Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) Announces Solo U.S. Tour

Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) has announced a solo U.S. tour. You can find the dates for that run below. Rudess said the following about the upcoming shows:

“Heading out this summer on a 22-city U.S. solo tour. I’ll be performing a new DT medley, original works and covers, showing some music apps, improvising and sharing stories from my musical journey. I might even play a song on the guitar….”

Tour Dates:

06/07 Seattle WA – Triple Door
06/12 Portland, OR – The Old Church Concert Hall
06/25 Colorado Springs, CO – Lulu’s Downstairs
06/26 Ft. Collins, CO – The Armory
07/06 Minneapolis, MN – Dakota
07/08 Chicago, IL – City Winery
07/09 Kent, OH – Kent Stage
07/10 Cincinnati, OH – The Ludlow Garage
07/11 Richmond, VA – Tin Pan
07/13 Washington, DC – City Winery
07/14 Anapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage
07/16 New York City, NY – City Winery
07/17 Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall
07/21 Old Saybrook, CT – Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
07/22 Natick, MA – Center for the Arts
07/23 Rockport, MA – Shalin Liu
07/24 Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
07/28 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
07/31 Austin, TX – State Theatre
08/03 Nashville, TN – City Winery
08/04 Atlanta, GA – City Winery
08/06 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Broward Center for the Performing Arts

James LaBrie (Dream Theater) Premieres “Am I Right” Video

Dream Theater frontman James LaBrie has premiered a new video for his new song “Am I Right.” This track features Theresa Thomason and it will appear on LaBrie’s new solo album “Beautiful Shade Of Grey,” which is set to be released on May 20. LaBrie commented:

“The anthemic song of the album with gorgeous chordal picking and progressions. A perfect marriage between melody and music. Extremely dynamic throughout with an epic and glorious ending.”

LaBrie’s collaborator and bassist Paul Logue added:

“This song was a real labor of love from James and I. It holds a special place in our hearts and has such emotion, feeling, melody and the climax is just fantastic!”

Dream Theater, Bullet For My Valentine, Mastodon, Etc. Set For 2022 Download Japan Festival

The initial lineup has been revealed for this year’s Download Japan festival. The event will take place at the Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Center in Chiba on August 14 and it will feature: Dream Theater, Bullet For My Valentine, Mastodon, Steel Panther, At The Gates, The Halo Effect, and more to be announced.

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.

James LaBrie (Dream Theater) Premieres “Give & Take” Video

James LaBrie (Dream Theater) has premiered a new video for his new song “Give & Take.” This track is from his new solo album “Beautiful Shade Of Grey,” which will be released on May 20. LaBrie commented:

“This track is a take on the coercive manipulation between the corporate elite and the proletariat class. An atmospheric soundscape with beautiful feel and scope.”

LaBrie’s collaborator Paul Logue added:

“Musically ‘Give & Take’ is a nice balance of Dream Theater, Eden’s Curse and a even little Queensrÿche thrown in for good measure. The dark musical undertones allow James’s vocals to really shine whilst his lyrics take the listener on a journey through the classic tale of good versus evil.”

Foo Fighters, Dream Theater, Mike Shinoda, Etc. Among Winners At 2022 Grammy Awards

Foo Fighters, Dream Theater, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross were among the winners at this year’s Grammy Awards. The ceremony is being held tonight (April 3) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Here’s the categories with the aforementioned winners:

* Best Metal Performance: Dream Theater – “The Alien”

* Best Rock Album: Foo Fighters – “Medicine At Midnight”

* Best Rock Song: Foo Fighters – “Waiting On A War”

* Best Rock Performance: Foo Fighters – “Making A Fire”

* Best Remixed Recording: “Passenger” (Mike Shinoda Remix); Mike Shinoda, remixer (Deftones); track from: “White Pony” (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

* Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media: “Soul” – Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross (tie winner)

Mike Portnoy (Ex-Dream Theater, Etc.) Tests Positive For COVID-19

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.) has tested positive for COVID-19. The drummer recently shared a photo of the positive test on Instagram.

Portnoy said the following:

“Yep…ugh! 😞

PS – this is my 1st time getting it…turns out when I was sick in Feb after the NMB tour, it was just a very bad sinus infection…

Anyways – comments turned off to avoid any political, Vaxx, masks, etc BS – don’t need any of that headache adding to this 😝”

He later shared a brief update:

“Day 3…this sucks 😞 #FuckCovid”

James LaBrie (Dream Theater) Premieres “Devil In Drag” Video

James LaBrie (Dream Theater) has premiered a new video for his new song “Devil In Drag.” This track is from his new solo album “Beautiful Shade Of Grey,” which will be released on May 20.

LaBrie said the following about the song:

“[It’s about] someone who started out as a decent human being, but along the way lost touch with their roots — over time becoming self-serving, narcissistic and devoid of principles or values. [The track] is written from the perspective of someone who’s known them all their life and, seeing them now, asking ‘what happened?'”

He also added the following about the album:

“A lot of these lyrics are dealing with the beauty of human beings, and a lot are dealing with the grey areas of the in between. You’re not exactly happy, but you’re not exactly sad either.”

“Beautiful Shade Of Grey” Track Listing:

01. “Devil In Drag”
02. “SuperNova Girl”
03. “Give And Take”
04. “Sunset Ruin”
05. “Hit Me Like a Brick”
06. “Wildflower”
07. “Conscience Calling”
08. “What I Missed”
09. “Am I Right”
10. “Ramble On”
11. “Devil In Drag” (Electric Version)

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]