Posted in All Metal, Artist Watch, New Music, News with tags , , , , , , on April 13, 2012 by Randy

DREAM THEATER have annouced a second North American leg of a world tour in support of their acclaimed and globally successful album A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS (Roadrunner). The progressive hard rock icons who’ve sold in excess of 10 million records and DVDs worldwide will launch their summer dates June 15 in Rochester, NY and wrap July 21 in Chester, PA. The tour includes stops at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles and the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ plus a two-night engagement at the Paramount Theater on Long Island, NY.  

Joining DREAM THEATER, starting June 16 in Columbus, Ohio and for the rest of the tour, is special guest Crimson Projekct featuring Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Markus Reuter, Julie Slick and Tobias Ralph. They’ll be performing the songs of progressive rock legends King Crimson.  

For the past few months DREAM THEATER has been touring around the world including visits to Europe and Mexico and are set to begin an Asian tour on April 19 in Seoul. The tour will bring the group to Japan, China, Indonesia, Singapore and Taiwan and will conclude May 8 in Bangkok Thailand.

The band—James LaBrie (Vocals), John Myung (Bass), John Petrucci (Guitar and Vocals), Jordan Rudess (Keyboards and Continuum) and Mike Mangini (Drums)—recently  received their first-ever Grammy nomination for “On The Backs Of Angels” in the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category.  The song is the first single from their 11th studio album  A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS (Roadrunner),  which had 14 Top 10 debuts around the world including the U.S. where it entered at #8.    The album also features the single, “Build Me Up, Break Me Down.”  You can watch the lyric video here:

Meanwhile, A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS is now available on HD Tracks, a digital retailer that offers high resolution downloads.   Systematic Chaos and Black Clouds & Silver Linings will soon be available on the platform as well.

Here are DREAM THEATER’s complete tour dates. DREAM THEATER meet & greet and VIP packages are available for all dates. Please visit for details.

  Date City Venue
Thu 4/19 Seoul, KR Olympic   Hall
Sat 4/21 Jakarta, ID Mata   Elang Indoor Stadium
Mon 4/23 Osaka, JP Orix   Theater
Thu 4/26 Fukuoka, JP Civic   Hall
Sat 4/28 Aichi, JP Prefectural   Art Theater
Mon 4/30 Yokohama, JP Arena
Wed 5/2 Singapore, SG Kallang   Theatre
Fri 5/4 Beijing, CN Century   Theatre
Sun 5/6 Taipei, TW Taipei   University Auditorium
Tues 5/8 Bangkok, TH Thunder   Dome
Fri 6/15 Rochester,   NY Main   Street Armory
Sat 6/16 Montebello,   QC D-TOX   Rockfest
Sun 6/17 Lewiston,   NY Artpark
Tues 6/19 Columbus,   OH The   LC Pavilion
Thu 6/21 Cleveland,   OH Jacobs   Pavilion at Nautica
Fri 6/22 Detroit,   MI The   Fillmore
Sun 6/24 Cincinnati,   OH Taft   Theater
Tues 6/26 Minneapolis,   MN State   Theater 
Wed 6/27 Chicago,   IL Chicago   Theatre
Thu 6/28 Kansas   City, MO Starlight   Theater
Sun 7/1 San   Francisco, CA Warfield   Theatre
Mon 7/2 Los   Angeles, CA Gibson   Amphitheater
Tues 7/3 Anaheim,   CA The   Grove of Anaheim
Thu 7/5 El   Paso, TX Abraham   Chavez Theatre
Fri 7/6 San   Antonio, TX Majestic   Theater
Sat 7/7 Austin,   TX ACL   Live
Mon 7/9 Grand   Prairie, TX Verizon   Theatre
Thu 7/12 Richmond,   VA The   National
Fri 7/13 Washington,   DC Warner   Theatre
Sat 7/14 Holmdel,   NJ PNC   Bank Arts Center
Tues 7/17 Boston,   MA Bank   of America Pavilion
Wed 7/18 Huntington,   NY Paramount   Theater
Thu 7/19 Huntington,   NY Paramount   Theater
Sat 7/21 Chester,   PA Harrah’s   Chester Downs



Posted in Artist Watch, News, Releases with tags , , , , , , , on December 1, 2011 by Randy

As they continue to tour in support of their acclaimed album A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS (Roadrunner), progressive hard rock icons DREAM THEATER have received their first-ever Grammy nomination for the album’s first single “On The Backs Of Angels” in the Best Hard Rock/Metal Category. The band–James LaBrie (Vocals), John Myung (Bass), John Petrucci (Guitar and Vocals), Jordan Rudess (Keyboards and Continuum) and new member Mike Mangini (Drums)—released this statement:

“2011 has been quite an amazing year for us.  We watched ‘A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS’—our eleventh studio album—enter the Top Ten in 14 countries around the world including the U.S.  And now we land our first-ever Grammy nomination [for the song “On The Backs of Angels” in the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category]. It’s the icing on the cake–we’re honored and thrilled, no doubt about it.  It took us a while to receive this Grammy attention–and we’ve done it on our own terms musically, so it feels particularly sweet.  What keeps you going as a musician is the love and support from the fans–they are always there for us on this crazy adventure.  So we give them a big shout-out as we celebrate our Grammy nomination.  See you all on the road…and let’s all keep dreaming big.”

