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Dream Theater


Education and early years (19851987)

The founding members (from left to right) John Myung, Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci in 1985.

Dream Theater was formed in September 1985, when guitarist John Petrucci and bassist John Myung decided form a group in their time for free study at Berklee College of Music. The couple met drummer Mike Portnoy in one of the rehearsal rooms of Berklee, where he was invited to join the group. The trio began covering Iron Maiden and Rush songs in the rehearsal rooms to Berklee.

Myung, Petrucci and Portnoy settled on the name Majesty for his new band. In accordance with the score so far … Documentary waiting in line for tickets to a Rush concert at the Berklee Performance Center while listening to the band a boom box. Portnoy said that the end of the song "Bastille Day "(the album Caress of Steel) sounded" majestic. "It was decided Majesty would be the name of the band.

The trio then process to fill the remaining positions in the group. Petrucci asked his high school group of mate Kevin Moore on keyboards. After accepted the position, another friend from home, Chris Collins, was recruited as lead vocalist after band members heard him sing a version of "Queen of the Reich" Queensrÿche. Meanwhile, time crunch, Portnoy, Petrucci and Myung forced to abandon their studies to concentrate on his music because they feel they can not learn in college. Moore also left SUNY Fredonia, to concentrate on the tape.

"Another Won"

"Another Won" from The Majesty Demos.

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The first months of 1986 were filled with concert dates in and around the New York area. Meanwhile, the band recorded a collection of demos, titled The Demos Majesty. The original deadline of 1000 was sold within six months, and dubbed copies of the cassette became popular within the progressive metal scene. The Majesty Demos are still available in their original tape format today, despite being officially released on CD Records Mike Portnoy Ytsejam.

In November 1986, after months of writing and performing together, Chris Collins was fired. After a year of trying to find a replacement, Charlie Dominici, who was much older and more experienced than anyone in the group, successfully auditioned for the group. With the stability that Dominici's appointment brought to Her Majesty, they began to increase the number of shows played in and around New York, winning a considerable amount of exposure.

Shortly after hiring Dominici, a Las Vegas group also named Majesty threatened legal action for copyright infringement related to the use of his name, so the group was forced to adopt a new name. Several possibilities have been proposed and tested, among them Glasser, Magus, and M1, which were rejected until what Portnoy's father suggested the name Dream Theater, the name of a movie theater in Monterey, California.

When Dream and Day Unite (19881990)

Dream Theater 1989: John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Charlie Dominici Kevin Moore John Myung

With its new name and the stability of the band, Dream Theater concentrated on writing more material while playing more concerts in New York and neighboring states. This eventually attracted the attention of Records Mechanical a division of MCA. Dream Theater has signed his first recording contract with the engineer on June 23, 1988 and began recording their first album. The band recorded the album in studies Kajem Victoria in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. Record the basic tracks took about 10 days, and the album was completed in about three weeks.

When I dream and the day when America was launched in 1989 to less fanfare than the band had planned. Mechanical eventually break most of the financial commitments they have made Dream Theater before signing his contract, if the tape was restricted to playing around New York. tour promoting the album had only five concerts, which were all relatively local. His first show was at Sundance in Bay Shore, New York, opening for the classic power rock trio Zebra.

After fourth show, Dominici was fired for personal and creative differences. Shortly thereafter, however, asked the band Marillion Dream Theater to open for them at a concert at the Ritz New York, to Dominici was given the opportunity to perform one last time. Would be two years before Dream Theater had a replacement singer.

Images and Words and Awake (19911994)

"Pull Me Under"

"Pull Me Under" from pictures and words.

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After shooting Dominici, Dream Theater fought successfully to be released its contract with Mechanic, and began auditioning singers and writing material for their next album. In his search for a new singer They auditioned over 200 people, among them former Fates Warning front man John Arch, and they all refused. In mid-1990, during a concert in New York Dream Theater has presented Steve Stone as the new singer. He played only three songs with the group before he was dismissed for less than adequate. It was five months before Dream Theater has played another show, this time completely instrumental (as Ytsejam). Until 1991, the group remained focused on attempting to hire another singer and writing additional music. It was during this period he wrote most of what became the 1992 images and words.

In January 1991, Kevin James LaBrie, the glam metal band Winter Rose, was transferred flight from Canada to New York for an audition. LaBrie jammed on three songs with the band, and was immediately hired to fill the position of vocalist. Once recruited, LaBrie decided to drop his first name to avoid confusion with the other Kevin in the band. In the coming months, the band returned to play live shows (mainly around New York), while working on the vocal music written before acquiring LaBrie. Derek Shulman and ATCO Records (now EastWest), a division of Elektra Records, Dream Theater has signed seven albums based on a three-song demo (later made available to "The ATCO Demos" through sleep club fan film.)

