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

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Joey Jordison (Ex-Slipknot)

As previously reported, Joey Jordison (ex-Slipknot) has sadly passed away at the age of 46. A number of musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary drummer. You can see some of their posts below:

Slipknot:

Metallica:

Wednesday 13 (Murderdolls):

Kyle Konkiel (Vimic, Bad Wolves)

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Papa Roach:

Matt Heafy (Trivium):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Michael Amott (Arch Enemy):

Mark Hunter (Chimaira):

The Agonist:

Sinsaenum:

Rob Zombie:

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down):

Daron Malakian (System Of A Down):

Gary Holt (Exodus):

Mushroomhead:

Pantera:

Brian Fair (Shadows Fall):

Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction):

Otep:

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer):

Ben Thatcher (Royal Blood):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater):

Richard Shaw (Cradle Of Filth):

Al Jourgensen (Ministry):

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)

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

Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess has announced some solo U.S. shows. Here’s the dates:

07/23 Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall
07/25 New York, NY – City Winery
07/29 Pawling, NY – Daryl’s House
09/01 Oakland, CA – Yoshi’s
09/30 Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
09/06 Hollywood, CA – Hotel Café
09/07 Hollywood, CA – Hotel Café
09/09 San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House
09/11 San Diego, CA – House of Blues Voodoo Room

Metal Allegiance Announce Patchogue, NY Show

Metal Allegiance will be performing at Stereo Garden in Patchogue, NY on September 25. The event will feature core members Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.), Mark Menghi, and Alex Skolnick (Testament) as well as Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), and John Bush (Armored Saint, ex-Anthrax).

Several of the participating artists commented:

Bush:

“Always a blast to get on the stage with my Metal Allegiance homies. Never played on the Island with ’em! This is a first for me… I’m looking forward to getting on any stage at this point. We’ll be tearing through some Metal Allegiance originals, classic metal songs along with some Anthrax tunes from the records I made with them… It is Anthrax’s 40th anniversary after all… Come on out, metalheads!”

Menghi:

“Metal Allegiance is back! Can’t wait to hit the stage again and shed some of these COVID pounds! Haha. It’s been way too long since we hit it and this show is a special one as it’s on Metal Allegiance’s home turf of Long Island. New York audiences have some catching up to do with our West Coast friends. Let’s show them how it’s done!”

Portnoy:

“After an unexpected year and half vacation, I am sooooooo excited to finally be playing live again! And what better way to break my post-COVID cherry than with my metal brothers in Metal Allegiance! And what better place than my old home sweet home, Strong Island… I can’t wait!”

Skolnick:

“We are all looking forward to hitting the stage once again as Metal Allegiance, this time in Long Island, our symbolic hometown, sight of many meetings (and tacos) and location of our first recording. After the year or so we’ve all had, this first (and only) Metal Allegiance gig of 2021 will have an extra special energy. Don’t miss it!”

Rob Rush (94.3 The Shark) will serve as a guest MC at the concert, which is set to be filmed for a future streaming event and live release. Killcode, Magus Beast and To The Pain will open.

Dream Theater’s James Labrie Covers Mötley Crüe’s “Kickstart My Heart” With His Son’s Band Falset

Dream Theater’s James Labrie has teamed up with Falset for a cover of Mötley Crüe’s “Kickstart My Heart.” Notably, that band features Labrie’s son Chance on drums.

James commented:

“To cover Mötley Crüe’s ‘Kickstart My Heart’ with Falset was both a blast and reminiscent of when I was in a band called Shock Candy back in ’86. Shock Candy was a Mötley Crüe cover band and I had one hell of time touring with this band. Needless to say, when asked to be involved and sing this Mötley classic with Falset, I jumped at the opportunity.

The Crüe was always to me that raw, down-to-earth, kick-ass rock band that many acts wish they could imitate and attain, but such heights were enjoyed by very few, and the Crüe did it and played it like no other.

Hope you all enjoy this cover by Falset and myself and do yourself a huge favor and check out Falset’s originals. This band has it all going on — great structure, killer riffs and undeniable hooks. They are an undeniable emerging musical force to be reckoned with.

Crank this tune up to maximum and see you all out on tour sometime soon.”

Chance added:

“I remember as a kid I’d always look up to my dad. I thought being in a band and travelling around the world to play songs was the coolest job ever. I still think that. Flash-forward to now and we are now dropping a song together… it’s absolutely crazy. We all had a lot of fun working on this one. We hope you enjoy this homage to the great Mötley Crüe.”

James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Steve Stevens (Billy idol), Patrick Moraz (Ex-The Moody Blues), Etc. Share Official Video For Their Cover Of Pink Floyd’s “Have A Cigar”

James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Steve Stevens (Billy idol), Patrick Moraz (ex-The Moody Blues), Rat Scabies (ex-The Damned), and Jah Wobble (ex-Public Image Ltd.) have shared a new video for their cover of Pink Floyd’s “Have A Cigar.” This track is from Cleopatra Records’ “Still Wish You Were Here – A Tribute To Pink Floyd” compilation, which was released today (May 28).

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

John Petrucci (Dream Theater) Teams Up With Iron Smoke Distillery For Limited Edition Bourbon Whiskey

John Petrucci (Dream Theater) has joined forces with Iron Smoke Distillery to create a limited edition bourbon whiskey called “Rock The Barrel.” The 120 proof beverage will be available on May 3 at ironsmokedistillery.com. Notably, each 750ml bottle will be autographed by Petrucci and will come with an all-access laminate to gain access to an online tasting event with the guitarist and Iron Smoke CEO and founder Tommy Brunett.

Petrucci commented:

“As soon as I tasted Iron Smoke’s Cask Strength, I knew I wanted to partner with this distillery. I take a craftsmanship approach with everything I do — whether it’s my guitar playing or the people I surround myself with. I care about details and caring to the fullest is what makes something great. Iron Smoke takes the same approach and that is why we forged what we consider the perfect relationship.”

“The name, Rock The Barrel, is perfect because it gives you a sense of the experience you will have when this smoky goodness slides over your taste buds. Being from New York myself, I love how they go to family farms to get ingredients and age their bourbon in barrels from our great state.”

“For me, it’s all about the experience — how the bourbon is made, where it is made, what it smells like, what it tastes like, and even how you talk about it when you are enjoying the moment. I can’t wait for the world to enjoy a Rock The Barrel moment!”

Brunett added:

“We take the craft of making whiskey just as seriously as John takes appreciating a truly good bourbon. This collaboration is proof of that — 120 proof!”

“To join an award-winning distillery with one of the world’s greatest guitarists — it’s an amazing combination. There’s nothing like the age-old combo of bourbon and rock n’ roll! They go together like Elvis on velvet and we are more excited than a pack of weasels in a hen house!”