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

Charlie Benante (Anthrax) To Release New Covers Album “Silver Linings”

Anthrax’s Charlie Benante will be releasing a new covers album titled “Silver Linings” on May 14. The effort will feature various tracks from the drummer’s “quarantine jam video series.” Pre-orders can be found HERE. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Neal Casal Music Foundation.

“Silver Linings” Track Listing:

01. “City Of Blinding Lights” (U2 cover) (feat. Anthrax’s Frank Bello and Death Angel’s Mark Osegueda)
02. “Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns” (Mother Love Bone cover) (feat. Metal Allegiance’s Mark Menghi and Death Angel’s Mark Osegueda)
03. “Teardrop” (Massive Attack cover) (feat. Butcher Babies’ Carla Harvey and Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
04. “Run-DMC Medley” (Run-DMC cover) (feat. Run-DMC’s Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Volbeat’s Rob Caggiano, and Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
05. “Rhiannon” (Fleetwood Mac cover) (feat. Metal Allegiance’s Mark Menghi, Beauty In The Machine’s Jennifer Cella, and Randy McStine)
06. “Yer So Bad” (Tom Petty cover) (feat. Butcher Babies’ Carla Harvey and Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
07. “Transylvania” (Iron Maiden cover) (feat. Skid Row’s Dave “Snake” Sabo, Anthrax’s Frank Bello, and Anthrax’s Jon Donais)
08. “Presto Vivace” (U.K. cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz, Testament’s Alex Skolnick, and Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess)
09. “Bad Guy” (Billie Eilish cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
10. “Jimmy James” (Beastie Boys cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
11. “All The Way” (KISS cover) (feat. Trixter’s P.J. Farley, Kuarantine’s Joe McGinness, and Rob Zombie’s John 5)
12. “Mr. Speed“ (KISS cover) (feat. Trixter’s P.J. Farley and Kuarantine’s Joe McGinness)
13. “Public Image” (Public Image cover) (feat. Turbonegro’s Hank Von Hell, Sum 41’s Dave “Brownsound” Baksh, and Sum 41’s Jason “Cone” McCaslin)
14. “Funny Vibe” (Living Colour cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz, Living Colour’s Corey Glover, and Butcher Babies’ Henry Flury)

Benante said the following about the album:

“Back in February of last year with COVID and all the other B.S. that was going on, I was glued to the 24-hour news cycle on the TV and my phone, and I started to get really depressed. My girlfriend said I needed to turn off the news and suggested I do something creative, whether it was art or drumming or writing new songs, and she was right.”

“I knew a lot of my musician friends were going through the same thing I had been, so I started asking them if they wanted to get involved, play some songs with me, maybe make a video – that’s how it all started.”

“This isn’t a solo album. This is a record of my favorite songs done with some of my friends during a very dark time. We found a shining light and this is the result of that light. I was really happy that my musician friends came on board and helped make this record what it is. I appreciate all of them, and they all did such a fantastic job. Despite all of the darkness we’ve experienced this past year, there are ‘silver linings,’ that’s why I chose that title for the album.”

The record’s first single, Benante’s “Run-DMC Medley” with Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (Run-DMC), Rob Caggiano (Volbeat, ex-Anthrax), and Roberto “Ra” Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), can be found below:

Watch Anthrax, Dream Theater, Testament, & Suicidal Tendencies Members Cover U.K.’s “Presto Vivace”

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess, and Suicidal Tendencies bassist Roberto “Ra” Diaz recently joined forces for a quarantine cover of U.K.‘s “Presto Vivace.” You can check that out below:

Skolnick commented:

“Here is one of the most insane pieces of music I’ve learned recently! This keyboard line is as challenging as learning Charlie Parker, Zappa, VH, you name it. I come in on the 2nd half, (thankfully I had Jordan to play along to- the guitar doesn’t play that on the original) This will stay in my repertoire for a long time as a warm up, practice piece.

