Anthrax, Overkill, Ex-Dream Theater, Etc. Members To Pay Tribute To Late Rush Drummer Neil Peart During Charity Concert

Rush tribute band, YYNOT will be paying tribute to the late great Neil Peart during “Bubba Bash 2023.” The charity concert will take place at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA on January 7 and it will feature a number of special guests including: Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), Frank Bello (Anthrax), Jason Bittner (Overkill), Jon Dinklage, Joe Bergamini, John Wesley (ex-Porcupine Tree), and Seven Antonopoulos (ex-Opiate For The Masses). Proceeds from the event will benefit Cedars Sinai Hospital.

Sleigher (Haken, Protest The Hero, Etc.) Share New Holiday Single “South Of Lapland (Santa’s Gory Yuletide)”

Sleigher, the Slayer-themed holiday project organized by Haken’s Charlie Griffith, have shared a new track called “South Of Lapland (Santa’s Gory Yuletide).” The song, which is inspired by Slayer’s “South Of Heaven,” features contributions from Rody Walker (Protest The Hero), Jeramie Kling (The Absence, Inhuman Condition), Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Dan Goldsworthy (My Minds Weapon), Ray Hearne (Haken), Becky Baldwin (Fury, Mercyful Fate [live]), Delta Empire, and Fernando Ufret. Sleigher commented:

“It’s Sleigher the sequel! Members of Haken, Dream Theater, Protest the Hero, Inhuman Condition have once again ventured South of Lapland. Joining the expedition are Becky from Fury (and recently of Mercyful Fate live!) and the mysterious Delta Empire on drums. This time… it’s Judgment Sleigh!”

Dream Theater Announce European/UK Tour

Dream Theater have announced a headlining European/UK tour. The trek will take place early next year.

Tour Dates:

01/23 Napoli, ITA – Palapartenope
01/24 Firenze, ITA – Teatro Obihall
01/25 Brescia, ITA – Gran Teatro Morato
01/27 Bratislava, SLO – A4 Studio
01/28 Brno, CZE – DRFG Arena
01/29 Warsaw, POL – COS Torwar II Lodowisko
01/31 Tallinn, EST – Alexela Kontserdimaja
02/06 Stockholm, SWE – Annexet
02/09 Horsens, DEN – Forum Horsens
02/10 Gronigen, NET – De Oosterpoort
02/12 Tilburg, NET – 013
02/14 Zurich, SWI – Samsung Hall
02/15 Stuttgart, GER – Lierderhalle
02/17 Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo
02/18 Birmingham, UK – Symphony Hall
02/19 Glasgow, UK – SEC Armadillo
02/21 London, UK – Eventim Apollo

John Petrucci Shoots Down Fan Speculation Of Mike Portnoy’s Possible Return To Dream Theater: “I’ve Been Very Vocal About This”

As you are probably aware of by now, Dream Theater’s John Petrucci has been working with Mike Portnoy again in the form of his solo project and Liquid Tension Experiment. Despite this, the guitarist has ruled out the possibility of welcoming the drummer back to Dream Theater.

Petrucci said the following about reconnecting with Portnoy during a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”:

“You see that right away. It makes people so happy to see that reconnection. It’s literally like… Any sort of post of a photo from that, every comment is just literally, like, ‘I’m crying. This makes me so happy,’ blah blah blah. More than any sort of controversial, stupid thing anyone could say, the overwhelming reaction is just a great, positive feeling in the DREAM THEATER-Mike Portnoy big community. And I love that. It’s the way it should be.”

He also added the following about the possibility of Portnoy returning to Dream Theater:

“I’ve been very vocal about this and outspoken and very careful about this to be clear with my intentions and Mike and I and our reuniting. The stuff that we are doing together with my solo stuff, with LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT, with Mike touring with me, this is its own thing, and DREAM THEATER is its own thing, and the history that we now have with Mike Mangini in the band for 12 years, it’s important for me to make sure that people don’t misunderstand this. Because it’s not good for anybody; that kind of weirdness or controversy, as we all know, it’s just toxic. So I’ve been saying… Maybe I’m selfish but I feel so lucky that I get to do this with Mike [Portnoy] and play live with him, play this instrumental music, record, and being in DREAM THEATER with Mangini, it’s like I’ve kind of been spoiled. I get two of the greatest drummers in the world to be able to play with. And I think it’s important for people to know that and to have that clarity — I really do.”

[via Blabbermouth]

John Petrucci (Dream Theater) Shares Animated Video For “Temple Of Circadia”

Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci has shared an animated video for his song “Temple Of Circadia.” This track is from his latest solo album “Terminal Velocity.” That effort was recorded with drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) and bassist Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs).

John Petrucci (Dream Theater) Adds Three More Dates To Upcoming Solo Tour

Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci has added three more dates to his upcoming North American tour with Meanstreak. You can find the updated schedule for that run below. As previously reported, Petrucci’s backing band will feature drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) and bassist Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs).

Tour Dates:

10/05 Providence, RI – The Strand Ballroom & Theatre
10/06 Ridgefield, CT – The Ridgefield Playhouse
10/07 Boston, MA – Berklee Performance Center
10/12 Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Center For The Arts
10/13 New York, NY – Town Hall
10/14 Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
10/15 Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
10/17 Richmond, VA – The National
10/19 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
10/20 Nashville, TN – The CMA Theater
10/21 Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall
10/22 Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theatre
10/23 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live Orlando
10/26 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
10/27 San Antonio, TX – Charline McCombs Empire
10/28 Stafford, TX – Stafford Centre
10/29 Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre
10/30 Dallas, TX – The Factory
11/01 Albuquerque, NM – Kimo Theatre
11/02 Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre
11/03 El Cajon, CA – The Magnolia
11/04 Los Angeles, CA – Ace Hotel
11/05 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
11/07 San Francisco, CA – Palace Of Fine Arts Theatre
11/08 Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre
11/10 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
11/12 Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre
11/13 Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre
11/14 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
11/16 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
11/17 Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall

John Petrucci (Dream Theater) Adds More Dates To Upcoming Solo Tour

Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci has added more dates to his fall North American tour with Meanstreak. You can find the updated schedule for that run below. As previously reported, Petrucci’s backing band will feature drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) and bassist Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs).

Tour Dates:

10/05 Providence, RI – The Strand Ballroom & Theatre
10/06 Ridgefield, CT – The Ridgefield Playhouse
10/07 Boston, MA – Berklee Performance Center
10/12 Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Center For The Arts
10/13 New York, NY – Town Hall
10/14 Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
10/15 Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
10/17 Richmond, VA – The National
10/19 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
10/20 Nashville, TN – The CMA Theater
10/21 Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall
10/22 Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theatre
10/23 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live Orlando
10/26 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
10/27 San Antonio, TX – Charline McCombs Empire
10/28 Stafford, TX – Stafford Centre
10/29 Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre
10/30 Dallas, TX – The Factory
11/02 Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre
11/03 El Cajon, CA – The Magnolia
11/04 Los Angeles, CA – Ace Hotel
11/05 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
11/07 San Francisco, CA – Palace Of Fine Arts Theatre
11/12 Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre
11/13 Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre
11/14 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
11/16 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
11/17 Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall

Dream Theater’s John Petrucci Recruits Mike Portnoy For Upcoming Solo Tour

Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci has recruited bassist Dave LaRue and drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) for his upcoming solo tour. That trek will take place this fall and it will also feature special guests Meanstreak. So far, three dates have been announced:

10/07 Boston, MA – Berklee Performance Center
10/13 New York, NY – Town Hall
10/15 Washington, DC – Lincoln Theater

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!”