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The first PDF book from DTFanClub. It talks all about Dream Theater, his history, members, albums...

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  • 1. Dream Theater - A WalkThrough the Bandby Dream Theater Fan Club( PDF generated using the open source mwlib toolkit. See for more information. PDF generated at: Fri, 26 Aug 2011 20:40:26 UTC
  • 2. ContentsArticles Dream Theater 1 John Petrucci 21 John Myung 27 James LaBrie 34 Jordan Rudess 39 Mike Mangini 46 Mike Portnoy 49 Derek Sherinian 59 Kevin Moore 65 Charlie Dominici 70 Chris Collins (singer) 72 When Dream and Day Unite 74 Images and Words 77 Live at the Marquee (Dream Theater album) 81 Images and Words: Live in Tokyo 83 Awake (Dream Theater album) 85 A Change of Seasons 93 Falling into Infinity 95 Once in a LIVEtime 99 Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory 102 Live Scenes from New York 110 Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence 113 Train of Thought (Dream Theater album) 117 Live at Budokan (Dream Theater album) 121 Octavarium (album) 125 Score (album) 133 Systematic Chaos 139 Greatest Hit (...And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) 148 Chaos in Motion 2007–2008 151 Black Clouds & Silver Linings 155 A Dramatic Turn of Events 162References Article Sources and Contributors 166
  • 3. Image Sources, Licenses and Contributors 170Article Licenses License 171
  • 4. Dream Theater 1 Dream Theater Dream Theater Dream Theater at High Voltage 2011 Dream Theater with new drummer Mike Mangini performing at the 2011 High Voltage Festival in Victoria Park, London. Background information Origin Long Island, New York, United States Genres Progressive metal Years active 1985–present Labels Roadrunner, Warner Bros., Atlantic, Elektra, EastWest, Atco, Mechanic Website [1] Members John Petrucci John Myung James LaBrie Jordan Rudess Mike Mangini Past members Mike Portnoy Kevin Moore Chris Collins Charlie Dominici Derek Sherinian Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Petrucci, John Myung, and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts. They subsequently dropped out of their studies to further concentrate on the band that would ultimately become Dream Theater. 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 Portnoy left the band. In October 2010, the band held auditions for Portnoys replacement drummer. Mike Mangini was announced as the new permanent drummer on April 29, 2011. The band is well known for the technical proficiency of its instrumentalists, who have won many awards from music instruction magazines. Guitarist John Petrucci has been named as the third player on the G3 tour six times, more than any invited players. In 2009 he was named the No. 2 best metal guitarist by Joel McIver in his book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists. He was also named as one of the "Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time" by GuitarOne magazine.[2] Former drummer Mike Portnoy has won 23 awards from Modern Drummer magazine and is also the second youngest person (at the age of 37) to be inducted into the Rock Drummer Hall of Fame. His replacement Mike Mangini has also previously set 5 WFD records.[3] John Myung was voted the greatest bassist of
  • 5. Dream Theater 2 all time in a poll conducted by MusicRadar in August through September 2010. The band was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2010.[4] The bands highest-selling album is the gold-selling Images and Words (1992), which reached #61 on the Billboard 200 chart.[5] Both the 1994 release Awake and their 2002 release Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence also entered the charts at #32 and #46 respectively and received mostly positive reviews. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence also led to Dream Theater becoming the initial band reviewed in the music section of Entertainment Weekly during its opening week of release, despite the magazine generally preferring more mainstream music. In 2007, Systematic Chaos entered U.S. Billboard 200 at #19.[5] By 2008, Dream Theater had sold over 2.1 million albums in the U.S. and over 10 million records worldwide.[6] [7] The bands tenth studio album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings, was released on June 23, 2009. It entered the U.S. Billboard 200 at #6 and Eurochart Hot 100 at #1, marking their highest entry on either chart. The band finished recording a new album, A Dramatic Turn of Events, in 2011. The album, the bands first with Mike Mangini, is due out on September 13, 2011.[8] [9] History Early years (1985–1988) Formation Dream Theater was formed in Massachusetts in 1985 when guitarist John Petrucci, bassist John Myung, and drummer Mike Portnoy decided to form a band while attending the Berklee College of Music. The trio started by covering Rush and Iron Maiden songs in the rehearsal rooms at Berklee. Myung, Petrucci, and Portnoy joined together on the name Majesty for their newly formed group. According to the The Score So Far... documentary, they were waiting in line for tickets to a Rush concert at the Berklee Performance Center while listening to the band on a boom box. Portnoy commented that the ending of the song "Bastille Day" (from the album Caress of Steel) sounded "majestic". It was then Founding members (from left to right) John Myung, Mike Portnoy, and John Petrucci in 1985. decided that Majesty would be the bands name.[10] The trio then set out to fill the remaining positions in the group. Petrucci asked his high school band-mate Kevin Moore to play the keyboard. After he accepted the position, another friend from home, Chris Collins, was recruited as lead vocalist after band members heard him sing a cover of "Queen of the Reich" by Queensrÿche.[11] During this time, Portnoy, Petrucci, and Myungs hectic schedules forced them to abandon their studies to concentrate on their music, as they did not feel they could learn more in college. Moore also left his college, SUNY Fredonia, to concentrate on the band. The beginning months of 1986 were filled with various concert dates in and around the New York City area. During this time, the band recorded a collection of demos, titled The Majesty Demos. The initial run of 1,000 sold out 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 released officially on CD, through Mike Portnoys YtseJam Records. In November 1986, after a few months of writing and performing together, Chris Collins was fired. After a year of trying to find a replacement, Charlie Dominici, who was far older and more experienced than anyone else in the band, successfully auditioned for the group. With the stability that Dominicis appointment brought to Majesty, they
  • 6. Dream Theater 3 began to increase the number of shows played in the New York City area, gaining a considerable amount of exposure. Shortly after hiring Dominici, a Las Vegas group also named Majesty[12] threatened legal action for intellectual property infringement related to the use of their name, so the band was forced to adopt a new moniker. Various possibilities were proposed and tested, among them Glasser, Magus, and M1, which were all rejected, though the band did go as Glasser for about a week, though fans reacted poorly to this decision. Eventually, Portnoys father suggested the name Dream Theater, the name of a small theater he ran in Monterey, California, and the name stuck.[13] When Dream and Day Unite (1988–1990) With their new name and band stability, Dream Theater concentrated on writing more material while playing more concerts in New York and in neighboring states. This eventually attracted the attention of Mechanic Records, a division of MCA. Dream Theater signed their first record contract with Mechanic on June 23, 1988[13] and set out to record their debut album. The band recorded the album at Kajem Victory Studios in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. Recording the basic tracks took about 10 days, and Dream Theater in 1989: John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, the entire album was completed in about 3 weeks.[14] Charlie Dominici, Kevin Moore, John Myung When Dream and Day Unite was released in 1989 to far less fanfare than the band had anticipated. Mechanic ended up breaking the majority of the financial promises they had made to Dream Theater prior to signing their contract, so the band was restricted to playing around New York City. The promotional tour for the album consisted of just five concerts, all of which were relatively local. Their first show was at Sundance in Bay Shore, New York opening for the classic rock power trio Zebra.[15] After the fourth show, Charlie Dominici was let go because the band was starting to feel the limitations of his voice based upon the vocal style they wanted. The band was looking for more of a Bruce Dickinson/Geoff Tate type of singer. And his stage presence was not what they wanted for a front man. Shortly after, however, the band Marillion asked Dream Theater to open for them at a gig at the Ritz in New York, so Dominici was given the opportunity to perform one last time.[15] It would be another two years before Dream Theater had a replacement vocalist. The Atlantic years Images and Words and the addition of James LaBrie (1991–1993) Following Dominicis departure, Dream Theater fought successfully to be released from their contract with Mechanic, and set about auditioning singers and writing material for their next album. In their search for a new singer, they auditioned over 200 people, among them former Fates Warning front man John Arch; all were turned down. In mid-1990, at a gig in New York, Dream Theater introduced Steve Stone as their new singer. They had successfully recorded demos with him, which can be seen on the Images and Words Demos [16], though he only performed one live show with them that ended up disastrous, and Stone was fired immediately. The band says he had been dancing around the stage in a rather odd manner, seemingly doing a bad impression of Bruce Dickinson. Also, he had infamously shouted Scream for me Long Beach! several times throughout the show, although they were actually performing in Bayshore, embarrassing the band further.[17] It was five months before Dream Theater played another show, this time all-instrumental (under the name YtseJam). Until 1991, the band remained focused in an attempt to hire another singer and writing additional music.[15] It was during this period that they wrote the majority of what would become 1992s Images and Words.
  • 7. Dream Theater 4 In January 1991, Kevin James LaBrie, of glam metal band Winter Rose, was flown from Canada to New York for an audition. LaBrie jammed on three songs with the band, and was immediately hired to fill the vocalist position. Once recruited, LaBrie decided to drop his first name to avoid confusion with the other Kevin in the band. For the next few months, the band returned to playing live shows (still mostly around NYC), while working on vocal parts for the music written before acquiring LaBrie. Derek Shulman and Atco Records (now EastWest), a division of Elektra Records, signed Dream Theater to a seven album contract based on a three song demo (later made available as "The Atco Demos" through the Dream Theater fan club). The first album to be recorded under their new record contract was 1992s Images and Words. For promotion, the label released a CD Single and video clip for the song "Another Day", but neither made significant commercial impact. The song "Pull Me Under", however, managed to garner a high level of radio airplay without any organized promotion from the band or their label. In response, ATCO produced a video clip for "Pull Me Under", which saw heavy rotation on MTV. A third video clip was produced for "Take the Time", but it was not nearly as successful as "Pull Me Under". The success of "Pull Me Under", combined with relentless touring throughout the U.S. and Japan, caused Images and Words to achieve gold record certification in the States and platinum status in Japan. A tour of Europe followed in 1993, which included a show at Londons famed Marquee Club. The show was recorded and released as Live at the Marquee, Dream Theaters first official live album. Additionally, a video compilation of their Japanese concerts (mixed in with documentary-style footage of the off-stage portion of the tour) was released as Images and Words: Live in Tokyo. Awake and Kevin Moores departure (1994–1995) Eager to work on fresh material, Dream Theater retreated to the studio in May 1994. Awake, Dream Theaters third studio album, was released on 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 he was simply no longer interested in touring, nor did he favor the style of music Dream Theater performed and would be quitting Dream Theater to concentrate on his own musical interests.[18] As a result, the band had to scramble to find a replacement keyboardist before a tour could be considered. Jens Johansson, who would go on to become a member of Stratovarius, was among the biggest names to audition, however the band members were eager to fill the position with keyboardist Jordan Rudess. Portnoy and Petrucci had come across Rudess in Keyboard Magazine, where he was recognized as "best new talent" in the readers poll. The two invited him to play a trial gig with the band at the Concrete Foundations Forum in Burbank, California.[15] For the members of Dream Theater, the show went incredibly well, and Rudess was asked to fill the keyboardist position permanently, however Rudess opted to tour with The Dixie Dregs instead, since it granted him more personal latitude. Dream Theater hired fellow Berklee alumnus Derek Sherinian, who had previously toured and recorded with Alice Cooper and KISS, to fill in for the Awake promotional tour. By the conclusion of the tour, the band decided to take Sherinian on as Moores full-time replacement.[10] A Change of Seasons, Falling into Infinity (1995–1998) Once again finding themselves with a new member, Dream Theater did not immediately start working on new material. Fans around the world, united on the YtseJam Mailing List (the most popular form of communication between Dream Theater fans at that point), had started placing pressure on the band to officially release the song "A Change of Seasons". It had been written in 1989 and was intended to be a part of Images and Words, but at almost 17 minutes, it was deemed too long for studio placement. However, the band did perform it live on occasion while continuing to revise it in the years leading up to 1995. The petition was successful, and the group entered BearTracks Studios in New York in May 1995 to rewrite and record the 23 minute song with Sherinian contributing significantly to the final product. To disseminate "A Change
  • 8. Dream Theater 5 of Seasons", the band released it as an EP along with a collection of cover songs recorded live at a show they played at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in London earlier that year. After a short run of small concerts to promote A Change of Seasons, Dream Theater took a break for a few months. To keep busy, however, the band released a special Christmas CD through their official fan club, consisting of rare live tracks recorded during the bands early years. They continued releasing a new CD each Christmas until 2005.[19] Also during the break the individual members set out to write compositions for their upcoming collaborative writing sessions. Meanwhile, there were several changes at EastWest, and Dream Theaters main contact within the label was fired. As a result, the new team at the company were unaccustomed to the relationship Dream Theater had with former EastWest personnel, and they pressured them to write an album that was more accessible. In mid-1997, they entered the studio to write their next album. In addition to pressuring the band to adopt a more mainstream sound, EastWest recruited writer/producer Desmond Child to work with Petrucci on polishing the lyrics to his song "You or Me". The whole band substantially reworked the music to the song, and it appeared on the album as "You Not Me" with a chorus that was barely reminiscent of the original. Child also had a noticeable impact on the album, with a shift towards compositions that were less complex and more radio-friendly. The band wrote almost two CDs worth of material, including a 20 minute long follow-up to the Images and Words song "Metropolis Part 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper". The label, however, did not allow the release of a double album because it felt that a 140-minute record would not be digestible by the general public. James LaBrie also felt that the CD should be a single disc.[20] The unused songs were later released in the Ytsejam Records release The Falling into Infinity Demos.[21] The material that made it onto the album proper was released as Falling into Infinity, which received a mixed reception from fans who were more familiar with the bands earlier sound. While the album was moderately progressive-sounding, tracks such as "Hollow Years" and "You Not Me" prompted some to believe it was the dawn of a new, mainstream-sounding Dream Theater. Overall, the album was both a critical and commercial disappointment. Although Portnoy did not speak out publicly at the time, many years later, in the 2004 DVD commentary for 5 Years in a Livetime, he revealed that he had been so discouraged during this period hed considered disbanding Dream Theater altogether. During the European leg of the Touring into Infinity world tour, two shows were recorded for a live album entitled Once in a LIVEtime, in France and The Netherlands. The album was released at around the same time as the video 5 Years in a Livetime, which chronicled the time from when Kevin Moore left the band up to the Falling into Infinity promotional tour. Addition of Jordan Rudess and Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory (1999–2000) In 1997, Magna Carta Records Mike Varney invited Portnoy to assemble a progressive supergroup to work on an album, which would become the first in a long string of side-projects for the members of Dream Theater.[22] The lineup consisted of Portnoy on drums, Petrucci on guitar, Tony Levin on bass, and keyboardist Jordan Rudess, who had finished with the Dixie Dregs. The band assumed the name Liquid Tension Experiment, and would act as a medium through which Portnoy and Petrucci could once again court Rudess to join Dream Theater. In 1999, he accepted an offer to become the third full-time Dream Theater keyboardist, replacing Sherinian.[10] With yet another new member, Dream Theater entered BearTracks Studio once again to write and record their next album. As a result of an ultimatum from Portnoy, the label gave the band complete creative control. The follow-up to "Metropolis Part 1", which was written during the Falling Into Infinity sessions (but not used on that album), was taken off the shelf for reworking. They decided to expand the 20-minute song into a complete concept album, with a story revolving around themes such as reincarnation, murder and betrayal. To avoid stirring up the fan base, a tight veil of secrecy enveloped the writing and recording process. The only things fans were privy to prior to its release were a track list that had been leaked against the bands wishes, and a release date. In 1999, Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes
  • 9. Dream Theater 6 from a Memory was released to high critical acclaim. It was hailed as Dream Theaters masterpiece by many fans and critics alike, despite only reaching #73 on the US album chart.[5] The album was mixed by David Bottrill, but only a few of his mixes made it on the final album. The bulk was remixed by Kevin Shirley. The rest of the mixes can be heard in the bands official bootleg "The Making of Scenes from a Memory". A massive world tour followed recording the album, taking over a year to complete, by far their largest to that point. The concerts reflected the theatrical aspect of the album. They played the entire Scenes From a Memory album from start to finish, with a video screen on the back wall of the stage showing a narrative companion to the story of the album. In addition to playing the album in its entirety, the band also played a second set of Dream Theater songs, as well as a few covers and improvisations of old Dream Theater material. For one extra special show, at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, actors were hired to play characters in the story, and a gospel choir was enlisted to perform in some sections of the performance. This show, the last North American date of the tour, was recorded for the bands first DVD release. After many technical delays, the DVD, titled Metropolis 2000, was released in early 2001. Shortly after, the band announced that an audio version of the concert, with the entire four-hour long set-list (some of which had to be cut from the DVD to save space), would be released. The cover for the CD version of the concert, titled Live Scenes from New York, depicted one of Dream Theaters early logos (the Images and Words-era burning heart, modeled on the Sacred Heart of Christ) modified to show an apple (as in "Big Apple") instead of the heart, and the New York skyline, including the twin towers of the World Trade Center, in the flame above it. In an unfortunate coincidence, the album was released on the same date as the September 11 attacks. The album was quickly recalled by the band and was re-released with revised artwork later,[23] though some copies were sold, and have since become rare collectors items for fans. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2001–2002) Putting the whole ordeal behind them, Dream Theater once again entered BearTracks Studios to record their sixth studio album. Four years after they first petitioned EastWest to allow them to release a double album, they finally got their chance with Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence. The first disc consisted of five tracks of 7–13 minutes in length, and the second disc was devoted entirely to the 42-minute title track, which is to date the longest song Dream Theater has written. The genesis of that song came when Rudess wrote what would become the "Overture" section of "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence", and the band took some different melodies and ideas contained within it and expanded them into chapters of a complete story.[10] Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence ended up being received very well by critics and the press. It was the most publicized of Dream Theaters albums since Awake, debuting on the Billboard charts at #46[5] and the Billboard Internet charts at #1.[24] Throughout the next year and a half they toured the world once more, with an expanded live show including a select few special "album cover" gigs (see Cover songs section, below), in which they played Metallicas Master of Puppets and Iron Maidens The Number of the Beast in their entirety. Train of Thought (2003–2004) During 2003, Dream Theater entered the studio to write and record another album. Since Scenes from a Memory was written and recorded simultaneously in the studio, in the spirit of change, the band took a different approach by setting aside three weeks for writing prior to recording. In the middle of the recording sessions for the album, a special tour with two other progressive metal bands, Queensrÿche and Fates Warning, was undertaken in North America. The "Escape from the Studio American tour", as it was referred to in Dream Theaters promotional material, featured Queensrÿche and Dream Theater as co-headlining acts with Fates Warning performing supporting act duties. As a finale for each concert there was an extended encore in which both Dream Theater and Queensrÿche performed together on stage simultaneously, often playing cover songs.
  • 10. Dream Theater 7 At the completion of the tour, Dream Theater returned to the studio to finish the recording of their seventh album, Train of Thought, the follow-up to sixth double disc album Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence. They concentrated more on writing a great song-oriented album, a mindset inspired by covering Master of Puppets and Number of the Beast on their previous concert tour. As a result, the more straight-forward metal sound of those two albums seemed to creep into Train of Thought.[25] The album was a critical success, but it alienated a fair proportion of Dream Theaters fans who preferred traditional progressive rock, such as Yes or King Crimson. Regardless, it seemed to expand Dream Theaters fan base into new territory, capturing many more metal fans.[10] Another world tour followed, during which Dream Theater performed support act duties for one of their major influences, Yes. A modest North American tour was completed by the two bands, after which Dream Theater continued to tour the world with their so-called "An Evening With Dream Theater" shows. Their next move was to release another live CD/DVD combination, this time recorded at the famous Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan on their Train of Thought World Tour. Live at Budokan was released on October 5, 2004. Octavarium (2005–2006) Upon the completion of their Train of Thought promotional tour, Dream Theater entered the Hit Factory studios in NYC to record their eighth album. As it turned out, they would be the last group ever to record in that famous studio, and after they wrapped up their final session, the lights were turned off at the studio forever.[26] Octavarium was released on June 7, 2005, and took the bands sound in yet another new direction. Among its eight songs is a continuation of Portnoys Dream Theater after a concert in Paris during the first European leg "Twelve-step" saga ("The Root of All Evil", steps 6-7 of their tour (2005). From left to right: Mike Portnoy, John Petrucci, in the 12-step plan), as well as the title track, a James LaBrie, John Myung and Jordan Rudess musically versatile 24 minute epic rivaling "A Change of Seasons". Octavarium received mixed reviews from fans and has been the subject of spirited debate. Octavarium was the last album under their seven-album deal with Elektra Records, which had inherited the contract upon its absorption of EastWest Records. Dream Theater toured extensively throughout 2005 and 2006 to celebrate their 20th Anniversary as a band, including a headlining spot on Gigantour alongside Megadeth and put together by frontman Dave Mustaine, also featuring Fear Factory, Nevermore and Symphony X. During a show on August 2, 2005 in Dallas, the band paid tribute to Panteras late guitarist Dimebag Darrell by performing the song "Cemetery Gates" as an encore. In addition was the unexpected appearance of fellow musicians Russell Allen (Symphony X vocalist), Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory vocalist) and Dave Mustaine (Megadeth vocalist/guitarist), who joined the band on stage to perform parts of the song. Dream Theater later departed from Gigantour a few dates before it ended and continued on with their own series of concerts. Several concerts were recorded and released for the Fanclubs. The 20th anniversary tour concluded with a show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on April 1, 2006. Though the show had minimal promotion, it was sold out days after tickets were made available. This show, which was recorded for a CD/DVD called Score released on August 29, 2006 through Rhino Records, was the bands first concert accompanied by an orchestra (the "Octavarium Orchestra").
  • 11. Dream Theater 8 The Roadrunner years Systematic Chaos and Greatest Hit (2006–2008) After the show at Radio City Music Hall, the band decided to take the summer off for the first time in bands career. Dream Theater later entered Avatar Studios in September 2006 to record their follow up to 2005s Octavarium, once again being self produced by John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy, with legendary Studio Engineer, Paul Northfield handling engineering and mixing duites. Dream Theaters 9th studio album, Systematic Chaos was released on June 5, 2007. The record marked their first with new label Roadrunner Records, a subsidiary of the bands previous label Atlantic Records. Roadrunner implemented increased promotion for the album, and as a result, Systematic Chaos reached number 19 on the Billboard 200. It also saw the release of a video for "Constant Motion" on July 14, the bands first music video since Hollow Years in 1997. An authorized book entitled Lifting Shadows, detailing their first twenty years, was also released in 2007, with an updated and expanded edition released in 2009[27] Systematic Chaos contains eight tracks, but technically only seven songs. The album contains an epic titled "In the Presence of Enemies", bookending the album as tracks 1 and 8, Portnoys continuing AA Saga with the song "Repentance", and a song of political nature, "Prophets of War". The 2007/2008 Chaos In Motion World Tour started off in Italy. Dream Theater played in the Gods of Metal concert on June 3, 2007.[28] Dream Theater also appeared at the Fields Of Rock Festival in the Netherlands on June 17, 2007.[29] They also played at various other European festivals including the UKs Download Festival and the French festival Hellfest Summer Open Air with other bands such as Megadeth, Korn, Mastodon and Slayer. Dream Theater returned to perform the North American leg of the tour on July 24 in San Diego, California and wrapped up on August 26 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They played with opening acts Redemption and Into Eternity. The "Chaos In Motion" tour continued for the rest of the year and into 2008, playing shows in Asia, South America and, for the first time, Australia.[30] On April 1, 2008, a two-disc compilation album entitled Greatest Hit (...and 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) was released by the band. The title jokingly references the song "Pull Me Under", the bands only significant radio hit. It also includes three song re-mixes from their second album, Images and Words, five edited versions of previously released songs, and a track from a single B-side. Unlike most greatest hits compilations, Dream Theater was actively involved with the album, coming up with the tracklisting that they felt best represented their musical careers. Mike Portnoy, after the release of Greatest Hit, organized a new tour called Progressive Nation 2008. Unlike previous Dream Theater tours, performances were held in cities that they had not visited before in the past (such as Vancouver, Canada) or cities they had not played in for several years. This tour also marked the first time, since the release of Images and Words, where the group performed in small venues and performance halls. After this tour, the band released a DVD set called Chaos in Motion 2007–2008, a compilation of songs from the tour supporting their 9th album, Systematic Chaos. There were two sets of DVDs released. One was a regular two disk set while the Special Edition set contained three CDs of music that went along with the DVDs. It was released on September 30, 2008. Black Clouds & Silver Linings and Mike Portnoys Departure (2008–2010) On October 7, 2008, Dream Theater again, entered Avatar Studios to begin work on their 10th album, resuming their relationship with Paul Northfield to engineer and mix the record. The album, titled Black Clouds & Silver Linings, was released on June 23, 2009.[31] In addition to the standard CD, the album is available on vinyl LP, as well as a 3-disc Special Edition CD that includes the full album, a CD of instrumental mixes of the album and a CD of six cover songs from artists such as Queen and Rainbow. On July 1, 2009, the album debuted at #6 on Billboards Top 200 album chart, with first week sales totalling 40,285, making their highest entry on the chart.[32] Mike Portnoy spoke to Metal Hammer about the new album and commented the song The Shattered Fortress was the last in a series of songs about his 12 Steps recovery from alcoholism, The Best of Times "is a real heavy
  • 12. Dream Theater 9 personal subject about my dad who passed away during the making of the album," adding, "He was battling cancer throughout its making."[33] The band also embarked on a second Progressive Nation tour, including the tours first performances in Europe. Opeth, Unexpect and Bigelf supported Dream Theater in Europe, while Zappa Plays Zappa, Pain Of Salvation, and Beardfish were slated to perform on the North American leg. However, Pain of Salvation and Beardfish were unable to tour with Dream Theater and Zappa Plays Zappa because of financial troubles within their respective record labels. The two new bands that filled the vacated slots for the Progressive Nation 2009 tour in North America were Bigelf and Scale The Summit with Bigelf performing on both European and North American legs. After the Progressive Nation Tour, Dream Theater entered the studio right after New Years to write and record a brand new instrumental track for inclusion on the God of War III soundtrack EP God of War: Blood & Metal. Titled "Raw Dog", God (of) War reversed, the instrumental was sent to Roadrunner Records January 8, 2010. This marked the first time that the band has written and recorded an exclusive track for an outside project.[34] "Raw Dog" includes the first ever commercially recorded harpejji track, performed by Jordan Rudess, as well as Dream Theaters final recorded performance with Mike Portnoy on drums. In December 2009, during their Black Clouds & Silver Linings tour whilst visiting Australia, Dream Theater appeared with one support act, Pain of Salvation.[35] In March 2010, they toured South America with Bigelf. Afterwards, during the summer of 2010, Dream Theater supported Iron Maiden on the US and Canadian legs of their summer tour which were the last shows DT played during 2010.[36] On Wednesday, September 8, 2010, Mike Portnoy announced he had left Dream Theater.[37] In his official statement he said: "Dream Theater was always my baby...and I nurtured that baby every single day and waking moment of my life since 1985...24/7, 365...never taking time off from DTs never-ending responsibilities (even when the band was "off" between cycles)...working overtime and way beyond the call of duty that most sane people ever would do for a band....But Ive come to the conclusion that the DT machine was starting to burn me out...and I really needed a break from the band in order to save my relationship with the other members and keep my DT spirit hungry and inspired. "We have been on an endless write/record/tour cycle for almost 20 years now (of which I have overseen EVERY aspect without a break) and while a few months apart from each other here & there over the years has been much needed and helpful, I honestly hoped the band could simply agree with me to taking a bit of a "hiatus" to recharge our batteries and "save me from ourselves"... "Sadly, in discussing this with the guys, they determined they do not share my feelings and have decided to continue without me rather than take a breather...I even offered to do some occasional work throughout 2011 against my initial wishes, but it was not to be..." The rest of the band did not agree and decided to continue on without him. Because of this decision, Portnoy decided he will be leaving Dream Theater.[38] Portnoy, who had recently finished recording Avenged Sevenfolds most recent studio album, "Nightmare" in place of their late drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, appeared to have an in with Avenged Sevenfold after his departure from Dream Theater. After the members of Avenged Sevenfold decided to continue on without Portnoy, he went back to the members of DT to try to reconcile. Unfortunately, the band had already moved on and any chance of rekindling their working relationship had already passed. Portnoy wrote, “Just for the record, this is indeed true…Fairly recently, I reached out to the guys to try and make amends and offered to reconcile for the sake of having peace back in our lives…(plus I know how much it meant to a lot of the fans…),”. Portnoy also wrote online, “I figured it was still possible to try and save us, because they hadn’t made any announcements yet or begun any public activity with another drummer…but sadly, they declined my offer (well, actually their lawyer did…they didn’t even tell me themselves…)”.[39]
  • 13. Dream Theater 10 The addition of Mike Mangini and A Dramatic Turn of Events (2011–present) After Mike Portnoys Departure, auditions to find a new drummer were to begin in October.[40] An interview with James LaBrie conducted on October 8, 2010 confirmed that there were seven world-class drummers lined up for auditions,[41] which would be taking place through the rest of October. On January 3, John Petrucci stated on his Twitter account that Dream Theater entered the studio to begin recording their eleventh album, but still had not revealed who the new drummer was.[42] Two months later, Petrucci posted on his Facebook page that the band had finished writing the next album and would soon begin the tracking process.[43] On March 17, 2011, John Petrucci addressed on his forum page, since there was frustration among the fan base about who the new drummer was, he commented: "I appreciate everyones patience regarding the announcement (or lack thereof!) of DTs new drummer. I know it has been very frustrating to have to wait for the news. Believe me, we are busting at the seams to tell everyone and rest assured that our decision will not disappoint on any level!".[44] On April 21, 2011, the band released a trailer for an upcoming documentary, entitled "The Spirit Carries On", in reference to a song from the album "Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory, about the search for their new drummer. This trailer revealed the seven drummers who auditioned; Mike Mangini, Virgil Donati, Marco Minnemann, Peter Wildoer, Thomas Lang, Derek Roddy and Aquiles Priester.[45] On Friday April 29, 2011, Dream Theater revealed over YouTube, in the third and final episode of the documentary, that they chose Mike Mangini as Portnoys replacement.[46] On May 24, 2011, John Petrucci announced that they will be working with legendary producer Andy Wallace for mixing the album.[47] On June 7, 2011, John Petrucci revealed over Facebook and Twitter that the title of the bands upcoming album will be A Dramatic Turn of Events.[48] A track listing of the new album was revealed on June 8, 2011.[49] On June 28, 2011 Mixing and mastering of the album had been completed, and on the following day released their first single from the album, "On the Backs of Angels".[50] Logo and imagery Despite the bands being forced to change their name, Dream Theater adopted a custom logo (known as the Majesty symbol) and wordmark which has appeared on the vast majority of their promotional material and on the front cover of almost every Dream Theater studio album. The Majesty symbol is derived from Mary, Queen of Scots mark,[51] [52] which was re-worked by Charlie Dominici for use on the album artwork for When Dream and Day Unite.[53] Dream Theater wordmark and In September 2010, a fan of Dream Theater discovered that all of the letters of "Majesty" symbol "DOMINICI" fit together perfectly into the Majesty symbol.[54] When Charlie discovered this, he laughed and mentioned that "it only took them 25 years to figure out the Dominici Code!"[55] This has earlier also been discovered as shown on the comment section of DTFAQ[53] and in the DTNorway Podcast Episode 2 from 2008, with Charlie Dominici.[56] Musical style Dream Theater is well noted for being one of the early progenitors of the progressive metal genre.[57] The original two members, John Petrucci and John Myung have strong influences from bands such as Rush, Yes, Iron Maiden, various speed metal bands, and even the hair metal of the day.[58] This synthesis created a unique metal that was not traditional of the day: it had distorted guitars and fast riffing, but the music focused more on technical proficiency and precise execution than on heavy metal riffs. The bands music has focused on three main elements: metal, melody, and progressive roots.[59] In terms of style and ability, they have been compared to the commercially more successful Winger.[60]
  • 14. Dream Theater 11 Live performances Throughout their career, Dream Theaters live shows have gradually become bigger, longer, and more diverse. The most obvious example of this is their rotational set list policy. That is, every single night of every tour has had its set list devised by Portnoy using a meticulous process that ensures its uniqueness. Factors such as set lists from previous cities are taken into account to ensure that people who see Dream Theater multiple times within the same area will not see the same songs performed twice, and even the set list from 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 tours.[61] Whether or not this practice will continue following Portnoys departure remains to be seen. For this to be possible, the band prepared to play the majority of its catalogue at any performance, depending on what Portnoy decided to program for that night. This process also required the employment of a complex lighting system to load pre-configured lighting cues based on the individual songs. Some of Dream Theaters more notable touring partners include Porcupine Tree, Symphony X, Between The Buried And Me, Deep Purple, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Iron Maiden, The Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Kings X, Marillion, Megadeth, In Flames, Pain of Salvation, Opeth, Queensrÿche, Riverside, Spocks Rudess and Petrucci dueling in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2008). Beard, Fear Factory, Enchant, 3, Yes and Zappa Plays Zappa. In 2005, Dream Theater toured North America with the Gigantour festival, co-headlining with Megadeth, and have played with Megadeth and Iron Maiden physically on stage. The bands full world tours, since Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, have predominantly been so-called "Evening with..." tours, in which the band performs for at least three hours with an intermission and no opening act. The show that was recorded for Live Scenes From New York was nearly four hours in length, and resulted in Portnoy almost being hospitalized after acquiring severe food poisoning from the food he ate before the show.[62] [63] There is also a significant amount of humor, casualness, and improvisation attached to a Dream Theater concert. In the midst of "A Change of Seasons" it is quite common for themes such as those for Major League Baseball and The Simpsons to be quoted, and Rudess routinely modifies his solo section in the song and others, often playing the ragtime section of "When the Water Breaks" from Liquid Tension Experiment 2. Several songs included on Once in a LIVETime include snippets of others pieces, such as Lynyrd Skynyrds "Free Bird" and Rimsky-Korsakovs "Flight of the Bumblebee." Other quotations include "Mary Had a Little Lamb" during "Endless Sacrifice" on the Gigantour, a calliope-inspired break between verses of "Under a Glass Moon", a quote of "Dont Cry for Me, Argentina"s main melody played by Petrucci while performing the intro solo of "Through Her Eyes" in Buenos Aires, the Turkish March at a concert in Istanbul, and the opening riff of Rushs "A Passage to Bangkok" at a show in Bangkok, Thailand. On the "20th Anniversary World Tour" Rudess has even thrown in a short "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" theme in a break during "Endless Sacrifice", and during a concert in Israel he started a spontaneous "Hava-Nagilla" later accompanied by the rest of the band. Occasionally, a member of the audience is picked at random to perform on stage, an example of which can be seen during Portnoys drum solo on the Live at Budokan DVD. There have also been many impromptu renditions of "Happy Birthday" when a member of the band or crew has a birthday corresponding to a tour date, which normally results in a birthday cake being thrown at the subject.