The first album to be recorded under his new recording contract in 1992 pictures and words. For promotion, The label released a CD single and video clip of the song "Another Day", but did not impact important business. The song "Pull Me Under "However, convened a high level of radial diffusion without any organized promotion of the band or its label. In response, ATCO has produced a music video video for "Pull Me Under", which saw heavy rotation on MTV. A video clip of another was caused by "take time", but has not been as successful as "Pull Me Under".

The success of "Pull Me Under", combined with constant touring in across the United States and Japan, caused Images and Words to achieve gold certification in the U.S. and platinum in Japan. A European tour followed in 1993, which included a show at London's famous Marquee club. The show was recorded and released as Live at the Marquee, Dream Theater official album to live first. In addition, a video compilation of their Japanese concerts (mixed with raw documentary style of the scene outside the tour) was published as Images and Words: Live in Tokyo.

"Besides Mind Yes: II – Voices

"Voices" Despierta.

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Forward to working with fresh material Dream Theater retired the studio in May 1994. Awake, Dream Theater third studio album, was released October 4, 1994, in a hail of controversy among fans. Shortly before the album was mixed, Moore announced to the rest of the band that just was not interested in travel, or for style music by Dream theater and stop dreaming of theater to concentrate on his own musical tastes. Accordingly, the band struggling to find a replacement keyboardist before a trip could be considered. The album was well received by critics and fans. The album was seen by some as Dream Theater album darker, mainly because the lyrical content with most of the songs that deal with internal conflicts. For example, "The Mirror" explores the theme of alcoholism, Portnoy who was recovering at the time.

Jens Johansson, who was to become a member of Stratovarius, was one of the biggest names at the hearing, but group members were eager to fill the position with keyboardist Jordan Rudess. Portnoy, Petrucci and Rudess was found in Keyboard Magazine, where he was recognized as "the best new talent" in the readership survey. Both had invited to play a concert with the test strip in the Forum of concrete foundations in Burbank, California. members of Dream Theater, the show was very well, and Rudess was asked to fill the keyboardist position permanently but Rudess opted for a tour with The Dixie Dregs time because it gave more personal freedom. Disappointed, Dream Theater hired fellow Berklee old Derek Sherinian, whose previous work includes stints with Alice Cooper and Kiss, replacing the promotional tour awake. By the conclusion of the tour, the group decided to take Sherinian Moore as a replacement full time.

A Change of Seasons Falling Into Infinity (19951998)

"A Change of Seasons"

"A Change of Seasons A Change of Seasons.

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Once again found a new member, Dream Theater has not respond immediately start working on new material. Fans from around the world, united in Ytsejam mailing list (the most popular form communication between dream theater lovers at the time) had begun to exert pressure on the tape to officially launch the song "A Change of Seasons. "Was written in 1989 and was intended to be a part of imagery and words, but in about 17 minutes, was considered too long instead of study. However, the band performs live from time to time as he continues his examination in the years before 1995.

The petition was successful and the group came BearTracker Studios in New York in May 1995 to write and record the song after 23 minutes with help Sherinian significantly to the final product. Share "A Change of Seasons" band, he released an EP with a collection of covers recorded live in the club fan outdoor concert.

After a small concert to promote short-term change of seasons Dream Theater has made a break for a few months. To keep busy, However, the group released a Christmas CD by their official fan club, consisting of rare live tracks recorded during the first years of the band. Following publication a new CD every Christmas until 2005. Also during the break for individual members to write compositions for their forthcoming sessions collaborative writing.

Meanwhile, there have been several changes to the East-West and Dream Theater main contact within the label is activated. Consequently, the new team in the company were not used to the relationship with Dream Theater was EastWest former staff members and pushed a Dream Theater to write an album that was more accessible. In mid 1997, he entered the studio to write the next album. And more pressure on the band to adopt a more commercial sound, EastWest recruited screenwriter / producer Desmond Child to work with Petrucci on polishing the lyrics of her song "You or me." Any band substantially reworked the music of the song, and appeared on the album as "you're not me" with a choir was just a remnant of the original. Children also had a significant impact on the album, with a shift towards compositions that were less complex and more radio-friendly.

The band wrote almost two CDs of material, including a 20-minute follow-up Images and Words song "Metropolis Part 1: miracle and "Sleeper. The label, however, does not permit the publication of a double album because he felt that a record of 140 minutes would not acceptable to the general public. James LaBrie also felt that the Conference should be a single disc. unused songs were released more Later in the release Ytsejam Records On Falling Into Infinity Demos.