This SG (’09ish) felt best for this with the thinnest neck, easiest to maneuver. It’s just a quick minute or so but enough notes for a much longer tune! Charlie Benante‘s idea (thanks Charlie, haha). Seriously, this was a super fun challenge and a pleasure to play with this bunch…

From CB: “U.K. were a British progressive rock supergroup originally active from 1977 until 1980. The band was composed of singer/bassist John Wetton, keyboardist Eddie Jobson, guitarist Allan Holdsworth and drummer Bill Bruford who was later replaced by drummer Terry Bozzio. I can’t tell you what their first 2 records and their Live album #nightafternight meant to me.

The version of Presto Vivace from the Live album has always been a favorite of mine, it probably has to do with the Drumming of Terry Bozzio. I asked Alex and Ra to Rock this one out and they NAILED it.

We needed someone to play this Crazy Keyboard Part, hmmmmmm… WHO? Alex Suggested Jordan Rudess, How AWESOME! Jordan Was into it and he also NAILED it. I hope you dig this Short But fiery Blast of Notes, Hits, and Just an awesome display of Musicians having Fun!”

Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess Shares Musical Tribute For The Late Ennio Morricone

Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess has shared a musical tribute for the late Ennio Morricone. You can check that out below. Rudess commented:

“Here is my tribute to Ennio Morricone- who left us with some of the must beautiful music this planet has ever heard. May his melodies bring him directly to a special place in heaven.”

Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) Premieres “Wired For Madness – Part 1” Video

Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) has premiered a new video for his new song “Wired For Madness – Part 1.” This track is from his new solo album “Wired For Madness,” which will be released on April 19. Rudess commented:

“The title track, ‘Wired For Madness – Part 1’, originally came into existence as an audio experience meant to take the listener on a musical journey. Now with video from the imagination of Wayne Joyner, it has evolved into a full-on eye and ear extravaganza.”

Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess Announces New York City Launch Party For New Solo Album “Wired For Madness”

Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess has announced a launch party for his new solo album “Wired For Madness” (out April 19). The event will be held on April 18 at Guitar Center on 14th Street in New York City and it will include a CD signing and a Q&A session.

Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess To Release New Solo Album “Wired For Madness” In April

Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess has announced that his new solo album “Wired For Madness” will be released on April 19. You can pre-order the effort HERE and check out a lyric video for “Wired For Madness Pt 1.3” below:

“Wired For Madness” Track Listing:

01. “Wired For Madness – Part 1”
02. “Wired For Madness – Part 2”
03. “Off The Ground”
04. “Drop Twist”
05. “Perpetual Shine”
06. “Just Can’t Win”
07. “Just For Today”
08. “Why I Dream”

Dream Theater Planning To Release New Album In February

During a recent interview with Metal Wani, Jordan Rudess talked a bit about the band’s new album. According to him, the effort will be released in late February 2019.

Rudess said the following about the album [transcribed by Blabbermouth]:

“Right now, we’re mixing it. It’s being mixed as we speak. It sounds awesome. I’m so excited about it. There’s a very, very strong energy around the band these days. We all feel very connected and excited about what’s coming. We can’t wait to unleash the whole thing on everybody. And that’s all gonna happen really, really soon as well; it’s just right around the corner.”

He recently talked about the effort with Lots Of Musik as well saying:

“But I’m excited because I feel like this new album is going to be a home run. I get it – Dream Theater fans don’t like to go for too long of a gentle ride. Maybe a ballad here and there, but I think the bulk of them are not so into the Disney-esque influence. [Laughs]

“We did that and we loved it, we had a great time, it was the biggest production ever. But now the next stage is back to the roots, back to the core of the sound – screaming Hammond organ, killing leads, chunky riffs, slamming drums, and everybody will be there moshing! [Laughs]”

Dream Theater Planning To Hit The Studio In May

It looks like Dream Theater will be hitting the studio in May to work on their new album. Keyboardist Jordan Rudess told VintageRock.com the following, during an interview at the NAMM show in Anaheim, CA:

“”We’re not gonna get into the studio until May. So, you know, it’ll take some time to create it, and then once we’ve composed it all and recorded it all, and then to make all the packaging and all the stuff, and who knows? It’ll probably come out, let’s say, in a year or so, or maybe a little less. And we’ll hit the road sometime after that. But May is the time when we’re looking to get in the studio again.”

[via Blabbermouth]