  • 15. Dream Theater 12 Perhaps the best example of Dream Theaters unpredictable concert structure is that during Derek Sherinians time with the band. At selected shows the band members all swapped instruments and performed an encore as the fictitious band dubbed Nightmare Cinema. They usually performed a cover of Deep Purples "Perfect Strangers", and, on one occasion, Ozzy Osbournes "Suicide Solution". At some shows, Sherinian, Petrucci and Portnoy would take the stage together under the name "Nicky Lemons and the Migraine Brothers". Sherinian, wearing a feather boa and novelty sunglasses, would perform a pop-punk song entitled "I Dont Like You" with Petrucci and Portnoy backing. In Chaos in Motion tour, in several concerts before "Trial of Tears", Portnoy and Petrucci would change positions and play. Dream Theaters largest audience as a headlining act was 20,000 in Santiago, Chile on December 6, 2005.[64] This was during their first tour of South American countries other than Brazil (which they had visited in 1997 and 1998). The show was released on DVD through Portnoys YtseJam Records. In the Score and Chaos in Motion DVDs, an animation has accompanied certain parts of the songs, showing the band playing along to the music as cartoon characters. On the Score DVD, during the song Octavarium, the band is seen performing in an octagonal shaped maze. As the animation continues Jordan Rudess spontaneously turns into Santa Claus and John Petrucci catches fire.[65] In "The Dark Eternal Night" from the Chaos in Motion DVD, the band battles against a monster by shooting fireballs from guitars, throwing drum sticks, and screaming.[66] In 2007, after their show in Salt Lake City on July 30, Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. signed a proclamation officially marking July 30, 2007 as Dream Theater Day in the state of Utah. In 2008 Dream Theater started the "Progressive Nation 08" tour, along with Opeth, Between the Buried and Me, and 3. The tour is the brainchild of Mike Portnoy, who stated, "Ive been wanting to assemble a package tour like this for many years now. With all of the festivals and package tours that go through America, Ive been talking with our manager and agent for over 10 years now about doing something that focuses on the more progressive, musician-oriented side of hard rock and metal. I decided it was time to stop talking the talk, lace up and finally walk the walk."[67] On February 13, 2009, Dream Theater announced the official line up for their Progressive Nation 2009 tour. The tour was originally set to feature bands including Swedish bands Beardfish and Pain of Salvation, as well as Zappa plays Zappa. On June 22, 2009, Mike Portnoy announced that Pain of Salvation and Beardfish would not be touring the North American leg of the Progressive Nation 2009 tour because of record label complications. In the same announcement, Portnoy stated that the bands Scale the Summit and Bigelf would replace Pain of Salvation and Beardfish on the tour.[68] This lineup change has put Bigelf on both the North American and European legs of the Progressive Nation 2009 tour. The tours North American leg ran throughout July and August 2009. On March 26, 2009 it was announced that Dream Theater would take the Progressive Nation tour to Europe for the first time alongside Opeth, Bigelf and Unexpect. The tour ran throughout September and October 2009.[69] In June/July 2010 Dream Theater were the opening band for Iron Maiden during the first leg of their Final Frontier Tour which included Madison Square Garden as one of the many venues. On December 7, 2010, Dream Theater announced on their website that they would be headlining the High Voltage Festival alongside Judas Priest in 2011. In July 2011 they started a new tour to promote their newest release.
  • 16. Dream Theater 13 Cover songs Dream Theater has covered other artists work throughout their career. During the promotional tour for Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, during shows in Barcelona, Chicago and New York City, they covered Metallicas Master of Puppets album in its entirety after a full set of Dream Theater material. On the next leg of the tour they covered Iron Maidens The Number of the Beast and received a similar reaction to Master of Puppets, although it was already known that a cover was to be performed that night because the tour itinerary included two successive gigs in a single city. On October 11, 2005, Dream Theater covered. Dream Theaters official webpage stated that the second sets of the second nights in Amsterdam, London, Buenos Aires, São Paulo and Tokyo (October 11, October 25, December 4, December 11 and January 13 respectively), and also the second set of the January 15 show in Osaka, would be a classic album covered in its entirety. The Dark Side of the Moon was played again on October 25 in London. However, in Buenos Aires (December 4) and São Paulo (December 11) the classic album played was Dream Theaters own Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory, to make up for not having visited Argentina and Brazil in their Metropolis 2000 tour. On January 13, 2006 (Tokyo) and on the 15th (Osaka), Dream Theater covered Deep Purples live album Made in Japan. Portnoy said that he had planned one more cover show, but refused to reveal when it would occur, or what album would be covered.[70] Under Mike Portnoys drum solo under the instrumental track, Ytse Jam, from the Images and Words: Live in Tokyo DVD, he covered the beginning of Panteras "By Demons Be Driven" from their sixth album, Vulgar Display of Power. During Gigantour 2005, Dream Theater did a cover of Panteras "Cemetery Gates" as a tribute to "Dimebag" Darrel Lance Abbott. As an added bonus, they had Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory, and Russell Allen of Symphony X do guest vocals and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, do the main solo for the song. In March 2006, Dream Theater played the Rush song "Jacobs Ladder" at a show in Toronto. John Petrucci said a few days later in Asbury Park, New Jersey, prior to the nights show, that "Rush wouldnt play it, so we thought wed play it for them." In addition, Dream Theater performed several live cover songs on their EP A Change of Seasons, including songs from Elton John, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Genesis, Journey, Kansas, and Dixie Dregs. In 2008, they recorded a version of Iron Maidens "To Tame a Land" for a Kerrang magazine compilation entitled Maiden Heaven.[71] This song was later included on the special edition of Black Clouds and Silver Linings. Also in 2007/2008, they performed portions of "Sugar Mice" by Marillion at various live shows, including in Seoul, Korea. Dream Theater also recorded a number of cover songs for their 2009 album Black Clouds & Silver Linings. The songs came as a bonus disc in the special editions version of the album. Dream Theater played "Hava Nagila", the traditional Jewish song, during "Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper" at a sold-out concert in Tel Aviv, Israel on June 16, 2009.[72] On August 14, 2009 during a Toronto show, Dream Theater played the Rush song "The Camera Eye", which was originally released on Rushs Moving Pictures album. Dream Theater also performed "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd eight times during their Escape The Studio Tour, accompanied by Queensrÿche from July 12 - August 2, 2003.[73]
  • 17. Dream Theater 14 Bootleg culture Dream Theater have released a series of official bootlegs, demos and other rarities through YtseJam Records, headed by Portnoy.[74] Demo series • The Majesty Demos 1985–1986 • When Dream and Day Unite Demos 1987–1989 • Images and Words Demos 1989–1991 • Awake Demos • Falling Into Infinity Demos • Train of Thought Instrumental Demos 2003 Studio series • The Making of Falling Into Infinity • The Making of Scenes From a Memory Live series • New York City – 3/4/93 • Tokyo, Japan – 10/28/95 • Old Bridge, New Jersey – 12/14/96 • Los Angeles, California – 5/18/98 • Bucharest, Romania – 7/4/02 • When Dream and Day Reunite – 5/6/04 CD/DVD Cover series • Master of Puppets (CD) • The Number of the Beast (CD) • Made in Japan (CD) • Uncovered 2003–2005 (CD) • The Dark Side of the Moon (CD/DVD) Discography Studio albums • When Dream and Day Unite (1989) • Images and Words (1992) • Awake (1994) • A Change of Seasons (EP) (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)
  • 18. Dream Theater 15 • A Dramatic Turn of Events (2011) Tours • Majesty Shows (1986–1988) • Early Dream Theater Shows (1989) • When Dream and Tour Unite (1989) • Pre-Images and Words Shows (1990–1992) • Images and Tour (1992-1993) • Music in Progress Tour (1993) • Pre-Awake Shows (1994) • Waking Up the World Tour (1994–1995) • A Change of Seasons Tour (1995) • Home for the Holidays (1995) • The Fix for 96 (1996) • An Evening of New Music (1997) • Touring into Infinity (1997–1998) • Deep Purple/ELP/Dream Theater Tour (1998) • An Intimate Evening with Dream Theater (1998) • Pre-Scenes From a Memory (1999) • Scenes From a Memory Tour (1999) • Metropolis 2000 (2000) • World Tourbulence (2002) • Escape From the Studio (2003) • Train of Thought Tour (2004) • Octavarium Tour (2005–2006) • Gigantour 2005 (2005) • Chaos in Motion Tour (2007–2008) • Progressive Nation 2008 (2008) • Black Clouds & Silver Linings Tour (2009–2010) • Progressive Nation 2009 (2009) • The Final Frontier World Tour (2010) • A Dramatic Turn of Events Tour (2011) Band members Current members Former members • John Petrucci – lead guitar, vocals • Mike Portnoy – drums, percussion, backing vocals • John Myung – bass guitar, Chapman Stick • Kevin Moore – keyboards • James LaBrie – lead vocals, percussion • Chris Collins – vocals • Jordan Rudess – keyboards, Continuum, lap steel guitar • Charlie Dominici – vocals • Mike Mangini – drums, percussion • Derek Sherinian – keyboards
  • 19. Dream Theater 16 Awards and certificates RIAA gold and platinum certifications[75] 1. Images and Words (Gold) – February 2, 1995 2. Metropolis 2000: Live Scenes From New York (Gold) – November 8, 2002 3. Live at Budokan (DVD) (Platinum) – January 26, 2005 4. Live in Tokyo/5 Years in a Livetime (Platinum) – March 22, 2006 5. Score (DVD) (Platinum) – October 11, 2006 6. Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory (Gold) – 2010 Keyboard Magazine Jordan Rudess was awarded the following Keyboard Magazine Readers Poll award: 1. Best New Talent (1994)[76] Burrn Magazine Jordan Rudess was awarded: 1. Best keyboards player of the year (2007) Guitar World The album Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory was ranked #95 on the magazines list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Albums of All Time.[77] Total Guitar Paul Gillard John Petrucci won Guitarist of the year award (2007) Ultimate Guitar Archive In 2009, Dream Theater were placed on the Top 10 in Ultimate Guitars The Greatest Metal Bands of the Decade.[78] Classic Rock magazine Dream Theater won The Spirit of Prog Award at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour 2009 in London.[79] [80] They were also nominated for the Album of the Year Award for their newest record, Black Clouds & Silver Linings, but lost to AC/DCs Black Ice.[81] Rolling Stone In July 25th, 2011, Dream Theater were placed on the list "The Best Prog Rock Bands of All Time", chosen by the Rolling Stone Magazines readers poll.[82] MusicRadar The MusicRadar readers poll placed them amongst "The 30 greatest live acts in the world today" (as of 2010). They peaked #5 on the list, placed over artists like Metallica, Muse, U2 and Coldplay.[83] John Myung, from August through September 2010, was voted the greatest bassist of all time. In the same time frame, Mike Portnoy was voted the second best drummer ever, losing out to Joey Jordison. In December 2010, James LaBrie was voted the 15th best frontman of all time (with Axl Rose coming first and Freddie Mercury in second). Jordan Rudess was voted the best keyboardist of all time in a poll conducted from June to July this year, with John Petrucci coming second in a shred-guitarist poll conducted in May this year (losing out to Al Di Meola. Other recognitions • At Dream Theaters Salt Lake City show, Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. signed a proclamation making July 30, 2007, "Dream Theater Day".[84] • Dream Theater played twice on Xbox 360s Game With Fame event. They played Halo 3 in December 2007[85] and Call of Duty: World at War in June 2009.[86] • On November 2010, Dream Theater was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
  • 20. Dream Theater 17 References [1] http:/ / www. dreamtheater. net [2] "Top Shredders of All Time" (http:/ / www. randyciak. com/ guitar/ top_shredders_of_all_time. htm). . Retrieved 2008-02-26. [3] "Worlds Fastest Drummer" (http:/ / www. worldsfastestdrummer. com/ mikemangini. htm). . Retrieved 30 June 2011. [4] "Dream Theaters John Myung: "Being Inducted Is Like Passing An Important Mile Marker In Our Career..."" (http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ news/ Dream-Theaters-John-Myung-Being-Inducted-Is-Like-Passing-An-Important-Mile-Marker-In-Our-Career-22417. aspx). 2010-11-17. . Retrieved 2011-07-18. [5] Billboard Chart history for Dream Theater can be seen at (http:/ / www. billboard. com/ bbcom/ retrieve_chart_history. do?model. vnuArtistId=14435& model. vnuAlbumId=681399). [6] "‪Dream Theater - The Spirit Carries On Episode 1‬‫( "‏‬http:/ / www. youtube. com/ watch?v=L609JsPFmmI& feature=relmfu). YouTube. 2011-04-21. . Retrieved 2011-07-18. [7] "Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy talks about sharing the road" (http:/ / www. goldminemag. com/ article/ dream-theater-mike-portnoy-talks-about-sharing-the-road). GoldmineMag. 2010. . Retrieved 2010-08-29. [8] "Rock Interview: Dream Theater" (http:/ / gmgradiocdn. co. uk/ audio/ 2011/ 05/ 5cn5cw7ufh. mp3). . Retrieved 2011-05-31. [9] "Dream Theaters official website" (http:/ / www. dreamtheater. net/ news_dreamtheater. php#pressrelease). 2011. . Retrieved 2011-06-28. [10] This was referenced in the documentary "The Score so Far", on the second disc of the Score DVD. [11] Portnoy, Mike (2003). "The Majesty Demos 1985-1986" [CD Liner Notes]. New York: Ytsejam Records. [12] "The Dream Theater FAQ - Graphic Version" (http:/ / www. gabbo. net/ dt/ faq/ ). . Retrieved 2009-01-02. [13] Portnoy, Mike (2004). And Nathan Edmonds help produce "When Dream and Day Unite Demos" 1987-1989 [CD Liner Notes]. New York: YtseJam Records. [14] Dominici, Charlie. When Dream And Day Unite liner notes (2004 re-release). [15] Please see tourography (http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ dates/ tourography/ ?tour=4) for more information on this tourdate. [16] http:/ / dreamtheater. wikia. com/ wiki/ Images_and_Words_Demos [17] Portnoys tourography: June 9, 1990 tour date (http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ dates/ tourography/ ?show=28) [18] EastWest Records Press Release. [19] Nine Christmas CDs were released through Dream Theaters fan club before it was closed down in 2005. See DTIFC on Dream (http:/ / www. dreamtheater. net/ dtifc. php?p=annualcd). [20] LaBrie, James. (Summer 97) Images & Words No. 14, pg. 5 [21] "Falling into Infinity Demos" (http:/ / www. ytsejamrecords. com/ ProductCart/ pc/ viewPrd. asp?idcategory=6& idproduct=26). . Retrieved 2011-07-18. [22] Portnoy, Mike (1998). "Liquid Tension Experiment" [CD Liner Notes]. New York: Magna Carta Records. [23] "Mike Portnoy FAQ" (http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ aboutmike/ faq/ answers/ 12. aspx#213). . [24] (http:/ / www. dreamtheater. net/ archive_dreamtheater. php?y=2002#billboard) reported that Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence had reached #1 on the Billboard Internet Charts. [25] Mike Portnoy (2007) "In Constant Motion" Instructional DVD, Train of Thought album analysis. [26] Moldstad, Frank. "New Yorks Hit Factory Gets a New Identity" (http:/ / digitalprosound. digitalmedianet. com/ articles/ viewarticle. jsp?id=45690). Digital Pro Sound. . [27] "Lifting Shadows - The Authorised Story Of Dream Theater" (http:/ / www. dreamtheaterbook. com/ ). . Retrieved 2009-01-02. [28] "Gods of Metal official website" (http:/ / www. godsofmetal. it/ ). . Retrieved 2011-07-18. [29] " DREAM THEATER Begins Recording New Album, Seeks New Label Home (http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ blabbermouth. net/ news. aspx?mode=Article& newsitemID=59931)". (http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ blabbermouth. net) [30] " OPETH To Support DREAM THEATER In North America (http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ blabbermouth. net/ news. aspx?mode=Article& newsitemID=81636)." [31] "Dream Theater – Black Clouds & Silver Linings" (http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ forum/ m2268614. aspx). . Retrieved 2011-07-18. [32] "Dream Theater debuts at 6 on Billboard Top 200, The Gauntlet" (http:/ / www. thegauntlet. com/ article/ 1124/ 16276/ Holy-Shit-Dream-Theater-debuts-at-6-on-Billboard-Top-200. html). . Retrieved 2011-07-18. [33] "Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy Pens Tribute To Late Father" (http:/ / www. metalhammer. co. uk/ news/ dream-theater’s-mike-portnoy-pens-tribute-to-late-father/ ). 2009-05-01. . Retrieved 2011-07-18. [34] Portnoy, Mike. "MPs Forecast for 2010" (http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ forum/ m2443312. aspx). . [35] Mark Bredius (2011-06-14). "tour dates for Australia, December 1–12, 2009" (http:/ / www. dreamtheater. net/ tourdates. php#dtnzaustralia). . Retrieved 2011-07-18.
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  • 22. Dream Theater 19 [71] "Maiden Heaven track listing revealed!" (http:/ / www2. kerrang. com/ 2008/ 06/ maiden_heaven_track_listing_re. html). . Retrieved 2011-07-18. [72] "Video of Dream Theater playing in Tel Aviv, they play "Hava Nagila"" (http:/ / whiplash. net/ materias/ news_874/ 091017-dreamtheater. html). . Retrieved 2011-07-18. [73] "Dream Theater setlist of the mini-tour with Queensryche" (http:/ / www. setlist. fm/ setlist/ dream-theater/ 2003/ kahuna-summerstage-wilmington-de-5bd6d390. html). . Retrieved 2011-07-18. [74] "YtseJam Records - The Official Dream Theater Bootlegs" (http:/ / www. ytsejamrecords. com). . Retrieved 2009-01-02. [75] "listing of Dream Theater awards" (http:/ / www. riaa. com/ goldandplatinumdata. php?resultpage=1& table=SEARCH_RESULTS& action=& title=& artist=dream theater& format=& debutLP=& category=& sex=& releaseDate=& requestNo=& type=& level=& label=& company=& certificationDate=& awardDescription=& catalogNo=& aSex=& rec_id=& charField=& gold=& platinum=& multiPlat=& level2=& certDate=& album=& id=& after=& before=& startMonth=1& endMonth=1& startYear=1958& endYear=2010& sort=Artist& perPage=25). . Retrieved 2011-07-18. [76] "Jordan Rudess biography" (http:/ / www. jordanrudess. com/ jr/ index2. html). . Retrieved 2011-07-18. [77] "Dream Theaters Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory ranks #95 on Guitar Worlds 100 greatest guitar albums of all time" (http:/ / rateyourmusic. com/ list/ Boggs1027/ guitar_worlds_100_greatest_guitar_albums_of_all_time). . Retrieved 2011-07-18. [78] Ultimate Guitars Best Metal Bands of the Decade! http:/ / www. ultimate-guitar. com/ columns/ features/ the_top_ten_bands_of_the_decade_metal_continues_to_rule_supreme. html [79] "‪Канал користувача ArtisanNewsService‬‫( "‏‬http:/ / www. youtube. com/ user/ ArtisanNewsService#p/ search/ 4/ bWBma2xE4q4). YouTube. . Retrieved 2011-07-18. [80] "Dream Theater won The Spirit of Prog Award at Classic Rock Roll of Honour 2009!" (http:/ / www. classicrockmagazine. com/ news/ iggy-pop-awarded-living-legend-at-classic-rock-roll-of-honour-2009/ ). . Retrieved 2011-07-18. [81] "Classic Rock » Blog Archive » Classic Rock Roll Of Honour ‘09 Nominations!" (http:/ / www. classicrockmagazine. com/ news/ classic-rock-roll-of-honour-09-nominations/ ). 2009-06-26. . Retrieved 2011-07-18. [82] Greene, Andy. "Readers Poll: The Best Prog Rock Bands of All Time" (http:/ / www. rollingstone. com/ music/ photos/ readers-poll-the-best-prog-rock-bands-of-all-time-20110720/ 0318489). Rolling Stone. . Retrieved July 25, 2011. [83] "The 30 greatest live acts in the world today" (http:/ / www. musicradar. com/ news/ guitars/ the-30-greatest-live-acts-in-the-world-today-462684). 2011-06-16. . Retrieved 2011-07-18. [84] "Utah Governor Declares DREAM THEATER Day - July 31, 2007" (http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ blabbermouth. net/ news. aspx?mode=Article& newsitemID=77886). . Retrieved 2010-11-02. [85] " - Game with Fame - Game with Fame: Dream Theater Recap" (http:/ / replay. waybackmachine. org/ 20081015200636/ http:/ / www. xbox. com/ en-US/ community/ calendar/ gamewithfame/ 2007/ 1218-dreamtheater-recap. htm). Archived from the original (http:/ / www. xbox. com/ en-US/ community/ calendar/ gamewithfame/ 2007/ 1218-dreamtheater-recap. htm) on 2008-10-15. . [86] " - Events - Play Call of Duty: World at War with Dream Theater" (http:/ / replay. waybackmachine. org/ 20090619014130/ http:/ / www. xbox. com/ en-US/ community/ calendar/ gamewithfame/ 2009/ 0620-dreamtheatre. htm). Archived from the original (http:/ / www. xbox. com/ en-US/ community/ calendar/ gamewithfame/ 2009/ 0620-dreamtheatre. htm) on 2009-06-19. . Further reading • Bredius, Mark. Dream Theater - The official site ( (Retrieved February–April 2005.) • Dixon, Brad et al. Official Dream Theater FAQ ( (Retrieved February–April 2005, moved c. 2007.) • Hansen, Scott & Portnoy, Mike. Dream Theater Tourography ( tourography.asp?menu=dates). (Retrieved February–April 2005.) • King, Brian. (2003). "JaM Progductions! Interview with John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy". Theater of Dreams 29, pp. 14–20. • Hansen, Scott. (2003). "James LaBrie: As this man thinks". Theater of Dreams 27/28, pp. 26–30. • Hale, Mark (1993). "1731 Majesty". Headbangers (First edition, second printing ed.). Ann Arbor, Michigan: Popular Culture, Ink. ISBN 1-56075-029-4.
  • 23. Dream Theater 20 External links • Official website (http:// • 2011 interview with James LaBrie on Prog Sphere ( resurfacing-an-interview-with-james-labrie/)
  • 24. John Petrucci 21 John Petrucci John Petrucci John Petrucci with Dream Theater in Rio 2008. Background information Birth name John Peter Petrucci Born July 12, 1967 Kings Park, Long Island, New York Genres Progressive metal, instrumental rock, progressive rock, jazz fusion Instruments Guitar, vocals, bass, drums, programming Years active 1985–present Labels Roadrunner, Sound Mind Music, Magna Carta Associated acts Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment, Explorers Club, Eric Johnson, Jon Finn Group, Nightmare Cinema, G3 Website [1] Notable instruments • Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci Signature Model John Peter Petrucci (born July 12, 1967) is an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Along with his former bandmate Mike Portnoy, he has produced all Dream Theater albums since their 1999 release, Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory. He is also a backing vocalist for Dream Theater. Petrucci was named as the third player on the G3 tour six times, more than any other invited guitarists. In 2009 he was named the No. 2 Best metal guitarist by Joel McIver in his book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists.[2] He was also named as one of the "Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time" by GuitarOne magazine.[3]
  • 25. John Petrucci 22 Biography John Petrucci was born on July 12, 1967 in Kings Park New York to an Italian American family. He picked up the guitar at the early age of 8 because his older sister was allowed to go to bed later in order to practice the piano. However he decided to quit the guitar when his attempts to stay up late were unsuccessful. He would later pick up the guitar again at the age of 12 when his childhood friend and future Dream Theater keyboardist Kevin Moore invited John to join his cover band. John attended Berklee College of Music in Boston with childhood friend John Myung (bass), where they met future bandmate Mike Portnoy (drums). These three in addition to Kevin Moore, formed the band Majesty, which would later become Dream Theater. John Petrucci performing live. While Dream Theater is what Petrucci is most commonly associated with, he is also a part of the project band Liquid Tension Experiment and has appeared as a guest on several records by other artists such as the Age of Impact album by the Explorers Club. Petrucci has released a guitar instructional video, "Rock Discipline", which covers warm up exercises, exercises to avoid injury while playing, alternate picking, sweep picking, chords and other techniques for developing ones guitar playing. Petrucci also has a book named "Guitar World presents John Petruccis Wild Stringdom", which was compiled from columns he wrote for Guitar World magazine, bearing that same title. In 2001, John Petrucci was invited by Joe Satriani and Steve Vai to tour with them on the popular G3 guitar tour, which exposed him to a massive number of new fans and inspired him to record a solo album. The album, Suspended Animation, was released on March 1, 2005, and was made available for order from his web site. Petrucci also appeared on the 2005 and 2006 G3 tours, and in 2007, went on G3 tour again, this time with Paul Gilbert and Joe Satriani. In a recent video with Larry DiMarzio, Petrucci revealed that hes been working on a follow up to his 2004 album, "Suspended Animation" along with the new Dream Theater album.[4] Petrucci also wrote and recorded two instrumental soundtrack songs for a Sega Saturn game titled Digital Pinball: Necronomicon. Each track is roughly two minutes long and they are simply titled "Prologue" and "Epilogue". According to the spoof rock band Nightmare Cinema (the Dream Theater members changing instruments playing a gig) he got the "alternate stage name" Johnny James. Dream Theater bandmate Jordan Rudess revealed in an interview that Petrucci is a practicing Catholic.[5] He currently lives in St. James, New York with his wife Rena Sands, a guitarist in the all-female heavy metal band Meanstreak, and they have 3 children, Samantha and Reny (who are twins), and Kiara. He is also an avid fan of bodybuilding and dedicates much of his off time to weight training.[6] He is a voting member of NARAS. Musical style Guitar Technique Petrucci is respected for his variety of guitar styles and skills. One of the most notable of these is his high speed alternate picking which, as he himself claims, requires a "strong sense of synchronization between the two [playing] hands." John is notable for frequent use of the seven-string electric guitar, which he states is used as a "writing tool", taking advantage of the extended range both for heavier riffing (The Mirror) and to play extended range runs as part
  • 26. John Petrucci 23 of a solo (This Dying Soul). Petrucci has also been known to directly incorporate riffs and solos from other bands into live Dream Theater performances. For example, Pink Floyds Have a Cigar and Metallicas Enter Sandman are referenced during the performance of Peruvian Skies from the Once in a Livetime live album. Another example occurs in Dream Theaters live DVD Chaos in Motion, during the extended version of Surrounded. Here, Petrucci incorporates the guitar solo from Mother by Pink Floyd. The varied examples of this further demonstrate Petruccis wide range of influences. In addition, Petrucci is the only band member to have contributed lyrics to every album; hes written lyrics for at least three songs for every single album. These include, among others, the fan favorite Metropolis, Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper, the heartfelt The Spirit Carries On, the politically-charged The Great Debate and the epic In the Presence of Enemies. Furthermore, Petrucci has used real-life experiences for lyrical inspiration, which includes songs as The Count of Tuscany, A Nightmare to Remember, and Endless Sacrifice. Singing Petrucci has been Dream Theaters backing vocalist since the Awakes Tour. His singing is much darker than James Labries and is often used in bridges like "Solitary Shell", and in choruses of songs such as "Forsaken" and "In The Name of God". On the EP Wither Petrucci performs lead vocals on an alternative, demo version of the title track. He had previously done his own vocals for "The Spirit Carries On". During live performances before the departure of Mike Portnoy, he only sang small sections of backing vocals or harmonies. Guitar Rig Studio albums Album Amplifiers Majesty/When Dream And Day Unite Randall RG100ES Images and Words Mesa Quad Preamp, Mesa Triaxis/2:90, Marshall JMP1 for Metropolis Pt.1, Roland JC120 for cleans Awake Only album to be quadruple layered. 2 takes using Dual Rectifier, 2 takes using Mark IIC+ A Change Of Seasons Mark IIC+, Mark IV, TriAxis Falling Into Infinity Dual Rectifier, Mark IIC+, Mark IIB, Mark IV, TriAxis Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes From A Memory Mark IIC+, Mark IV, TriAxis, Formula, Dual Rectifier Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Mark IIC+, Dual Rectifier (for The Glass Prison) Train Of Thought Road King Series I Octavarium Road King Series I, Mark IV, Lone Star Systematic Chaos Lone Star, Mark IV Black Clouds & Silver Linings Lone Star, Mark IV, Mark IIC+, Mark V Suspended Animation Roadking Series 1, Mark IIC+ Liquid Tension Experiment TriAxis, 2:90 power amp Liquid Tension Experiment 2 Mark IIC+, Mark IV
  • 27. John Petrucci 24 Live • I&W Tour: 2 Triaxis Preamps (one for backup), 2:90 power amp, Mesa Abacus+Mesa Midi Matrix for switching • Scenes From NY: Triaxis, Dual Rectifier, Mark IIC+, Mark IV, Formula Preamp, 2:90 power amps • Live At Budokan: Road King Series 1 (x3), Lonestar (x2) • Score: Custom Built "Nunya" Preamp, Formula Preamp, mesa 2:100 power amp, 4 Mesa 4x12s and 4 Mesa 2x12s. Midi switching by Steen Skrydstrup. • 2005 G3 Tokyo: Dual Rectifier (x2) Road King (x2) • 2007 G3 tour: Mark IV (x2), Formula preamp • 2007 Systematic Chaos Tour: Mark IV (x2), Lonestar (x1), TC Electronic 2290, M3000, Eventide Ultra Harmonizer, Jim Dunlop rack wah & various stomp boxes. Midi switching by Axess Electronics. • 2009 BC&SL Tour: Mark V(x3), 3x Mesa/Boogie Mark V, 1x TC Electronics C400XL Compressor/ Gate, 3x TC Electronics M3000, 1x TC Electronics 1210 Spatial Expander/Stereo Chorus/Flanger, 1x Eventide H7600 Harmonizer, 1x Dunlop DCR-IFC Rack Wah, 1x Keeley Modded Tube Screamer TS-9DX Flexi, 1x MXR EVH Flanger, 1x MXR EVH Phaser, 1x Axess Electronics FX-1 Midi Foot Controller w/ expander,2x Dunlop DCR-IFC Wah Controllers (one for pedalboard and one on center stage for solos), 1x Ernieball 25k Stereo Volume Pedal,1x Boss TU-2 Tuner • 2010 Iron Maiden Supporting Tour: Mark V (x3), Dunlop Rack Wah, Fractal Audio Axe-Fx Ultra Since the Train of Thought World Tour, John has used two footrests made by Patrick Slaats (who also designs Jordan Rudesss keyboard stands), such that they are book-ends for his pedalboard. These are utilised whenever Petrucci plays difficult-to-play passages within his songs, as he practices using proper classical guitar techniques - meaning that he must rest his guitar on his left thigh when sequences get difficult. Before this, he used regular stage monitors to do this. He stated in the Live at Budokan DVD that he also has "spit shields" around his cabinets, in order to avoid getting them defaced by Mike Portnoys "gobs of goobers" (spat-out chewing gum). It would seem that this isnt used, now that Mike Mangini is in the band. Discography Year Title Label Notes 1986 The Majesty The Original CD had no label. It A rare CD recorded for Berklee College of Music with Kevin Moore as their Demos was just for the students at keyboardist and Chris Collins as their singer. Ytse Jam Records then re-released the Berklee. Ytse Jam Records then album as an official bootleg. They play a song of this album called Another Won on re-released the album in 2003 their 20th Anniversary DVD, Score. 1989 When Dream and MCA/Mechanic First Dream Theater studio album. Day Unite 1992 Images and Words Atlantic/ATCO Again with Dream Theater, introducing the new lead singer James LaBrie. 1993 Live at the WEA International First Dream Theater live album. Marquee 1994 Awake EastWest The last Dream Theater album with Kevin Moore as keyboard player. 1995 A Change of EastWest Dream Theater EP, introducing Derek Sherinian as new keyboard Player. Seasons (EP) 1996 Working Man Magna Carta A Rush tribute. 1997 Falling into Elektra Last Dream Theater studio album with Derek Sherinian. Infinity 1997 Dragon Attack CNR Music A tribute to Queen 1998 Guitar Battle Viktor Various Artists
  • 28. John Petrucci 25 1998 Liquid Tension Magna Carta Project with Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess and Tony Levin Experiment 1998 Once in a Elektra 2CD recorded in Paris, France. LIVEtime 1998 Age of Impact Magna Carta Explorers Club 1998 Wicked The Orchard Jon Finn Group 1999 Liquid Tension Magna Carta Second album with Liquid Tension Experiment Experiment 2 1999 Metropolis Pt. 2: Elektra Jordan Rudess as new keyboard player for Dream Theater, the bands first concept Scenes from a album. Memory 2000 An Evening with Sound Mind Music A live album with keyboard player Jordan Rudess John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess 2001 Feeding the Wheel Magna Carta Jordan Rudess solo album, Petrucci is featured on guitar. 2001 Live Scenes From Elektra 3CD recorded in New York, U.S. featuring Scenes from a Memory in its entirety. New York First Official live album (audio of the DVD Metropolis 2000: Scenes from New York with featuring extra songs) with Jordan Rudess. 2002 Six Degrees of Elektra Dream Theaters first studio double album. Notably heavier than previous releases, Inner Turbulence containing more prominent guitar riffing and solos than previous Dream Theater records. 2003 Train of Thought Elektra Dream Theaters heaviest release to date. 2004 Live at Budokan Atlantic Dream Theater 3CD/2DVD combination recorded in Tokyo, Japan. 2005 Suspended Sound Mind Music John Petruccis first solo album. Animation 2005 G3: Live in Tokyo Sony Plays on G3, with guitarists Steve Vai and Joe Satriani 2005 Octavarium Atlantic Dream Theaters last album with Atlantic Records Group. 2006 Score Rhino Entertainment 3CD/2DVD recorded at Radio City Music Hall on April 1, 2006 New York, U.S. for Dream Theaters 20th Anniversary. 2006 Blood of the Snake Inside Out Music Played guitar on first track "Czar Of Steel". - Derek Sherinian 2006 Loudspeaker - Mascot/Avex Special guest guitarist on "Black Orchid". Marty Friedman 2007 Systematic Chaos Roadrunner Records First album released under Dream Theaters new contract with Roadrunner Records on June 5, 2007. 2008 Chaos in Motion Roadrunner Records A live album 3CD/2DVD documenting the bands 2007/2008 Chaos in Motion and 2007–2008 Progressive Nation tours featuring several songs from the supporting album Systematic Chaos included extended versions of Take the Time and Surrounded and both parts of In the Presence of Enemies played as one song. Also features a medley of Trial of Tears, Finally Free, Learning to Live, In the Name of God, and Octavarium (using the final part Razors Edge) titled Schmedley Wilcox. 2009 Black Clouds & Roadrunner Records Released on June 23, this is Dream Theaters tenth studio album. Last album with Silver Linings Mike Portnoy, also recording of the last part of the Twelve-step Suite dealing with Portnoys alcoholism titled "The Shattered Fortress". 2011 A Dramatic Turn Roadrunner Records First Dream Theater album with Mike Mangini on the drums. Upcoming release on of Events September 13.
