Listen To Dream Theater’s Cover Of “O Holy Night”

Dream Theater are celebrating Christmas (December 25) by streaming their cover of “O Holy Night.” The band recorded the track during a soundcheck at the Roseland Theater in Portland, OR in 1993 and it was previously only available on a fan-club exclusive CD.

[via Blabbermouth]

Protest The Hero, Dream Theater, Cradle Of Filth, Etc. Members Share Christmas-Themed Cover Of Slayer’s “Seasons In The Abyss”

Charlie Griffith (Haken), Rody Walker (Protest The Hero), Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Daniel Firth (Cradle Of Filth), Jeramie Kling (The Absence), Ray Hearne (Haken), and Dan Goldsworthy (My Minds Weapon) have joined forces for a Christmas-themed cover of Slayer’s “Seasons In The Abyss.” Griffith said the following about that:

“Injecting this song with some Christmas cheer worked better than any of us expected! Apparently Jeff Hanneman loved Christmas, so hopefully he would approve of our tribute and I hope we help to spread some musical merriment during yet another Christmas of uncertainty in the pandemic abyss. Thanks to all the guys for joining in with the fun and to Scott Atkins for mixing!”

AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Mastodon, Gojira, Etc. Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

The nominees have been revealed for the 2022 Grammy Awards. The ceremony will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA on January 31.

Rock and metal artists are featured in the following categories:

Best Metal Performance:

* Deftones – “Genesis“
* Gojira – “Amazonia“
* Mastodon – “Pushing The Tides“
* Rob Zombie – “The Triumph Of King Freak (A Crypt Of Preservation And Superstition)“
* Dream Theater – “The Alien“

Best Rock Album:

* AC/DC – “Power Up“
* Chris Cornell – “No One Sings Like You Anymore Vol. 1“
* Foo Fighters – “Medicine At Midnight“
* Paul McCartney – “McCartney III“
* Black Pumas – “Capitol Cuts — Live From Studio A“

Best Rock Song:

* Foo Fighters – “Waiting On A War“
* Mammoth WVH – “Distance“
* Weezer – “All My Favorite Songs“
* Kings Of Leon – “The Bandit“
* Paul McCartney – “Find My Way“

Best Rock Performance:

* Deftones – “Ohms“
* Foo Fighters – “Making A Fire“
* Chris Cornell – “Nothing Compares 2 U” (Prince cover)
* AC/DC – “Shot In The Dark“
* Black Pumas – “Know You Better (Live From Capitol Studio A)

Best Remixed Recording:

* “Passenger” (Mike Shinoda Remix); Mike Shinoda, remixer (Deftones); track from: “White Pony” (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
* “Back To Life” (Booker T Kings of Soul Satta Dub); Booker T, remixer (Soul II Soul)
* “Born For Greatness” (Cymek Remix); Spencer Bastin, remixer (Papa Roach); track from: “Greatest Hits Vol. 2 The Better Noise Years”
* “Constant Craving” (Fashionably Late Remix); Tracy Young, remixer (K.D. Lang)
* “Inside Out” (3SCAPE DRM REMIX); 3SCAPE DRM, remixer (Zedd and Griff)
* “Met Him Last Night” (Dave Audé Remix); Dave Audé, remixer (Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande)
* “Talks” (Mura Masa Remix); Alexander Crossan, remixer (PVA)

Best Immersive Audio Album:

* “The Future Bites,” Jake Fields and Steven Wilson, immersive mix engineers; Bob Ludwig, immersive mastering engineer; Steven Wilson, immersive producer (Steven Wilson)
* “Alicia,” George Massenburg and Eric Schilling, immersive mix engineers; Michael Romanowski, immersive mastering engineer; Ann Mincieli, immersive producer (Alicia Keys)
* “Clique,” Jim Anderson and Ulrike Schwarz, immersive mix engineers; Bob Ludwig, immersive mastering engineer; Jim Anderson, immersive producer (Patricia Barber)
* “Fine Line,” Greg Penny, immersive mix engineer; Greg Penny, immersive mastering engineer; Greg Penny, immersive producer (Harry Styles)
* “Stille Grender,” Morten Lindberg, immersive mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, immersive producer (Anne Karin Sundal-Ask and Det Norske Jentekor)