The material was right on the album was released as Falling Into Infinity, which received a mixed reception fans who were more familiar with his previous group. Although the album was pretty solid progressive songs like "Hollow Years" and "You Not Me" prompted some to believe it was the dawn of a new wave of Dream Theater. In general, the album was both a critical and commercial disappointment. Although Portnoy did not speak publicly in the same time, several years later, in 2004 DVD commentary for 5 years in a Livetime, revealed he had been so discouraged during this period had seen Dream Theater completely dissolved.

During the European leg of world tour of the infinite, two shows were to record a live album entitled "Once in a LiveTime, France and the Netherlands. The album was released at the same time as the video 5 years a Livetime, which tells of the time from when Kevin Moore left the band for the promotional tour Falling Into Infinity.

Scenes from a Memory and Metropolis 2000 (19992001)

In 1997, Magna Carta Records' Mike Varney invited Portnoy to assemble a progressive "supergroup" to work on a album, which to become the first in a series of side projects of members of Dream Theater. The training consisted of Portnoy on drums, Petrucci at guitar, Tony Levin on bass, and keyboardist Jordan Rudess, who finished with the Dixie Dregs. The group took the name Liquid Tension Experiment, and act as a means which Rudess and Portnoy, Petrucci could once again the court to join Dream Theater. In 1999 he accepted an offer to become the third full-time Dream Theater keyboardist to replace Sherinian.

With another new member, Dream Theater returns BearTracker Studio to write and record their next album. Following an ultimatum Portnoy, the label gave the band complete creative control. Track "Metropolis Part 1" which was written during the Falling Into Infinity sessions (But not used in this album), was removed from the platform for reprocessing. Decided to extend the 20-minute song into a concept album complete with a story built around themes such as reincarnation, murder and treason. To avoid stirring up the fan base, a tight veil of secrecy enveloped the process of writing and recording. The fans that things were in power before his release was a list of titles that have been disclosed against the wishes of the band, and a release date. In 1999, Metropolis Pt 2: Scenes from a Memory was released to high critical. It was hailed as Dream Theater masterpiece by many critics as fans and, despite reaching # 73 on U.S. charts.

The album was mixed by David Bottrill, but only a few of your mixes made in the final album. Most have been remixed by Kevin Shirley. Other mixes can be heard on the concert band's official "The realization of a memory scenes."

A world tour followed by recording the album, taking over a year to complete, by far its most important at this time. The concerts will reflect the look of the theater of the album. They played scenes from a memory album, from beginning to end, with a video screen on the back wall scene showing a narrative companion album. In addition to playing the album in its entirety, the group also had a second of Dream Theater songs and some covers and improvisations old dream theater equipment. For a very special show at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, actors were hired to play characters in the story, and a gospel choir was asked to complete certain sections of the performance.

This show, the Last date North American tour, was recorded for the first DVD version of the group. After many technical delays, the DVD entitled Metropolis 2000, was released in early 2001. Shortly after, the group announced that an audio version of the concert, with every four hours the set-list (most of which had to be cut from the DVD to save space) would be released.

Coverage the CD version of the concert, titled Live Scenes from New York, Dream Theater is an early logos (the images and words from the heart was burning, the model Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ), modified to show the result of an apple (as in "Big Apple") in place of the heart, and roofs New York, including the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the flame above. In an unfortunate coincidence, the album was released on the same date as September 11. The album was quickly called by the band and was reissued with revised later works of art.

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002)


"Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence.

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Put all the evidence behind them, Dream Theater once again entered BearTracker studios to record their sixth studio album. Four years after his first application EastWest to allow them to release an album twice, he finally got his chance with Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence. The first disc consisted of five runs of 713 minutes and the second disc was devoted entire 42-minute song, which is to date the longest song Dream Theater has written. The genesis of this song was when I wrote that Rudess The "Overture" from "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence "and the group has taken different melodies and ideas contained in these chapters have been expanded and a full history.

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence ended up being very well received by critics and the press. It was the most publicity of Dream Theater albums since Awake, debuting on Billboard at # 46 and the Billboard Internet charts at # 1. Over the next year and a half round the world again with a show additional includes live a bit special "album cover" Concerts (see cover songs below), who played the Master of Puppets by Metallica and Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast in their entirety.