  • 29. John Petrucci 26 Videography Year Title Notes 1993 Images and Words: Live in First Dream Theater live DVD. Includes extended version of Take the Time. Tokyo 1995 Rock Discipline - VHS John Petrucci does a DVD on guitar warmups, tricks, exercises, and his gear. 1998 5 Years in a LIVEtime The only live Dream Theater DVD with Derek Sherinian. 2001 Metropolis 2000: Scenes From New York 2002 Rock Discipline - DVD 2004 Live at Budokan 2005 G3: Live in Tokyo 2006 Score 2DVD recorded at Radio City Music Hall on April 1, 2006 New York, U.S. Celebrated Dream Theaters 20th Anniversary. They performed this concert with a symphony orchestra. 2007 Chaos in Progress: The Making DVD included in the special edition of Systematic Chaos of Systematic Chaos 2008 Chaos in Motion 2007–2008 Released September 30, 2008. Documents the bands 2007/2008 Chaos in Motion and Progressive Nation tours. References [1] http:/ / www. johnpetrucci. com [2] http:/ / www. ultimate-guitar. com/ news/ interviews/ dave_mustaine_discusses_the_100_greatest_metal_guitarists. html [3] "Top Shredders of All Time" (http:/ / www. randyciak. com/ guitar/ top_shredders_of_all_time. htm). . Retrieved 2008-02-26. [4] http:/ / www. youtube. com/ watch?v=-v0M_tSllDI [5] The Dream Theater official FAQ (http:/ / faq. dtnorway. com/ question/ 114) [6] The Official John Petrucci Web Site (http:/ / johnpetrucci. com/ biography. htm) External links • John Petrucci official web site ( • John Petrucci Official Twitter Web site ( • Official Facebook of John Petrucci (
  • 30. John Myung 27 John Myung John Myung John Myung with Dream Theater in Berlin 2007 (Note Jordan Rudess in the background) Background information Birth name John Ro Myung Born January 24, 1967 Origin Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Genres Progressive metal, progressive rock, jazz fusion Occupations Musician Instruments Bass, Chapman Stick, guitar, keyboard, violin Years active 1985–present Associated acts Dream Theater, Platypus, The Jelly Jam, Explorers Club, Gordian Knot, Nightmare Cinema, Nicky Lemmons and the Migrane Brothers Notable instruments Ernie Ball Music Man Bongo Yamaha RBX6JM Tung Wingbass II John Ro Myung (  /ˈmaɪ.əŋ/; born January 24, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American bassist, Chapman Stick player and a founding member of the progressive metal group Dream Theater. He is considered a virtuoso player who is widely recognized for his technical proficiency. In a poll conducted by MusicRadar in August through September 2010, he was voted the greatest bassist of all time.[1] Background Born in Chicago to Korean parents, Myung grew up in Kings Park, Long Island, New York. He played the violin from the age of five until he was asked to play electric bass in a local band when he was fifteen. He accepted, assuming the violin and bass were similar due to the number of strings.[2] After graduating from high school he and his high school friend John Petrucci enrolled at the Berklee College of Music, where they met future bandmate Mike Portnoy. The three of them formed the band Majesty with another friend from high school, keyboardist Kevin Moore and vocalist Chris Collins. The band would later change its name to Dream Theater. Though Dream Theater is his primary focus musically, he has appeared in a number of other projects through his career. His first non-Dream Theater venture was in the pop-prog band Platypus with Rod Morgenstein, Ty Tabor and ex-Dream Theater bandmate Derek Sherinian. He is also a member of The Jelly Jam, which consists of the same
  • 31. John Myung 28 line-up as Platypus, but without Sherinian. Apart from his membership in these bands, he has appeared as a guest on numerous records. He also played keyboards in the spoof band Nightmare Cinema as Juice Malouse. Myungs main influences include Chris Squire, Steve Harris, Geddy Lee and Cliff Burton, and their respective bands Yes, Iron Maiden, Rush, and Metallica. Myung is married to Lisa Martens Pace, the bass player in the defunct all-female heavy metal band Meanstreak. Two other members of the band, Rena Sands and Marlene Apuzzo are married to current and former Dream Theater members: John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy, respectively. Myung is a Christian and open about his religion in interviews—Jordan Rudess confirmed this in a post on his forum.[2] Up until the addition of Mike Mangini, Myung had the distinction of being the only member of Dream Theater to have never performed vocals. Personality Myung has a reputation as the "mysterious" member of Dream Theater, as he is very quiet and seldom draws attention to himself in videos or concerts. This has led some fans to jokingly wonder if anyone has ever heard him speak. However, he does speak in DVD commentaries and on his instructional video, as well as to fans he meets at live shows.[3] His mysterious personality was emphasized when, at a show in Germany, he tackled Dream Theater singer James LaBrie, much to the confusion and amazement of both the audience and the rest of the band; this move later became known as the "Myung Tackle." It would later be revealed in the bands biography Lifting Shadows that he was dared to do it with "a couple hundred dollars and nobody thought that he would do it."[4] Myung is also famous for his practicing principles. Both Kevin Shirley (on the Metropolis 2000: Scenes From New York DVD) as well as former keyboardist Derek Sherinian (on his website [5] ) have said that Myung is the only musician they know who "cools down" (opposed to "warms up") before a show. He also has been seen to practice just minutes before the band goes on stage. In a forum post, John Petrucci said that, when he and Myung were at Berklee, the two had an agreement to practice at least six hours every day.[6] Songwriting Dream Theater has long been known for its group writing process, so it is sometimes difficult to identify which member of the band authored a particular song or song section (although, on some DVD commentaries, the band members have identified certain parts as, e.g., "a John Myung riff"). With respect to lyrics, Myung wrote the lyrics to one song per album from Images and Words to Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory, though none of Dream Theaters releases after Scenes From a Memory has had any lyrics written by Myung. Mike Portnoy once commented in a chat session that this is probably because Myungs lyrics usually needed some work by the rest of the band to fit to the song. As a result, the band eventually imposed an unwritten lyric rule that required lyrics to be "properly formed, phrased, constructed, etc. to go with the melodies," and, "since then, John has kind of backed off." [7] In April 2011, it was confirmed by Jordan Rudess that Myung has written lyrics for the upcoming eleventh album. Instruments Myung began playing bass at the age of 15 after having played violin for a number of years. His first bass was a "Memphis" brand Precision bass copy, but he quickly upgraded to a salmon-colored four-string Fender Jazz bass. He also began to develop a unique playing style high on the neck, adding counterpoint lines and melodies to the bands material which are not typically heard in traditional "rock" music. He was also a heavy user of effects not typically heard on the bass guitar to better bring out his distinctive style.
  • 32. John Myung 29 Early Dream Theater gear For Dream Theaters debut album When Dream and Day Unite, Myung played a heavily-modified Ernie Ball/MusicMan Stingray four-string bass, as well as his four-string Fender Jazz Bass, with the Stingray seeing the vast majority of local New York City-area live performances in this period (1988–1992). The Ernie Ball/MusicMan Stingray four-string was customized with an added front pickup sending a traditional clean bass sound to a clean amp, while the bridge signal was sent to a full-time "effected" amplifier, much like his influences Chris Squire and Geddy Lee and similar to "The Wife", a modified Fender precision bass used by Billy Sheehan, except Sheehans bridge pickup was notch filtered to achieve a more guitar like sound. Myung used a 4-string Spector NS-2 [8] for most of the recording of Images and Words in 1992 (although he may have used a 5-string or 6-string bass for songs such as "Take the Time", which features a low-C#). Switch to 6-string basses He made the technically challenging switch to 6-string basses for Dream Theaters subsequent tour of America, Europe, and Japan, using several high-end Tobias "Basic"-model basses. At least two, a Cherry Sunburst (seen on the "Live In Tokyo" VHS/DVD release) and "Transparent Red" (seen in the "Take The Time" video) Maple body-and-neck with Rosewood fretboard can be seen and heard on various Dream Theater music videos and on the Live At The Marquee EP released in 1993. Myung continued to use Tobias basses throughout the "Images And Tour" and "Music In Progress" tours from 1992 to late 1993. He has used six string basses almost exclusively ever since. Tung endorsment For Dream Theaters Awake album, Myung became the primary endorser of Tung basses, which were produced by a small company formed by ex-Tobias luthier Nicholas Tung. Myung owned at least three of the only 100 instruments constructed, two "Wingbass II Bolt-on" six-strings (one Natural and one Sunburst, both with Figured Maple tops, Ash bodies and Maple necks with Rosewood fretboards), and one "Wingbass II Hybrid (a "half neck-through") with Spalted Maple top, Ash body, and Maple neck with Birdseye Maple fretboard). The natural-finish Wingbass II bolt-on became his main live instrument for the "Waking Up The World" and "A Change of Seasons" tours, although he used the other two in his "Progressive Bass Concepts" instructional video. During this period, Myung also used a Hamer acoustic bass for "unplugged" radio shows and live performances. For amplification, he was using Mesa Boogie Strategy 400 power amps, a Mesa Boogie Bass 400+, and a modified Mesa Boogie Triaxis guitar preamp with several transistors swapped out for ones that would support the lower range of a bass guitar. Switch to Yamaha After the Tung company ceased production, Myung began endorsing Yamaha instruments, using its TRB [9] and John Patitucci [10] six-string fretted and fretless basses live for Dream Theaters The Fix For 96 [11] & An Evening of New Music with Dream Theater [12] while working with Yamahas Artist Custom Shop on what would become his signature instrument. Based on the more "rock"-oriented RBX body style, prototypes of the RBX6JM along with his TRB basses were used for the recording of 1997s Falling Into Infinity. A bolt-on bass with alder body with flame-maple top available in either "Ruby Red" or "Turquoise Blue" with a maple neck, ebony fretboard, gold hardware, 35" scale, and "Infinity" dot inlay on the fretboard, various Red and Blue RBX6JM models were his main studio and live instruments along with his TRB fretless from 1997–1998s Touring Into Infinity [13], 1998s Once In A LIVEtime double-disc live CD and 5 Years In A LIVEtime video, 1999s Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory, following tour and 2001s Metropolis 2000: Scenes From New York DVD and Live Scenes From New York three CD live set. Myungs amplification and speaker endorsement changed at this time to SWR Sound Corporation, as can be seen on the Metropolis 2000 DVD. However, Internet-released "Webisodes [14]" of the making of 2002s Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence double album showed an expansion of Myungs studio gear with the use of a Hamer 8-string bass, as well as a Music Man Stingray 5 five-string bass. The usage of this bass on the entirety of disc 2 of Six
  • 33. John Myung 30 Degrees of Inner Turbulence would lead to changes to his Yamaha signature bass. In 2002, Myung and Yamaha unveiled the RBX-JM2 [15], an updated version of his signature bass that echoed the redesign of Yamahas entire RBX-series of basses. Changes included a modified body shape with more "modern" lines and carvings, finishes in either "Inca Silver" or "Plum Purple" in flat as opposed to glossy paint, slightly tighter string-spacing, a maple neck/rosewood fretboard with "Yin-Yang" inlay at the 12th fret, 34" scale as opposed to the 35" scale that the RBX6JM had, and most importantly a single Seymour Duncan Music Man-type Humbucking pickup, by all accounts an influence from his usage of a Music Man Stingray to record a good portion of Dream Theaters last album as well as the Stingray that was his primary bass on the bands first album. This was used on Dream Theaters Train of Thought and Octavarium albums, the tours supporting them, as well as the vast majority of the Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence tour (the prototypes for the second version arrived for him to test early in the tour), the Summer 2002 tour co-headlining with Joe Satriani, the Summer 2003 tour co-headlined with Queensrÿche, and the Gigantour heavy metal festival Dream Theater co-headlined with Megadeth. Myung did not play the Production model of the RBX JM2 he had a second pickup added between the Music Man Style Pickup which was made by Seymour Duncan an the bridge. There were also a few controls added. He stated that also the body shape and the woods were slightly altered for the Bass he was using. Switch to Music Man During the recording of Systematic Chaos in 2006, Myung was seen using various MusicMan basses (most notably an Egyptian Smoke Bongo 5 HH as well as a Sterling H/SC, which can be seen a few times during in-studio videos and the EPK for this new album). At the beginning of the 2007 "Chaos in Motion" tour, he was spotted playing a MusicMan Bongo 5 HS in his signature "Inca Silver" (Flat Gray) finish on stage as opposed to his signature Yamaha instrument. This was the first time since before Images and Words that Myung had toured with MusicMan instruments. On July 23, 2007, a posting on the Music Man online forum by the owner of Music Man, Sterling Ball, [16] stated with certainty that "I am speaking for both myself and the entire Music Man family in welcoming a wonderfully talented bassist and good guy, John Myung of Dream Theater. John has fallen in love with the prototypes that we made of the Bongo 6 and is now playing them exclusively. He is so in love with them that he wont let me tweak them. He is playing the first proto and has two others from the same batch. This is historic for us to have hit the nail on the head for an artist without any input, visit, or promise." He also stated that, for the first time since John was endorsed by Yamaha over 10 years ago, "It is not a signature bass it is part of the regular line." However, several years ago, Sterling Ball had stated that there was no chance of a six-string Bongo unless a "high-profile artist asked for one," so John Myungs desire for a six-string Music Man can be seen as the genesis of the six-string Bongo. Myung is currently (as of May 2008) playing the 2 original six-string prototypes on Dream Theaters "Progressive Nation 2008" tour, a Flat Silver model very close the "Inca Silver" color on his signature Yamaha and a Black model both with Humbucker/Single Coil pickup combinations, as well as a single humbucker Flat Silver. On July 26, 2007, both he and John Petrucci visited the Music Man factory to test some new instruments that were being made for them—in this visit Myung can be [17] seen with an Egyptian Smoke six-string with a H/SC pickup configuration. In an Interview in 2010 which was made due to his election for the greatest bass player of all time he states that he is working with Musicman on a modified Bongo with different types of wood which sometimes may be available for the public. Other instruments Myung also has used a 12 string Grand Chapman Stick, an instrument primarily intended to be played by "tapping" the strings much as a pianist plays a keyboard, as well as strumming them or fingerpicking. To date, Myung has only used the Stick on four Dream Theater songs in the studio and live: "New Millennium", "Trial Of Tears", "Take Away My Pain" from Falling Into Infinity, and "Misunderstood" from Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (although it has been brought into the studio for every recording session since and was the original instrument that the "Home" bassline was performed on until being switched to bass). He did, however, use the Stick on several tracks on Sean
  • 34. John Myung 31 Malones first Gordian Knot including "Srikara Tal" and "Redemptions Way." Myung also used a fretless bass on the Dream Theater song "Through Her Eyes". Amplification Currently (as of May 2008) onstage, Myung uses all rackmount units for his sounds. As of the August 2005 issue of Bass Player magazine detailing his on-stage equipment, he used two Demeter HBP-1 preamps, a Demeter VTDB-2B mono tube direct box, Demeter HXC-1 optical compressor, Ashdown ABM RPM-1 EVO II preamp and ABM APM 1000 Evo II power amp, a Pearce BC-1 preamp, Framptone 3-Banger (for switching between preamps and their different settings) and Mesa Big Block 750 amplifier. Myung does not use speaker cabinets onstage. Instead, he uses direct boxes that feed the signal from his instruments into the front-of-house mixing board. Many fans and viewers of their live DVDs complain that his signal is distinctly quieter than the rest of the bands when playing live compared to studio recordings, sometimes causing his solo sections to be almost inaudible. Effects On the Chaos in Motion Tour he used a Demeter VTDB-2B mono tube direct box, a Demeter HXC-1 Compressor and a Demeter HBP-1 Preamp for his direct signal. He also used two Mesa Bigblock 750 amplifiers and a Mesa Bigblock Titan V12 amplifier connected to a Mesa 2x12 cabinet and a Mesa 4x12 cabinet. All this is controlled by a Mesa high gain amp switcher. Furthermore he used a DBX 166xl compressor as well as some Furman units and a Shure wireless system. The only rackmount effect unit he used was a Eventide DSP 4000. In All this can be seen on a picture which is shown on the Mesa homepage. In addition you can see a MXR Phase 90 and a MXR double shot distortion pedal on his pedalboard. A Framptone AB Box as well as a Korg Racktuner and his Midi Footcontroller which is made by Custom Audio Electronics are also mounted on his pedalboard. Myung used to use a 4x10 Mesa Cabinet and 2x12 Mesa Cabinet. On some pictures you can see two Mesa Roadking heads next right to his cabinets. These might be also used to create his sound. Apart from the various preamps that he uses for overdrive and distortion, the only "effect" Myung uses is an Eventide DSP4000 Ultra-Harmonizer for chorus, harmonization, and time-based effects: "I dig the Hyper Quad setting on the Eventide. It makes for a great wide, spatial effect that really brings my bass sound to life, especially live."[18] In 2011 he was seen in the studio using the Fractal Audio AXE FX as well as his mesa bigblock heads. Equipment over the years • 1998: Custom Build Noisegate, Rocktron Rack interface, Voltage Controlled Amplifier, Steward 4 Channel DI, Mesa Boogie Amp Switcher, modified Mesa Triaxis. Mesa M2000, Mesa Bass 400+, Mesa Abacus, Mesa Strategy 500, Mesa 2x10 wedge monitors, Mesa 1x15+4x10 Cabs, DBX 166, Yamaha spx900 • 2002: SWR SM900 Heads, Demeter Isocabs, two Pearce BC1 Preamps • 2005: Ashdown RPM1 Preamp, Pearce BC1 Preamp, Mesa Bigblock 750, Ashdown PM1000 Poweramp, Eventide DSP4000, Demeter HBP-1 preamps, a Demeter VTDB-2B mono tube direct box, Demeter HXC-1 optical compressor • 2007: Two Mesa Bigblock 750, Mesa Bigblock Titan V12, Eventide DSP4000, DBX 166XL, Demeter HBP-1 preamps, a Demeter VTDB-2B mono tube direct box, Demeter HXC-1 optical compressor, Mesa Powerhouse 4x10 and 2x12 Mesa Amp Switcher, Mesa Rectifiers • 2010: Smaller setup for the tour with iron maiden an in south America. Eventide DSP4000, Demeter HBP-1 Preamp, Mesa Bigblock 750, Mesa M9, DBX 166XL, Mesa Amp Switcher • 2011: In the studio Axe Fx, Bigblock 750
  • 35. John Myung 32 Technique Myung mainly uses a two or three finger picking style in his playing. He also uses slapping and popping on some songs and also uses Tapping and Harmonics in his bass playing. His tapping technique is demonstrated most prominently in the bass solo in "Metropolis part 1: The Miracle and The Sleeper". He uses his chorus effect to help the harmonics to ring out in his playing and sometimes plays chords consisting mostly of harmonics. This is heard most prominently in the intro riff of "Lifting Shadows off a Dream", the beginning of "The Glass Prison" and the end of "The Shattered Fortress" (which both use exactly the same riff). He uses tapping and fingerstyle on his Chapman Stick throughout "New Millennium". He occasionally uses a pick as well, namely on "These Walls" and the ending of "The Dark Eternal Night". For the song "These Walls" he played with a pick in the studio but later used fingerstyle when playing live. Setup and tuning Until his switch to Music Man John was using dAddario XL roundwounds later he switched to the dAddario Prosteels. He used gauges .032, .045, .065, .085, .105, .130. Live he likes to set his strings higher to "be more physical". In the Studio he likes the strings to be lower. Most of the songs are in standard 6 string tuning but for some songs he uses different tunings (according to a forum post in John Petruccis Forum): Tunings Songs BEADGC Standard tuning for most songs CEADGC As I Am, Honor Thy Father, In the Name of God, A Nightmare to Remember DEADGC Endless Sacrifice Bb-Eb-Ab-Db-Gb-B The Root of All Evil AEADGC These Walls AEACGC Panic Attack (on the album 3rd string was at C only for the intro, and the 6th string may have been Bb) Discography • Dream Theater - The Majesty Demos (1985) • Dream Theater – When Dream and Day Unite (1989) • Dream Theater – Images and Words (1992) • Dream Theater – Live At The Marquee (1993) • Dream Theater – Awake (1994) • Dream Theater – A Change of Seasons (1995) • Dream Theater – Falling Into Infinity (1997) • Dream Theater – Once In A LIVEtime (1998) • Platypus – When Pus Comes to Shove (1999) • Dream Theater – Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory (1999) • Platypus – Ice Cycles (2000) • Gordian Knot – Gordian Knot (album) (2000) • Dream Theater – Live Scenes From New York (2001) • The Jelly Jam – The Jelly Jam (2002) • Explorers Club – Raising the Mammoth (2002) • Dream Theater – Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002) • Dream Theater – Train Of Thought (2003) • The Jelly Jam – The Jelly Jam 2 (2004) • Dream Theater – Live At Budokan (2004)
  • 36. John Myung 33 • Dream Theater – Octavarium (2005) • Dream Theater – SCORE (2006) • Dream Theater – Systematic Chaos (2007) • Dream Theater - Chaos in Motion (2007–2008) • Dream Theater – Black Clouds & Silver Linings (2009) • Dream Theater – Wither (2009) • Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn of Events (2011) Videography • Dream Theater – Images And Words: Live In Tokyo (1993) • Dream Theater – Awake In Japan (1995) • John Myung – Progressive Bass Concepts (1996) • Dream Theater – 5 Years In A LIVEtime (1998) • Dream Theater – Metropolis 2000: Scenes from New York (2001) • Dream Theater – Live At Budokan (2004) • Dream Theater – When Dream And Day Reunite (2004) • Dream Theater – SCORE (2006) • Dream Theater – Chaos in Progress: The Making Of Systematic Chaos (2007) • Dream Theater – Chaos in Motion (2008) • Dream Theater – A Rite Of Passage (2009) References [1] "The 25 greatest bassists of all time | Page 25" (http:/ / www. musicradar. com/ news/ guitars/ the-25-greatest-bassists-of-all-time-279007/ 25#content). 2010-09-24. . Retrieved 2011-07-18. [2] "John Myung - Dream Theater Wiki" (http:/ / dreamtheater. wikia. com/ wiki/ John_Myung#Early_Life). . Retrieved 2011-07-18. [3] | Does John M speak? (http:/ / faq. dtnorway. com/ question/ 33) [4] Wilson, Rich (2007). Lifting Shadows: Words. London, England: Essential Works. p. 275. ISBN 978-0-9545493-7-4. [5] http:/ / www. dereksherinian. com/ bio-arthist_bass. html [6] "Practicing" (http:/ / www. petrucciforum. com/ forums/ printthread. php?t=50). John Petrucci Forums. March 2002. . Retrieved 2008-11-02. [7] "" (http:/ / www. dtfaq. com/ question/ 1058). . Retrieved 2011-07-18. [8] http:/ / www. spectorbass. com/ images/ ns2goldenstainlrg. jpg [9] http:/ / www. yamaha. com/ guitars/ products/ productdetail/ 0,,CNTID%25253D60178%252526CTID%25253D600008%252526CNTYP%25253DPRODUCT,00. html [10] http:/ / www. yamaha. com/ guitars/ products/ productdetail/ 0,,CNTID%25253D60179%252526CTID%25253D600008%252526CNTYP%25253DPRODUCT,00. html [11] http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ dates/ tourography. asp?menu=dates& tour=21 [12] http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ dates/ tourography. asp?menu=dates& tour=22 [13] http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ dates/ tourography. asp?menu=dates [14] http:/ / www. dreamtheater. net/ archive_dreamtheater. php?y=2002#makingof [15] http:/ / www. yamaha. com/ guitars/ products/ productdetail/ 0,,CNTID%25253D60163%252526CTID%25253D600009%252526CNTYP%25253DPRODUCT,00. html [16] http:/ / www. ernieball. com/ forums/ music-man-basses/ 25761-welcome-family-john-myung. html [17] http:/ / www. ernieball. com/ forums/ ernie-ball-music-man-artists/ 25855-john-petrucci-john-myung-visit-ernie-ball-music-man-factory. html#post393185 [18] "John Myung on Revisiting Your Roots" (http:/ / www. bassplayer. com/ story. asp?sectioncode=16& storycode=9796). Bass Player. August 2005. . Retrieved 2008-11-02.
  • 37. John Myung 34 External links • Dream Theater site ( James LaBrie James LaBrie James LaBrie in 2007 Background information Birth name Kevin James LaBrie Born May 5, 1963 Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada Genres Progressive metal, progressive rock, power metal, rock opera, melodic death metal, glam metal Instruments Vocals, keyboards, drums, percussion Labels Roadrunner Associated Dream Theater, Winter Rose, Ayreon, MullMuzzler, True Symphonic Rockestra, Sebastian Bach, Fates Warning, Shadow Gallery, acts Explorers Club, Trent Gardner, Henning Pauly, Frameshift, Tim Donahue Website [1] Official site Kevin James LaBrie (born May 5, 1963) is a Canadian vocalist who is best known as the lead singer of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Biography Early life James LaBrie was born in Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada and started singing and playing drums at age 5. By his mid-teens, he was a member of several bands as a singer and/or drummer. He stopped playing drums at age 17[2] and in 1981, at age 18, he moved to Toronto to further his musical pursuits. Career Winter Rose After stints with various bands, LaBrie became the vocalist for the glam metal band Winter Rose, who released their self-titled album in 1989.
  • 38. James LaBrie 35 Dream Theater In 1990, LaBrie learned that American progressive metal band Dream Theater was looking for a new singer, so he submitted a tape and was quickly flown to New York for a full audition. The trial went well, and he was chosen ahead of 200 other hopefuls to fill the full-time vocalist position in that band.[3] LaBrie has since had a significant impact on the vocal melodies on each Dream Theater -album, but continues to have little input on the instrumentation of Dream Theaters music. To date he has written or co-written lyrics for at least one song on seven of the nine albums Dream Theater has released with him in the band, Images and Words and Black Clouds & Silver Linings containing none of them. Asked by what is his favorite Dream Theater song to play live, James says "The favorite song for me is Scarred, I love performing that live. And… well, Octavarium, that whole frickin’ thing."[4] Solo With Matt Guillory, LaBrie has released four solo albums under various names (Mullmuzzler, James LaBries Mullmuzzler, and simply James LaBrie). In an interview from "Beyond The Dark Horizon" on June 12, 2010, James LaBrie stated that his next solo album entitled "Static Impulse", is in the mixing stages and will contain 12 tracks. James stated "It’s very heavy and I’m really excited."[5] On July 27, 2010 it was announced on Dream Theaters website that "Static Impulse" would be released on September 27, 2010 through InsideOut Music. It features longtime collaborator Matt Guillory on keyboards, Marco Sfogli ("Elements of Persuasion") on guitars, Peter Wildoer from DARKANE on drums/screaming vocals, and Ray Riendeau on bass. James LaBrie stated "The release of Static Impulse is one that the whole band is psyched about. This is modern Metal and as heavy and relevant as any other band out there going in a similar musical direction. There are riffs that will blow your head off and melodies both musically and vocally that are hypnotic. Get in the drivers seat and let the ears bleed. Enjoy and see you out there with a tour to follow up and support this release."[6] In 2011s interview for, LaBrie stated that the US tour got cancelled, saying "Because it was so disorganized last time. That’s why I basically said, "you don’t have the visas yet. Where we’re at this point, by the time you get the visas processed, we’re gonna have one rehearsal and then we’re gonna go out." And I said, "I’m not doing that."[4] Other projects Throughout his career with Dream Theater, LaBrie has lent his voice to many other artists records as well as tribute albums. In 1991, not long after joining Dream Theater (and before ever appearing on a Dream Theater recording), he sang background vocals on the song "Life in Still Water" on Fates Warnings "Parallels" album.[7] He has appeared on many Trent Gardner releases (including Leonardo: The Absolute Man and Explorers Club), as well as appearing on albums by such artists as Ayreon (The Human Equation, released 2004), Shadow Gallery, Tim Donahue and Frameshift. LaBrie is also a featured vocalist on Henning Paulys "Babysteps" project released in 2006; LaBrie plays the role of the arrogant doctor. Since 2004, LaBrie has been working with the True Symphonic Rockestra project, along with Thomas Dewald, Vladimir Grishko, Dirk Ulrich, Christopher Jesidero, Sandro Martinez, Paul Mayland, Marvin Philippi, and Igor Marin. Their album, "Concerto In True Minor - 3 Rock Tenors" was released on iTunes and for download on Amazon on March 28, 2008 by Brainworx [8] and Marinsound [9].
  • 39. James LaBrie 36 Personal life LaBrie currently resides in Midland, Ontario, with his wife Karen, daughter Chloe, and son Chance. His Dream Theater bandmate, Jordan Rudess jokingly nicknamed him Pirate, as he stated in the Chaos in Motion DVD. According to the spoof rock band Nightmare Cinema (the Dream Theater members changing instruments playing a gig) he got the "alternate stage name" Abdul Matahari. Religious views James has said in many older interviews that he is Christian, and actively practices the religion. However, more recent interviews, along with some of his lyrics (including "Undecided" on Elements of Persuasion) imply belief separate from any form of organized religion.[10] [11] In 2011, James appeared as a guest vocalist in the Edens Curse song "No Holy Man" which deals with the theme of religious intolerance, and with Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church in particular. Singing Influences His musical inspiration comes from many different genres, including such artists as Sebastian Bach, Aerosmith, Don Dokken, Metallica, The Doors, Ludwig van Beethoven, Nat King Cole,[12] Queen, Sting, and Muse whose inspiration, according to LaBrie, is shown on Dream Theaters album, Octavarium. Criticism During his career with Dream Theater, LaBries singing voice attracted criticism. In response to detractors of his vocal abilities, LaBrie has said, "These people are pathetic and need to move on. I say get a life and maybe work on making your life a better one instead of thinking the answer lies in cutting someone else up to raise your miserable spirit."[13] Food poisoning incident On December 29, 1994, while vacationing in Cuba, LaBrie was stricken with a severe case of food poisoning from contaminated shrimp and while vomiting, he ruptured his vocal cords. He saw three throat specialists who all said there was nothing they could do except have him rest his voice as much as possible. However, on January 12, 1995, and against doctors orders, he was on the "Awake" tour in Japan with his voice far from normal.[14] LaBrie has said he did not feel vocally "normal" until at least 2002. LaBrie has said that this was a very hard time for him as a singer, and depression as a result caused him to consider departing from the band, although his bandmates supported him and told him to stay. After the "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" tour he discovered that his voice had fully returned. He has said that his voice was fully healed by time and training.[14] Other He was placed #15 on MusicRadars "The greatest vocalists of all time". [15] Discography Albums
  • 40. James LaBrie 37 Title Release Band Winter Rose 1989 Winter Rose Images and Words 1992 Dream Theater Awake 1994 A Change of Seasons 1995 Falling into Infinity 1997 Scenes from a Memory 1999 Keep It to Yourself MullMuzzler MullMuzzler 2 2001 Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence 2002 Dream Theater Train of Thought 2003 Octavarium 2005 Elements of Persuasion Solo Systematic Chaos 2007 Dream Theater Black Clouds & Silver Linings 2009 Static Impulse 2010 Solo A Dramatic Turn of Events 2011 Dream Theater As a guest • Fates Warning - Parallels (1991) • Various Artists - Working Man – A Tribute to Rush (1996) • Various Artists - Dragon Attack: A Tribute to Queen (1997) • Shadow Gallery - Tyranny (1998) • Explorers Club - Age of Impact (1998) • Various Artists - Encores, Legends & Paradox - A Tribute to the Music Of ELP (1999) • Trent Gardner - Leonardo: The Absolute Man (2001) • Explorers Club - Raising the Mammoth (2002) • Frameshift - Unweaving the Rainbow (2003) • Tim Donahue - Madmen & Sinners (2004) • Ayreon - The Human Equation (2004) • Henning Pauly - Babysteps (2006) • John Macaluso - The Radio Waves Goodbye (2007) • True Symphonic Rockestra - Concerto in True Minor (2008) • Roswell Six - Terra Incognita: Beyond The Horizon (2009)[16] • Redemption - Snowfall on Judgment Day (2009) • Edens Curse - Trinity (2011)
  • 41. James LaBrie 38 References [1] http:/ / www. jameslabrie. com/ [2] "An interview with James LaBrie on" (http:/ / www. prog-sphere. com/ 2011/ 07/ 11/ resurfacing-an-interview-with-james-labrie/ ). . [3] "" (http:/ / www. dtfaq. com/ question/ 32). . [4] http:/ / www. prog-sphere. com/ 2011/ 07/ 11/ resurfacing-an-interview-with-james-labrie/ [5] http:/ / beyondthedarkhorizon. com/ main/ ?p=4559 [6] http:/ / www. dreamtheater. net/ news_labrie. php#staticimpulse [7] "Fates Warning - Island in the Stream (Parallels)" (http:/ / www. fateswarning. info/ a_p. shtml). . [8] http:/ / www. brainworx-media. de/ [9] http:/ / www. marinsound. com/ [10] mms:// [11] "LaBrie In Religion - DPRP Specials: James LaBrie : Interview 2005" (http:/ / www. dprp. net/ specials/ labrie0405/ index. php). . [12] "" (http:/ / www. dtfaq. com/ question/ 114). . [13] "Frameshift, a new progressive super group is born" (http:/ / www. dprp. net/ specials/ labrie0304/ ). Dutch Progressive Rock Page. Retrieved July 26, 2010. [14] "LaBrie on how he almost once lost his voice - DPRP Specials: James LaBrie : Interview 2005" (http:/ / www. dprp. net/ specials/ labrie0405/ index. php). . [15] http:/ / www. musicradar. com/ news/ guitars/ the-30-greatest-lead-singers-of-all-time-315448/ 16 [16] http:/ / www. dreamtheater. net/ news_labrie. php#roswellsix External links • James LaBrie official web site ( • 2011 interview with James LaBrie on Prog Sphere ( resurfacing-an-interview-with-james-labrie/)
  • 42. Jordan Rudess 39 Jordan Rudess Jordan Rudess Jordan Rudess with Dream Theater 2007 Background information Birth name Jordan Charles Rudes Also known as The Keyboard Wizard Born November 4, 1956 Origin Great Neck, New York, USA Genres Progressive rock, progressive metal, instrumental rock, jazz fusion, New Age, electronic music Occupations Musician, songwriter Instruments Keyboards, lap steel guitar, electric guitar, vocals, continuum, keytar, Bassoon Tablet PC Years active 1981–present Associated acts Dream Theater, Dixie Dregs, Liquid Tension Experiment, John Petrucci, Rod Morgenstein, David Bowie, Vinnie Moore, Tom Coster, Kip Winger, Nóirín Ní Riain, Rhonda Larson, Paul Winter, Scott McGill, Steven Wilson, Prefab Sprout, Jupiter, Neal Morse, Daniel J, Neil Zaza, Annie Haslam, John-Luke Addison, Behold... The Arctopus, Liquid Trio Experiment, Mr. Fastfinger, Ricky Garcia, Frost* Website http:/ / www. jordanrudess. com Jordan Rudess (born Jordan Charles[1] [2] Rudess on November 4, 1956) is an American keyboardist best known as a member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater and the progressive rock supergroup Liquid Tension Experiment. Biography Rudess was born in 1956 into a Jewish family. He was recognized by his 2nd grade teacher for his piano playing and was immediately given professional tuition. At nine, he entered the Juilliard School of Music Pre-College Division for classical piano training, but by his late teens he had grown increasingly interested in synthesizers and progressive rock music. Against the counsel of his parents and tutors, he turned away from classical piano and tried his hand as a solo progressive rock keyboardist.[3] After performing in various projects during the 1980s, he gained international attention in 1994 when he was voted "Best New Talent" in the Keyboard Magazine readers poll after the release of his Listen solo album. Two of the bands who took notice of Rudess were The Dixie Dregs and Dream Theater, both of whom invited him to join. Rudess chose the Dregs, primarily as being a part time member of the band would have less of an impact on his young family, a choice he was not given with Dream Theater.