Best Music Video:

* AC/DC – “Shot In The Dark“
* Jon Batiste – “Freedom“
* Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – “I Get A Kick Out Of You“
* Justin Bieber (feat. Daniel Caesar) – “Peaches“
* Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever“
* Lil Nas X – “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)“

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media:

* ‘Soul‘ – Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross
* ‘Bridgerton‘ – Kris Bowers
* ‘Dune‘ – Hans Zimmer
* ‘The Mandalorian: Season 2 — Vol. 2‘ (Chapters 13-16) – Ludwig Göransson
* ‘The Queen’s Gambit‘ – Carlos Rafael Rivera

Best Alternative Music Album:

* Halsey, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power“
* Japanese Breakfast – “Jubilee“
* Arlo Parks – “Collapsed In Sunbeams“
* St. Vincent – “Daddy’s Home“
* Fleet Foxes – “Shore“

Dream Theater Announce Rescheduled Dates For Their North American Tour

Dream Theater’s North American tour has officially been rescheduled for early 2022. Arch Echo will open the U.S. dates, while Falset will open the Canadian dates.

Tour Dates:

02/02 Mesa, AZ – Mesa Arts Center
02/04 El Cajon, CA – The Magnolia
02/05 Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
02/06 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
02/08 Seattle, WA – Showare Center
02/10 Salt Lake City, UT – Mavericks Center
02/12 Denver, CO – Paramount Theater
02/15 St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theater
02/16 Cincinnati, OH – Icon
02/18 Minneapolis, MN – State Theater
02/19 Milwaukee, WI – Miller High Life
02/20 Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
02/22 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
02/23 Akron, OH – Goodyear Theater
02/25 Boston, MA – Wang Theater at Boch Center
02/26 Quebec, QC – Grand Theatre de Quebec
02/27 Ottawa, ON – National Arts Center
03/01 Montreal, QC – Place Bell
03/02 Toronto, ON – Meridian Hall
03/04 New York, NY – Beacon Theater
03/05 Wallingford, CT – Oakdale Theater
03/06 Washington, DC – Warner Theater
03/08 Philadelphia, PA – The Met
03/09 Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie
03/11 Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
03/12 Atlanta, GA – Roxy
03/13 Nashville, TN – The Opry
03/15 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
03/16 St. Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater
03/18 Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
03/19 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
03/21 Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater

Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To Late Journalist Malcolm Dome

Heavy metal journalist Malcolm Dome has sadly passed away at the age of 66. A number of musicians have since taken to social media to honor the writer and some of their tributes can be found below:

Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath):

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath):

Lars Ulrich (Metallica):

Iron Maiden:


Metal Allegiance:

Phil Campbell (Motörhead):


Dino Cazares (Fear Factory):

Michael Amott (Arch Enemy):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater):

Mille Petrozza (Kreator):

Gary Holt (Exodus):

Devin Townsend Added To Dream Theater’s Spring European Tour

Devin Townsend has been added to Dream Theater’s upcoming European tour. That trek is currently scheduled for spring 2022.

Tour Dates:

04/20 Belfast, IRE – The SSE Arena (no Devin Townsend)
04/21 Newcastle, UK – Utilita Arena (no Devin Townsend)
04/23 London, UK – The SSE Arena Wembley (no Devin Townsend)
04/25 Paris, FRA – Le Dôme de Paris
04/26 Rennes, FRA – Le Liberte
04/27 Bordeux, FRA – Metropole Arena
04/29 Lisbon, POR – Cinema City Campo Paqueno
04/30 Madrid, SPA – Palacio Vistalegre
05/01 Bilbao, SPA – Bizkaia Aretoa
05/03 Toulouse, FRA – Zenith
05/04 Geneva, SWI – Geneva Arena
05/06 Rome, ITA – Palalottomatica
05/07 Milan, ITA – Mediolanum Forum
05/08 Padova, ITA – Kioene
05/10 Budapest, HUN – Arena Budapest
05/11 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
05/13 Amsterdam, NET – AFAS Live
05/14 Oberhausen, GER – Turbinhalle
05/15 Esch-sur-alzette, LUX – Rockhal
05/17 Partille, SWE – Partille Arena
05/19 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
05/20 Trondheim, NOR – Spektrum
05/22 Frederiksberg, DEN – KB Hallen
05/23 Berlin, GER – Admiralpalast
05/24 Krakow, POL – Tauron Arena
05/26 Prague, CZE – Tipsport Arena
05/27 Zagreb, CRO – Dom Sportova
05/29 Bucharest, ROM – Romexpo
05/30 Sofia, BUL – National Palace Of Culture
06/01 Istanbul, TUR – Kucukciftlik Park

