Progressive Metal legends Dream Theater have shared a new live performance video, “Fatal Tragedy”, from their upcoming live album Distant Memories – Live In London. Pre-orders are live at the link below. .The video is taken from the second set of the show where James LaBrie, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, John Myung and Mike Mangini celebrate the band’s seminal concept album Metropolis Part 2 – Scenes From A Memory. Watch “Fatal Tragedy” now!
I want to open this review by saying that the talent and obvious skills of all the musicians involved in this record is undeniable, these are musicians that have been proving over and over again why they are recognized as some of the top artists in their genre and why they have the following they have. Having said that, this solo album by John Petrucci (Dream Theater) was not for me. And though we can argue that this kind of album is for a specific sector in the Progressive Metal realm, I truly cannot digest music that is made to show off the skills that “x” or “y” musician has in their instrument and that is my perception of Terminal Velocity (Sound Mind Music/The Orchard).
John Petrucci’s new solo album Terminal Velocity is due out this fall and reunites him with his former Dream Theater bandmate Mike Portnoy! Portnoy performed drums on the album, along with bassist Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Flying Colors). Portnoy broke the news on social media, along with the tracklisting for the album as well. The two reunited over Christmas a few years ago and have sung each other’s praises often, ever since. Continue reading
Berklee College of Music, one of the most prestigious music schools in the world, and Progressive Metal masters Dream Theater have announced the Dream Theater Scholarship Fund. In celebration of the band’s 35th anniversary, Dream Theater and Berklee are creating a fund that will provide scholarship money to student musicians in need on an ongoing basis through the future. Recently, alumni John Petrucci ’86 (guitarist) and wife Rena (who recently completed her Berklee online Advanced Guitar Certificate) visited Berklee to tour the production and music studios of the college. This trip was the couple’s first time back to the campus since their son Reny graduated in 2018. While there, they met with Berklee president Roger Brown and discussed the founding of the Dream Theater Scholarship. Continue reading
Dream Theater, riding high on their 2019 release of Distance Over Time (InsideOut Music) and their 20th anniversary live tours supporting Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory, the band has announced new tour dates of Europe for early 2020. The band will perform again in the “Evening with…” format. The 28-date leg will see the band traverse 16 countries, including the UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, and many more. Full dates are below and information on tickets for all upcoming shows, as well as VIP packages, can be found below. Tickets go on sale at 10 am BST on Friday 13th September. Continue reading
Bands with twenty-five-plus years under their belts often have to wrestle with the temptation to become a nostalgia act or to continue pushing the musical envelope which, in turn, carries its own set of risks. For Dream Theater, the past few years have been particularly difficult for the band: with drummer Mike Portnoy leaving in 2010 and filling the role with Mike Mangini, the band has been trying to reconfigure its soul. Continue reading
Dream Theater takes fans through a walk-through studio interview in a new video clip. Their new album Distance Over Time is due out on February 22nd via InsideOut Music. The artwork was created by long-time cover collaborator Hugh Syme (Rush, Iron Maiden, Stone Sour). Distance Over Time was produced by guitarist John Petrucci, mixed by Ben Grosse and mastered by Tom Baker. Continue reading
The second annual Fear The Riff Expo is coming up fast. The popular Effects, Pedals and Guitar Gear Expo has announced the full artist schedule and new appearances by legends. Taking place August 11 in Brooklyn, NY at the Brooklyn Expo Center, the event now features Zakk Wylde (Wylde Audio, Black Label Society) and John Petrucci (Dream Theatre), guitar clinics hosted by Gil Parris & Ken Haas (Reverend) and Mark Holcomb (Periphery), a performance by Morley Artist David Mercado & guests Al Mercado & Alex Garcia and more. Continue reading
Joe Satriani recently announced that he will be releasing his sixteenth solo album, What Happens Next, on January 12th. The new record sees him teaming up with Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath on bass, and Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Chad Smith on drums, and we have your first taste of the new material today. Continue reading