Meanwhile, after wrapping their U.S. dates on December 4 in Mesa, AZ, the band will perform three nights in Mexico (Monterrey December 7, Guadalajara December 9 and Mexico City December 10). In early 2012, they head overseas for a European concert tour starting January 23 in Finland and wrapping on February 26 in Portugal.

Here are some critical soundbites from the media about A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS.

“The group’s members are clearly enjoying a rediscovered melodicism and experimentation in their songwriting.  Dream Theater digs in with impressive might into hook-heavy twisting journeys like ‘Bridges In The Sky,’ ‘Breaking All Illusions’ and ‘Outcry,’ yet also softens into a vulnerability never heard before on songs like ‘Far From Heaven’ and ‘Beneath The Surface’…Fans, rejoice: The spirit carries on, every much intact.”
–Chuck Taylor, BILLBOARD, October 15, 2011

“Produced by Petrucci and mixed by Grammy Award winner Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine), it’s an album that keeps revealing its many splendors even after repeated listens. Its nine cuts run the gamut from grinding; progressive metal (‘On the Backs of Angels,’ ‘Build Me Up, Break Me Down’) to mind-numbing musical workouts (‘Lost Not Forgotten,’ ‘Outcry’) to a surprisingly stripped-down yet altogether moving ballad (‘Far from Heaven’).”
–Joe Bosso, GUITAR WORLD, November 2011

“’Spine-tingling’ is a term that can be applied to the whole of the album… Dream Theater’s stunning new masterpiece, which sees the band – Petrucci, LaBrie, bassist John Myung, keyboardist Jordan Rudess and new drummer Mike Mangini – performing at the top of their game. Mixed by Grammy Award winner Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine), it’s a sonic wonder that keeps revealing surprises even after multiple spins.”
–Joe Bosso, MUSICRADAR.COM, August 17, 2011

“Dream Theater returns with A Dramatic Turn Of Events. Marking the debut of new drummer Mike Mangini, the album is an evocative collection of fully-realized soundscapes  that stands alongside landmark Dream Theater albums like Images And Words and Scenes From A Memory with an even greater prestige, ambition and cunning. It strikes the perfect balance between the bands’s intimate history with all that is heavy, progressive and melodic, each element fully realized. Over twenty-five years since their formation, Dream Theater continues to cultivate, curate and protect their status as worldwide niche tastemakers on this their eleventh studio album, which was produced by the band’s own John Petrucci and mixed by sonic magician Andy Wallace.”
DRUMHEAD, September 2011


Posted in Artist Watch, News with tags , , , , , , , on November 9, 2011 by Randy

DREAM THEATER keyboardist extraordinaire JORDAN RUDESS has announced a rare solo appearance Saturday, November 12 at The Iridium in New York City.

Rudess–who is on a brief break from Dream Theater’s world tour in support of their new album A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS–will be playing a mix of improvisations and covers on the piano and synthesizer.  For this performance he will also perform on his critically acclaimed iPad apps: MorphWiz (which won “Best Music Creation App” at the Billboard App Awards in 2010), SampleWiz and his newest app, the Geo Synthesizer, which was released just two weeks ago.

Rudess will be playing two sets–one at 8:00 PM and one at 10:00PM. Each show is $35. You can make reservations via The Iridium’s website: The show will be an exciting chance for fans to see Jordan Rudess in an intimate setting, since the The Iridium only seats 200 fans.


Progressive metal band Dream Theater formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Petrucci, John Myung and Mike Portnoy. Though a number of lineup changes followed, the three original members remained together along with James LaBrie and Jordan Rudess until September 8, 2010, when Mike Portnoy left the band. In October 2010, the band held auditions for a new drummer, and added Mike Mangini to its roster.

Dream Theater’s eleventh studio album, A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS, which was released September 13 on Roadrunner Records, achieved over 14 top ten debuts around the world including the U.S and is a strong addition to a body of work by the band that has produced sales over 10,000,000 records and DVD’s worldwide.

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