Train of Thought and Live at Budokan (20032004)

During 2003, Dream Theater entered the studio to write and record another album. Scenes of memory was written and recorded in the studio, in the spirit of change, the group took an approach different awarding three weeks to write before burning. Between the recording sessions for the album, a special tour with two other progressive metal bands, Queensrÿche and Fates Warning, held in North America. The "Escape from study trip to America," was referred to as dream theater promotional materials, was Queensrÿche and Dream Theater as a co-starring with events Fates Warning performing rights support act. As the end of each concert there was a point spread in which the two Dream Theater and Queensrÿche performed together on stage at the same time, often playing covers.

After the tour, Dream Theater returned to the studio to finish recording his seventh album, Train of Thought. Concentrate more on writing great songs based on album cover a mentality inspired by Master of Puppets and the number of the beast in a previous concert tour. Accordingly, its more straight metal album of the two seemed to drag in the process of thought. The album was a critical success, but alienated much of Dream Theater fans [who?] who preferred the traditional progressive rock like Yes or King Crimson. In any case, it seemed to expand Dream Theater fan base into new territory, capturing many more metal fans.

Another world tour during which Dream Theater served as a support act for one of his major influences, Yes, a modest tour of North America has been completed by two bands, after which Dream Theater continued across the world with his so-called "An Evening With Dream Theater" shows.

His next step was to release another live CD / DVD combination, this time recorded at the famous Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan, around the world train of thought. Live at Budokan was released October 5, 2004, and has also led Dream Theater reputation as one of the major live acts in progressive metal.

Octavarium and level (20052006)

"I walk by your side"

"I Walk Beside You" from Octavarium.

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Dream Theater after concert in Paris (2005). From left to right: Portnoy, Petrucci, LaBrie, Myung, Rudess

After a promotional tour of his thought, Dream Theater entered the Hit Factory studios in New York to record their eighth album. Accordingly, it would be the last group in this record more famous studio, and after it concluded its final session, the lights extinguished forever in the study.

Octavarium was released on June 7, 2005, and took the sound of the band in another direction. Among the eight songs is a continuation of Portnoy "twelve steps" saga ("The root of all evil", steps 6-7 in the 12-step plan) and title song, an epic musical versatile 24 minutes to compete "A Change of Seasons". Octavarium received mixed reviews from fans and was a subject of lively debate. Octavarium is the last album under its contract with Elektra Records album seven, who had inherited the contract by the absorption of EastWest Records.

Dream Theater on tour in 2005 and 2006 to celebrate his 20 years as a group, including a headline on the Gigantour. At a show on August 2, 2005 in Dallas, the group pays tribute to late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell by performing the song "Cemetery Gates" as a repetition. In addition, it is the unexpected appearance of musicians Russell Allen, Burton C. Bell and Dave Mustaine, who joined the band on stage to perform parts of the song.

Dream Theater later departed Gigantour and continued his own series of concerts. Several concerts were recorded and put into fan clubs. The 20th anniversary tour concluded with a show at Radio City Music Hall New York April 1, 2006. Although the program was minimal promotion, which are Sold days after tickets were made available. The show, which was recorded for a CD / DVD called Score released August 29, 2006 by Rhino Records, was the first concert of the band accompanied by an orchestra (the "Octavarium Orchestra").

Systematic Chaos Greatest Hit and Chaos in Motion (2007-2008)

Next Dream Theater album Systematic Chaos was released June 5, 2007. The album marked his first new label Roadrunner Records, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records. Roadrunner to further promote the album, and, therefore, Systematic Chaos reached number 19 on the Billboard 200. He also saw the launch of a video for "Constant Motion" on July 14, the video of the band for the first time since 1997 Hollow years. An authorized book entitled Lifting Shadows, detailing its first twenty years, was also published in 2007 with a revised edition published in 2009 increased Systematic Chaos contains eight songs, but technically only seven songs. The album features an epic poem entitled "In the presence enemies ", the album bookending tracks 1 and 8, AA Portnoy Saga continues with the song" Repentance "and a political song," prophets of war. "

Chaos In Motion 2007/2008 World Tour began in Italy. Dream Theater plays in the gods of metal concert June 3, 2007. Dream Theater has also appeared in the fields of Rock Festival in the Netherlands June 17, 2007. They also played several European festivals, including Festival in the UK Download festival and the summer French Hellfest outdoors with other bands like Megadeth, Korn, Slayer and Mastodon.

Dream Theater returned to make the North American tour July 24 San Diego, California, and ended Aug. 26 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Played with the opening acts of redemption and Into Eternity. The "Chaos In Motion" Following the tour for the rest of the year and in 2008, playing in Asia, South America and for the first time in Australia.