  • 43. Jordan Rudess 40 During his time with the Dregs, Rudess formed a "power duo" with drummer Rod Morgenstein. The genesis of this pairing occurred when a power outage caused all of the Dregs instruments to fail except Rudess, so he and Morgenstein improvised with each other until power was restored and the concert could continue. The chemistry between the two was so strong during this jam that they decided to perform together on a regular basis (under the name Rudess/Morgenstein Project or later RMP) and have since released a studio and a live record. Rudess encountered Dream Theater once again when he and Morgenstein secured the support slot on one of Dream Theaters North American tours. In 1997, when Mike Portnoy was asked to form a supergroup by Magna Carta Records, Rudess was chosen to fill the keyboardist spot in the band, which also consisted of Tony Levin and Portnoys Dream Theater colleague John Petrucci. During the recording of Liquid Tension Experiments two albums, it became evident to Portnoy and Petrucci that Rudess was what Dream Theater needed. They asked Rudess to join the band, and when he accepted they released their then-keyboardist Derek Sherinian to make way for him. Rudess has been the full-time keyboardist in Dream Theater since the recording of 1999s Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory. He has recorded six other studio albums with the group: 2002s Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, 2003s Train of Thought, 2005s Octavarium, 2007s Systematic Chaos, 2009s Black Clouds & Silver Linings and 2011s A Dramatic Turn of Events. In addition, he has appeared on the live albums Live Scenes From New York, Live at Budokan, Score and Chaos in Motion. In addition to working with Dream Theater he occasionally records and performs in other contexts, such as a 2001 one-off duo performance with Petrucci (released as the CD An Evening With John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess), as well as backing up Blackfield on their first short US tour in 2005 and playing a solo opening slot for them on their second in 2007. In 2010, Rudess composed "Explorations for Keyboard and Orchestra," his first classical composition. It was premiered in Venezuela on November 19, 2010 by the Chacao Youth Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Eren Başbuğ. Rudess played all of the keyboard and synthesizer parts. On July 28, 2011, in a poll conducted by MusicRadar, Rudess was voted the best keyboardist of all time. [4] Rudess says his influences as a keyboardist are Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman and Patrick Moraz.[5] His favorite musical artists and groups include Gentle Giant, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, Jimi Hendrix, Autechre, and Aphex Twin.[6] Use of technology While many keyboard players in progressive rock tend towards bringing numerous keyboards on stage, creating large racks of keyboards, Rudess took full advantage of the possibilities offered by the Kurzweil K2600xs during his live usage of the keyboard from the 1990s to 2004. Often sampling sounds from other keyboards he owned, Rudess creates a series of "setups", each of which maps different sounds to different layers and key ranges of the keyboard controller; these setups are then arranged in the order they will be required for a gig, and cycled through one at a time with a footswitch (a control pedal placed on the floor underneath his keyboard). He often maps sounds to exact notes on the keyboard to avoid playing chords on sounds that are meant to be monophonic and to create realistic percussion sounds under the pitched sounds he is playing. While Rudess physical method of changing live setups will more than likely remain the same, his choice of hardware to implement this changed as of 2005. Citing a need for better tour support and more current technologies (his Kurzweil K2600XSs maximum sample memory of 128 MB had become insufficient for his touring needs), Rudess switched keyboard endorsements from Kurzweil to Korgs new flagship Korg Oasys workstation (which can support up to 2 GB of sample memory[7] ), which he first used on Dream Theaters 2005-2006 20th Anniversary tour, along with a Muse Receptor hardware VST and a Haken Continuum X/Y/Z-plane MIDI Instrument triggering a Roland V-Synth XT and a Modular. Rudess is the first well known keyboardist to bring a Haken
  • 44. Jordan Rudess 41 Continuum on to a live stage. Rudess still uses the Kurzweil for studio recordings and some of his most well known sounds, such as "the pig", one of his signature sounds which is often played in unison with the guitar or bass guitar, were sounds from the K2600xs. Since 2001, Rudess uses custom made rotating keyboardstands on stage for both Dream Theater and his solo career, which are built by Patrick Slaats from the Netherlands. On Dream Theaters 2007-2008 "Chaos in Motion" world tour, Rudess expanded his live setup with the addition of a Korg RADIAS, a Manikin Memotron,[8] and a Zen Riffer keytar. Rudess stopped using his modular after the European leg of the tour due to its size and weight. Rudess still owns the synthesizer and keeps it inactive in his home studio. During the Progressive Nation 2008 tour, he introduced on the stage a Kaoss Pad 3 for the closing medley. For the 2009-2010 tour, in support of Black Clouds & Silver Linings, Jordan introduced the Apple iPod Touch on stage, running an application called Bebot Robot Synth.[9] He plays it during A Rite of Passage - both studio album and live versions of the song - and frequently uses it for improvised solos, like in Hollow Years intro and during a new instrumental section on Solitary Shell. On September 24, 2010, Rudess released the song "Krump," which was an electronica "single" released on iTunes. It featured the use of the new Roland Gaia, Rolands more recent keyboard. Equipment Studio equipment • Korg Kronos (88 keys) • Korg OASYS (88 keys) • Korg Triton Extreme (88 keys) • Korg RADIAS • Haken Audio Continuum FingerboardRudess uses the upgraded half size model, which comes with inbuilt sounds as well as being used as a MIDI controller keyboard • Eigenharp Alpha • Muse Research Receptor • Kurzweil K2600X/S (88 keys) • Kurzweil K2000VP • Kurzweil K2600R • Kurzweil PC2R • Kurzweil K2661 • Roland Fantom-X8 • Roland Fantom G8 • Manikin Memotron • Minimoog Voyager • Roland V-Synth XT • Roland V-Synth GT • Roland VP-550 • Roland SH-01 GAIA • Roland SH-201 • [10] Modular synthesizer • Dave Smith Instruments Evolver Keyboard • A custom built lap steel guitar • Harpejji by Marcodi Musical Products, LLC • Clavia Nord Wave
  • 45. Jordan Rudess 42 • Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 08 • Novation Supernova • Moog Little Phatty • Moogfooger Freq Box • Stylophone 350S • Yamaha Tenori-On • Apple Inc. iPod Touch • Apple Inc. iPad • PRS 6 string guitar • A bass guitar (manufacturer unknown) • A Music Man John Petrucci 6 string guitar (this particular guitar being the original prototype of Petruccis signature model) • Steinway & Sons model D Grand Piano Virtual instruments • MOTU MachFive • MOTU MX4 Soft Synth • Korg Legacy Collection • Spectrasonics Omnisphere • Spectrasonics Atmosphere • Spectrasonics Trilogy • Spectrasonics Stylus • Native Instruments Komplete 2 • Native Instruments Absynth • Native Instruments B4 Organ • Native Instruments Guitar Rig • Native Instruments FM7 • Native Instruments Pro 53 • Synthogy Ivory • Bebot Robot Synth for iPhone • Korg iElectribe for iPad • Looptastic for iPad • Magic Piano for iPad • JR Hexatone Pro for iPhone/iPod Touch • ThumbJam for iPhone/iPod Touch • Sampletoy for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad • MorphWiz for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad • SampleWiz for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad
  • 46. Jordan Rudess 43 Live Rig • Korg KRONOS (88 keys) Dream Theater • Manikin Memotron Dream Theater • Korg Triton Extreme (88 keys) solo project • Korg KARMA solo project • Steinway grand piano solo project • Roland Fantom-G8 Liquid Tension Experiment and occasionally for Dream Theaters studio work • Freehand Systems Music Pad Pro Often known to fans as the "scratch pad", as he uses it to write down musical ideas. The sheet music for the entire live set is displayed on the pad for Rudess to refer to as he plays. • 3x Roland V-Synth XT • Custom made rotating keyboardstands, by Patrick Slaats • Lap steel guitar • Haken Continuum Fingerboard controls one Roland V-Synth XT and also controlled his modular synth. • Zen Riffer ZR2 keytar, which controls a Roland V-Synth XT like his continuum. • Apple Inc. iPod Touch • Apple Inc. iPad • Mackie 1604VLZ Pro Mixer • APS Power backup • Glyph and Iomega Hard drives • Korg Kaoss Pad 3 • Muse Research Receptor • Custom Modular Synth currently retired, was used to play "On the run" and was also controlled by his continuum Discography Rudess has participated in 59 albums. Solo albums • Arrival (Cassette) (1988) • Listen (CD) (1993) • Secrets of the Muse (CD) (1997) • Resonance (CD) (1999) • Unplugged (CD) (2000) • Feeding the Wheel (CD) (2001) • 4NYC (CD) (2002) • Christmas Sky (CD) (2002) • Rhythm of Time (CD) (2004) • Prime Cuts (CD) (2006, compilation) • The Road Home (CD) (2007, covers album) • Notes On a Dream (CD) (2009)
  • 47. Jordan Rudess 44 Dream Theater • Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory (CD) (1999) • Metropolis 2000: Scenes from New York (VHS/DVD) (2001) • Live Scenes from New York (3CD) (2001) • Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2CD) (2002) • Train of Thought (CD) (2003) • Live at Budokan (2DVD/3CD) (2004) • Octavarium (CD) (2005) • Score (2DVD/3CD) (2006) • Systematic Chaos (CD) (2007) • Chaos in Motion (2DVD/3CD) (2008) • Black Clouds & Silver Linings (2009) • A Dramatic Turn Of Events (2011) Project albums • Rudess/Morgenstein Project (CD) (1997) • An Evening with John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess (CD) (2000) • Rudess/Morgenstein Project - The Official Bootleg (CD) (2001) Liquid Tension Experiment • Liquid Tension Experiment (CD) (1998) • Liquid Tension Experiment 2 (CD) (1999) • Spontaneous Combustion (CD) (2007, as Liquid Trio Experiment) • When the Keyboard Breaks: Live in Chicago (CD) (2009, as Liquid Trio Experiment 2) • Liquid Tension Experiment Live 2008 - Limited Edition Boxset (6CD/2DVD/1 Blu-ray) (2009) Guest appearances • Vinnie Moore - Time Odyssey (1988) • Tom Coster - Did Jah Miss Me? (1989) • Annie Haslam - Blessing in Disguise (1994) • Nóirín Ní Riain - Celtic Soul (1996) • Kip Winger - This Conversation Seems Like A Dream (1997) • Rhonda Larson - Free as a Bird (1999) • Jupiter - Jupiter Project (1999) • Paul Winter and The Earth Band - Journey With The Sun (2000) • Scott McGill - Addition by Subtraction (2001) • Prefab Sprout - The Gunman And Other Stories (2001) • David Bowie - Heathen (2002) • Jupiter - Echo and Art (2003) • Neal Morse - ? (2005) • Daniel J - Losing Time (2005) • Neil Zaza - When Gravity Fails (2006) • John-Luke Addison - Multiple Valences • Behold... the Arctopus - Skullgrid (2007) • K3 - Under A Spell (2007) • Ricky Garcia - Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (2008)
  • 48. Jordan Rudess 45 • Steven Wilson - Insurgentes (2008–2009) • Mr. Fastfinger - The Way of the Exploding Guitar (2009) • Michel Lazaro - Vision (2010) • Project RnL - Another One (2011) • Project RnL - The Avenger (2011) Other • Speedway Boulevard - Speedway Boulevard (CD) (1981) • Various Artists - Romscape (1995) • Steinway to Heaven - Chopins "Revolutionary Etude (Op. 10, No. 12)" (1996) References [1] Nancy Kornfeld Becomes a Bride (http:/ / www. nytimes. com/ 1989/ 06/ 26/ style/ nancy-kornfeld-becomes-a-bride. html?sec=& spon=) [2] http:/ / www. ascap. com/ ace/ search. cfm?requesttimeout=300& mode=results& searchstr=502354670& search_in=i& search_type=exact& search_det=t,s,w,p,b,v& results_pp=30& start=1 [3] Stefanis, J. "Interview with Jordan Rudess" (http:/ / www. getreadytorock. com/ rock_stars/ jordan_rudess. htm), Get Ready to ROCK!, 2004 [4] http:/ / www. musicradar. com/ news/ tech/ the-27-greatest-keyboard-players-of-all-time-484228/ 28] [5] | Who are Jordans influences? (http:/ / faq. dtnorway. com/ question/ 41) [6] Jordan (http:/ / www. jordanrudess. com/ jr/ ) [7] Sonic State - News (Video Item) Korg Expand and Update OASYS for Free, New STR-1 EXi instrument and OS 1.10 (http:/ / www. sonicstate. com/ news/ shownews. cfm?newsid=2432) [8] manikin electronic - elektronische Musikmaschinen aus Berlin (http:/ / www. manikin-electronic. com/ en/ products_memotron. html) [9] Rudess Meets Bebot (http:/ / www. youtube. com/ watch?v=KFG7-Q0WI7Q) [10] http:/ / www. synthesizers. com External links • Jordans website ( • Dream Theaters website ( • Accent Magazine (Jordans Online Magazine) ( • Jordans Online Conservatory ( • Jordan Rudess performing on continuum live ( ex232.html) • Jordan Rudess Liquid T Lead emulation tutorial on ( showthread.php?t=303) • Jordan Rudess emulated patches for various synths on ( search.php?searchid=2499) • Wiki about Jordan and his equipment (French & English) ( • Biography, pics, reviews and bonuses ( • Jordan Rudess Youtube page (
  • 49. Mike Mangini 46 Mike Mangini Mike Mangini Mike Mangini during a clinic at the Percussive Arts Centre, Singapore, November 2004 Background information Birth name Michael Mangini Born April 18, 1963 Origin Newton, Massachusetts, United States Genres Progressive metal, instrumental rock, thrash metal, funk metal Instruments Drums Years active 1987–present Associated acts Dream Theater, Steve Vai, Extreme, Annihilator, James LaBrie, Tribe of Judah, Shredding The Envelope, Dave Reffett Website [1] Official Website Mike Mangini (born April 18, 1963 in Newton, Massachusetts) is an American drummer, and the current drummer for the progressive metal band Dream Theater. He has played for Annihilator, Extreme, James LaBrie, and Steve Vai, among others. He lectured at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and is also known for his work as a session musician.[2] At his height from 2002–2005, Mangini was notorious for setting five Worlds Fastest Drummer (WFD) records. He also has written two books titled Rhythm Knowledge about his drumming techniques, a practice method for deconstructing and simplifying complex polyrhythms and time signatures. Mangini appeared on the Discovery Channel show Time Warp, displaying his drum skills for high speed cameras.[3] In 2010 Mangini joined Dream Theater, replacing the founding drummer Mike Portnoy. Early life Mike Mangini started playing the drums when he was five years old. He would practice six to ten hours a day and by the time he was nine he was already mimicking Buddy Rich performances. By high school, he was performing in school bands and participating in the prestigious All-County, All-State, and all Eastern United States ensembles. After graduating from Waltham Senior High School in 1981, Mangini put aside his music studies to pursue a Computer Science major at Bentley College. After graduating Mike started programming software for the Patriot Missile program.[4] At the same time, he was working on a program that studied the links between the human brain and body. In 1987, Mangini scored one of his first high-profile gigs - playing drums for the Rick Berlin Band in Boston, where he worked with bassist Philip Bynoe (who would later go on to work with Mike in sessions for Journeys Steve Perry and more notably during Mikes time in the Steve Vai band). He also taught drums privately in Boston during this time.
  • 50. Mike Mangini 47 Recording career In 1991, Mangini began working for the thrash metal band Annihilator. Mike performed on the drums on several tracks for the studio album, Set the World on Fire. He went on to tour with the band in support of this album up until 1994. In 1994 he was asked to play with the band Extreme, replacing original drummer Paul Geary. Mike Mangini had been friends with noted Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt since the 1980s. His time in Extreme included recording several tracks for their 1995 album, Waiting For The Punchline. During this time, he also made an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. While on tour with Extreme in 1995, Mike recorded songs for Nuno on his 4-track tape machine. Those songs ended up on Schizophonic after Nuno left Extreme to pursue a solo career. After Extreme dissolved in 1996, Mike was informed through drummer Jonathan Mover that guitarist Steve Vai was auditioning drummers for his live band. Mike successfully auditioned for Steve Vais band and relocated to Los Angeles. From late 1996 to early 2000, Mangini was the highly regarded drummer of Vais live ensemble, which also included bassist Philip Bynoe, guitar wizard Mike Keneally and (in 2000) guitarist Dave Weiner. Mike recorded several drum tracks for Steves Fire Garden and The Ultra Zone albums. He also rehearsed and recorded Alive in an Ultra World while on tour with Steve Vai in 2000. Following the initial suspension of the South American leg of the Ultrazone Tour in 2000, Mangini moved back home to Boston and began teaching at Berklee College as an associate professor. He began working with former Extreme frontman Gary Cherone and bassist Pat Badger in the short-lived band, Tribe of Judah. He also continued to work with Dale Bozzio (formerly of the new wave band, Missing Persons), and recorded several more records. Among these records was a Rush tribute record (entitled Subdivisions) and a second full-length album with Annihilator titled All for You. He also recorded tracks for artists Sal DiFusco, Bill Lonero and Chris Emerson. In 2005, he accepted a full-time teaching position at the Berklee College of Music in Percussion Department, but resigned in 2010 after he joined Dream Theater. In 2007, he recorded drums on the album Metal by Annihilator. At the end of 2010, Mike, along with Marco Minnemann, Peter Wildoer, Virgil Donati, Aquiles Priester, Derek Roddy and Thomas Lang, auditioned to replace Mike Portnoy as the drummer for Dream Theater.[5] On Friday April 29, 2011, Dream Theater officially announced that Mike Mangini was to be their new drummer.[6] He has since recorded A Dramatic Turn of Events with the group. WFD Records [7] • Bare Hands (no sticks) in 60 seconds, which he earned by executing 1,138 single stroke notes in 2002, until Glen Caruba broke it with 1,140 notes in 2006. • Matched Grip single strokes in 60 seconds, executing 1,247 notes at the 2005 Summer NAMM in Indianapolis, IN. Mike already was the 1st person in history to break 1,200 notes when he played 1,203 single notes at the 2005 Winter NAMM Session. • Traditional Grip which he earned by executing 1,126 single strokes in 60 seconds in 2003, stood for five years before falling to Matt Smith (1,132) in 2008. • Single Stroke Foot record playing 13,222 hits in 15 minutes and 4,555 hits in five minutes, records that stood for two years before falling to Mike "Machine" Mallais (13,309/4,595) in 2007.
  • 51. Mike Mangini 48 Discography Selected Album Appearances With Annihilator • Set the World on Fire (1993) • All for You (2004) • Metal (2007) With Extreme • Waiting for the Punchline (1995) - tracks "Hip Today", "Leave Me Alone" and "No Respect" With Steve Vai • Fire Garden (1996) - tracks "Bangkok" and "The Fire Garden Suite" • The Ultra Zone (1999) - tracks "Jibboom", "Windows to the Soul" and "Here I am" With MullMuzzler/James LaBrie • Keep It to Yourself (1999) • James LaBries MullMuzzler 2 (2001) • Elements of Persuasion (2005) With Tribe of Judah • Exit Elvis (2002) With Dream Theater • A Dramatic Turn of Events (2011) References [1] http:/ / www. mikemangini. com [2] Dixon, Guy (5 November 2010). "A Drummer’s Dream: Playing to the beat of the heart" (http:/ / www. theglobeandmail. com/ news/ arts/ movies/ a-drummers-dream-playing-to-the-beat-of-the-heart/ article1785925/ ). The Globe and Mail. . Retrieved 5 April 2011. [3] "Error: no |title= specified when using {{[[Template:Cite web|Cite web (http:/ / www. youtube. com/ watch?v=w8Gxut0odyc)]}}"]. Mike Mangini on Discoverys Time Warp. . Retrieved 8 July 2011. [4] Omar, Aref (8 November 2008). "Man-genie drummer" (http:/ / findarticles. com/ p/ news-articles/ new-straits-times/ mi_8016/ is_20081109/ genie-drummer/ ai_n44421014/ ). New Sunday Times. . Retrieved 30 June 2011. [5] "The spirit Carries On" (http:/ / www. youtube. com/ roadrunnerrecords#p/ search/ 0/ L609JsPFmmI). Roadrunner Records. . Retrieved 30 June 2011. [6] "AND THE NEW DRUMMER IS..... MIKE MANGINI" (http:/ / www. dreamtheater. net/ news_dreamtheater. php#episode3). . Retrieved 30 June 2011. [7] "Worlds Fastest Drummer" (http:/ / www. worldsfastestdrummer. com/ mikemangini. htm). . Retrieved 30 June 2011. External links • Official website (http:// • Official Myspace Website ( • Official Rhythm Knowledge Website ( • Chix n Stix Myspace (
  • 52. Mike Portnoy 49 Mike Portnoy Mike Portnoy Background information Birth name Michael Stephen Portnoy Born April 20, 1967 Chicago, Illinois, US Genres Progressive metal, progressive rock, thrash metal Instruments Drums, vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards Years active 1985–present Labels Roadrunner Associated acts Dream Theater, Transatlantic, Liquid Tension Experiment, Neal Morse, OSI, Avenged Sevenfold, Adrenaline Mob Website [1] Michael Stephen "Mike" Portnoy (born April 20, 1967) is an American drummer primarily known as the former drummer, backing vocalist, and a co-founder of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Known for his drumming prowess and technical skill, Portnoy has won 23 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine. He co-produced six Dream Theater albums with guitarist John Petrucci, starting from Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory to Black Clouds and Silver Linings. From A Change of Seasons onwards, Portnoy had been writing a substantial amount of Dream Theaters lyrics. He is the second youngest person (after Neil Peart) to be inducted into the Modern Drummers Hall of Fame (at 37 years of age). On September 8, 2010, it was announced that Portnoy had left Dream Theater. He was replaced by Mike Mangini. On February 3, 2011, Portnoy announced, that he has started a new project with Symphony X singer Russell Allen and guitarist Mike Orlando, called Adrenaline Mob. It is also featuring bassist Paul DiLeo and guitarist Rich Ward (Stuck Mojo, Fozzy) and has an album to be released in 2012.[2] Portnoy is also involved in multiple projects with Neal Morse. Dream Theater history Portnoy was born April 20, 1967 into a Jewish family and raised on Long Island in Long Beach, New York.[3] According to a post made by Jordan Rudess on his forum, Portnoy is ethnically Jewish but does not practice. His father worked as a DJ at a local radio station, helping Portnoy gain an appreciation for music at an early age particularly, as Portnoy has pointed out, because he had access to his fathers collection of LPs. He developed a preference for bands including Rush, Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Iron Maiden, and The Beatles, among many others. Portnoy claims to be self-taught as a drummer, though he did take music theory classes in high school.
  • 53. Mike Portnoy 50 During that period he began playing in local bands, two of which (Rising Power and Inner Sanctum) recorded and released independent albums. He left Inner Sanctum (his last high school band) after being awarded a scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There, he met John Petrucci and John Myung. They formed a band, initially taking the name "Majesty" before changing their name to Dream Theater. They left Berklee soon after. Influences In the April 2001 edition of Modern Drummer & Portnoys website, he names Neil Peart, Vinnie Paul, Carl Palmer, Bill Bruford, Terry Bozzio, Nicko McBrain, Billy Cobham, Alan White, Nick Mason, Stewart Copeland, Phil Collins, Chester Thompson, Simon Phillips, Nick DVirgilio, Andy Sturmer, Dave Lombardo, Jon Fishman, Vinnie Colaiuta, Ringo Starr, Peter Criss, John Bonham, Keith Moon and Lars Ulrich as influences.[4] Awards and recognition Modern Drummer Mike Portnoy won the following Modern Drummer magazine Readers Poll awards: 1. Best Up & Coming Talent (1994) 2. Best Progressive Rock Drummer (1995–2006) 3. Best Recorded Performance (1995 for Awake, 1996 for A Change of Seasons, 1998 for Falling Into Infinity, 2000 for Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory, 2002 for Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, 2007 for Score) and 2011 for Nightmare (Avenged Sevenfold).[5] 4. Best Clinician (2000, 2002) 5. Best Educational Video/DVD (2000, 2002) 6. Hall of Fame Inductee (2004) He has co-founded with Mathias Boyar several progressive rock groups and projects, including Transatlantic and Liquid Tension Experiment. He has released three instructional videos, "Progressive Drum Concepts", "Liquid Drum Theater", which has won awards from Modern Drummer Magazine, and his latest "In Constant Motion". He has released many "Official Bootlegs" on his website, including footage of the studio sessions for the Dream Theater albums Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, Train of Thought, Octavarium and the Transatlantic release Bridge Across Forever. He has released bootlegs of his tribute bands Hammer of the Gods (a Led Zeppelin tribute), Yellow Matter Custard (The Beatles), Cygnus and the Sea Monsters (Rush), and Amazing Journey (The Who). On September 18, 2006 within his websites forum Portnoy cagily stated that he had finally met one of his drummer heroes from youth from the band Rush;[6] drummer Neil Peart (one of the few heroes from his youth Portnoy had never met, owing to Pearts legendary privacy), that "Neil and I have finally met and we spent some time together this week and had a great time...",[7] and that a possible collaboration was underway/had been discussed with the teasing statement of "Patience everybody... all will soon be revealed!" It has now been revealed that this meeting was for an interview Portnoy did for his stint as guest editor of Rhythm Magazine.[8] Portnoy had previously written the liner notes for the Japanese pressing of Rushs 2002 release Vapor Trails,[9] but publicly denounced Peart in 2000 after Peart called the people involved in the Rush tribute "bar bands" .[10] In the October 2009 issue of Rhythm Magazine, Portnoy was listed as #5 in their list of the Top 50 Drummers of All Time.[11] He was featured on Fuse TVs Talking Metal where he joined with Bobby Ellsworth and the shows hosts in covering Motörheads "Overkill." In June 14, 2010, Mike Portnoy won the Metal Hammer Golden God Award for Best Drummer.[12]
  • 54. Mike Portnoy 51 As voted on by 6,500 drummers worldwide, Portnoy won the Drummies Award for Best Progressive Rock drummer in 2010, while Joey Jordison of Slipknot/Rob Zombie/Murderdolls won the award for Best Metal drummer.[13] At the Revolver Golden God Awards in April 20, he won the "Best Drummer Award" for his work with Avenged Sevenfold.[14] In June 7, 2011, Portnoy posted on his Facebook, that he had won DRUM! Magazines "Drummer of the Year Award" and the "Metal Drummer Award".[15] [16] Drum kits and percussive equipment • When Dream and Day Unite/Images & Words Kit - This Tama Imperialstar kit (the previous model of the Imperialstar, unlike the 2007 Imperialstar, which is an entry level kit)and Zildjian cymbals which was bought originally by Portnoy himself through working three jobs. It was used until the end of the Images and Words tour when Portnoy was signed by Sabian and Mapex. • Awake/A Change Of Seasons kit - This Mapex USA Maple kit was used on the world tour supporting the album Awake. It had two bass drums, one snare, six toms, two small timbales, a section of various percussion instruments, and four Octoban-sized drums in a 2x2 formation. This marked Portnoys first use of Octobans on a record, which were custom-made by Mapex using maple as opposed to Tamas more traditional acrylic, giving them a slightly different, more "natural" tone. • The Purple/Green/Red Monsters - These were Tama Starclassic kits which marked Portnoys signing with Tama in the late 90s after his endorsement deal with Mapex fell through (they took the kit he was using off the market, meaning that he was endorsing a product the public could not buy.) Used for the recording of Falling Into Infinity" and "Scenes from a Memory and the North, South American, and Asian tours for said albums, they are so named because of their striking color/white/color fade finishes. Each version of the kit was kept in a different part of the world to avoid overseas shipping costs; the "Green Monster" was used for European tours and the "Red Monster" was used for Asian-market touring. It is similar to the "Awake" kit but features many more cymbals, the left-side octobans in a four-inline configuration (as opposed to his last kit which held them in a 2x2 pattern) and two more "low"-tuned octobans on the right side of the kit held overhead of the floor toms. This kit featured a snare drum with a foot-operated snare strainer mechanism which allowed for different snare drum sounds without having to use his hands to adjust it. On the Purple Monster Portnoy used DW 5000 Pedals, instead of the Iron Cobra Pedals. He uses this kit in his 1999 Instructional DVD "Liquid Drum Theater". • Liquid Tension Experiment kit - A comparatively modest kit used in his supergroup project Liquid Tension Experiment. The bass drum and toms of this kit (not the snare, timbales, and cymbals) were the first Portnoy ever purchased used according to an interview where he gave a tour of his basement and this kit showed up. This kit was unique in that it used a pair of small timbales where the two smallest toms would normally be. It was otherwise a normal "seven piece" rock kit with three toms (five if you count the timbales), and a single bass drum with a double kick pedal. It marks the first time Portnoy uses a floor tom on either side of the kit for a recording (during footage from their Fan Club Show in 1998 featured on 5 Years in a LIVEtime, Portnoys "Unplugged" kit contained a left-hand floor tom used heavily during that performance) with a 14" floor tom on the left and an 18" floor tom on the right. It is the first time Portnoy used his MaxStax cymbal line in the studio. Portnoy notes in his Liquid Drum Theater instructional video that the reason behind the smaller kit is that when Liquid Tension Experiment went into the studio to record the first album, The Purple Monster kit was still being shipped back from some shows they had played immediately prior in Brazil. • Transatlantic kit - The kit used to record and tour behind the first Transatlantic album was the same as the Liquid Tension Experiment kit, but with five regular toms. When recording and touring behind the second Transatlantic album, Portnoy added his new Melody Master snare drums for the first time and some different cymbals including a set of custom made 15" hi-hats. The smaller Melody Master displaced the 14" floor tom, which was moved back to the right of the kit for the Transatlantic recordings. For the filming of Portnoys 2007
  • 55. Mike Portnoy 52 "In Constant Motion" instructional DVD set, the Transatlantic kit was reproduced in Tama drums new line of acrylic shells named Starclassic Mirage [17] in the "Black Ice" finish. The original recording was done with more traditional Starclassic wood drums. • The Siamese Monster - This kit was an amalgamation of two individual kits. The left side of the kit is laid out similarly to the Liquid Tension Experiment kit, with a floor tom on his left side, a modified tymp-tom on his right side, and three rack toms. The right side is laid out as a normal five piece kit but with the two rack toms reversed, a gong bass drum in place of a floor tom (with modified floor tom legs), and the ride cymbal in front of the hi hats, which allows him to share some of the cymbals and toms between the two kits. It has two stools, and while is not capable of being played in its entirety by one person, Portnoy often invites other drummers to sit in on the unplayed half during shows. It is a predominantly black kit with Majesty symbols around each individual drum. Much like the Colored Monsters, there were three identical versions of this kit for use when touring different continents, the North American kit being the "featured" kit with purple markings as was the case with the Colored Monsters. It was built by Tama for the recording of the Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence album and tour as well as the Train of Thought album and tour. • The OSI kit - Portnoy used the small (right) side of his Red Siamese Monster kit for the recording of the first Office of Strategic Influence album. For the second he downsized even more to a four-piece consisting of his signature snare, one timbale as a tom as previously used on his Liquid Tension Experiment kit, one floor tom, and a single 18" kick drum with a double pedal. • Yellow Matter Custard kit - A specially designed set for use in Portnoys Beatles tribute band, Yellow Matter Custard. It is modelled on Ringo Starrs kit, and is quite simple compared with his Dream Theater kits. Its in the sizes: 12"x8", 14"x14" & 20"x14". The cymbals are an 14" AA HiHat, an AA Crash on the left and a HH Crash/Ride on the right. • Hammer Of The Gods kit - A John Bonham-replica kit that was used in Portnoys Led Zeppelin tribute band. Custom-made acrylic shells were used (transparent amber), and the kit is always played while wearing the obligatory bowler hat. • The Albino Monster - The previous kit used by Portnoy is similar to the Siamese Monster. Aesthetically, it is white with silver sparkle Majesty logos instead of the black/colored logos of the Siamese Monster. In layout it is almost exactly the same, the only differences being the right side of the kit mimics his earlier Hammer of the Gods kit; two of the timbales were removed, the 10" tymp-tom was changed to a 14", and the gong bass drum was replaced with a floor tom. He kept some of the cymbals from the right side of the Siamese Monster, including the 13" HHX Groove Hats, and the 19" Hand Hammered Fierce Crash, so theres more distance between the two sides in the Albino Monster, than there were in the Siamese Monster. So far it has been used for the Gigantour (a tour that Dream Theater participated in alongside Megadeth, Symphony X and several other bands) and throughout the Octavarium 2005-06 World Tour. The modification to the right side stemmed from sessions for Dream Theaters Octavarium album, where what began as an experiment became the inspiration behind most of Octavarium. When recording of Octavarium began, Portnoy brought along the Hammer of the Gods kit, resulting in the kit being used for part of the album: he ended up using it on five of the albums eight tracks. The kit utilizes larger "Rock" sizes, with a 14" rack tom, a 16" floor tom, an 18" floor tom, and a meaty 6.5" x 14" snare drum, much reminding of the drum sizes used by John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. Additionally, Portnoy only used a few crash cymbals, and used a splash and china sparingly. When touring began, Tama had the shells changed to traditional Starclassic Maple shells, because they didnt want Portnoy touring with a kit featuring shells that Tama didnt mass-produce for public acquisition. The touring kit includes two new limited-edition Mike Portnoy signature snare drums with the same matching finish used on the rest of the kit. On Tamas official website, Portnoy released details about changes to the kit for his upcoming tours, beginning with G3 in March. He says the left side will stay the same, but the right side will change. The sizes will change to more conventional sizes-22" kick etc. and will have three rack toms as opposed to the Bonham-size, one rack tom kit of before. The shells would be Starclassic Mirage
  • 56. Mike Portnoy 53 acrylic shells instead of the Starclassic Maple he has always used. He used this kit in his DVD In Constant Motion. • The Mirage Monster- Revealed at Gods Of Metal 2007, this kit is made up of two kits once again, except built out of Tamas new Tama Starclassic Mirage [17] acrylic drums in clear "Crystal Ice" finish. The left side is virtually identical to his previous kit, except made with clear acrylic shells. The new configuration of the right side of his kit has replaced the "Bonzo Kit" of "The Albino Monster." His new right side of the kit includes: a 22" kick and 3 rack toms (8", 10", and 12") "so its going to be a little more of a conventional, small kit." (Click on "Interview" link button [18]) The snares used are his Signature Melody Master snares. He uses 2 12x5" steel snares (one on the right side of the kit as a main snare and one on the left as a side snare) and uses one 14x5.5" maple shell snare. These snares are the same snares used in the last 2 kits (Albino Monster and Siamese Monster) and they are in the original black color. This kit has been scaled down to a relatively small double-bass kit for several shows taking place in smaller venues. • Black & Silver Monster[19] - Similar to the Mirage Monster, this kit is made up of two different kits, this time with the new Bubinga wood drums with a black and silver finish. This kit was used for the Black Clouds & Silver Linings album and tour. Several of Portnoys drum kits make use of Roland electronic drum pads. Portnoy uses these as what he calls the "secret cowbell", to count off the songs in a way that only his fellow band members and the technicians can hear it. An example of this can be seen on the Score DVD, where it can be seen in the background that Portnoy counts off the song "Under A Glass Moon" on the pad. Portnoy explains the use of these pads in the commentary track of the "Drum Cam Only" version of the Live At Budokan DVD, as well as the "Mikes Stage Tour" featurette on the Chaos in Motion 2007–2008 DVD. Tama has marketed two different sized Mike Portnoy signature snare drums, known as "Melody Masters" (named after Melody, his daughter), since the late 1990s. The smaller of the two has a 12x5" steel shell and the larger has a 14x5.5" maple shell. Both snare models have a unique three way snare strainer mechanism.[20] Portnoy and Tama have custom-made versions in various colors to match the color schemes of the kit he was using at the time (i.e. The "Purple/Red/Green Monsters", "Siamese Monster" "Albino Monster", etc.). For 2006, in recognition of his Albino Monster kit, he released only 250 of these snares worldwide in a white, gloss finish. The older colour (black) is not limited edition. Sabian has marketed three different sized signature cymbal stacks, known as "Max Stax" (named after his son, Max). They consist of a hand hammered china kang-style cymbal on top of a splash (or crash) cymbal that can be played much more like a drum than a cymbal, used much more in traditional drum fills than most quickly decaying cymbal tones. Their sizes are 8/8", 10/10" and 12/14". Sabian has marketed odd-sized 7, 9, and 11" "Max Splash" cymbals which have a fast decay and can be used in fills and drum patterns that have the same namesake.[21] Portnoy has endorsed Promark sticks since the early 1990s. His signature stick is the TX420N.[22] It is .531 inches in diameter, 16 1/8 in length, and has a 747 taper and nylon tip. The color of the ink and the design of the logo has changed several times. When Mike was in Dream Theater, it had purple ink and had the Dream Theater logo on it. When he toured with Avenged Sevenfold, the Pro-Mark logo was replaced with the Deathbat and used regular black ink. The "420" in the model number, which is printed on the sticks, is a reference to his birthday (and not a marijuana reference, as has been suggested). He is known for gripping his left stick on the reverse side to attain a different sound on the snare drum.