Townsend commented:

“Hey all, Devin here. As absurd as it may sound in this day and age, I am (cautiously) pleased to announce a tour with Dream Theater. Over the past few years, I’ve found myself in the company of those cats, and I think they’re good people and of course, a monster band. I look forward to playing things from the multiple new releases coming up, as well as from my entire catalog. It’s a tour that will be sure to yield great musical moments, and confusion for all 😊 Thanks for the opportunity DT… see you soon with DT featuring DT 😊

Also: I know so many of you have been understanding and patient as we reschedule the headline shows from more than a year ago. It has been chaos on every level, but its beginning to see the dawn as dates as being proposed. Please hang on just a little longer and we’ll have information for you soon.

This does mean that most of the European ‘Lightwork‘ headline shows will now be rescheduled to a later date. Tickets already purchased will remain valid. Please check with your ticketing vendor for their refund policy.

Devin‘s headline shows in Dublin, Glasgow and London are unaffected. More info and ticket links can be found here:

Dream Theater Premiere “Awaken The Master” Music Video

Dream Theater have premiered a new video for their song “Awaken The Master.” This track is from the band’s latest album “A View From The Top Of The World.” Guitarist John Petrucci commented:

“It’s the last song we wrote. It’s also the first time I’ve used my eight-string guitar, which was fun for me. Back in the day when we were writing ‘Awake’, I’d always wanted to play a seven-string. So, I ordered myself one. I wanted to be inspired again by the instrument without any pre-conception. I used it, and I wrote in my style on the eight-string. It was actually a prototype! ‘Awaken The Master’ purposefully starts with guitar only. [Bassist] John Myung wrote the lyrics. Recently, I heard him say, ‘The master was your heart.’ He was referring to awakening your heart. It’s one of the heavier songs on the record due to the range of the instrument.”

Watch Dream Theater’s Virtual “A View From The Top Of The World” Album Release Party

Yesterday (October 23), Dream Theater streamed a virtual album release party for their latest record “A View From The Top Of The World.” The video, which can be found below, includes a Q&A session with the band, a “Digging For A Spark” making-of documentary, a chat with engineer James “Jimmy T” Meslin and mixer Andy Sneap, and more.

James LaBrie (Dream Theater) To Release New Solo Album “Beautiful Shade Of Gray” In May

James LaBrie (Dream Theater) is planning to release a new solo album, titled “Beautiful Shade Of Gray,” on May 20. The singer worked on the effort with Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse).

LaBrie said the following about working with Logue during a recent appearance on “The Everyman Podcast“:

“I sang on one of [EDEN’S CURSE’s] songs back in 2010 called ‘No Holy Man’; so I guest on that. And I really liked Paul’s writing. To me, Paul’s writing was more from a classical era — like the ’70s; that classic rock approach. And I had a lot of ideas in that vein.

Paul and I actually bumped into each other — you think fate isn’t there with you; holy shit… The day after we finished the show — DREAM THEATER in Glasgow [on] February 23rd [2020]. I’m waiting for my flight on the 24th to go to London and then Toronto, and Paul walks by me and he goes, ‘James!’ I’m, like, ‘Oh my God!’ He goes, ‘You know I was at the show last night.’ He kept trying to e-mail me on my old e-mail address. And he goes, ‘Listen, let me know. You wanna get together? You wanna do some writing?’ And I said, ‘I’d love to.’ At the time, I said, ‘I don’t know. Some freaky shit’s going on. You’re hearing about this virus?’ ‘Yeah. Yeah.’ [I said] ‘We’ve gotta go to Asia, then we’ve gotta go to freakin’ South America and North America and all that.’ I said, ‘So we’re probably not gonna be done till October, but why don’t we start writing then? Or why don’t we start throwing ideas back in the meantime, and I can even be on the road and working on it?’ And he goes, ‘Great.’ All of a sudden, the world closes down. So we got on it… It was probably… Everything closed down March 15th, I believe, and by March 20th, him and I were already passing ideas back and forth.”