On April 1, 2008, a two-disk compilation album titled Greatest Hit (… and 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) was released by the band. The title refers the song in jest "Pull Me Under", the group of radio success significantly. It also includes three remixes of songs from their second album, pictures and words, five edited versions of songs already published, and a track of a single B-side. Unlike most compilations, Greatest Hits, Dream Theater is actively involved in the album, which comes with a list of songs they felt best represented their musical career.

Mike Portnoy, after publication the largest organized Hit a new tour called Progressive Nation 2008. Unlike previous Dream Theater Tour performances took place in cities that had not already visited in the past (such as Vancouver, Canada) or cities that had not played in years. The visit also marked the first time since the publication of images and words, where the band performed in small clubs and theaters.

After this tour, the band released a DVD series called Chaos in Motion 20072008, a compilation of songs from the tour supporting his album 9, Systematic Chaos. There were two sets of DVD released. One was a regular two-disc set, while the Special Edition set contains three CDs of music that goes with the DVD. He was released on September 30, 2008.

Black Clouds & Silver Linings, and God of War: Blood & Metal EP (2008resent)

Mike Portnoy announced June 2, 2008, that the group would enter the studio recording a new album. On October 7, 2008, Dream Theater has begun work on their album 10. The album, titled "Black Clouds & Silver Linings, was released June 23, 2009. In addition to standard CD, the album is available vinyl LP and CD 3-Disc Special Edition includes the album, a CD instrumental mixes of the album and a CD of six songs from the bridge.

May 1, Mike Portnoy spoke Metal Hammer's new album, saying his podcast while "The Shattered Fortress" is the latest in a series of songs on its 12 steps of recovery from alcoholism, "The Best of Times" a real object, it heavy personal about my father who died during the realization the album, "adding:" It was the fight against cancer through its done. "The group also announced a second Progressive Nation Tour, including the first performances of the tour in Europe. Opeth, Dream Bigelf and support Unexpect Theatre in Europe, while Zappa Plays Zappa and Summit-wide rules of the American side.

On June 22, 2009, Mike Portnoy announced on their forum that there was a change in the Training for the Progressive Nation Tour 2009 in North America. Pain of Salvation and Beardfish could not go on tour with Dream Theater and Zappa Plays Zappa because of problems funds within their respective labels. He also announced two bands filling vacant slots for the Progressive Nation Tour 2009 From North America, Bigelf and Scale The Summit. During this tour, Dream Theater has often extended jam on Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence "Solitary Shell" and it is about thirteen minutes long. Similarly, also made an extended jam on "surrounded" in the chaos in Motion tour.

On July 1, 2009, The album debuted at # 6 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart with sales totaling $ 40,285 during the first week. On November 12, 2009, Mike Portnoy Dream Theater announced he would enter the studio shortly after the new year to write and record a brand new instrumental track for inclusion in the upcoming PS3 game God of War III soundtrack. Under the heading "Raw Dog" (an anagram of "War of God"), the instrumental has been sent to Roadrunner Records 08 January 2010. This marked the first time the band wrote and recorded an exclusive song for a different project.

In December 2009, at the Black Clouds & Silver Linings tour during a visit to Australia, Dream Theater has been presented to an act of support, Pain of Salvation, which apparently decided enough financial difficulties with his label. In March 2010, which will tour South America with Bigelf.

On February 17, 2010, said there Avenged Sevenfold enrolled in the study, with Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, the drummer of the registration in place of the Rev.

Logo and Images

Dream Theater wordmark and symbol of "Majesty"

Although the group is forced to change its name, Dream Theater adopted a custom logo (known as the Majesty symbol) and word mark that appeared in most of its advertising on the cover of every album from Dream Theater. The symbol is derived from the Crown of Mary, Queen of Scots brand, which re-worked by Charlie Dominici for use on the cover of the album and the Day Dream States. It is a capital Phi Mu Lambda capital and capital.

Live performances

Throughout his career, Dream Theater live shows have gradually become bigger, longer and more diverse. The most obvious is its list rotation set policy. That is, every night of every tour has developed its list by Portnoy using a laborious process that guarantees its uniqueness. Factors such as lists of all cities above are considered to ensure that people who see Dream Theater multiple times within the same region will not see the same songs performed twice, and even list the last time the band was in a particular city is taken into account for the benefit of fans who see the band on successive visits.

Petrucci and Rudess match in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2008).

To this end, the group prepares to play most of its catalog in any action, as determined by Portnoy scheduled for tonight. This process also requires the use of a lighting system complex light calculation of predefined signals based on individual songs.