  • 57. Mike Portnoy 54 Other instruments played Portnoy played John Myungs bass when Dream Theater performed as the fictitious band Nightmare Cinema. Before live performances of "Trial of Tears", he would sometimes switch instruments with John Petrucci and play "Eruption" by Van Halen. In Nightmare Cinema he got the "alternate stage name" Max Del Fuvio. He was seen playing Pink Floyds Sheep, in a sunburst 4-string Music Man Stingray belonging to Myung on The making of Systematic Chaos. He plays bass guitar during a jam by Liquid Trio Experiment 2. Avenged Sevenfold, Departure from Dream Theater and Future In spring 2010, Portnoy filled in for Avenged Sevenfolds former drummer, Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, who died during production of the bands latest album Nightmare. On the May 5th, 2010, Portnoy released a statement on his status with Avenged Sevenfold on their official website saying: "Although I wish I could stay on board with A7X in a more permanent capacity, the reality is that I am committed to Dream Theater as my main priority and I will need to resume work with DT to start a new album at some point in 2011.....However, I will be able to join my brothers in Avenged Sevenfold for at least the duration of their touring throughout 2010.....You can look at me like the bands "rebound drummer" to buy them some time until they are comfortable and ready to make a commitment to somebody new for full-time relationship in their future!"[23] On Wednesday, September 8, 2010, Mike Portnoy announced he would be leaving Dream Theater. In his official statement[24] he said: “ Dream Theater was always my baby...and I nurtured that baby every single day and waking moment of my life since 1985...24/7, 365...never taking time off from DTs never-ending responsibilities (even when the band was "off" between cycles)...working overtime and way beyond the call of duty that most sane people ever would do for a band....But Ive come to the conclusion that the DT machine was starting to burn me out...and I really needed a break from the band in order to save my relationship with the other members and keep my DT spirit hungry and inspired. We have been on an endless write/record/tour cycle for almost 20 years now (of which I have overseen EVERY aspect without a break) and while a few months apart from each other here & there over the years has been much needed and helpful, I honestly hoped the band could simply agree with me to taking a bit of a hiatus to recharge our batteries and save me from ourselves... ” Sadly, in discussing this with the guys, they determined they do not share my feelings and have decided to continue without me rather than take a breather...I even offered to do some occasional work throughout 2011 against my initial wishes, but it was not to be... The rest of the band did not agree and decided to continue on without him. Because of this decision, Portnoy decided to leave Dream Theater. After auditioning seven world-class drummers, Dream Theater selected Mike Mangini to replace Portnoy.[25] On December 16, 2010, Portnoy announced via Facebook that although he would have liked to continue working with the band, Avenged Sevenfold had decided to stop using him as their drummer.[26] He later announced that he had asked to rejoin Dream Theater, but had been rejected,[27] as Dream Theater had already chosen their new drummer, Mike Mangini. “ Fairly recently, I reached out to the guys to try and make amends and offered to reconcile for the sake of having peace back in our lives...(plus I know how much it meant to a lot of the fans...) I figured it was still possible to try and save us because they hadnt made any announcements yet or begun any public activity with another ” drummer...but sadly, they declined my offer (well, actually their lawyer did...they didnt even tell me themselves....) [...] I tried, and the door is now shut...the ball is now in their court, not mine... Portnoy announced, that he has started 2 musical projects; one project with Russell Allen, Mike Orlando, Rich Ward and Paul DiLeo, titled Adrenaline Mob, and another with Neal Morse, Steve Morse, Dave LaRue and Casey McPherson (so far untitled). He recently stated on Facebook, that both bands drum tracks are done.
  • 58. Mike Portnoy 55 On June 10, 2011, Portnoy announced on his website, that he would be playing a show in New York City on June 24, 2011 with Adrenaline Mob.[28] On August 5, 2011, one of Adrenaline Mobs new songs, titled "Hit the Wall," debuted on the Q104.3 radio station following a live interview with Portnoy about Adrenaline Mob, as well as his hopes for the future and his feelings towards Dream Theater. Personal life Portnoy and his wife Marlene (née Apuzzo) live in Lehigh County|Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania with their children, Melody Ruthandrea and Max John. Marlene used to be a guitarist in the all-female band Meanstreak, and two of the other members, guitarist Rena Sands and bassist Lisa Martens, are married to Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci and bassist John Myung, respectively. Discography With Majesty • 1986 - Majesty (Demos) With Dream Theater • 1989 - When Dream and Day Unite • 1992 - Images and Words • 1994 - Awake • 1995 - A Change of Seasons (EP) • 1997 - Falling into Infinity • 1999 - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory • 2002 - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence • 2003 - Train of Thought • 2005 - Octavarium • 2007 - Systematic Chaos • 2009 - Black Clouds & Silver Linings With Avenged Sevenfold • 2010 - Nightmare • 2010 - Welcome to the Family (EP) With Adrenaline Mob • 2011 - Adrenaline Mob (EP) With Transatlantic • 2000 - SMPT:e • 2001 - Bridge Across Forever • 2009 - The Whirlwind
  • 59. Mike Portnoy 56 With Neal Morse • 2003 - Testimony • 2004 - One • 2005 - ? • 2006 - Cover to Cover • 2007 - Sola Scriptura • 2008 - Lifeline • 2011 - Testimony 2 With OSI • 2003 - Office of Strategic Influence • 2006 - Free • 2006 - re:free (EP) With Liquid Tension Experiment • 1998 - Liquid Tension Experiment • 1999 - Liquid Tension Experiment 2 • 2007 - Spontaneous Combustion (As Liquid Trio Experiment) Tribute Shows (CD and DVD) • One Night in New York City - Yellow Matter Custard (2003) (The Beatles) with Paul Gilbert, Neal Morse and Matt Bissonette • Two Nights In North America - Hammer of the Gods (2006) (Led Zeppelin) with Paul Gilbert, Daniel Gildenlöw, and Dave LaRue • One Night in Chicago - Cygnus and the Sea Monsters (2006) (Rush) with Paul Gilbert, Sean Malone, and Jason McMaster • One Night in New York City - Amazing Journey (2007) (The Who) with Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan and Gary Cherone • One More Night in New York City - Yellow Matter Custard (2011) (The Beatles) with Paul Gilbert, Neal Morse and Kasim Sulton. With selected musicians • 1984 - Rising Power: Power for the People (out of print) • 1986 - Inner Sanctum: 12 A.M. (out of print) • 1986/2010 - S.A. Adams: Unearthed. FnA Records ( [29]) • 2001 - Andy West with Rama: Rama 1 Instructional DVD Releases Portnoy has released several instructional drumming videos/DVDs. These include: • "Progressive Drum Concepts" (Rittor Music 1995 1 VHS/DVD) • "Liquid Drum Theater" (Hudson Music 2000 2 DVDs) • "In Constant Motion" (Hudson Music 2007, 3 DVDs)
  • 60. Mike Portnoy 57 Portnoys self filmed performances Portnoy has self-released "drum-cam" DVDs of the last several Dream Theater and side project recording sessions through his own "MP4" production company. These are "in-studio" recordings typically consisting of Full Band, Isolated Drums tracks, and an Audio Commentary. • "Asian Clinic Tour" (MP4 Productions 2001, 1 DVD) (out of print) • "Ten Degrees of Turbulent Drumming" (MP4 Productions 2002, 1 DVD) • "Drums Across Forever" (MP4 Productions 2002, 1 DVD) • "Drums of Thought" (MP4 Productions 2004, 1 DVD) • "Live at Budokan" (MP4 Production 2005, 1 DVD) • "Mike Portnoy - Drumavarium" (MP4 Productions 2005, 1 DVD) • "sysDRUMatic chaos" (MP4 Productions 2007, 1 DVD) • "SCORE" (MP4 Productions 2008, 1 DVD) • "Black Clouds & Silver Drumming" (MP4 Productions 2009, 1 DVD) • "Whirlwind Drumming" (MP4 Productions 2010, 1 DVD) References [1] http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com [2] "MIKE PORTNOY, RUSSELL ALLEN, RICH WARD, MIKE ORLANDO Join Forces In ADRENALINE MOB" (http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ blabbermouth. net/ news. aspx?mode=Article& newsitemID=159475& utm_source=feedburner& utm_medium=feed& utm_campaign=Feed:+ blabbermouth+ (Blabbermouth. nets+ Daily+ Headlines)). . [3] Portnoy, Mike (2009). "The Mike Portnoy Official Website/biography" (http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ credits. aspx). Portnoy Official Website. . Retrieved 2009-10-13. [4] http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ aboutmike/ faq/ answers/ 20. aspx#167 [5] http:/ / www. tama. com/ md2011 [6] http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ forum/ fb. aspx?m=1402101 [7] http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ forum/ fb. aspx?m=1402158 [8] http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ blabbermouth. net/ news. aspx?mode=Article& newsitemID=59931 [9] http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ about/ mpfaq/ showquestion. asp?menu=about& faq=1& fldAuto=317 [10] http:/ / www. metalsludge. tv/ home/ index. php?option=com_content& task=view& id=202& Itemid=52 [11] http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ news/ Mike-Portnoy-Named-in-Top-50-Drummers-of-All-Time-20590. aspx [12] http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ news/ Machine-Head-Mike-Portnoy-Win-Metal-Hammer-Golden-Gods-Awards-21556. aspx Mike Portnoy won as the Best Drummer at the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards 2010! [13] "MIKE PORTNOY, JOEY JORDISON WIN 2010 DRUMMIES AWARDS" (http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ news/ Mike-Portnoy-Joey-Jordison-Win-2010-Drummies-Awards-21803. aspx). Roadrunner Records. 2010-07-22. . Retrieved 2010-08-04. [14] http:/ / www. revolvermag. com/ news/ revolver-golden-gods-winners-from-last-night-announced. html [15] Mike Portnoy wins several great awards from DRUM! Magazine!! http:/ / www. facebook. com/ notes/ mike-portnoy/ mp-wins-drum-magazines-drummer-of-the-year/ 214638211913960 [16] http:/ / www. drummagazine. com/ drummies/ post/ awards-2011/ [17] http:/ / www. tama. com/ mirage [18] http:/ / www. tama. com/ artists/ default. asp [19] http:/ / www. tama. com/ bsm [20] http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ about/ tama/ ?menu=about [21] http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ about/ sabian/ ?menu=about [22] http:/ / www. promark. com/ products/ view/ tx420n/ [23] http:/ / www. avengedsevenfold. com/ news/ mike-portnoy-will-be-drumming-a7x [24] Metal Insider: Mike Portnoy Quits Dream Theater (September 8, 2010) (http:/ / www. metalinsider. net/ splits/ mike-portnoy-quits-dream-theater) [25] http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ blabbermouth. net/ news. aspx?mode=Article& newsitemID=157462 [26] Mike Portnoy. "Mike Portnoy Confirms, "My Time With Avenged Sevenfold Has Come To An End."" (http:/ / deathbatnews. wordpress. com/ 2010/ 12/ 16/ mike-portnoy-confirms-my-time-with-avenged-sevenfold-has-come-to-an-end/ ). Deathbat News. . [27] http:/ / www. metalhammer. co. uk/ news/ mike-portnoy-told-he-cant-come-back-to-dream-theater/ [28] Portnoy, Mike. "COMING TO NYC ON FRI JUNE 24TH" (http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ forum/ m2678822-p2. aspx). . Retrieved 12 June 2011. [29] http:/ / www. fnarecords. net
  • 61. Mike Portnoy 58 External links • ( • VIDEO Interview with Portnoy on BackstageMusician.Com ( mikeportnoy.htm) • Interview with Portnoy in Drummers Digest web magazine ( php?option=com_content&task=view&id=87&Itemid=28) • ( mike-portnoy-joins-avenged-sevenfold) • VIDEO interview with Portnoy at ( php?option=com_content&task=view&id=356&Itemid=1) • Metal Sludge 20 Questions with Portnoy ( task=view&id=202&Itemid=52) • Progressive Nation 2008 ( • Portnoy discusses his memories of the now-defunct New York record store, Slipped Disc (http://www. • Mike Portnoy named the 5th best drummer of all time ( Mike-Portnoy-Named-in-Top-50-Drummers-of-All-Time-20590.aspx)
  • 62. Derek Sherinian 59 Derek Sherinian Derek Sherinian Sherinian performing with Billy Idol in 2006 Background information Born August 25, 1966 Laguna Beach, California United States Genres hard rock, Progressive metal, progressive rock, neo-classical metal, metal fusion, classic rock Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer Instruments Keyboards, Guitar, backing vocals Years active 1982–present Labels Mascot Label Group, InsideOut Music. Associated acts Dream Theater, Planet X, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Yngwie Malmsteen, Eddie Van Halen,Billy Idol, Black Country Communion Website http:/ / www. dereksherinian. com Derek Sherinian (born August 25, 1966) is a rock keyboardist who has toured and recorded for Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kiss, and Alice In Chains.[1] He was also a member of Dream Theater and is the founder of the instrumental metal-fusion band Planet X. His solo albums feature several prominent artists, including Slash, Yngwie Malmsteen, Allan Holdsworth, Steve Lukather, John Sykes, Billy Sheehan, Zakk Wylde and Al Di Meola. Sherinian is a founding member of the supergroup Black Country Communion.[2] Sherinian has distinguished himself by his aggressive "guitaristic" approach to his keyboard style. He has been called the "King of the Keys" by Guitar World magazine and the "Caligula of Keyboards" by Alice Cooper. His influences include Elton John, Keith Emerson, Jan Hammer, and a variety of guitarists. Biography 1966–1999 Sherinian was born in Laguna Beach, California of Greek-Armenian descent. He began taking piano lessons at age five in Santa Cruz, California.[3] [4] After his junior year at Soquel High School, he received a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he was the roommate of the later Megadeth guitarist Al Pitrelli.[3] [5] He has since studied with other keyboard players, including Mitchel Forman, T Lavitz and Russell Ferrante. His first professional gig after leaving Boston was with ex-Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies drummer Buddy Miles. Sherinian got his first big break with Alice Cooper in 1989 to tour in support of the platinum selling "Trash" album.[3] After touring with Alice Cooper, Sherinian played offstage keyboards on the 1992 KISS Revenge tour.[3]
  • 63. Derek Sherinian 60 In 1994, Derek replaced Kevin Moore in the progressive metal band Dream Theater, originally just for the bands promotional tour for Awake. On February 1995, however, he was made a full-time member of the band. He recorded the albums A Change of Seasons (1995), Falling Into Infinity (1997), and Once In A LIVEtime (1998) with Dream Theater before being replaced in January 1999 by Jordan Rudess because of creative differences.[5] [6] [7] [8] Sherinian remained on good terms with the band, and reunited with Dream Theater for a one-off concert in 2004, which was recorded and released on When Day and Dream Reunite (2004). The bands performance of "Metropolis Pt. 1" featured an extended improvisation between Sherinian, Rudess, and guitarist John Petrucci. During the late 1990s, Sherinian released two albums with the progressive rock supergroup Platypus, which also featured Dream Theater bassist John Myung, Dregs drummer Rod Morgenstein, and Kings X guitarist Ty Tabor. The group released two albums, When Pus Comes to Shove (1998) and Ice Cycles (2000), before disbanding in 2000.[9] 1999 – present Since 1999, Sherinian has recorded seven solo albums, featuring performances by numerous highly acclaimed musicians. Sherinians first solo album, Planet X (1999), written and recorded with Australian drummer Virgil Donati, led to the formation of a band of the same name (Planet X). Guitar virtuoso Tony MacAlpine was recruited to complete the band. Sherinian has stated that his intention when forming Planet X was to create a group of musicians that "played their instruments so fiercely, that they would strike fear in the hearts of all musicians". In 2001, Derek teamed with drummer Simon Phillips and guitarists Steve Lukather and Zakk Wylde to record Inertia,[10] followed by Black Utopia (2003). For Black Utopia, three new faces joined Sherinian’s group: bassist Billy Sheehan, rock guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, and jazz fusion guitarist Al Di Meola.[11] [12] With respect to this fusion-influenced lineup, Sherinian stated: I have always been a fan of jazz fusion, but from the perspective of a rock player crossing over to jazz, not vice versa. I think that is how Jeff Beck (who Sherinian stated he hopes to play with in a recent interview) approached his classic instrumental records and I like to follow in that path.[3] Sherinian also calls the album "a lot darker and heavier than [Inertia]".[13] In Japan, the cover of Black Utopia was altered to remove the cross in the title without Sherinians consent; Sherinian has commented that the cross "meant nothing" and was added for aesthetic purposes.[13] Sherinian extended further into the fusion realm by collaborating with guitarist Allan Holdsworth and violinist Jerry Goodman (formerly of the Mahavishnu Orchestra) on Mythology (2004).[14] In addition to another appearance by Phillips, other musicians appearing on this recording were Zakk Wylde, John Sykes, Steve Stevens, and Tony Franklin.[3] [14] Since 2002, Sherinian has toured with several well-known artists, including Billy Idol and Yngwie Malmsteen.[15] Dereks fifth solo album, Blood of the Snake (2006), features contributions from Idol, as well as former Guns N Roses guitarist Slash, John Petrucci of Dream Theater, and Brian Tichy; Phillips, Franklin and Lukather make return appearances.[16] [17] A video for a cover version of Mungo Jerrys "In the Summertime" was released along with the album.[18] Sherinian also worked with duduk master Djivan Gasparyan on the song "Prelude To Battle" on the release, written for his great grandmother who survived the Armenian genocide. In 2009, Sherinian released his sixth solo album, Molecular Heinosity, again featuring Zakk Wylde, Tony Franklin and Brian Tichy. Later that year, Sherinian also performed a one-off acoustic gig with Alice In Chains to launch their Black Gives Way To Blue album. In 2010, Sherinian became a founding member of supergroup Black Country Communion with Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham, and Joe Bonamassa.[2] Sherinian has completed his seventh solo album titled "Oceana" which will be released worldwide September 5th, 2011 on Mascot Records.
  • 64. Derek Sherinian 61 Influences and collaborations In a 2000 interview, Sherinian cited his early influences as being Jan Hammer (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer and The Nice), Rick Wakeman (Yes), and Elton John.[4] Other influences include guitarists Allan Holdsworth, Jeff Beck, and Eddie Van Halen. Sherinian enjoys co-writing material with fellow musicians, and often finds that he writes better material with drummers.[19] Sherinian cites Van Halens guitar playing as having a direct influence on his aggressive unique approach to keyboards in terms of technique as well as tone; his unique signature lead patch contains numerous elements of guitar sounds such as distortion, harmonics, and palm-muting, eventually leading to playing a gig with Eddie for a party at Van Halens home in 2006, of which Sherinian said "It was the highlight of my career, it was completely surreal." Sherinians work with noted Toto guitarist Steve Lukather on the 2001 solo CD Inertia was cited by Lukather as "probably my best recorded work in my whole career. Great record! Im very proud of it!".[3] Sherinians collaborations with top musicians were featured in a 2007 article in Guitar World magazine, where guitarist Zakk Wylde offered "People want to play with him because he’s that good. He can play everything from the easiest licks on a piano to the most complex Beethoven sonatas with ease." Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci added "...Derek -considering the fact that he’s heavily into guitarists and rock music, his history, and the range of all the great guitarists he’s worked with —plays with a fire unheard of from most keyboardists.”[20] Sherinian explains that he enlists a variety of guitarists because he "[does not] think there is one guitarist who can cover all the styles featured on [the] albums." Sherinian often tailors songs for specific guitarists, such as Holdsworth and Wylde for "Day of the Dead" (off Mythology);[20] in this respect, he seeks to take certain aspects of genres and make them "collide in an eloquent way".[13] Equipment Derek Sherinian currently uses and endorses Clavia, Korg, Moog and Roland keyboards.[21] [22] Sherinian was presented the G2 Modular synth serial number 001 by Clavia representative Bengt Lilja in January 2004.[23] As an KORG endorsee, Sherinian was one of the first artists to adopt the Korg Trinity keyboard series in 1996. In collaboration with KORG sound designer Jack Hotop, they created Sherinians signature "guitaristic" lead sound (the "Monster Lead", made famous on the Dream Theater album "Falling Into A Clavia Nord Modular Infinity") on the Trinity, as well as other, more "modern" and "aggressive" keyboard patches, owing to his fondness of guitar tones and technique. Derek is currently using the KORG Kronos in the studio and live. Derek also uses the Hammond B3 organ; he thinks that "every rock keyboardist should have a distorted Leslie and a Hammond as part of their sound."[24] The original KORG Triton, released in 1999 Derek is also known for being one of the first keyboardists to use vertical keyboard stands, influencing a new generation of keyboardists. A more detailed list of equipment can be found at Sherinians Web site ([25]). Sherinian currently uses the following gear: Korg Kronos 61, Moog Voyager XL, Clavia Nord Lead 3, Clavia Nord Elerctro 3. Yamaha C9 Conservatory Series Grand Piano. His vintage gear includes: 1977 Yamaha C9 Conservatory Series Grand Piano.Moog Taurus Pedals, 1962 fruitwoodHammond B3, two Leslie 147, modified by Ken Rich
  • 65. Derek Sherinian 62 Sound Services. Sherinian also owns Beachwood Manor Studios, located in Burbank, California.In the studio, Derek also has a Muse Research Receptor 2 ProMax loaded with Omnisphere,Trillian, M Tron 2, B4 2, Ivory 2, Predator, Massive, and many other soft synths. Selected discography Information courtesy of[26] [27] [28] Solo albums Date of release Title Label Type Allmusic rating US Sales 1999 Planet X Magna Carta Studio N/A 2001 Inertia InsideOut Studio N/A April 22, 2003 Black Utopia InsideOut Studio N/A November 9, 2004 Mythology InsideOut Studio N/A N/A August 1, 2006 Blood of the Snake InsideOut Studio N/A March 24, 2009 Molecular Heinosity InsideOut Studio N/A September 5th, 2011 Oceana Mascot Label Group Studio With Dream Theater Date of release Title Label Type Allmusic rating US Sales September 19, 1995 A Change of Seasons EastWest Studio/Live EP 188,000+ September 23, 1997 Falling into Infinity EastWest Studio 160,000+ October 27, 1998 Once in a LIVEtime EastWest Live 75,000+ 1998 5 Years in a LIVEtime EastWest VHS/DVD N/A With Planet X Date of release Title Label Type Allmusic rating US Sales June 6, 2000 Universe InsideOut Studio N/A April 3, 2002 Live from Oz InsideOut Live N/A July 29, 2002 MoonBabies InsideOut Studio N/A May 18, 2007 Quantum InsideOut Studio N/A With other musicians A complete list of projects is at Sherinians website [29] and the Allmusic credits page [30].
  • 66. Derek Sherinian 63 Date of release Artist Title Label Type Allmusic US rating Sales May 18, 1993 Kiss Alive III Mercury Live N/A 1994 Alice Cooper The Last Temptation Epic Studio N/A August 22, Alice Cooper Classicks Epic Compilation N/A 1995 August 25, Platypus When Pus Comes to Shove Velvel Studio N/A 1998 March 14, 2000 Platypus Ice Cycles InsideOut Studio N/A Music October 15, Yngwie Malmsteen Attack!! Import Studio N/A 2002 March 22, 2005 Billy Idol Devils Playground Sanctuary Studio N/A June 24, 2008 Billy Idol The Very Best of Billy Idol: Capitol Compilation N/A Idolize Yourself Records October 14, Yngwie Malmsteen Perpetual Flame Koch Studio N/A 2008 September 10, Black Country Black Country Mascot Studio N/A 2010 Communion June 14, 2011 Black Country 2 Mascot Studio N/A Communion Movie appearances • 1992 - Waynes World, as himself as part of the Alice Cooper Band References [1] " > News > ALICE IN CHAINS - Keyboardist Derek Sherinian Reports From Hollywood LIstening Party" (http:/ / www. bravewords. com/ news/ 117965). . Retrieved 2009-11-27. [2] "Producer Says BLACK COUNTRY Debut Is Promising To Be Phenomenal" (http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ blabbermouth. net/ news. aspx?mode=Article& newsitemID=133444). . Retrieved 3 February 2010. [3] "Derek Sherinian - Bio" (http:/ / www. dereksherinian. com/ bio. htm). . Retrieved 2007-06-12. [4] "Derek Sherinian Interview" (http:/ / progsheet1. hypermart. net/ sherinian. html). . Retrieved 2007-07-02. [5] "Derek Sherinian - Overview" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ artist/ p192320). . Retrieved 2007-06-12. [6] "Mike Portnoy FAQ" (http:/ / web. archive. org/ web/ 20061213022345/ http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ about/ mpfaq/ showquestion. asp?menu=about& faq=1& fldAuto=460). Archived from the original (http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ about/ mpfaq/ showquestion. asp?menu=about& faq=1& fldAuto=460) on 2006-12-13. . Retrieved 2007-06-10. [7] "Dream Theater FAQ" (http:/ / web. archive. org/ web/ 20060524124912/ http:/ / www. dtfaq. com/ question/ 46). Archived from the original (http:/ / www. dtfaq. com/ question/ 46) on 2006-05-24. . Retrieved 2007-06-10. [8] "Dream Theater returns to roots" (http:/ / findarticles. com/ p/ articles/ mi_qn4188/ is_20060310/ ai_n16144393). Deseret Morning News and 2006-03-10. . Retrieved 2007-06-12. [9] "2001 Archives" (http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ blabbermouth. net/ news. aspx?Mode=Archive& Date=9/ 18/ 2001). . Retrieved 2007-07-02. [10] Wildran, Jonathan. "Inertia - Overview" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r533008). . Retrieved 2007-07-02. [11] Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Black Utopia - Overview" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r638319). . Retrieved 2007-07-02. [12] "Former DREAM THEATER Keyboardist Completes Work On New Solo CD" (http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ blabbermouth. net/ news. aspx?mode=Article& newsitemID=9673). 2003-02-13. . Retrieved 2007-07-02. [13] "Interview - Derek Sherinian" (http:/ / www. revelationz. net/ index. asp?ID=721). RevelationZ Magazine. . Retrieved 2007-08-26.
  • 67. Derek Sherinian 64 [14] "New DEREK SHERINIAN Solo Album To Feature Guest Appearances By ZAKK WYLDE, JOHN SYKES" (http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ blabbermouth. net/ news. aspx?mode=Article& newsitemID=27368). 2004-09-28. . Retrieved 2007-07-02. [15] "Billy Idol to Release First CD Featuring New Music in More Than 10 Years; Rebel Rocker Offers DEVILS PLAYGROUND on March 22; `Scream Goes to Radio Early January" (http:/ / findarticles. com/ p/ articles/ mi_m0EIN/ is_2004_Dec_6/ ai_n7637352). Business Wire and 2004-12-06. . Retrieved 2007-06-12. [16] Prato, Greg. "Blood of the Snake - Overview" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r848760). . Retrieved 2007-06-12. [17] "DEREK SHERINIAN: More Solo Album Details Revealed" (http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ blabbermouth. net/ news. aspx?mode=Article& newsitemID=51903). 2006-05-06. . Retrieved 2007-06-12. [18] "DEREK SHERINIANs Video Featuring Slash Posted Online" (http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ blabbermouth. net/ news. aspx?mode=Article& newsitemID=55688). 2006-07-27. . Retrieved 2007-06-12. [19] Jan van der Vorst. "Derek Sherinian: Interview 2004" (http:/ / www. dprp. net/ specials/ sherinian1204/ index. php). Dutch Progressive Rock Page. . Retrieved 2007-10-01. [20] Lalaina, Joe. "King of the Keys: Derek Sherinian" (http:/ / www. guitarworld. com/ derek_sherinian). Guitar World. . Retrieved 2007-09-30. [21] "Clavia instrument users: Derek Sherinian" (http:/ / www. clavia. se/ misc/ users/ dereksherinian. htm). . Retrieved 2007-07-02. [22] " Derek Sherinian" (http:/ / web. archive. org/ web/ 20070927234204/ http:/ / www. korg. com/ sbytes/ article. asp?ArtistID=239). Archived from the original (http:/ / www. korg. com/ sbytes/ article. asp?ArtistID=239) on 2007-09-27. . Retrieved 2007-07-02. [23] "Derek Sherinian receives Nord Modular G2 #001!" (http:/ / www. clavia. se/ pressreleases/ G2Sherinian. htm). 2004-01-20. . Retrieved 2007-07-02. [24] "Chat with Rod Morgenstein and Derek Sherinian of Platypus" (http:/ / www. artist-shop. com/ irc/ platypus. htm). . Retrieved 2007-10-14. [25] http:/ / www. dereksherinian. com/ gear. htm [26] "Derek Sherinian Discography" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ artist/ p192320). . Retrieved 2007-10-01. [27] "Dream Theater Discography" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ artist/ p17134). . Retrieved 2007-10-01. [28] "Planet X Discography" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ artist/ p425161). . Retrieved 2007-10-01. [29] http:/ / www. dereksherinian. com/ discography. htm [30] http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r783641 Multimedia • Video for Dream Theater - "Hollow Years" ( pmmsid=1366499) • Live version of "Atlantis : Apocalypse 1470 BC" ( mp3) • Clavia Nord sample 1 from [[Planet X (band)|Planet X ( files/MoonBabies1. mp3)] "MoonBabies"] • Clavia Nord sample 2 from [[Planet X (band)|Planet X ( files/MoonBabies2. mp3)] "MoonBabies"] External links • Derek Sherinian official website ( • Derek Sherinian official MySpace page ( • Derek Sherinian Interview on ( lang=EN)
  • 68. Kevin Moore 65 Kevin Moore Kevin Moore Kevin Moore at Balo Stage-Istanbul Background information Also known as Chroma Key Born May 26, 1967 Long Island, New York, U.S. Genres Electronica, ambient, psychedelic, progressive metal, Industrial metal Occupations Musician, songwriter Instruments [1] Keyboards, vocals, bass Years active 1985–present Associated acts O.S.I., Chroma Key, Dream Theater, Fates Warning Kevin Moore (born May 26, 1967) is a keyboardist, vocalist and composer and founder of the Chroma Key music project. He is also a former member of the American progressive metal band Dream Theater, co-founder of the progressive rock supergroup O.S.I. and has composed film soundtracks. Throughout his career, he has become known for his emotional music and lyrics, nomadic tendencies, and unique use of spoken-word samples. Moore started his music career in progressive metal band Dream Theater. He contributed music and lyrics to the bands first three studio albums, but left the band during the recording of Awake to pursue his own musical interests. Starting with 1998s Dead Air for Radios, he has released electronica, ambient music through his solo project Chroma Key. Moore has guested on several albums, including three Fates Warning albums. This led Moore to form OSI with Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos in 2002, a band which combines progressive metal with electronica. Matheos and Moore are currently working on the fourth OSI album. Moore has worked on other solo projects since leaving Dream Theater. While living in Costa Rica, he produced a bi-weekly radio program for Radio for Peace International; a compilation of this work was released as Memory Hole 1. While living in Turkey, Moore produced the debut album of Turkish band Makine and wrote soundtracks for two Turkish films. The soundtrack for the first film, Okul, was released in 2004 as Ghost Book. The soundtrack for the second film, Küçük Kiyamet, entitled Shine, was released in 2010.
