”

Dream Theater are celebrating the holidays with a new medley titled “The Holiday Spirit Carries On.” Fans can purchase the track via Bandcamp. The group commented:

“With touring cancelled around the world, the incredible members of Dream Theater’s crew have not had the opportunity to work as they normally would in 2020. Please help us support them by purchasing this exclusive Holiday track. All proceeds will go toward these dedicated people who work tirelessly to make Dream Theater concerts possible.”

Dream Theater Share “Fatal Tragedy” Video From “Distant Memories – Live In London” Blu-ray

Dream Theater have shared a new live video for their song “Fatal Tragedy.” The footage is taken from the band’s new live album/film “Distant Memories – Live In London,“ which will be released on November 27. That effort was recorded during a February show at the Eventim Apollo in London, England.

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.”

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[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.