Some of the most remarkable dream tour partners theatrical including Deep Purple, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Iron Maiden, Joe Satriani, King's X, Marillion, Megadeth, In Flames, Pain of Salvation, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Queensryche, Riverside, Spock's Beard, Fear Factory, Enchant, Symphony X, and yes in 2005, Dream Theater toured North America with Megadeth Gigantour festival with co-star, and played with Megadeth and Iron Maiden physically on stage.

Full band travels the world, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence were mainly the "Evening with …" Travel, where the band played for three hours with an intermission and no opening act. The show was recorded live for scenes of New York was nearly four hours and resulted in nearly Portnoy hospitalized after the acquisition of severe food poisoning food he ate before the show.

"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

"Twinkle, Twinkle Star, Little, I live in Nagoya, Japan.

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There is also a significant amount of humor, informality and improvisation coupled with a performance of Dream Theater. Amid "A Change of Seasons" is quite common for themes such as Major League Baseball and The Simpsons to be quoted, and Rudess routinely modifies his section solo in the song and others, often playing the ragtime section of "When the water falls" Liquid Tension Experiment 2. Several songs Once upon a LiveTime fragments include pieces of others, like "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee." Other quotations include "Mary Had a Little Lamb" on "Endless Sacrifice" on the Gigantour, a calliope-inspired break between verses of "Under a glass moon ", a quote from" Do not Cry for Me, Argentina "from the main melody played by Petrucci in the exercise of the intro solo in their eyes "in Buenos Aires, the Turkish March at a concert in Istanbul, and the opening riff of Rush" A Passage to Bangkok "in a lounge in Bangkok, Thailand. In the most recent "20th Anniversary World Tour" Rudess has even thrown in a short "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star "theme during a break in" Endless Sacrifice ", and at a concert in Israel began spontaneously" Hava-Nagilla "more later, accompanied by the rest of the band.

Sometimes an audience member is randomly selected to perform on stage, an example that can be seen in Portnoy drum solo on the Live at Budokan DVD. There have been many interpretations impromptu "Happy Birthday" when a band member or crew a birthday for a date in the tour, which usually results in a birthday cake that occurs in the subject.

Perhaps the best example of Dream Theater structure concert unpredictable is that during Derek Sherinian time with the band. In the sample of group members all switched instruments and performed a reminder that the fictional band called Nightmare Entertainment. Usually performed a cover of Deep Purple "Perfect Strangers" and in one case, Ozzy Osbourne's "Suicide Solution." In some programs, Sherinian, Petrucci and Portnoy would take the stage together under the name "Nicky Lemons Brothers and migraine. Sherinian wearing a feather boa and novelty sunglasses, it makes a pop-punk song "I Do not Like You" with Petrucci and Portnoy support. In the chaos in motion tour of several concerts before "Trial of Tears", Portnoy and Petrucci is moved and playing Van Halen's "Eruption".

Dream Theater wider audience than the main act was 20,000 in Santiago, Chile on December 6, 2005. It was during his first tour countries of South America, except Brazil (which had visited in 1997 and 1998). The program has been released on DVD by Portnoy Ytsejam Records.

In the notation and Chaos in Motion DVD movie has parts of songs together, which shows the band playing along to music as cartoon characters. In the score when the DVD song Octavarium, the band performed in a labyrinth of octagonal shape. As the movie continues Jordan Rudess becomes spontaneously Santa Claus John Petrucci and caught fire. In "The Dark Eternal Night" from the Chaos in Motion DVD, the band battles with balls fired monster guitars, sticks, and screaming.

In 2008, Dream Theater has begun the "Progressive Nation '08" tour with Opeth, Between the Buried and Me, and 3. The visit is a Mike Portnoy creation, who said. "I was interested in getting a package like this for many years with all the festivals and package tours pass in America, I talked with our manager and agent for over 10 years to do something that focuses on the more progressive side musician-oriented hard rock and metal. I decided it was time to stop talking about maintenance, lace, and finally walking. "

On February 13, 2009, Dream Theater has announced the official Progressive Nation Tour 2009. The visit was initially set Swedish bands to present as groups Beardfish and Pain of Salvation, and Zappa Plays Zappa. On June 22, 2009, Mike Portnoy announced that Pain of Salvation and not Beardfish turned the North American portion of the Progressive Nation Tour 2009 due to complications of record label. In the announcement, Portnoy said that the bands of the ladder and replace the Summit Bigelf Pain of Salvation and Beardfish on the circuit. This change has Bigelf training both America Northern European and legs Progressive Nation Tour 2009 dates. The visit lasted all U.S. side in July and August 2009. On March 26, 2009 Dream Theater has announced he would make a progressive nation tour to Europe for the first time with Opeth, Bigelf and Unexpect. The visit lasted throughout September and October 2009.