  • 69. Kevin Moore 66 Biography Early days Moore, who was born on Long Island, New York, began his music career in Kings Park, Long Island, learning piano at the age of six and writing his first song at the age of 12. After graduating from high school in 1985, Moore briefly attended SUNY Fredonia, where he studied classical music, before returning home to form the band Majesty with childhood friends guitarist John Petrucci and bassist John Myung, who had recruited drummer Mike Portnoy (a fellow Long Islander) during their short enrollment at Berklee College of Music. Singer Chris Collins handled vocal duties for Majesty, but he was subsequently replaced by Charlie Dominici (and eventually James LaBrie) and the band was renamed Dream Theater. Dream Theater Dream Theaters debut studio album was 1989s When Dream and Day Unite, which earned the group comparisons to well-known progressive rock bands such as Rush and Queensrÿche. Their big breakthrough, however, came in 1992 with the album Images and Words, featuring the bands highest charting single to date, "Pull Me Under". The song, which included lyrics by Moore, reached #10 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Following their relentless touring in support of the second album, the band also went on to release a live album, Live at the Marquee, and a video, Images and Words: Live In Tokyo. The videos extensive documentary footage would subsequently introduce many fans to Moores sarcastic sense of humor. In 1994, the band released its third studio album, Awake, which was the bands highest charting album to date with Moore, reaching #32. (2009s Black Clouds & Silver Linings debuted at #6 on the US Billboards). The album featured Moores signature song, a haunting piano-driven ballad called "Space-Dye Vest", which describes a heartbroken man flipping through a magazine and falling in love with a stranger modeling a vest. But shortly before the album was mixed, Moore announced to the rest of the band that he wished to concentrate on his own musical interests and would be quitting Dream Theater. According to Portnoy, Moore had grown distant with the other members and was more interested in the independence of working on his own as opposed to the compromise of a band environment. Although Dream Theater has since invited him to play reunion shows, Moore has said he prefers to move forward as opposed to looking back. He also declined to take part in the official Dream Theater biography titled Lifting Shadows. During his time in Dream Theater, Moore wrote the lyrics to songs on each of the bands albums and also to some of the bands demos and b-sides. On When Dream and Day Unite, he wrote "Light Fuse and Get Away" and "Only a Matter of Time." On Images and Words, he penned "Pull Me Under", "Surrounded", "Wait for Sleep", and parts of "Take the Time." On Awake, the songs "6:00", "Lie", and "Space-Dye Vest" all featured his lyrics. Demos with his lyrics include "Dont Look Past Me," the final verse of "To Live Forever 94," "A Vision," "Vital Star," and "Two Far." Chroma Key After leaving Dream Theater, Moore moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and started writing material for his solo album. Moores first solo project was a demo tape called Music Meant to Be Heard, and the songs included many spoken-word samples from interviews Moore recorded with strangers during his cross-country travels. Most of these songs were later released in 1999 on a limited-edition CD called This is a Recording. In 1998, Moore released his first solo album, Dead Air For Radios, under the name Chroma Key on his self-created record label, Fight Evil Records. Mark Zonder and Joey Vera of Fates Warning served as his support musicians for that record. The album featured a dark, ambient sound, closer to Peter Gabriel and Tori Amos than the complex and intricate Dream Theater style. In hindsight, Dream Theater fans noticed that Moore had subtly explored this style of composition in "Space-Dye Vest."
  • 70. Kevin Moore 67 In 2000, Moore moved to Los Angeles, California, where he recorded the digitally-themed You Go Now. The line-up for that record was Moore, David Iscove (guitars) and Steve Tushar (loops, programming). During his westcoast stay, Moore briefly attended California Institute of the Arts, where he created a little-known documentary called Octember Revolution, which depicted a Southern California gated community intervention. He then moved to Costa Rica, where he worked for Radio For Peace International, producing a bi-weekly activist radio program. In fact, some of Moores work on Radio for Peace International was later released in an internet-only album called Memory Hole 1. In 2004, Moore scoured public domain films looking for one that exuded a certain mood, intending to write a pseudo-soundtrack to it. The film he chose was Age 13, an educational film from the 1950s, originally for use in schools. He took the existing film, slowed it to half speed, and let it dictate the moods, textures, and even running times of the songs he wrote to it. The resulting album is titled Graveyard Mountain Home, which included a DVD containing the movie set to Moores music. OSI In 2003, Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos invited Moore to work with him on a new musical project. Moore had worked with Matheos before, appearing as guest keyboardist on Fates Warnings 1989 album Perfect Symmetry, 1997 album A Pleasant Shade of Gray and 2000 album Disconnected. The new project involved Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and Cynic bassist/Chapman Stick player Sean Malone. This would be the first time Moore had worked with Portnoy since leaving Dream Theater nearly 10 years earlier. The band that was formed was named OSI, and they released the album Office of Strategic Influence. Musically, it can be described as a mixture of Chroma Keys dark, melodic focus with the guitars and heaviness of Fates Warning and Dream Theater. Moore assumed vocal duties. In April 2006, Moore and Matheos released a second OSI album called Free, a collaboration made easier by Moores temporary relocation to Montreal, Canada. The album once again featured Portnoy on drums. Unlike the first OSI album, which was based on an information-spinning faction of the U.S. government, Free was about the personal relationships in Moores life. Shortly following the albums release, OSI also released an EP that included remixes of three Free songs and a video of the title track. In the spring of 2006, Moore and Matheos alluded to possible tourdates in the support of the album, but nothing ever materialized. In September 2008, Moore announced on his website that he had been working for several months with Jim Matheos and drummer Gavin Harrison (of the band Porcupine Tree) on the third OSI album. Blood was released in April 2009.[2] Currently a fourth album is in the makings.[3] Film soundtracks In 2004, Moore relocated to Istanbul, Turkey, and composed the soundtrack to the horror film Okul (The School) which was subsequently released as a solo record titled Ghost Book. The music contained many traditional instruments stemming from Moores stays in Costa Rica and Turkey. In 2006, Moore once again teamed up with Turkish producers for another soundtrack project. The film, Küçük Kiyamet (The Little Apocalypse), tells the horrific tale of a family who decides to rent a summer house by the seaside. Both films, Okul and Küçük Kiyamet, were based on books written by Turkish author Dogu Yucel. The soundtrack to Küçük Kiyamet, titled Shine, has been announced for late November 2010. On September 6, 2010, Moore launched a Kickstarter page to fund the design and manufacture of a physical release of the soundtrack, which he plans to self-release.[4]
  • 71. Kevin Moore 68 Other While in Turkey, he also produced a radio show along with Theron Patterson and Pınar Türen in Açık Radyo. In March 2007, Moore played an hour-long concert, which was held at Turkeys Balo Stage on March 23. It was described as a try-out to "play some songs for a local crowd...with longer, more elaborate shows planned for the future." In April 2007, Moore announced plans to pre-produce the debut album of Turkish industrial rock band Makine [5] which was released in April 2010. Influence In an April 2007 interview, Sonata Arctica keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg revealed that he was really influenced by Moore when he (Klingenberg) began playing rock music.[6] To earn extra income during his Dream Theater days, Moore worked as private music teacher out of his parents home in Smithtown, Long Island. One of his students at the time included television and film composer Roy Harter. Discography With Dream Theater As Chroma Key • Majesty Demos (1986) • Dead Air for Radios (1998) • When Dream and Day Unite (1989) • Colorblind - single (1999) • Images and Words (1992) • You Go Now (2000) • Live at the Marquee (1993) • Graveyard Mountain Home (2004) • Images and Words: Live in Tokyo (1993) As Kevin Moore • Awake (1994) • Music Meant to Be Heard (1995) With OSI • This is a Recording (1999) • Office of Strategic Influence (2003) • Memory Hole 1 (2004) • Free (2006) • Ghost Book (2004) • re:free (EP) (2006) • Shine (2010) • Blood (2009) Involvement on other albums Year Album Artist Credit(s) 1989 Perfect Symmetry Fates Warning Keyboards 1997 A Pleasant Shade of Gray Fates Warning Keyboards 2000 Disconnected Fates Warning Keyboards 2002 Make Believe On Keyboards 2007 Makine Makine Pre-production 2008 Oscillate Steve Tushar Vocals on "Periscope"
  • 72. Kevin Moore 69 Gear • Images and Words • Roland JD-800 - used for piano, distorted organ, synth pads and chimes • Korg DW-8000- used for solo sounds for songs such as Take the Time and Pull Me Under • Korg DSS-1 - used for samples • Roland D-50 - used mainly for string and bell sounds • Roland D-70 • A grand piano was likely used on the album, replaced with JD-800 piano live. • Music In Progress Tour • Roland JD-800 on the bottom tier of the Apex two tier stand • Korg DW-8000 on the top tier of the Apex stand • Korg DSS-1 on the stand on Kevins right • Awake • Roland JD-800 - used for piano, synth pads and most notably the "Wailing Guitar" solo sound used on 6:00, Erotomania and Scarred • Korg DW-8000- used for solo sounds for songs such as 6:00 and The Mirror and for pipe organ sounds. • Kurzweil K2000- presumably used for string sounds • Acoustic Piano- used on Space Dye Vest • A rack sampler was also used during this album, most likely an Akai • OSI/Chroma Key/Solo Kevin switched to using mainly soft synths. He still used his Kurzweil K2000 and a Yamaha CP-70 piano. On "You Go Now", in addition to this, an Access Virus, Moog Memorymoog Plus and a Nord Lead rack. On the OSI album Free, he used an OpenLabs Neko workstation. References [1] http:/ / www. ytsejam. com/ modules. php?name=News& file=article& sid=636 [2] "OSI "Blood"" (http:/ / www. chromakey. com/ ). Chroma Key. 4 September 2008. . Retrieved 3 August 2010. [3] "OSI: Press Release by Metal Blade Records" (http:/ / www. metalblade. com/ news/ 05-13-10-02. html). . [4] Moore, Kevin (2010-09-06). ""Shine": soundtrack to a Turkish film" (http:/ / www. kickstarter. com/ projects/ kmo/ shine-soundtrack-to-a-turkish-film-0). Kickstarter. . Retrieved 2010-09-07. [5] http:/ / www. chromakey. com/ video/ kmmtv. mp4 [6] Morgan, Anthony (2007-04). ""Paid In Full" - Sonata Arctica keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg dreams success for fifth studio album Unia" (http:/ / www. lucemfero. com/ sonataarctica042007. php). Lucem Fero. . Retrieved 2008-05-06. External links • Chroma Key official site ( • Japanese Kevin Moore site ( • Shine ( project page on Kickstarter Related bands: • OSI official site ( • Dream Theater official site ( • Fates Warning official site (
  • 73. Charlie Dominici 70 Charlie Dominici Charlie Dominici Born June 16, 1951 Origin Brooklyn, New York, United States Genres Progressive metal, hard rock Occupations Singer, musician Instruments Vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboard Years active 1960s–1990 2005–present Labels InsideOut Music Associated acts Dominici Dream Theater Franke and the Knockouts Website [1] Charlie Dominici (born June 16, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York) is a singer for progressive metal band Dominici.[2] Perhaps he is best known as the second vocalist for the progressive metal band Dream Theater, having replaced Chris Collins (while the band was called Majesty) and later being replaced by James LaBrie.[3] Biography Dominici originally came into prominence as a member of Franke and the Knockouts, in which he played guitar and sang backing vocals. He auditioned for Dream Theater in 1987 and was hired for the job in November of that year. Dominici performed on the bands debut album, 1989s When Dream and Day Unite. However, Dominici was older than the rest of the band and there were personal and creative differences at work. It was felt that, despite being a very talented singer, his decidedly "pop" vocal style did not fit in with the distinctive progressive direction that the bands compositions were taking. According to Dream Theater ex-drummer Mike Portnoy, "It was like having Billy Joel singing in Queensrÿche." A good singer in the wrong band, they amicably parted ways shortly thereafter. Dominici remained in contact with Dream Theater throughout their career, despite lapsing out of the music business and obtaining a job as a finance manager in the automobile business. Dominici was hired by Mike Portnoy to sing at his wedding to Marlene Apuzzo. He started working on an album with his brother, guitarist Kane Daily, that never saw the light of day. In 2003 he released a song on his website entitled "Now The Time Has Come" but it was taken down after a few months, and the track did not feature any guitars, only piano. Dominicis voice was also heard on the YtseJam Records release "When Dream And Day Unite Demos" which featured pre-production and vocal demos of several songs, as well as Dominici singing Beatles Covers and the traditional Christmas song O Holy Night. On March 6, 2004, Dominici joined his former bandmates onstage in Los Angeles for the first time in 15 years for a special performance celebrating the 15th anniversary of the bands first album. After the band performed the entire album, they began playing "To Live Forever" a non-album track that was written in the same time period, and singer James LaBrie announced Dominici, who sang most of the song. The band then launched into "Metropolis" which was also written in that time period, with Dominici and LaBrie singing a duet, and also being joined by former keyboardist Derek Sherinian. This performance was later released by YtseJam Records on CD and DVD versions entitled "When Dream And Day Reunite". The DVD version also features footage from the bands 1989 tour with
  • 74. Charlie Dominici 71 Dominici of each song, as well as documentary footage. Despite having not actively sung since leaving Dream Theater in 1989, this performance gave him the itch to make music again and in 2005, he released a solo album entitled O3: A Trilogy, Part 1, the first album of a three-album concept piece. Dominici subsequently signed a deal with InsideOut Music for a worldwide release of the second installment of the trilogy, O3: A Trilogy, Part 2, which was released in February 2007. This album was recorded with a full band under the band name Dominici and showed a heavier, more metal progressive style than the former. The final part, O3: A Trilogy, Part Three, was released in April 2008. Dominici opened for Dream Theater at three shows at their Chaos in Motion World Tour in June 2007. In November 2010, Charlie Dominici posted on his FaceBook page that he was considering auditioning for DragonForce, after the lead vocalist, ZP Theart, left.[4] Discography With Billy and Charles • Billy and Charles (1969) With Franke and the Knockouts • Franke and the Knockouts (1981) With Dream Theater • When Dream and Day Unite (1989) • When Dream and Day Unite Demos (2004) • When Dream And Day Reunite (CD and DVD) (2005) With Dominici • O3: A Trilogy, Part One (2005) • O3: A Trilogy, Part Two (2007) • O3: A Trilogy, Part Three (2008) References [1] http:/ / www. dominici. com/ [2] "Dominici: Another New Song Posted Online" (http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ blabbermouth. net/ news. aspx?mode=Article& newsitemID=93499). Blabbermouth. 24 March 2008. . Retrieved 16 March 2010. [3] Harris, Craig. "Biography: Dream Theater" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ artist/ p17134/ biography). Allmusic. . Retrieved 16 March 2010. [4] "Charlie Dominici on FaceBook" (http:/ / www. facebook. com/ charlie. dominici/ posts/ 143536965697805). FaceBook. 27 November 2010. . Retrieved 27 November 2010. External links • Official website ( • 2010 interview with Charlie Dominici on Prog Sphere ( charlie-dominici/)
  • 75. Chris Collins (singer) 72 Chris Collins (singer) Chris Collins Genres Progressive metal, instrumental rock, progressive rock, blackened death metal Instruments Guitar, vocals Years active 1986–present Labels Roadrunner Associated acts Dream Theater, Winterspell Website [1] Chris Collins is an American guitarist and songwriter best known as the first vocalist of the progressive metal band "Majesty" that later became Dream Theater.[2] He was known for his ability to hit high notes. The Majesty Days Together with his fellow future Dream Theater members John Petrucci, John Myung and Kevin Moore, Collins grew up in Long Island. Those three entered the college to study music but on the other hand, Collins decided to join The United States Marine Corps due to his interest and abilities in target shooting.He was not enlisted in the USMC but however, he received a phone call from Petrucci about their planned recording for an album and the offered audition for the band while he was supposed to go to boot camp. This was contrary to the popular belief that Collins was never in a Queensryche tribute band and the tape of him singing a Queensryche song that was recorded with the Majesty. This stuff attracted a lot of attention and there was a buzz going around that created enough notoriety for Collins to obtain the position in the band during the early days of Majesty. Collins performed without a PA system during the audition that Petrucci, Myung and Moore were impressed with his ability to hit high notes and sing louder than amplified instruments and drums. However, during that time, Collins was not a trained vocalist but soon realized his abilities and decided to give it a shot. It wasnt until many years as Collins matured that he had developed his skills as a writer and a classically trained performer. During the time where the band was looking for a vocalist, Collins was invited to join the band, then called Majesty, and accepted writing and recording songs for them. The Majesty Demos were the first demo tape of the band wherein Collins recorded vocals for six tracks. His later contributions included writing lyrics for two songs, Afterlife and Cry for Freedom though neither were ever recorded with his lyrics and Afterlife was later given new lyrics by his replacement, Charlie Dominici. Musical style Collins was not a trained vocalist but dared to join the band. As his career progresses, hes gradually developing his musical skills as a writer and a singer until he became a classically trained singer. His usual musical styles differ from progressive rock, progressive metal, and blackened death metal. Later career In 1994,Collins set forth to create a metal band he would call Winterspell. It was derived from a poem that he had written in the early 90s that he had set to acoustic music of the album Supercalafragilistic Extreoverdosus. But most of that album was lost due to a house fire, but a raw version of "Winterspell" still exists and he also recreated two of the songs that he now calls the "Mourning Star" Project. Amidst the difficult situation of cover bands and unoriginality, the local scene finally persuaded him to join forces with some local tributes such as "Snowblind","Never Enough","Scorched Earth","Speak of the Devil",and "Live After Death". While continuing to
  • 76. Chris Collins (singer) 73 write songs,he thought of being a cover band artist but always the his heart was not prepared to follow the trend of recreating other peoples music and so he approached Guitarist Tommy Conforti from Snowblind about some of his original metal. Chris was always confident about Tommys sound and demanded ask for a disk of his material so that he could prepare some vocals for it and he did. Needing to establish a full band, he pieced together remnants of already dissolving band called "Guardians of the Flame" adding Tony Mattassa and Joey Lycon to the line up and so Winterspell was born. Following his passion for unusual and different sounding music Tommy was definitely the man for the job at the time, with his unusual beats. Collins latched on to that energy and made it his own with songs like "Well of souls", "The Eucharist", "Seriokill" and " Dust Becomes my Home". Some definite progress was made but soon after the band deteriorated due to personal differences. Collins and drummer Tony Mattassa forged on to many and several line up changes. Things went complicated, but due to their persistence they stuck it out together and plugged the life support back in with guitarist Pete Maglia of "Savior" and bass player Chris Kelly. Pete was a definite team player and true brother and initiated by learning some of Collinss music and they seemed to have a definite kick start and a new revival to the band. Pete literally was the savior at the time in the spring of 2005. But it wasnt until Dennis Sadlo joined that "Winterspell" truly became a fully dynamic and progressive band that transcended into something very significant.That line up gave us a little flavor of what we could become but towards the end of that season just after our first show and just as the band was truly kicking it off we ran into some problems that no one could foresee. so we had to wait another two years to recover, and it wasnt until the spring of "08" that we could continue where we left off .So in the spring of "08" with the same line up from "05" we continued with a new and stronger determination to make up for the lost time.Pumping out a new breed of "Winterspell" with power metal roots and a touch of Death. Thus the title "Touch of Death" the new "Winterspell" album being released in "2011". References [1] http:/ / www. myspace. com/ winterspell [2] Harris, Craig. "Biography: Dream Theater" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ artist/ dream-theater-p17134/ biography). Allmusic. . Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  • 77. When Dream and Day Unite 74 When Dream and Day Unite When Dream and Day Unite Studio album by Dream Theater Released March 6, 1989 Recorded July 18–August 12, 1988 Kajem/Victory Studios (Gladwyne, PA) Genre Progressive metal Length 50:11 Label Mechanic/MCA Records Producer Terry Date and Dream Theater Dream Theater chronology The Majesty When Dream and Day Images and Demos Unite Words (1986) (1989) (1992) Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic [1] Metal Storm [2] When Dream and Day Unite is the debut studio album by American progressive metal band Dream Theater. The album is composed mainly of material that originally surfaced during the bands early years as Majesty. It was recorded during the summer of 1988 at Victory Studios in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, and is the only Dream Theater album to feature Charlie Dominici on vocals, as James LaBrie replaced Dominici as the lead vocalist on subsequent albums. It is also one of only two Dream Theater albums not to display their iconic font on the cover along with their 1997 album Falling Into Infinity. It is the only Dream Theater album not to feature a track lasting longer than 10 minutes.
  • 78. When Dream and Day Unite 75 History The band originally formed in 1985 by founding members John Myung, Mike Portnoy, and John Petrucci under the name Majesty, which was inspired by Portnoys commentary on the ending of "Bastille Day" by Rush. After the band found a keyboardist in schoolmate Kevin Moore, the band hosted auditions and settled on Chris Collins as the lead vocalist. While touring around New York, Collins left the band, and the band went through many lead singers before settling on the experienced lead vocalist Charlie Dominici. Dream Theater in 1989. The band, still titled Majesty, recorded The Majesty Demos between 1985 and 1986, and shortly after was forced to change their name after another band threatened legal action if they did not change their name. Unable to come up with a replacement name for their band, Portnoys father suggested the name Dream Theater, which was the title of a nearby movie theater for the name of the band. They adopted the name, and eventually signed their first contract to Mechanic Records. With the relatively warm reception of their original demos, the band expected their debut album to be received with much fanfare and buzz, but the album went largely unnoticed by the music scene, and eventually led to Mechanic Records cutting their contract ties with the band, resulting in a small, club tour for the album only in the New York area. Due to tensions within the band and creative differences, Dominici was fired from the band and they were without a lead singer for the next few years. 15th Anniversary Performance On the 15th anniversary of the album, Dream Theater, with at the time-current drummer Mike Portnoy, performed the album in its entirety in Los Angeles, California, and during two additional songs in the encore special guests Charlie Dominici and Derek Sherinian (both now former Dream Theater members) performed. However, original keyboardist Kevin Moore did not appear. The entire performance was recorded live and later released on CD and DVD under the title When Dream and Day Reunite through Mike Portnoys independent label YtseJam Records. The album also featured a live version of "Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper", which was originally from the album Images and Words, and a performance of a b-side called "To Live Forever". Critical reception The album did not receive much attention upon release, but due to Images and Words commercial success, the album received critical reviews and criticism from many resources. Allmusic attacked the bands ability to actually write songs, despite them agreeing that some of their melodies are quite enjoyable. The album also produced two singles, "Status Seeker" and "Afterlife." Track listing
  • 79. When Dream and Day Unite 76 No. Title Lyrics Music Length 1. "A Fortune in Lies" John Petrucci Dream Theater 5:13 2. "Status Seeker" Charlie Dominici, Petrucci Dream Theater 4:18 3. "Ytse Jam" (instrumental) Petrucci, John Myung, Kevin Moore, Mike Portnoy 5:46 4. "The Killing Hand" Petrucci Dream Theater 8:42 • I. "The Observance" • II. "Ancient Renewal" • III. "The Stray Seed" • IV. "Thorns" • V. "Exodus" 5. "Light Fuse and Get Away" Moore Dream Theater 7:24 6. "Afterlife" Dominici Dream Theater 5:27 7. "The Ones Who Help to Set the Sun" Petrucci Dream Theater 8:05 8. "Only a Matter of Time" Moore Dream Theater 6:36 The Killing Hand The lyrics of the song describe a man who wakes up unaware of where he is. He looks around to see walls covered in names of people who have died. He wants to find out why, and travels back in time to find out. This time travel is represented by travelling to the bottom of the sea. When he arrives, he sees that a tyrant is killing all of the people, referred to as "The Killing Hand". In an effort to stop The Killing Hand from continuing this, he destroys him. Shortly after, he gets called back into the present. When he arrives however, he is overcome by a strange feeling. He rushes back to the wall and sees that his name has been added to the list - in an example of something similar to a predestination paradox. He was The Killing Hand, and when he went back through time he killed himself. The story of the songs lyrics is explained by John Petrucci on the "When Dream and Day Reunite" DVD. The story is itself loosely based on a story about the writing on the wall from the biblical Book of Daniel in which a hand appears and writes something on the wall of the palace of the king of Babylon. Daniel, summoned to interpret the text, says that the message is from God and means that he intended the king and his kingdom to fall. According to the story, the king was slain that night. Personnel • Charlie Dominici – vocals • Kevin Moore – keyboards • John Myung – bass • John Petrucci – guitars • Mike Portnoy – drums
  • 80. When Dream and Day Unite 77 References [1] Taylor, Robert (2011 [last update]). "When Dream and Day Unite - Dream Theater | AllMusic" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r78995). . Retrieved 3 August 2011. [2] "Dream Theater - When Dream And Day Unite - Metal Storm" (http:/ / www. metalstorm. net/ bands/ album. php?album_id=600& band_id=92& bandname=Dream+ Theater). 2011 [last update]. . Retrieved 3 August 2011. Images and Words Images and Words Studio album by Dream Theater Released July 7, 1992 Recorded October 14–December, 1991 BearTracks Studios, New York (additional recordings at The Hit Factory, NY) Genre Progressive metal Length 57:05 Label Atco Producer David Prater Dream Theater chronology When Dream and Day Images and Awake Unite Words (1994) (1989) (1992) Singles from Images and Words 1. "Pull Me Under" Released: 1992 2. "Take the Time" Released: 1993 3. "Another Day" Released: 1993 Images and Words is the second studio album by American progressive metal band Dream Theater, released in 1992. It was recorded in late 1991 at BearTracks Studios in Suffern, New York. The album is the first Dream Theater release to feature James LaBrie on vocals. The album maintains its position as the bands most commercially
  • 81. Images and Words 78 successful studio album to date, and the song "Pull Me Under"s status as the only Top 10 (radio or otherwise) hit the band has ever had. This particular song has also had more recent success as it has appeared in the video game Guitar Hero World Tour. On release the album was met with universal acclaim and many critics and fans cite this album as a landmark release for the progressive metal genre. Although there is no title track on this album, the phrase images and words appears in the song "Wait for Sleep". History After Charlie Dominicis departure from the band, the band auditioned nearly 200 people across the nation before James LaBrie sent the band an audition tape. LaBrie was formerly in the Canadian glam metal band Winter Rose, but saw potential in the band, and thus decided to audition. After a short jam session, the band chose him as their lead singer, and he has been the bands lead singer ever since. With LaBrie on board, the band was signed to a seven album contract by Atco Records, and shortly after began recording their new album. The lead single, "Pull Me Under", gained the band considerable commercial success with its airplay on MTV and radio, garnering them a Top 10 hit on the radio charts. When the album was released, it sold at a steady pace, helped by their relentless touring across the world. Images and Words was played in its entirety, on several occasions, during the European leg of the "Chaos in Motion" tour, in celebration of its 15th anniversary.[1] Reception Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic [2] The Dwarf [3] (Positive) Metal Storm [4] Metally [5] Revelationz [6] Images and Words is currently ranked #2 on Digital Dream Doors list of the top 100 progressive metal albums of all time.[7] Music critic Piero Scaruffi includes the album at number 8, just after Fear Factorys Demanufacture and before Sepulturas Roots, in his classification of the best metal albums of all time.[8] The song "Under a Glass Moon" was awarded the 98th best guitar solo by Guitar World magazine.[9]
  • 82. Images and Words 79 Trivia • Before the players take the field before the start of every Kansas City Royals home game in 2011, the song Metropolis, Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper is played. Track listing No. Title Lyrics Music Length 1. "Pull Me Under" Kevin Moore Dream Theater 8:11 2. "Another Day" John Petrucci Dream Theater 4:24 3. "Take the Time" Dream Theater Dream Theater 8:21 4. "Surrounded" Moore Dream Theater 5:30 5. "Metropolis, Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper" Petrucci Dream Theater 9:32 6. "Under a Glass Moon" Petrucci Dream Theater 7:04 7. "Wait for Sleep" Moore Moore 2:32 8. "Learning to Live" John Myung Dream Theater 11:31 Personnel Dream Theater • James LaBrie – vocals • John Petrucci – guitars and backing vocals • John Myung – bass • Kevin Moore – keyboards • Mike Portnoy – drums, percussion and backing vocals Additional musician • Jay Beckenstein – Soprano saxophone on "Another Day" Production • Produced by David Prater • Recorded and engineered by Doug Oberkircher; assistant engineer: Steve Regina • Mixed by Doug Oberkircher and David Prater • Mastered by Ted Jensen
  • 83. Images and Words 80 RIAA certifications These statistics were compiled from the RIAA certification online database.[10] • Gold – February 2, 1995 Chart performance Singles Year Single Mainstream Rock Tracks 1992 "Pull Me Under" 10 "Another Day" 29 1993 "Take the Time" 22 Billboard 200: • Images and Words – #61 Top Heatseekers: • Images and Words – #2 References [1] Dream Theater kick off 2007/2008 World Tour with I&W anniversary performance (http:/ / dreamtheater. net/ news_dreamtheater. php#iaw2007) [2] Images and Words (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r55187) at Allmusic [3] The Dwarf review (http:/ / www. thedwarf. com. au/ nd/ albumreviews/ dream_theater_images_and_words_the_dwarf_classic_albums) [4] Metal Storm Review (http:/ / www. metalstorm. ee/ bands/ album. php?album_id=601& band_id=92& bandname=Dream+ Theater) [5] Metally review (http:/ / metally. net/ albums/ images-and-words/ ) [6] Revelationz review (http:/ / www. revelationz. net/ index. asp?ID=1239) [7] (http:/ / www. digitaldreamdoor. com/ pages/ best_metal-prog-alb. html) [8] Scaruffi, Piero. "Best heavy-metal albums of all time" (http:/ / www. scaruffi. com/ music/ metal. html). . Retrieved March 20th, 2011. [9] 100 Greatest Guitar Solos (http:/ / guitar. about. com/ library/ bl100greatesti. htm) [10] "Gold and Platinum database" (http:/ / www. riaa. com/ goldandplatinumdata. php?table=SEARCH). Recording Industry Association of America. . Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  • 84. Live at the Marquee (Dream Theater album) 81 Live at the Marquee (Dream Theater album) Live at the Marquee Live album by Dream Theater Released September 3, 1993 Recorded The Marquee Club in London on April 23, 1993 Genre Progressive metal Length 51:33 Label Atco Dream Theater chronology Images and Live at the Awake Words Marquee (1994) (1992) (1993) Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic [1] Live at the Marquee is a live album recorded at Londons Marquee Club by progressive metal band Dream Theater. The cover image is inspired by the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The song "Bombay Vindaloo" was an improvised track that was not supposed to be on the setlist.