“We started as, we said, ‘Let’s just keep it real raw and acoustic-based — that’ll be the fundamental of this album,’ and then it kind of morphed into more of an ensemble, so [with] keyboards… Marco Sfogli is playing lead guitar on all the tracks. Paul is playing all the rhythm acoustic guitars and bass. And then [my son] Chance [LaBrie] is doing drums. Christian Pulkkinen is the keyboard player, who’s a fantastic keyboard player, piano player. All the lyrics, except one, I penned.

It was really interesting how it came together, whether I’d be throwing [Paul] a riff or I’d be throwing him a melody idea that became a chorus to one of the songs or verses. And then he’d throw me back his ideas musically. And we slowly but surely put it all together. We had everybody fully involved. And it came out fantastic. The label is really stoked about it. It has that kind of ZEPPELIN-esque feel to it, but still the modern-day aspects of it as well are there. So it’s great.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Dream Theater’s James LaBrie Says He Once Turned Down The Chance To Audition For Iron Maiden

During a recent interview with The Metal Voice, Dream Theater singer James LaBrie revealed that he almost got to audition for Iron Maiden after Bruce Dickinson left the band in 1993. However, he ultimately declined the offer.

LaBrie said the following when asked if there was a discussion about him trying out for Iron Maiden:

“Yeah, sure. Absolutely there was. Because at the time, we were being looked at to be managed by IRON MAIDEN’s management. And so, [MAIDEN’s manager] Rod Smallwood, at the time, we were playing darts, and he took me aside and he said, ‘What do you think about…?’

You’ve gotta remember — I was in a very bizarre situation. DREAM THEATER, we had already recorded [1992’s] ‘Images And Words’, we were looking for management, we were getting ready to try and set up a tour and get out there. And I remember him saying to me — he takes me aside, and the rest of the guys in DREAM THEATER were there too, playing darts, because we were looking at him for management. And he says, ‘I just wanna throw something at you.’ And he had his assistant with him too — Merck — at the time. And they were both standing there. They were going, ‘What do you think about being the singer with IRON MAIDEN?’ And I said, ‘What? What are we talking about here? I’m confused. Are you not here for the reason that you might start managing DREAM THEATER? Or are you here to get me to become…?’ And I had already recorded the [DREAM THEATER] album. Can you imagine how bizarre that was?’

Anyways, so I just said, ‘No. No way. You know what? I’m gonna tell you the reasons why I’m not going to do this.’ And they said, ‘What’s that?’ And I said, ‘One: DREAM THEATER. That’s it. Period.’ And I said, ‘But if I need to go any further with this, way back when I was 22 years old, I sang for a band called CONEY HATCH for a year. And I walked [in as the replacement for] another singer [named] Carl Dixon,’ and I said, ‘and basically what I felt like was a glorified jukebox.’ And I said, ‘Because I came into the band, I was able to sing all that stuff no problem — no problem — but there was never that ‘This is me. And this is what I created.’ It was about, ‘Are you looking at me for who and what I am?’ I don’t think so. And I don’t think you ever will.

Bruce and I have mutual respect for one another. We’ve met several times. We’ve done several shows. I remember doing the BBC show with him. And there was that mutual respect between the two of us. And I remember just thinking, ‘I’m not gonna get out there and be singing MAIDEN every night — even though I think they’re a great band, and Bruce is a great singer. No, thank you.’ I need to create something that I can say, ‘No, this is what I created from the beginning.’ And we all know, okay, I wasn’t on the first [DREAM THEATER] album, ‘When Dream And Day Unite’.

And [the offer to audition for MAIDEN] came and went. As fast as it was asked, it was dismissed. And they went, ‘All respect. Totally get it. No problem.’ Boom. And we moved on.”

[via Blabbermouth]