Bootleg culture

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Mike Portnoy started a series of official bootlegs in response to Dream Theater fans affinity "for versions of their live concerts. Dream Theater is one of the most active groups contraband in the genre of progressive metal. Since his first exhibition in New York fans, Majesty, have recorded almost every show that Dream Theater played (sometimes three or four versions of a single concert), and some very elaborate and professional recordings have been released.

However, all band members approved the release of Dream Theater bootlegs. Portnoy is the newest member of pro-piracy since I am an avid collector bootlegs well in their youth and maintain their own personal archive of Dream Theater material in his basement. Petrucci and Labrie expressed their opposition to save people their concerts. Petrucci takes issue with bootleggers because he prefers the public to focus on the musicians on stage, not adjust the level of your recording device. LaBrie the other hand, argues that smuggling takes possession and control of theatrical sleeping outside the strip and into the hands of the public. Myung has expressed mild opposition smuggling, but in some interviews has mentioned that not all big problem with him.

Dream Theater has launched a series of official bootlegs, demos and other rarities from Ytsejam folders, headed by Portnoy. Included demos of the band before setting official albums and many shows, including shows where the group has covered a particular album. Top covered include The Dark Side of the Moon, made in Japan, Master of Puppets, and the number of the beast.


Dream Theater has been called cover the work of other artists throughout his career. They took this practice to a new level during the promotional tour for Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence. In particular, three concerts, one in Barcelona, Chicago and New York, they covered Metallica's Master of Puppets album in its entirety after a full set of Dream Theater material. It was a surprise for the fans, because there was no indication that happen outside to announce that concerts in question, which were on the second night of a two-night stand in each city would be "special." This tradition can most likely be traced to one of Mike Portnoy's favorite bands, Phish, who began performing a series of "musical costumes" of entire albums of other artists each Halloween since 1994. Portnoy devised this "album cover" the first of a series of concerts to be played as a tribute to bands that have influenced the formation and development of Dream Theater. Set includes divided many fans who attended the show, with people saying it was a sight to see Dream Theater original music and not the work of another artist. Others, however, said he was a bonus and not a replacement for a normal Dream Theater, like a regular concert was played yesterday.

In the next stage of the tour covered the number of the beast Iron Maiden and received a Master of Puppets similar reaction, even if you knew it was a cover for carry out that night because the itinerary included two nights in a city unique. October 11, 2005, Dream Theater covered Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon. Dream Theater official website said that the second joint second night in Amsterdam, London, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Tokyo (October 11, 1925 October, December 4, 1911 December and January 1913 respectively), and also the second game of the January 15 show in Osaka, it would be a classic album covered in its entirety. The Dark Side of the Moon was played again on October 25 in London. However, Buenos Aires (December 4) and São Paulo (December 11) the Classical Album "played was the dream of self Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a memory to compensate for not having visited Argentina and Brazil in their Metropolis 2000 tour. On January 13, 2006 (Tokyo) and 15 (Osaka), Dream Theater covered live album Made in Japan Deep Purple. Portnoy said he has provided a game show, but refuses to reveal what will happen, or what the album will be covered.

During Gigantour 2005, Dream Theater has made a recovery of "Cemetery Gates" by Pantera as a tribute to "Dimebag" Darrell Lance Abbott. As a bonus, had Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory, and Russell Allen of Symphony X and guest vocalist Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, not the main solo of the song.

In March 2006, Dream Theater Rush rarely played the song "Jacob's Ladder "at a concert in Toronto. John Petrucci, said a few days later in Asbury Park, New Jersey, before the show that night," Rush does not play, so we thought it would be better to play with them. "

In addition, Dream Theater has released a couple covers Live on their EP A Change of Seasons, including songs by Elton John, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Journey, Dixie Dregs and Kansas.

In 2008, recorded a version of Iron Maiden To Tame a Land "for a compilation entitled Maiden Heaven Kerrang. This song was later included in the edition especially the black clouds and Silver Linings

Dream Theater has also recorded a series of covers of songs from their album Black Clouds and Silver Linings 2009. Songs came as an extra disc special edition version of the album.

Dream Theater has played "Hava Nagila", the song Traditional Jewish, in "Metropolis Pt 1:. The miracle and the sleeper" in a sold-out concert in Tel Aviv, Israel on June 16, 2009.

On August 14, 2009 at a concert in Toronto, Dream Theater has played Rush song "The Camera Eye", which was originally released on the album Rush moving pictures.