  • 85. Live at the Marquee (Dream Theater album) 82 Track listing European release No. Title Lyrics Music Length 1. "Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper" John Petrucci Dream Theater 9:36 2. "A Fortune in Lies" Petrucci Dream Theater 5:10 3. "Bombay Vindaloo" (instrumental) Dream Theater 6:48 4. "Surrounded" Kevin Moore Dream Theater 6:00 5. "Another Hand" Petrucci Dream Theater 10:30 "The Killing Hand" 6. "Pull Me Under" Moore Dream Theater 8:42 Japanese release No. Title Lyrics Music Length 1. "Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper" Petrucci Dream Theater 9:36 2. "A Fortune in Lies" Petrucci Dream Theater 5:10 3. "Bombay Vindaloo" (instrumental) Dream Theater 6:48 4. "Another Day" Petrucci Dream Theater 4:37 5. "Another Hand" Petrucci Dream Theater 10:30 "The Killing Hand" 6. "Pull Me Under" Moore Dream Theater 8:42 Personnel • James LaBrie - vocals • Kevin Moore - keyboards • John Myung - bass • John Petrucci - guitars • Mike Portnoy - drums References [1] Taylor, Robert (2011 [last update]). "Live at the Marquee - Dream Theater | AllMusic" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r203558). . Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  • 86. Images and Words: Live in Tokyo 83 Images and Words: Live in Tokyo Images and Words: Live in Tokyo Video by Dream Theater Released November 16, 1993 Recorded August 26, 1993 - Tokyo, Japan (concert footage) October–December, 1991 (album sessions) Genre Progressive metal Length 91:51 Label ATCO Records Dream Theater video chronology Images and Words: Live in 5 Years in a Tokyo Livetime (1993) (1998)
  • 87. Images and Words: Live in Tokyo 84 Images and Words: Live in Tokyo is the first home video release from American progressive metal band Dream Theater. It contains most of the bands performance from their August 26, 1993 show at Nakano Sun Plaza in Tokyo, Japan. Also included are the music videos for the songs "Pull Me Under", "Take the Time", and "Another Day", from their 1992 album Images and Words, as well as interview footage and candid, behind-the-scenes footage. Track listing 1. "Intro" 2. "Under a Glass Moon" 3. "The Making of Images and Words" 4. "Pull Me Under" (Video Clip) 5. "Take the Time" (Video Clip) 6. "Kimonos & Condoms" Double DVD Release: "Images and Words: Live 7. "Wait for Sleep" in Tokyo" and 5 Years in a Livetime 8. "Surrounded" 9. "Ytse Jam/Drum Solo" 10. "Another Day" (Video Clip) 11. "To Live Forever" 12. "A Fortune in Lies" 13. "Abbey Road medley" 14. "Puppies on Acid/Take the Time" 15. "On the Road 93" 16. "Pull Me Under" Trivia • In 2004, Live in Tokyo was released as Disc 1 of the Images and Words: Live in Tokyo / 5 Years in a LIVEtime DVD re-release. A commentary track by the band members was included on the DVD. • In the middle of Mike Portnoys drum solo, "By Demons Be Driven", by Pantera is quoted. • Under John Petruccis guitar solo in "To Live Forever", he plays the main riff from The Beatles classic Within You Without You.
  • 88. Awake (Dream Theater album) 85 Awake (Dream Theater album) Awake Studio album by Dream Theater Released October 4, 1994 Recorded May – July 1994 at One On One Studios and Devonshire Studios in North Hollywood, Los Angeles Genre Progressive metal Length 75:00 Label East West Producer John Purdell and Duane Baron Dream Theater chronology Images and Awake A Change of Words (1994) Seasons (1992) (1995) Singles from Awake 1. "Lie" Released: September 1994 2. "Caught in a Web" Released: 1994 (Promo) 3. "The Silent Man" Released: 1995 Awake is the third studio album by American progressive metal band Dream Theater, released on October 4, 1994 by East West Records. It was the last Dream Theater album to feature keyboardist Kevin Moore, who announced his decision to leave the band during the recording of the album. Much of the material for Awake was written in writing sessions between February and April 1994, during which Dream Theater were under pressure from their record label to produce an album as successful as Images and Words with a single similar to "Pull Me Under". The label wanted the band to produce a more metal-oriented album, hoping it would be easier to market. John Purdell and Duane Baron produced, engineered and mixed the album. The albums cover, designed by the band, features numerous references to the albums lyrics.
  • 89. Awake (Dream Theater album) 86 Dream Theater auditioned for keyboardists to replace Moore for the upcoming world tour and eventually hired Derek Sherinian. He had just two weeks to learn two hours of complex music before the tour started. Sherinian initially took up the position on a trial basis and was asked to become a full member during the tour. After the first leg of the tour, vocalist James LaBrie suffered a violent case of food poisoning, severely damaging his vocal cords. His singing became unpredictable, leading LaBrie to become depressed for much of the tour. His voice only started recovering on the tour for Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence in 2002. The band were touring in Japan when the Great Hanshin earthquake hit. Released at the height of the popularity of grunge music, Awake received mixed reviews; more recent reviews regard the album as one of the bands finest. The album peaked at 32 on the US Billboard 200, the highest position a Dream Theater album would reach on that chart until 2007s Systematic Chaos.[1] "Lie", "Caught in a Web" and "The Silent Man" were released as singles but failed to be as successful as "Pull Me Under" had been. The bands record label considered the album a commercial failure, which would lead to the band being pressured to write more radio-friendly songs on their next studio album, Falling into Infinity. Background After a month-long break, Dream Theater started working on their third studio album in February 1994. The bands two-month writing sessions were located at Prince Studios, New York City. The lack of a leader within the band increased tensions in what were already tense sessions. Keyboardist Kevin Moore noted at the time that "there are arguments that last forever because theres nobody to come in and draw the line".[2] "When it came to the music, you had [guitarist] John Petrucci and I playing the roles we still kind of play, and Kevin was also a forceful element," drummer Mike Portnoy said. "In those days, [bassist] John Myung was a little bit more out of his shell, so the bass was a bit more predominant in the band. The fighting never came to blows, but there was a lot of bickering over every single element, like the fine details of what the third note on the sixty-fourth bar should be."[3] The success of Dream Theaters previous album, Images and Words, particularly the single "Pull Me Under", put pressure on the band to produce a similarly successful follow-up album. "Somebody once said that you have your whole life to prepare for your first album and have about two months to prepare the follow-up, and that was very much the situation we faced in early 1994," Portnoy noted.[2] The popularity of grunge and heavy metal meant that the bands record label, East West Records, were keen for the band to create a heavier, darker album.[3] Awake saw Petrucci use a seven-string guitar for the first time, establishing a more riff-based writing style. "This style would further cement the fusion of metal and progressive music, which is what Dream Theater are known for," Petrucci said. "I think it paved the way for many of our strongest and heaviest later songs like A Change of Seasons, The Glass Prison and The Dark Eternal Night."[4] Vocalist James LaBrie described his vocals on Awake as "more varied and a lot more aggressive"[5] than on Images and Words to the extent that people may think the band had a new singer for the album.[5] Recording The recording sessions for the album began in May 1994 at One On One Studios in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, with overdub work done at Devonshire Studios in Los Angeles.[6] [7] John Purdell and Duane Baron, whose credits included Ozzy Osbournes No More Tears, were hired to produce the album.[6] The band - who had a difficult relationship with David Prater, the producer on Images and Words - enjoyed working with Purdell and Baron. "I think everyone felt we were able to express ourselves a lot more genuinely," Petrucci said. "The experience from the road, learning more about our sound and what we like and dont like enabled us to be more prepared. The producers were totally into capturing that and being patient with us. So everybody walked away being completely satisfied with their performances and their sounds."[7]
  • 90. Awake (Dream Theater album) 87 The departure of Moore Towards the end of the recording sessions, Kevin Moore announced to his bandmates that he was leaving the band.[8] Petrucci, who was childhood friends with the keyboardist, found the news particularly hard to take.[9] [10] Myung noted that the announcement "didnt come out of the blue".[11] LaBrie noticed changes in Moore at the end of the Images and Words tour. "He seemed to be more distant and wrapped up in himself... It wasnt that he was rude or unpleasant with anyone," he said. "But when Mike, John Petrucci and John Myung were in the rehearsal studio putting together the music for Awake, he wasnt there as he had been in the past. And when he was there, the guys told me hed be sitting reading a magazine when they were trying to work out riffs."[11] "After the record was recorded in Los Angeles, he returned to New York, sold his belongings, packed everything into his station wagon and said Im moving away from Long Island," Dream Theaters co-manager Jim Pitulski recalled. "So I asked him where he was moving to, and he said, Ill let you know when I get there. He really had no idea what he was doing and he just started driving across the country. I kind of admired that."[10] Moore stated that he decided to leave because his approach to writing music had changed. He had become more interested in writing and recording his own material.[8] Myung said that Moore left the band out of "peace of mind and what he wanted to do musically that he couldnt do in the band".[11] The bands business manager, Rob Shore, suggested that the idea of prolonged touring was a contributing factor in Moores decision.[12] Describing Moore as "a very private person",[12] Portnoy thought that he might have left because "the whole machine of the music business just wasnt his cup of tea".[12] When Moore announced his decision to leave, he was single, while LaBrie was married, Portnoy and Petrucci had girlfriends and Myung, according to Portnoy, "was kind of in his own world".[12] Portnoy speculated that any resentment or jealousy Moore felt because of this may have influenced his decision. After leaving Dream Theater, Moore continued to release music, musically far-removed from his work with the band.[12] Mixing Awake was mixed at Unique Studios, New York City. When mixing, Purdell and Baron were initially joined by the remaining members of the band. "We were all in the studio when it first started and it was just unfair to the producers," vocalist James LaBrie said. "Obviously each guy was focusing on his instrument, so it was like Wait, I want me up more! So they were trying to please everyone and you just cant do that."[7] The band had to be banned from the mixing sessions to allow Purdell and Baron to mix the album to a high enough standard.[7] "The one great thing, though - even though we were out of the studio - was that they were aware of what we wanted and didnt want," LaBrie said. "When David Prater mixed Images and Words it was really unfortunate because he forgot to bring some sections out and he really didnt understand what we wanted from the final music. When Duane and John went in, they knew everything that needed to be there and how we wanted it to be represented."[7] Songs The albums opening track, "6:00", features lyrics written by Moore, hinting at the growing distance between him and the rest of the band. Petrucci wrote the lyrics of "Innocence Faded", inspired by his deteriorating friendship with Moore. "The way I wrote lyrics a lot of the time is that Ill take an initial spark of an idea... But then Ill kind of generalize and add in other situations," Petrucci said. "So I couldnt say it was solely about that, but it was definitely inspired by that. There was a feeling of it not being the same way it had been, and the realization that things were not always going to remain the same."[13] "Erotomania", "Voices" and "The Silent Man" form a three-part suite titled "A Mind Beside Itself". Portnoy stated that the instrumental "Erotomania" was written "off the cuff"[13] as "a bit of a joke and parody".[13] Petrucci penned the lyrics to "Voices", dealing with the subject of mental illness. He researched schizophrenia and similar disorders and used religious terms "to make things more vivid".[14] "When I was writing it, I saw these terms and medical things that were just brilliant," he said. "Like there was a guy who felt that his skin was inside out. I read that and
  • 91. Awake (Dream Theater album) 88 was like Oh my God! Thats unbelievable; Ive got to write about that."[14] Petrucci wrote the music and lyrics to the acoustic "The Silent Man". LaBrie described the lyrics as dealing with "communication breakdown, for instance between a father and a son. We feel that we have to play certain roles when around one of our parents, and we never really get to know the real person. Im lucky that I behave with my own father like I would a friend. We can joke around and go for a beer."[13] Portnoy wrote the lyrics to "The Mirror", describing his battle with alcoholism. He would return to the subject on later Dream Theater albums with his Twelve-step Suite.[15] "Lie" was originally part of "The Mirror", but LaBrie thought it was strong enough to be a song in itself. "I remember one of the first tapes [the band] sent me to start jamming with up in Canada was The Mirror," LaBrie said. "We used to jam instrumentally to it on the last tour and then we built it into a song, with the lyrics and melodies but also within the song was Lie. I heard this groove and I was going Oh my God, thats a song in itself! So I called up the guys and said Man, I really feel strong about this song. Cant we take that groove and build a song?"[5] "Lifting Shadows off a Dream" began as a poem and two chords brought to the band by Myung. "We worked on it, racked our brains, recorded the jam and by the end of the night we were like Ahh fuck it. This sucks," Petrucci recalled. "We came by the next day, listened to the recording and thought it could be really cool. All of a sudden it evolved into this song."[13] "Space-Dye Vest" was written by Moore, who brought the piece into the studio as a completed song. "Kevin Moore saw this photograph in a fashion magazine of a beautiful model wearing a space-dye vest and he fell in love with her," LaBrie said. "He carried that magazine around with him for ages, but he realized that the only way the innocence could be kept, so that he could retain that love for her, was if she stayed on the page. If hed met her, all that would have been lost."[] Portnoy recalled that when the rest of the band first heard the song "we thought it was so very, very different we didnt think we even wanted to fuck with it."[14] He said that if they had known Moore was going to leave the band, they would not have included it on the album. Portnoy considered "Space-Dye Vest" "totally 100% [Moores] song",[16] and for that reason the band would never play the song live without Moore.[16] Awake is to date, the only Dream Theater album to have lyrical contributions from all five then-current members. Artwork Larry Freemantle, who had designed the cover of Images and Words, provided the artwork for Awake. As with Images and Words, the band instructed Freemantle to include several lyrical references in the cover, such as a clock showing the time 6:00, a mirror and a spider in the middle of a web. "The band were very definite about what they wanted, and where they wanted it," Freemantle said. "The mirror was to be buried in the sand with a factory in the background, so it was just a case of putting it together."[17] Access Images, the company Freemantle had used for Images and Words, had broken up, meaning that he had to put the cover together using stock images himself. "It was done really quickly and I always felt frustrated with that sleeve as I lost too much time on it," Freemantle said. "I was always up against deadlines on certain things and it got away from me."[17] Release and promotion Awake was released on October 4, 1994 by East West Records.[3] [5] LaBrie considered the albums title to be "the perfect word to describe the albums lyrics. What were basically talking about is the awareness of your existence - becoming closer and more in touch with yourself and ultimately discovering what works best for you as an individual as you try to get through life."[17] Portnoy dedicated the album to his biggest inspiration, Frank Zappa, who died in 1993.[18] The album sold 36.160 copies the first week it was released.[19] "Lie", the albums lead single, was released in late September. The accompanying music video featured the band, then a four-piece, playing the track at various locations in New York City, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Tribeca and a tunnel in Manhattan (which had to be
  • 92. Awake (Dream Theater album) 89 temporarily closed in order to complete the shoot). It was hoped that "Lie" would be as successful as "Pull Me Under" had been, but the single failed to make an impact on the charts.[5] "Caught in a Web" and "The Silent Man" were the albums second and third singles respectively. Portnoy was keen to direct the music video for "The Silent Man", but East West only offered him a co-directing credit with Pamela Birkhead. On the day of the shoot, Portnoy became violently ill, and when not needed to perform rested in his tour bus bunk.[20] Touring With Moore no longer a member of Dream Theater, the band needed to find a replacement keyboardist for the forthcoming world tour in support of Awake. Before the tour started, the band had a headlining concert on September 9, 1994 at the Foundations Forum in Burbank, California. The album was to be unveiled in a live setting for the first time.[21] Jordan Rudess audition impressed the band, with Portnoy claiming that it had "blown his mind"[22] and that Rudess was the "best keyboard player wed ever seen".[22] Rudess accepted the bands offer to perform with them at the Burbank show, but decided against joining the band for the entire tour. At the same time, he had received an offer to perform with the Dixie Dregs for shorter runs of shows and had a job with Kurzweil. Rudess also had a young family and was unsure if Dream Theater "was just going to be a flash in the pan".[23] "I decided I would be better off going with the Dregs, continuing with Kurzweil and being around for my family as much as possible," Rudess said.[23] The show was not a success: the band were nervous of playing without Moore and were out of practise from not having played live for some time.[23] Rudess eventually Derek Sherinian was hired to play keyboards on the joined Dream Theater as a full band member in 1999.[24] Waking Up the World tour in October 1994, but was not made a full member of the band until February The band held another round of auditions and were impressed with 1995. Derek Sherinian. Sherinian, who studied at Berklee College of Music the year before Petrucci, Portnoy and Myung did, had previously played with Alice Cooper and Kiss and enjoyed similar music to the other members of Dream Theater.[25] He was offered the position on a trial basis at the beginning of October 1994, giving him just two weeks to learn two hours of highly complex music.[26] "Its one thing going in to play for an artist with hit songs that youve heard since you were a kid, and the songs are ingrained in your mind," Sherinian said. "It was another thing altogether going in with music youve never heard before that is totally off the charts as far as technical prowess... But it is amazing what one will do to ascend... when I was in New York at the rehearsals, I would play the songs at night over and over on a loop so that I would be subliminally programmed and it would ingrain it in my head."[27] Sherinian was officially asked to join the band as a full member in February 1995.[28] The US leg of the Waking Up The World tour began on October 20, 1994 and finished on December 9.[27] Over Christmas, LaBrie went on holiday to Cuba with his wife, where he had violent food poisoning.[27] Upon his return home he consulted an ears, nose and throat specialist, who told LaBrie that he had ruptured his vocal chords, advising him not to sing for six months to a year. "I was in total shock and devastated," LaBrie said. "On the US leg I had been so psyched and couldnt wait to blow everyone away around the rest of the world. We werent in a position for me to take a six-month break so I had to keep touring."[29] LaBrie was able to continue performing, but his voice became unpredictable. "It was absolutely miserable, and it was an extremely dark and depressing period for me," he
  • 93. Awake (Dream Theater album) 90 recalled. "Literally every fucking night on the European leg, I wouldnt know if my voice would be there or if it would cooperate... I didnt feel that my voice really started to come back until maybe the Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence tour in 2002. Thats when I started to feel my range and strength coming back."[30] The Great Hanshin earthquake struck Japan while Dream Theater were touring there.[31] Although none of the band was injured, they seriously considered calling off the tour, but only ended up canceling one show. The band held a minutes silence at every show in Japan in memory of those who had died.[32] During the soundchecks for the Japanese shows, the band rehearsed a series of cover songs. These were performed at a special covers-only show in Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, London. The show, performed to an invitation-only audience of three hundred, featured guest musicians such as Barney Greenway, Steve Hogarth, Steve Rothery and Steve Howe.[33] A selection of covers and medleys performed by Dream Theater at this show were released on A Change of Seasons.[34] Reception Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic [35] Guitar World [25] (favorable) Metal Hammer [17] (negative) Metal Storm [36] Metally [37] ) Q [17] (favorable) Awake peaked at 32 on the Billboard 200, remaining in the charts for six weeks. This would remain the bands highest-charting release in the US until 2007s Systematic Chaos.[1] The album peaked in the top 20 in four countries.[38] [39] [40] [41] Derek Oliver, Dream Theaters label representative, considered the album to be a commercial failure. This led to the band once again working with David Prater on A Change of Seasons and to the record label putting increasing pressure on the band to make songs on their next studio album, Falling into Infinity, more commercial and radio-friendly.[42] [43] “In spite of the plentiful redeeming features on Awake, press reviews were generally subdued. It must of course be remembered that it was released just as the shoegazing, miserable purveyors of the fad known as grunge were taking hold. The British press in particular seemed dazzled by the work of Kurt Cobain and his cohorts, and anything that wasnt based around three chords or packed with lyrics championing depression as a lifestyle choice was in for a hard ride.” [17] –Rich Wilson, Lifting Shadows Upon release, Awake received mixed reviews. Q wrote that "fans of Marillion may well love this, and even the sceptical listener can enjoy the crunching, radio-friendly choruses of Scarred and Caught in a Web."[17] Guitar World ranked the album as one of the top ten releases of the year, stating that "this shred party left me punch drunk and, for once in my life, fully Awake."[25] Metal Hammer dismissed Awake as "musical masturbation":[17] "Progressive rock is basically a very adolescent notion of what grown up music might sound like - more notes, longer solos and, best/worst of all, convulated concepts... Their propensity for pomposity extends to the ballad Silent Man, which would probably like to be Queensrÿches Silent Lucidity but in fact sounds like Stryper on a particularly pious day".[17] The album has since sold nearly 400,000.
  • 94. Awake (Dream Theater album) 91 More recent reviews have been more favorable. Reviewers praised the albums production, noting the album is darker and heavier than previous Dream Theater releases.[36] [44] [35] The musicianship of the band has been praised. Phil Carter of Allmusic highlighted Petrucci and Portnoys performances;[35] Metal Storm praised LaBrie and Portnoy;[36] Batmaz praised all the performances, but singled out Moores contribution as "immense".[44] Carter ranked "Lie", "Scarred", "Caught in a Web" and "Space-Dye Vest" as the best tracks.[35] Metal Storm praised "6:00" and the "A Mind Beside Itself" suite.[36] In a 1995 Guitar World interview, Chuck Schuldiner praised Awake and the band Dream Theater in general, claiming that "their music is very complex, but they definitely have hooks, which is crucial to making music listenable", citing them as an influence on the more progressive nature of his band Deaths later material as opposed to the stagnant death metal scene at the time [45]. Track listing All music composed by Dream Theater, except where noted. No. Title Lyrics Length 1. "6:00" Kevin Moore 5:31 2. "Caught in a Web" James LaBrie, John Petrucci 5:28 3. "Innocence Faded" Petrucci 5:43 4. "A Mind Beside Itself: I. Erotomania" (instrumental) 6:45 5. "A Mind Beside Itself: II. Voices" Petrucci 9:53 6. "A Mind Beside Itself: III. The Silent Man" (Music: Petrucci) Petrucci 3:48 7. "The Mirror" Mike Portnoy 6:45 8. "Lie" Moore 6:34 9. "Lifting Shadows Off a Dream" John Myung 6:05 10. "Scarred" Petrucci 11:00 11. "Space-Dye Vest" (Music: Moore) Moore 7:29 Chart positions Chart (1994) Position [38] 15 German Albums Chart [39] 7 Japanese Albums Chart [46] 33 Dutch Albums Chart [40] 5 Swedish Albums Chart [41] 12 Swiss Albums Chart [47] 65 UK Albums Chart [1] 32 US Billboard 200 Single Year Chart Position "Lie" 1994 [48] 38 Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks
  • 95. Awake (Dream Theater album) 92 Personnel Dream Theater Production • James LaBrie – vocals • John Purdell and Duane Baron – producers, engineers, mixers • John Petrucci – guitar • Ted Jensen – mastering • John Myung – bass • Rick Kern – programming on "Space-Dye Vest" • Kevin Moore – keyboards • Larry Freemantle and Donald May – art direction • Mike Portnoy – drums, percussion • Dream Theater and Dan Muro – cover concept • Dennis Keeley – photography References • Wilson, Rich (2009). Lifting Shadows: The Authorized Biography of Dream Theater (Classic ed.). London: Essential Works. ISBN 978-1-906615-02-4. [1] "Dream Theater Album & Song Chart History" (http:/ / www. billboard. com/ #/ artist/ dream-theater/ chart-history/ 14435). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. . Retrieved 2010-08-05. [2] Wilson 2009, pp. 145 [3] Wilson 2009, pp. 146 [4] Wilson 2009, pp. 147 [5] Wilson 2009, pp. 159–60 [6] Wilson 2009, pp. 148 [7] Wilson 2009, pp. 149 [8] Wilson 2009, pp. 150 [9] Wilson 2009, pp. 16 [10] Wilson 2009, pp. 151 [11] Wilson 2009, pp. 152 [12] Wilson 2009, pp. 153 [13] Wilson 2009, pp. 160 [14] Wilson 2009, pp. 161 [15] Wilson 2009, pp. 371 [16] Portnoy, Mike. "mp.faq: Dream Theater - Awake" (http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ aboutmike/ faq/ answers/ 29. aspx). Mike . Retrieved 2010-08-04. [17] Wilson 2009, pp. 162 [18] (1994) Album notes for Awake by Dream Theater. East West Records. [19] http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ forum/ m2357900. aspx Awake sales [20] Wilson 2009, pp. 172–3 [21] Wilson 2009, pp. 155–6 [22] Wilson 2009, pp. 157 [23] Wilson 2009, pp. 158 [24] Wilson 2009, pp. 230 [25] Wilson 2009, pp. 163–4 [26] Wilson 2009, pp. 165 [27] Wilson 2009, pp. 166 [28] Wilson 2009, pp. 173 [29] Wilson 2009, pp. 167 [30] Wilson 2009, pp. 174 [31] Wilson 2009, pp. 168 [32] Wilson 2009, pp. 169 [33] Wilson 2009, pp. 170 [34] Wilson 2009, pp. 186 [35] Carter, Phil. "((( Awake > Overview )))" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r204335). Allmusic. . Retrieved 2010-08-05. [36] "Dream Theater - Awake review" (http:/ / www. metalstorm. net/ pub/ review. php?review_id=843& page=& message_id=). Metal Storm. 2005-01-21. . Retrieved 2010-08-05. [37] http:/ / metally. net/ albums/ awake/ [38] "Dream Theater > Longplay-Chartverfolgung" (http:/ / www. musicline. de/ de/ chartverfolgung_summary/ artist/ Dream+ Theater/ longplay) (in German). PhonoNet. . Retrieved 2010-08-05.
  • 96. Awake (Dream Theater album) 93 [39] "Oricon Ranking: Dream Theater - Octavarium" (http:/ / ranking. oricon. co. jp/ free_contents/ search/ ranking_list. asp?itemcd=39620& samecd=1& chart_kbn=11A& linkcd=30027302) (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Oricon. . Retrieved 2010-08-05. [40] "Discography Dream Theater" (http:/ / swedishcharts. com/ showinterpret. asp?interpret=Dream+ Theater). . Retrieved 2010-08-05. [41] "Discography Dream Theater" (http:/ / swisscharts. com/ showinterpret. asp?interpret=Dream+ Theater). . Retrieved 2010-08-05. [42] Wilson 2009, pp. 178 [43] Wilson 2009, pp. 188 [44] Batmaz, Murat (2005-05-08). "Review: "Dream Theater: Awake"" (http:/ / www. seaoftranquility. org/ reviews. php?op=showcontent& id=2354). Sea of Tranquility. . Retrieved 2010-03-06. [45] http:/ / www. emptywords. org/ GuitarWorld04-95Profile. htm [46] "Discografie Dream Theater" (http:/ / www. dutchcharts. nl/ showinterpret. asp?interpret=Dream+ Theater) (in Dutch). . Retrieved 2010-08-05. [47] "Chart Log UK" (http:/ / www. zobbel. de/ cluk/ CLUK_D. HTM). Zobbel. . Retrieved 2010-08-05. [48] "Charts & awards - Billboard singles" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r204335/ charts-awards/ billboard-single). Allmusic. . Retrieved 2010-08-05. A Change of Seasons For the 1980 film of the same name, see A Change of Seasons (film). For the Hall & Oates album, see Change of Season. A Change of Seasons EP by Dream Theater Released September 19, 1995 Recorded May 1995 – BearTracks Studios (studio track) January 31, 1995 – Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, London, England (live tracks) Genre Progressive metal Length 57:31 Label EastWest Producer David Prater and Dream Theater Dream Theater chronology
  • 97. A Change of Seasons 94 Awake A Change of Falling into (1994) Seasons Infinity (1995) (1997) Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic [1] A Change of Seasons is an EP by progressive metal band Dream Theater, released in 1995. It comprises the 23-minute title track and a collection of bonus live covers performed at a fan club concert at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in London, England. The title track, which was recorded at BearTracks Studios in New York, includes samples from the film Dead Poets Society. The lyrics were written by Mike Portnoy, about the death of his mother. A Change of Seasons was also the first Dream Theater release featuring Derek Sherinian on keyboards. An edited version of the title track was used in a downhill skiing feature during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.[2] Note that this is considered an EP only in name—at 57:31, it is much longer than a standard EP, or, indeed, many LPs. In fact, it is longer than Dream Theaters first two albums. Mike Portnoy has said "It was important for us and the label for it not to be perceived as the latest studio record. Thats why we tagged it an EP."[3] Track listing No. Title Lyrics Music Length 1. "A Change of Seasons Portnoy Dream Theater 23:06 • I. "The Crimson Sunrise" • 3:50 • II. "Innocence" • 3:04 • III. "Carpe Diem" • 3:14 • IV. "The Darkest of Winters" • 2:53 • V. "Another World" • 3:58 • VI. "The Inevitable Summer" • 3:13 • VII. "The Crimson Sunset""   • 2:54 2. "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" (Elton John cover) Bernie Taupin Elton John 10:49 3. "Perfect Strangers" (Deep Purple cover) Ian Gillan Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover 5:33 4. "The Rover/Achilles Last Stand/The Song Remains The Same Robert Plant Jimmy Page 7:28 • "The Rover" (Led Zeppelin cover) • "Achilles Last Stand" (Led Zeppelin cover) • "The Song Remains the Same" (Led Zeppelin cover)"   5. "The Big Medley • Roger Waters • Waters 10:34 • "In the Flesh?" (Pink Floyd cover) • Kerry Livgren • Livgren • 2:25 • "Carry On Wayward Son" (Kansas cover) • Freddie Mercury • Mercury • 2:10 • "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Queen cover) • Steve Perry • Perry • 1:25 • "Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin" (Journey cover) • (instrumental) • Steve Morse • 2:07 • "Cruise Control" (Dixie Dregs cover) • Mike Rutherford • Rutherford, Banks, Phil Collins • 1:03 • "Turn It on Again" (Genesis cover)"   • 1:23
  • 98. A Change of Seasons 95 Credits • James LaBrie – Vocals • John Myung – bass • John Petrucci – guitars • Mike Portnoy – drums • Derek Sherinian – keyboards Chart performance Billboard 200: • A Change of Seasons – #58 UK Albums Chart • A Change of Seasons – #88 References [1] Allmusic review (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r229320) [2] (http:/ / www. youtube. com/ watch?v=vgKWDwRw_DE) [3] http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ aboutmike/ faq/ answers/ 30. aspx Falling into Infinity Falling Into Infinity Cover art by Storm Thorgerson Studio album by Dream Theater Released September 23, 1997 Recorded June 2–July 30, 1997 Avatar Studios, New York Genre Progressive metal, progressive rock Length 78:12 Label EastWest Producer Kevin Shirley
  • 99. Falling into Infinity 96 Dream Theater chronology A Change of Falling Into Once in a Seasons Infinity LIVEtime (1995) (1997) (1998) Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic [1] Metal Storm [2] Metally [3] Falling Into Infinity is the fourth studio album by American progressive metal band Dream Theater, released in 1997. It was recorded in 1997 at Avatar Studios in New York. The album continued the more progressive metal sound of Awake, but to much less critical and commercial acclaim. It is also the only studio album to feature keyboardist Derek Sherinian, aside from his collaboration on the previous EP A Change of Seasons (1995).[4] One of the first pieces of music Sherinian brought to the band during the writing sessions were the opening solo and main riff to "Lines in the Sand". Sherinian still plays it during his live shows with Planet X and for his solo career to this day. James LaBries limited vocal range after rupturing his vocal cords is shown on the album, with most of the vocals being in the lower range, in contrast to earlier releases which were often high-pitched. History Despite Awakes relative success, the band was not quite happy with its darker sound, which resulted in the band going back to New York to record Falling Into Infinity. Their record label pressured the band to write a more commercial album, much to the bands dismay. The album was originally intended to be a 140-minute double album, containing a 21-minute sequel to "Metropolis, Pt. 1" from Images and Words, but the record label refused to release such an album and even recruited Desmond Child to help the band re-write "You Or Me," which became "You Not Me" with edited lyrics and chorus, and an abridged guitar solo. "You Not Me" does however retain a musical reference to the song "Raise the Knife" which was originally intended to be on the album. This is found in the melody line played by the keyboard in the latter half of the song. The band was unhappy with record label interference, and Falling Into Infinity would be their last album to feature a traditional producer. Later albums would be produced by the partnership of Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci, due to the bands experience with Falling Into Infinity. Despite the albums lukewarm reception, Portnoy liked a few songs on the album, namely "Just Let Me Breathe," "Lines in the Sand" and "New Millennium".[5] This is also one of three Dream Theater albums not to use the bands iconic font on the cover (the other two being When Dream and Day Unite and Once In A LIVEtime), because of graphic artist Storm Thorgesons refusal to work with fonts created by other artists.[6]
  • 100. Falling into Infinity 97 Track listing All music composed by Dream Theater. No. Title Lyrics Length 1. "New Millennium" Mike Portnoy 8:20 2. "You Not Me" John Petrucci, Desmond Child 4:58 3. "Peruvian Skies" Petrucci 6:43 4. "Hollow Years" Petrucci 5:53 5. "Burning My Soul" Portnoy 5:29 6. "Hells Kitchen" (instrumental) 4:16 7. "Lines in the Sand" Petrucci 12:05 8. "Take Away My Pain" Petrucci 6:03 9. "Just Let Me Breathe" Portnoy 5:28 10. "Anna Lee" James LaBrie 5:51 11. "Trial of Tears" John Myung 13:07 • I. "Its Raining" • II. "Deep in Heaven" • III. "The Wasteland" Personnel • James LaBrie – vocals • John Myung – bass, Chapman Stick • John Petrucci – guitars, backing vocals • Mike Portnoy – drums, backing vocals • Derek Sherinian – keyboards, backing vocals Additional Personnel • Doug Pinnick - backing vocals on "Lines in the Sand" Chart performance Billboard 200: • Falling Into Infinity - #52 UK Album Chart: • Falling Into Infinity - #163 Billboard Mainstream Rock Singles: • Burning My Soul - 33 • You Not Me - 40
  • 101. Falling into Infinity 98 Demo version As the band were unhappy with the record labels influence over the original production, in 2007, Mike Portnoy released Falling Into Infinity Demos 1996-1997 through his own label, YtseJam Records[7]. In the liner notes Portnoy states: "these demos show our true artistic representation of these songs". Track listing Disc 1 1. "Raise the Knife" – 11:40 2. "Where Are You Now?" – 7:27 3. "Take Away My Pain" – 6:49 4. "You or Me" – 6:24 5. "Anna Lee" – 6:36 6. "Burning My Soul" – 8:57 7. "The Way It Used To Be" – 7:47 8. "Lines in the Sand" – 13:32 Disc 2 1. "Just Let Me Breathe" – 5:24 2. "Peruvian Skies" – 6:47 3. "Trial of Tears" – 12:54 4. "Cover My Eyes" – 3:23 5. "Hollow Years" – 6:26 6. "New Millennium" – 8:19 7. "Speak to Me" – 6:25 8. "Metropolis, Part 2 (Live Rehearsal Version)" (Bonus Track) – 21:25 References [1] Ulrey, Jeremy (2011 [last update]). "Falling into Infinity - Dream Theater | AllMusic" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r312929). . Retrieved 3 August 2011. [2] "Dream Theater - Falling Into Infinity - Metal Storm" (http:/ / www. metalstorm. net/ bands/ album. php?album_id=606& band_id=92& bandname=Dream+ Theater). 2011 [last update]. . Retrieved 3 August 2011. [3] "Heavy Metal Bands, Reviews, Videos and Albums | Albums | Falling Into Infinity | Description" (http:/ / metally. net/ albums/ falling-into-infinity/ ). 2011 [last update]. . Retrieved 3 August 2011. [4] Portnoy, Mike. "FAQ: Dream Theater – A Change of Seasons" (http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ aboutmike/ faq/ answers/ 30. aspx#306). Dream Theater. . Retrieved October 5, 2009. [5] Portnoy, Mike. "FAQ: Dream Theater – Falling Into Infinity" (http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ aboutmike/ faq/ answers/ 31. aspx#339). Dream Theater. . Retrieved October 5, 2009. [6] Portnoy, Mike. "FAQ: Dream Theater – General/Other" (http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ aboutmike/ faq/ answers/ 15. aspx#415). Dream Theater. . Retrieved October 5, 2009. [7] http:/ / www. ytsejamrecords. com/ ProductCart/ pc/ viewPrd. asp?idcategory=6& idproduct=26
  • 102. Once in a LIVEtime 99 Once in a LIVEtime Once in a LIVEtime Cover art by Storm Thorgerson Live album by Dream Theater Released October 27, 1998 Recorded June 25, 1998 - Le Bataclan, Paris, France Genre Progressive metal Length 2:34:09 Label EastWest Producer Kevin Shirley Dream Theater chronology Falling Into Once in a Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Infinity LIVEtime Memory (1997) (1998) (1999) Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic [1] Once in a LIVEtime is a 2CD live album by progressive metal band Dream Theater, and their second live release, which featured most of the songs from the 1997 album Falling Into Infinity recorded at the Bataclan, France and released in 1998. The album cover, designed by Storm Thorgerson, shows an over head view of the ancient Roman theatre in Orange, France set into a mans head.
