Dream Theater Postpone North American Tour To 2022

Dream Theater have postponed their fall North American tour. The trek will be rescheduled for 2022.

The band issued the following statement:

“Dream Theater have made the difficult decision to move their October-December 2021 North American tour dates to early 2022.

In light of current instabilities to touring that remain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel confident that this is the right decision. Know that we are as disappointed as you are that we will have to wait a little longer to bring Dream Theater music to you live. We miss performing for you all and can’t wait until we can be on stage bringing our new album and fan-favorites to you.

This was an extraordinarily challenging decision to make but needed to be done after taking into consideration the varying local mandates across North America. In an effort to present the absolute most complete and engaging Dream Theater experience that our fans around the globe have come to expect, we feel we are all best served to postpone all touring activities to early 2022.

At this time, we ask that everyone hold on to their tickets as we are working frantically to finalize the reschedule of all of these dates. All shows are currently being re-booked to begin in February 2022. Please keep an eye on our website, and we’ll have a complete, updated itinerary shortly. All previously purchased tickets will be honored. Please consult your local point of purchase for any inquiries regarding refunds.

We know that we all have eagerly awaited a return to normalcy, and the opportunity to enjoy live Dream Theater music together again. We apologize profusely but hope that everyone can understand the logic behind this decision.

Playing music for our fans is all we ever want to do. We look forward to seeing each and every one of our fans as soon as possible. We wish it could have been sooner, but we are counting the days until we can see you all again.

Thank you,
Dream Theater“

As previously reported, Dream Theater will release their new album, “A View From The Top Of The World,” on October 22.

Dream Theater Premiere “Invisible Monster” Music Video

Dream Theater have premiered a new video for their new song “Invisible Monster.” This track is from the band’s new album “A View From The Top Of The World,” which will be released on October 22.

Guitarist John Petrucci commented:

“It was written after we’d written a bunch of material. A lot of the music was super energetic and upbeat, tempo-wise. Mike [Mangini] suggested we do something a little different though. So, we started working on a more mid-tempo song. The hook, riff, and melody changed so naturally. I equate it to ‘Pull Me Under‘ back in the day where we’d just start playing, something would come out, and we’d be, like, ‘Whoa, that’s cool.’ There’s a serendipitous moment where it happens. Lyrically, it’s about how anxiety plagues people. It’s like there’s an invisible monster beating you. You don’t see it, but it’s haunting you all of the time.”

Dream Theater Premiere Animated Video For New Song “The Alien”

Dream Theater have premiered an animated video for their new song “The Alien.” This track is from the band’s new album “A View From The Top Of The World,” which will be released on October 22. John Petrucci commented:

“It’s the first one we wrote together. It gives people a window into what it was like when we initially met up after all of those months off. It has the adventure, the untraditional structure, the heaviness, and the hooks. It really set the tone for the album. James wrote the lyrics about the idea of terraforming and looking beyond our Earth for alternative settlements. Since we’re going beyond our planet, ‘The Alien’ turns out to be us. I thought it was a cool and creative lyric by James.”

Dream Theater Tease New Song “The Alien”

Dream Theater have shared a teaser for their new song “The Alien.” The full track will be released on August 13 and it will also appear on the band’s new album “A View From The Top Of The World” (out October 22).

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.”