Main article: Dream Theater discography

When Dream and Day Unite (1989)

Images and Words (1992)

Awake (1994)

A Change of Seasons (1995)

Falling Into Infinity (1997)

Metropolis Pt 2: Scenes From a Memory (1999)

Six degrees of inner turbulence (2002)

Train of Thought (2003)

Octavarium (2005)

Systematic Chaos (2007)

Black Clouds & Silver Linings (2009)

In addition to official documents above, the members of Dream Theater, past and present, helped hundreds of pirated albums, both official and unofficial side projects, collaborations with other artists and appearances.

Band Members

Main article: Chapman Stick (1985-present)

John Petrucci – guitar, vocals (1985-present)

Mike Portnoy – drums, percussion, vocals (1985-present)

Jordan Rudess – Keyboards, Continuum, guitar, lap steel (1999-present)

The former Member

Chris Collins – Vocals (1986)

Charlie Dominici – Vocals (1987-1989)

Kevin Moore – Keyboards (1986-1994)

Derek Sherinian – Keyboards, vocals (1994-1998)

Awards and certificates

RIAA gold and platinum certification

Images and Words (Gold) – February 2, 1995

Live Scenes from New York (Gold): Metropolis 2000 – November 8, 2002

Live at Budokan (DVD) (Platinum) – January 26, 2005

Live in Tokyo / 5 years a Livetime (Platinum) – March 22, 2006

Score (DVD) (Platinum) – October 11, 2006

Keyboard Magazine

Jordan Rudess has received the following Keyboard Magazine Readers Poll:

Best New Talent (1994)

Best keyboard player magazine Burrn year (2007)

Modern Drummer

Mike Portnoy has won the following awards Poll Modern Drummer Magazine Reader's:

Best Up & Coming Talent (1994)

The best drummer of progressive rock (1995-2006)

The best performance reported (1995 for Wake, 1996, for a change of seasons, from 1998 for Falling Into Infinity, 2000 for Metropolis, Pt 2:. Scenes from a memory, 2002 for Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, and 2007 votes)

Best Clinical (2000, 2002)

Best Educational Video / DVD 2000 (2002)

Hall of Fame (2004)

Guitar World

The album Metropolis Pt 2: Scenes from a Memory was ranked number 95 on the Top 100 list of the magazine guitar of all time.

Total Guitar

John Petrucci won the Guitarist of the Year (2007).

Other Awards

Dream Theater show in Salt Lake City, Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. signed a proclamation making July 30, 2007 "Dream Theater Day."

In December 2007, Dream Theater has been chosen as Artist of the Month Xbox Live.

Dream Theater music video "Constant Motion" has been selected as the second ball of the Headbanger's 2007 competition.

Dream Theater music video "Forsaken" was chosen fifth in Headbanger's Ball 2008 contest.

Dream "Panic Attack" Theater off of their album Octavarium appears in the video game Rock Band 2. In addition, the song "Constant Motion" is the downloadable content for Rock Band series.

The song "Pull Me Under" from the album Images and Words is also present in Guitar Hero: World Tour.

Since August 12 2008 (Xbox 360) and August 14, 2008 (PS3), Dream Theater song "Constant Motion has been available for download for Rock Band. For the first month was available for a price equivalent to $ 0.99 promotion, but later returned the normal charge of $ 1.99 to download the Rock Band content.

Dream Theater has played twice on the Xbox 360 with fame happened. They played in Halo 3 December 2007 and Call of Duty: World at War in June 2009.


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External Links

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Dream Theater

James LaBrie John Petrucci Jordan Rudess John, Mike Portnoy, Myung

Chris Collins Charlie Dominici Kevin Moore Derek Sherinian

Studio albums

When dream and day unite the pictures and words Awake Falling Into Infinity Metropolis Pt 2: Scenes From A Memory Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Train of Thought Octavarium Systematic Chaos Black Clouds and Silver Linings

Live broadcasts

In Live Score Scenes at the Marquee Once LiveTime Live from New York Live at Budokan Chaos in Motion 20072008


Major Hit (… and 21 other pretty cool songs)


A Change of Seasons Wither


Images and Words: Live in Tokyo 5 years a Livetime Metropolis 2000: Scenes New York Live at Budokan Score Chaos in Motion 20072008


"Another Day", "Pull Me Under," "take time", " Caught in a web "," Mentira "," The Silent Man "" Hollow Years "" Through his eyes, "" Home "" As I Am, "" Constant Motion "Forsaken," a rite of passage "," Wither "


A mind off of Following his twelve steps

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