  • 103. Once in a LIVEtime 100 Track listing Disc one No. Title Lyrics Music Length 1. "The Crimson Sunrise" (instrumental) Dream Theater 3:56 2. "Innocence" Mike Portnoy Dream Theater 3:05 3. "Puppies on Acid" (instrumental) Dream Theater 1:24 4. "Just Let Me Breathe" Portnoy Dream Theater 5:53 5. "Voices" John Petrucci Dream Theater 10:34 6. "Take the Time" Dream Theater Dream Theater 12:20 7. "Derek Sherinian Piano Solo" (instrumental) Derek Sherinian 1:54 8. "Lines in the Sand" Petrucci Dream Theater 13:13 9. "Scarred" Petrucci Dream Theater 9:27 10. "The Darkest of Winters" (instrumental) Dream Theater 3:17 11. "Ytse Jam" (instrumental) Petrucci, John Myung, Kevin Moore, Portnoy 4:09 12. "Mike Portnoy Drum Solo" (instrumental) Portnoy 6:59 Disc two No. Title Lyrics Music Length 1. "Trial of Tears" Myung Dream Theater 14:11 2. "Hollow Years" Petrucci Dream Theater 7:01 3. "Take Away My Pain" Petrucci Dream Theater 6:16 4. "Caught in a Web" James LaBrie, Petrucci Dream Theater 5:16 5. "Lie" Moore Dream Theater 6:45 6. "Peruvian Skies" Petrucci Dream Theater 7:50 7. "John Petrucci Guitar Solo" (instrumental) Petrucci 8:06 8. "Pull Me Under" Moore Dream Theater 8:15 9. "Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper" Petrucci Dream Theater 6:16 10. "Learning to Live" Myung Dream Theater 4:13 11. "The Crimson Sunset" Portnoy Dream Theater 3:49
  • 104. Once in a LIVEtime 101 Covers and tributes Dream Theater have often placed riffs or parts of other bands songs into their songs when playing live. On this album, there are several examples of this. • Before the beginning of "Trial of Tears", John Petrucci plays the famous five tone motif from the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. • The opening of "Trial of Tears" also contains portions of the Rush songs "Xanadu" and "The Trees". • "Peruvian Skies" contains portions of Pink Floyds "Have a Cigar" and Metallicas "Enter Sandman". • The end of "Take the Time" contains the outro solo from Lynyrd Skynyrds "Freebird" and the guitar riff from Led Zeppelins "Moby Dick". • John Petruccis guitar solo is composed almost entirely of Liquid Tension Experiments "Acid Rain" and parts of "Paradigm Shift". It also contains a portion of "Solar System Race Song", Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakovs "Flight of the Bumblebee" and The Godfathers Tarantella. • The segue from "Just Let Me Breathe" into "Voices" features John Petrucci playing the first half of the Force Theme from "Star Wars". • At the end of "The Crimson Sunset", the intro of "A Fortune in Lies" is played right before ending the show. Personnel • James LaBrie - vocals • John Myung - bass • John Petrucci - guitars, backing vocals • Mike Portnoy - drums, backing vocals • Derek Sherinian - keyboards Additional Personnel • Jay Beckenstein - alto saxophone on "Take Away My Pain" Chart performance Billboard 200: • Once in a LIVEtime - #157 Germany: • Once in a LIVEtime - #59 References [1] Prato, Greg (2011 [last update]). "Once in a LIVEtime - Dream Theater | AllMusic" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r376833). . Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  • 105. Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory 102 Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory Scenes from a Memory Cover art by Dave McKean Studio album by Dream Theater Released October 26, 1999 Recorded February 8–June, 1999 BearTracks Studios, New York Genre Progressive metal, progressive rock, heavy metal Length 77:06 Label Elektra Producer Mike Portnoy John Petrucci Terry Brown Dream Theater chronology Once in a Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Live Scenes from New LIVEtime Memory York (1998) (1999) (2001) Singles from Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory 1. "Home" Released: October 11, 1999 2. "Through Her Eyes" Released: May 30, 2000 Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory is the fifth studio album by American progressive metal band Dream Theater, released in 1999. It is a concept album that deals with the story of a man named Nicholas and the discovery of his past life, which involves love, murder, and infidelity as Victoria Page. It was recorded at BearTracks Studios in New York, where the band had previously recorded their second studio album Images and Words (1992) and the EP A Change of Seasons (1995). The album is the sequel to "Metropolis, Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper", a song previously featured on Images and Words. It was also the first album to feature Jordan Rudess on keyboards, and was the last album for which John
  • 106. Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory 103 Myung wrote lyrics until their 2011 album A Dramatic Turn of Events. It was also the first featuring the line-up which did not change until Mike Portnoy left the band on September 8, 2010 making the 2009 release Black Clouds & Silver Linings the last album featuring him on drums. Track listing Act I No. Title Lyrics Music Length 1. "Scene One: Regression" John Petrucci Petrucci 2:06 2. "Scene Two: I. Overture 1928" (instrumental) Dream Theater 3:37 3. "Scene Two: II. Strange Déjà Vu" Mike Portnoy Dream Theater 5:12 4. "Scene Three: I. Through My Words" Petrucci Petrucci 1:02 5. "Scene Three: II. Fatal Tragedy" John Myung Dream Theater 6:49 6. "Scene Four: Beyond This Life" Petrucci Dream Theater 11:22 7. "Scene Five: Through Her Eyes" Petrucci Dream Theater 5:29 Act II No. Title Lyrics Music Length 8. "Scene Six: Home" Portnoy Dream Theater 12:53 9. "Scene Seven: I. The Dance of Eternity" (instrumental) Dream Theater 6:13 10. "Scene Seven: II. One Last Time" James LaBrie Dream Theater 3:46 11. "Scene Eight: The Spirit Carries On" Petrucci Dream Theater 6:38 12. "Scene Nine: Finally Free" Portnoy Dream Theater 11:59 History After participating with keyboardist Jordan Rudess in Liquid Tension Experiment, a supergroup composed of various members of famous progressive rock bands, Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci found themselves writing music and working together with Rudess quite easily. They convinced the rest of the band to offer Rudess the position of full-time keyboardist for the bands upcoming album. He accepted, and current keyboardist Derek Sherinian was fired from the band via a conference call between the four members in New York and him in Los Angeles (Portnoy and Petrucci have stated that while it was an uncomfortable and unattractive situation, they didnt want to ask Derek to fly out from L.A. to New York only to be fired). After his departure, the band went back to BearTracks Studios in Suffern, NY to record their new album, previously the site of recording for Images and Words. (A photograph of Beartracks Studios is featured on the albums back cover, meant to represent the house in the album.) After the commercial failure of Falling Into Infinity, their record label gave the band free rein over their new albums direction, which led the band to finally finish the story begun with "Metropolis, Pt. 1" from Images and Words. The albums recording was kept secret, to keep fans from meddling with the bands recording, and to surprise them. Fans had previously requested the band to make the sequel to the first part, but they had not yet been able (nor had they originally intended one to be made). However, shortly before the albums release, the track list and release date were leaked onto the internet against the bands wishes.
  • 107. Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory 104 Following the albums release, the band embarked on an extensive world tour, and at a show in New York City the band actually hired actors to "perform" the narrative elements of the album whilst they played. The performance was recorded and was released in 2001 as the Metropolis 2000 Live DVD. Reception Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic [1] Critical reaction to the album was very favorable, and it reached #73 on the Billboard 200 album chart, #2 on the Billboard Top Internet Albums, #6 on the Finnish Albums Chart and #8 on the German Albums Chart.[2] The album was ranked number 95 on the October 2006 issue of Guitar World magazines list of The greatest 100 guitar albums of all time[3] . It is ranked as the 7th Greatest Progressive Metal Album of all time right after Dream Theaters sophomore album Images and Words, which was ranked nr. 2 on the list,[4] and its also ranked as the 15th Greatest Concept Album (as of March, 2003) by the Classic Rock Magazine. [5] As of 2010, the album were awarded a gold certification from the RIAA, being their second album awarded gold. The first was Images and Words. Roughly half of the songs on the album were used for the soundtrack of the American version of The History of Trunks, a Dragon Ball Z TV Special. Story Characters Present Time • Nicholas • The Hypnotherapist • The Old Man 1928 • Victoria Page - "Metropolis/Love" • Sen. Edward Baynes - "The Miracle" • Julian Baynes - "The Sleeper"
  • 108. Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory 105 Act 1 Scene One Regression The album opens with Nicholas relaxing to the sounds of the Hypnotherapists voice and entering a hypnotic state in the pursuit of regression therapy. A part of "The Spirit Carries On" and "Home" can be faintly heard in the background at one point. The track ends with Nicholas greeting a girl named Victoria. Scene Two I. Overture 1928 Nicholas is in a hypnotic trance and marvelling at the surreal peace and comfort. As he settles into his trance, he begins to focus on the subject of his regression therapy, a girl named Victoria and a life that feels strangely similar to his own. In this song, there are many parts included from other songs from the album. At the beginning of "Overture 1928" (00:05-00:11) and at the guitar solo (01:35-01:51) there are riffs from Metropolis Pt. 1. The intro riff is later used in "The Dance of Eternity" The "Strange Déjà Vu" chorus appears from 00:44 to 01:01 and from 02:08 to 02:25. The main theme from "One Last Time" is used from 02:26 to 02:42. A part from "The Dance Of Eternity" is sampled from 02:45 to 03:08. This song is also a slight nod towards The Whos Tommy. The idea of an instrumental song describing an over-arching experience was the concept of the song "Overture" on that album. II. Strange Déjà Vu We hear a little more about previous dreams that have led Nicholas to his therapy, and also continue deeper in the current trance. We learn that every time he closes his eyes, he is taken to this very vivid, recurring dream of another (yet just out of reach of conscious understanding) life. We understand that it is what hes been dreaming previously that has led him to his regression therapy. The dream is as follows: there is a pathway to a house. Inside the house and upstairs is a room where a girl appears in a mirror. All of this seems very familiar to him, but it logically shouldnt. In this dream, probably because this is actually a hypnotic trance and not just a regular dream, some things seem clearer than ever before. He can see the face of a young girl and poses the question, "Young child, wont you tell me why Im here?" He sees that she has something to share with him, that there is a reason she is leading him here, a story to be told, and this story is of something terrible that is "tearing at her soul". Victoria now expresses her first hint at why she is haunting Nicholas. She has been searching for a way to reveal the truth about her murder. She also expresses great lament, "tears my heart into two". This along with the next line, "Im not the one the Sleeper thought he knew", is her guilt that Julian Baynes never knew about her relationship with his brother, Senator Edward Baynes, which we learn about much later. She feels guilty for what she did to Julian. Now Nicholas is out of his therapy and back in real life. Even though he is awake, the thoughts and events of this other life are beginning to permeate every second of his day, and this is the beginning of his obsession with resolving this whole thing. He desperately wants to know why this is happening and would cross over to this other world consciously if he knew how. Nothing in the current day matters to him, only learning more about his new obsession. It is here that he has his first inclination that he may have actually lived in the world of which he dreams. He knows that this dreamland holds the key to his peace, and he will not rest until he unlocks that door.
  • 109. Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory 106 Scene Three I. Through My Words Nicholas realizes that he was Victoria in a past life. He now knows why he feels so drawn to her and her world as they share the same soul. II. Fatal Tragedy It starts with Nicholas alone at night. He knows who Victoria is now, but not why she is so torn or how he is involved. Sometime later he goes to visit an older man, who the story makes a point to tell us is alone. Whose house this is, and who the old man is, are things that are never made clear. The importance of the older man is that he knows a little about a murder that happened a long time ago and shares what he knows with Nicholas. We learn that a girl was murdered. Nicholas sits and listens to the older mans tale and finds that exactly what happened still remains a mystery. Nicholas then realizes that until he unveils the truth about what happened to Victoria, he cannot live his current life. He is stuck in this obsession and cannot turn back. We learn then that Nicholas understands that without faith and hope, there can be no peace of mind, therefore Nicholas encourages himself to be strong and have faith that he will find the truth, because without the truth he will never rest. This song ends with the Hypnotherapist speaking. The next session starts with taking Nicholas back to the point of Victorias murder. When he finds out about Victorias death he feels that he must learn more. Scene Four Beyond This Life We learn the newspaper account of what happened in 1928. The story is that an anonymous witness heard a horrifying sound and upon reaching the scene of the sound discovered a woman whod been shot dead, and the shooter standing over her. The witness tried to help, but the man shot himself next. The newspaper account talks of a sad close to a broken love affair. This indicates that the victim and the murderer are identified as previous or maybe even current lovers. The paper goes on to explain that Victoria and her lover had recently broken up over his decadent lifestyle; its later suggested that gambling and/or drug addiction might be of significance. Julian later drops a liquor bottle in scene 9, so its possible his habit was drinking. Its also indicated that Victoria would have taken him back if hed straighten up his lifestyle. The article speculates that the murder may have been premeditated. Next we read an account of the physical evidence at the scene. There is evidence of a violent struggle and a switchblade is found. The switchblade causes some confusion, because the victim is a young girl and typically you wouldnt expect a young girl in 1928 to be carrying a switchblade, unless she was anticipating a need to defend herself. Also found, in the killers pocket, is a written note. It clearly reads that Victorias lover would rather take his own life than live without Victoria, but it mentions nothing of harming her. Lastly, there is the repetition at the end of "Beyond This Life." These lines are deepening Nicholass belief that he and Victoria share the same soul. They also indicate that not only souls reincarnate, but they also carry the same personality traits with them, and deeds will follow each soul throughout eternity. Scene Five Through Her Eyes Nicholas is awake again. He has learned that Victoria was brutally murdered in 1928. He feels compelled to visit Victorias grave. He expresses the sorrow he feels for her, and how helpless and innocent she was. Not only that, but since hes learning about his life by looking through her eyes, he realizes that this happened to him also and the unfairness of it begins to nag him.
  • 110. Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory 107 Upon reaching her grave, he is overcome with sadness. Even the words on her stone indicate that she was a sweet innocent girl who had her life brutally taken from her at a very young age. He is startled by how much her death feels like his own. He compares it to losing someone you love. He continues to let images of her wander through his mind as he just wallows in his sadness for a while. He thinks of how much more hes lived and again is stricken by the injustice of her young death. As the song ends, Nicholas begins to regain his composure and is comforted by the realization that by facing this tragedy and mourning the loss, he can now move on. This time of pain was necessary to accept his death in a previous life and fully comprehend why this other life has beckoned him. Act 2 Scene Six Home We hear Julian talk of his obsession with decadence and how he is only living a charade. Victoria (as we learned earlier) ultimately leaves him because of his addiction, considered by some to be a combination of cocaine and alcohol (possibly hinted at by the lyrics "Lines take me higher") and gambling. Next we hear Edward, giving his account of Victoria crying on his shoulder over her breakup with Julian. He finds himself falling for her, and at first even feels guilt over deceiving his own brother. But his obsession for her becomes stronger than his guilt and he seduces her in her vulnerable state. He soon becomes violently possessive as well. Lastly we hear from Nicholas again, back in present day, and awake. So far he only knows what the older man told him, and what he learned about the newspaper article in his last therapy session. He knows there must be more to the story and he is obsessed with solving this mystery. He yearns for regression and cannot wait for his next therapy session so that he can get back to solving the mystery. There are several lyrical similarities between "Home" and "Metropolis Pt. 1," such as references to "the citys cold blood" and a "lake of fire," the lines "I was told theres a new love thats born for each one that has died." Also, "Home" contains the lines, "Victoria watches and thoughtfully smiles/Shes taken me to my home," while "Metropolis" features, "Metropolis watches and thoughtfully smiles/Shes taken you to your home." Also, in the last several seconds of the song, the beginning of Metropolis Pt. 1 is sampled. Also mid-way into the song, a womans orgasmic moaning can be heard, alongside the sounds of a slot machine and a man encouraging the player to continue playing craps (from 07:45 to 08:40). This illustrates the affair between Edward and Victoria happening while Julian is indulging in his addictions. Scene Seven I. The Dance of Eternity As the last line of "Metropolis Pt. 1" says, "Love is the Dance of Eternity". This can possibly represent when Victoria and Edward make love, the dance because of the movements and eternity as the endless memory of that moment. Or the theme of Spiritualist, that love is the path to happiness for all eternity (Spiritualists vision). At the beginning of the song a backwards sample of the instrumental section of Part 1 can be heard, as well as a sample from the instrumental break. The song includes a keyboard riff used in "Metropolis: Pt. 1." II. One Last Time This song begins with Nicholas going over it in his head. He is not convinced, from the evidence given so far, that the newspaper account is the truth. He also appears to have heard some rumors, most likely rumors of Victorias affair with Edward. Did Victoria wound Edwards soul and bid him farewell? Then we see Victoria, in the past again, saying "One last time, well lay down today." This may be Nicholas hearing Victoria telling Edward goodbye, that this will be their last meeting. Nicholas visits Edwards house, where Victoria and Edward had their affair. The house seems to hold many clues and he feels that he is finally shown some confirmation of what hes been thinking. Though he is now awake, as he
  • 111. Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory 108 enters the bedroom, he experiences a sort of revelation, almost as though hes slipped right out of consciousness. The cold returns, as he felt in his recurring dreams before, and hes suddenly outside and hears a woman screaming and a man pleading forgiveness. It is possible that Nicholas at this point suspects Edward and Victoria were having an affair. That is the suspicion to which the home holds many clues. In his current state of dual consciousness, he is seeing Victorias memories of the fatal meeting, but he doesnt get enough info yet and the scene fades to black. Scene Eight The Spirit Carries On Nicholas is awake again, and for the last time, under hypnosis and reiterating his belief that his soul will transcend, and that he need not fear death. He believes now that Edward was involved in the murder. He plans to expose the truth behind a crime that happened over 70 years ago. Victoria pipes up, in the present this time, and tells Nicholas that he should move on now, she has revealed the truth to him, but he should never forget her. At this point he basks in the peace that he feels as he has appeased Victorias nagging and his own obsession. Nicholas now feels that the reason all of this happened, the ultimate message, is that death is not the end, but only a transition, as the Hypnotherapist has already pointed out. Scene Nine Finally Free The last scene holds information Nicholas is not aware of, because the Hypnotherapist brings him out of his last hypnotic trance and we hear him get in his car and leave. What we learn is that Victoria and Julian meet by chance and decide to meet up later in secret so they can talk. She is obviously excited because Julian is the one she has always loved, and shes going to break it off with Edward. She is no longer torn between Edward and Julian, who she would rather have been with. But she knows Julian would "kill his brother if he only knew" of her affair with him. They meet without anyone knowing, or so they think. Edward shows up and begins struggling with Julian, who drops a bottle of liquor out of his coat pocket and pulls out the knife. Edward shoots Julian. Victoria screams. Edward tells her "Open your eyes, Victoria," and shoots her also. Julian crawls over to her, collapses on top of her and utters his last lines ("One last time..."). Edward writes the suicide note, leaves it in Julians pocket and then runs for help to play his part as the witness. We then are transferred back to Nicholas. Hes driving home and thinking about how he is free of the haunting that has plagued him. Also he has learned about his life, that it will carry on after death, through Victorias presence in his life. Nicholas arrives home, begins playing a record and pours himself a drink to relax. Soon another car pulls up. The Hypnotherapist enters the room and startles him by saying "open your eyes, Nicholas." The phonograph gets bumped as Nicholas is startled by the Hypnotherapist. Then we hear static noise, which fades to black. The album recording leaves things unclear as to what happens, but its revealed on the live DVD that the Hypnotherapist, Edwards reincarnation, has killed Nicholas and has completed the cycle yet again. This could be further interpreted in relation to Victoria, whose goal mightve been to forewarn Nicholas of a murderous cycle, rather than to ease his uncertainty about the afterlife. The static from the phonograph marks the beginning of what fans have called a meta-album (also known as an album cycle) where the last note or noise of one album is the same or similar to the beginning of the next, The Glass Prison opens Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence with the same static sound, also being the beginning and end to the Twelve-step Suite. The Dream Theater meta-album spans 4 albums, from Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory to Octavarium. Octavarium ends the meta-album by having the same piano note at the beginning and end of the same album, with the last lyrics stating "This story ends where it began."
  • 112. Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory 109 Chart performance Billboard 200: • Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From a Memory - #73 Batur Togay Billboard Top Internet Albums: • Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From a Memory - #2 UK Album Chart: • Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From a Memory - #131 Personnel Band • James LaBrie – Lead vocals • John Petrucci – Guitar, backing vocals, programming on Through Her Eyes • John Myung – Bass guitar • Jordan Rudess – Keyboards • Mike Portnoy - Drums, backing vocals Guests • Theresa Thomason - Additional vocals on "Through Her Eyes" and "The Spirit Carries On". • Theresa Thomason, Mary Canty, Shelia Slappy, Mary Smith, Jeanette Smith, Clarence Burke Jr., Carol Cyrus, Dale Scott - additional backing vocals on "The Spirit Carries On". • Choir arranged and conducted by Jordan Rudess • Terry Brown - the voice of the hypnotherapist (uncredited) • David Bottrill - the voice of Edward (uncredited) Production • Doug Oberkircher - Sound engineer • Brian Quackenbush - Assistant engineer • Michael Bates - Assistant engineer • Terry Brown - Vocals co-producer • Kevin Shirley - Mixing engineer on tracks 2-8 and 11 • Rory Romano - Assistant mixing engineer on tracks 2-8 and 11 • David Bottrill - Mixing engineer on tracks 1, 9, 10 and 12 • Shinobu Mitsuoka - Assistant mixing engineer on tracks 1, 9, 10 and 12 • George Marino - Mastering engineer • Eugene Nastasi - Assistant mastering engineer • Lili Picou - Art direction and design • Dave McKean - Cover illustration • Ken Schles - Still life photography • Andrew Lepley - House photography
  • 113. Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory 110 References [1] Allmusic review (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r432859) [2] http:/ / en. wikipedia. org/ wiki/ Dream_Theater_discography#Studio_albums [3] (http:/ / www. chud. com/ forum/ showthread. php?t=91743) Greatest 100 Guitar Albums Of All Time. [4] (http:/ / www. digitaldreamdoor. com/ pages/ best_metal-prog-alb. html) [5] http:/ / www. rocklistmusic. co. uk/ steveparker/ classicrock. htm Classic Rocks Greatest Concept Albums External links • Very detailed analysis of SFAM music and lyrics by Fabien Labonde ( • Analysis of Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory at DTFAQ ( Live Scenes from New York Live Scenes from New York Live album by Dream Theater Released September 11, 2001 Recorded August 30, 2000 - Roseland Ballroom, New York Genre Progressive metal Length 3:07:31 Label Elektra Producer [1] Kevin Shirley Dream Theater chronology Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Live Scenes from New Six Degrees of Inner Memory York Turbulence (1999) (2001) (2002) Alternative cover
  • 114. Live Scenes from New York 111 Original album artwork Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic [2] Live Scenes from New York is a 3 disc live album by progressive metal band Dream Theater, recorded on August 30, 2000, at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Live Scenes from New York is the audio counterpart to the Metropolis 2000: Scenes from New York DVD, released in early 2001. Two videos of the concert, not released with the DVD, were included in the 3-CD pack as a bonus: Jordan Rudess Solo and Another Day. This album marks Dream Theaters first live release with current keyboardist Jordan Rudess. Coincidentally, it was originally released on September 11, 2001, but when it was noticed that the cover artwork depicted the skyline of New York, including the twin towers of the World Trade Center in flames, it was recalled and re-released a short time later. Some copies with the original artwork still exist, and are now a rare collectors item. The logo was based on a previous album cover, that had depicted a heart in flames. Since the concert was recorded in the bands hometown of the Big Apple, the logo was changed to a flaming apple. Track listing Disc one No. Title Lyrics Music Length 1. "Regression" John Petrucci Petrucci 2:46 2. "Overture 1928" (instrumental) Dream Theater 3:32 3. "Strange Déjà Vu" Mike Portnoy Dream Theater 5:02 4. "Through My Words" Petrucci Petrucci 1:42 5. "Fatal Tragedy" John Myung Dream Theater 6:21 6. "Beyond This Life" Petrucci Dream Theater 11:16 7. "John & Theresa Solo Spot" (instrumental) Dream Theater 3:17 8. "Through Her Eyes" Petrucci Dream Theater 6:17
  • 115. Live Scenes from New York 112 9. "Home" Portnoy Dream Theater 13:21 10. "The Dance of Eternity" (instrumental) Dream Theater 6:24 Disc two No. Title Lyrics Music Length 1. "One Last Time" James LaBrie Dream Theater 4:11 2. "The Spirit Carries On" Petrucci Dream Theater 7:40 3. "Finally Free" Portnoy Dream Theater 10:59 4. "Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper" Petrucci Dream Theater 10:36 5. "The Mirror" (contains an excerpt from "Lie") Portnoy Dream Theater 8:15 6. "Just Let Me Breathe" Portnoy Dream Theater 4:02 7. "Acid Rain" (instrumental) Liquid Tension Experiment 2:34 8. "Caught in a New Millennium" LaBrie, Petrucci, Portnoy Dream Theater 6:21 9. "Another Day" Petrucci Dream Theater 5:13 10. "Jordan Rudess Keyboard Solo" (instrumental) Jordan Rudess 6:40 Disc three No. Title Lyrics Music Length 1. "Erotomania" (instrumental) Dream Theater 7:22 2. "Voices" Petrucci Dream Theater 9:45 3. "The Silent Man" Petrucci Petrucci 5:09 4. "Learning to Live" Myung Dream Theater 14:02 5. "A Change of Seasons" Portnoy Dream Theater 24:35 Personnel • James LaBrie – vocals and percussion • John Myung – bass guitars • John Petrucci – guitars and backing vocals • Mike Portnoy – drums and backing vocals • Jordan Rudess – keyboards
  • 116. Live Scenes from New York 113 Additional Personnel • Theresa Thomason - Guest Vocals on "Through Her Eyes" and "The Spirit Carries On" • Gospel Choir - on "The Spirit Carries On" • Jo Marno - Choir Coordinator • Jay Beckenstein - Soprano Sax on "Another Day" • Kent Broadhurst - The Hypnotherapist Chart performance Billboard 200: • Live Scenes from New York - #120 Billboard Top Internet Albums: • Live Scenes from New York - #7 References [1] http:/ / www. cavemanproductions. com/ REVS/ DREAMTHEATER. html [2] Taylor, Robert (2011 [last update]). "Live Metropolis, Pt. 2 - Dream Theater | AllMusic" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r547799). . Retrieved 3 August 2011. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Cover art by Dung Hoang Studio album by Dream Theater Released January 29, 2002 Recorded March 12–August 2001 at BearTracks Studios, New York Genre Progressive metal Length 96:13 Label Elektra Producer Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci Dream Theater chronology
  • 117. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence 114 Live Scenes from New Six Degrees of Inner Train of York Turbulence Thought (2001) (2002) (2003) Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic [1] Rolling Stone [2] (Favorable) Entertainment Weekly [3] (B) [4] (8.5/10) Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence is the sixth full-length studio album by progressive metal band Dream Theater. It was released as a double-disc album on January 29, 2002 by Elektra Records. Excluding the A Change of Seasons EP, this is the first Dream Theater album to feature a title track. Concept The recording is a type of concept album wherein the five songs which comprise the first disc explore different themes of lifetime struggle, such as Alcoholism, Loss of Faith, Self-Isolation, and Death. The sixth song — that is, the 42-minute song occupying the entire second disc, separated into eight parts — explores the stories of six individuals suffering from various mental illnesses. Particularly represented are bipolar, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, post-partum depression, autism, and dissociative personality disorder. Furthermore, the title of the album may also allude to the fact that each song on the album could be seen as a different form of inner turbulence, with the six tracks making another reference to the six degrees, along with the apparent reference to the Six degrees of separation. The musical styles of each section of the title track are direct reflections of the bands large variety of influences. Classical, folk, jazz and metal styles are present within the track. Songs • The first track of the album, "The Glass Prison," is the beginning of the Twelve-step Suite, dealing with Mike Portnoys story of rehabilitation from alcoholism, continued in tracks on the next albums ("This Dying Soul" on Train of Thought, "The Root of All Evil" on Octavarium, "Repentance" on Systematic Chaos and "The Shattered Fortress" on Black Clouds & Silver Linings). "The Glass Prison" is composed of three parts, mirroring the first three of the twelve steps of the AA program by Bill W. for rehabilitation of alcoholics. Furthermore, it begins with the white noise that ended Scenes from a Memory, while the last track, Losing Time/Grand Finale ends with a long chord played by (synthesized) strings, which was also used as the intro to their next studio album, Train of Thought. • "The Great Debate" is a non-partisan song dealing with the topic of stem-cell research. It was originally titled "Conflict at Ground Zero" based on the lyrics in the chorus but changed at the last minute to "The Great Debate" due to the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York City[5] (as Producers John Petrucci & Mike Portnoy were actually in a Manhattan studio conducting final mixes of the album on the day in question and made the change when all of the news reports started to refer to the site as "Ground Zero"), and "Disappear" was originally titled "Move On".[5] • In the song "Misunderstood," John Petrucci wrote and played the guitar solo, and then reversed it. He then learned how to play this reversed version, and after recording it reversed it once more. This resulted in a solo that sounded
  • 118. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence 115 like his original solo but with a unique twist to the way the notes played.[6] His use of such a technique was predated by George Harrison, on the Beatles song "Im Only Sleeping". Influences Influences for the albums writing and recording, according to the authors, include Metallicas Master of Puppets, Radioheads The Bends (and also a Radiohead bootleg Mike brought in), Panteras Far Beyond Driven and song Mouth for War,[7] Megadeths Rust in Peace,[7] U2s Achtung Baby, Tools Ænima, Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral, Soundgardens Superunknown, Alice in Chains Dirt, Kevin Gilberts Thud, Kings Xs Faith Hope Love and Galactic Cowboys Space in Your Face, Béla Bartók, Rage Against the Machines The Battle of Los Angeles, and Maria Tipos Chopin Nocturnes.[8] Track listing Disc one All music composed by John Petrucci, John Myung, Jordan Rudess and Mike Portnoy. No. Title Lyrics Length 1. "The Glass Prison Portnoy 13:52 • I. "Reflection" • II. "Restoration" • III. "Revelation" 2. "Blind Faith" LaBrie 10:21 3. "Misunderstood" Petrucci 9:34 4. "The Great Debate" Petrucci 13:43 5. "Disappear" LaBrie 6:46 Disc two No. Title Lyrics Length 1. "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" Petrucci, Portnoy 42:04 • I. "Overture" • (instrumental) • 6:50 • II. "About to Crash" • Petrucci • 5:51 • III. "War Inside My Head" • Portnoy • 2:08 • IV. "The Test That Stumped Them All" • Portnoy • 5:03 • V. "Goodnight Kiss" • Portnoy • 6:17 • VI. "Solitary Shell" • Petrucci • 5:48 • VII. "About to Crash (Reprise)" • Petrucci • 4:05 • VIII. "Losing Time"/"Grand Finale" • Petrucci • 6:01
  • 119. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence 116 Chart performance Billboard 200: • Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - #46 Billboard Top Internet Albums: • Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - #1 Personnel • James LaBrie – lead vocals • John Myung – bass • John Petrucci – guitars, backing vocals • Mike Portnoy – drums, backing vocals (co. lead vocals on "The Glass Prison") • Jordan Rudess – keyboards References [1] Taylor, Robert (2011 [last update]). "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - Dream Theater | AllMusic" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r568211). . Retrieved 3 August 2011. [2] Worley, Gail (2011 [last update]). "Dream Theater: Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone" (http:/ / web. archive. org/ web/ 20090303223020/ http:/ / www. rollingstone. com/ artists/ dreamtheater/ albums/ album/ 132342/ review/ 5945686/ six_degrees_of_inner_turbulence). . Retrieved 3 August 2011. [3] Browne, David (2011 [last update]). "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Review | Music Reviews and News |" (http:/ / www. ew. com/ ew/ article/ 0,,198712,00. html). . Retrieved 3 August 2011. [4] Walker, Rhett (2011 [last update]). " Music - Dream Theater – Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence Review" (http:/ / www. 411mania. com/ music/ album_reviews/ 68/ Dream-Theater-–-Six-Degrees-Of-Inner-Turbulence-Review. htm). . Retrieved 3 August 2011. [5] http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ aboutmike/ faq/ answers/ 13. aspx#216 [6] The Official John Petrucci Web Site (http:/ / www. johnpetrucci. com/ ) [7] What was Dream Theater thinking about when they wrote the music to The Glass Prison? (http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ aboutmike/ faq/ answers/ 13. aspx#356) [8] What did Dream Theater use for inspiration during the writing and recording of Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence? (http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ aboutmike/ faq/ answers/ 13. aspx#215) External links • The Making of Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Part I ( • The Making of Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Part II ( • The Making of Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Part III (
  • 120. Train of Thought (Dream Theater album) 117 Train of Thought (Dream Theater album) Train of Thought Cover art by Jerry Uelsmann Studio album by Dream Theater Released November 11, 2003 Recorded March 10–September, 2003 Cove City Sound Studios, Pie Studios, and Beat Street Studios (all New York City) Genre Progressive metal, heavy metal Length 69:24 Label Elektra Producer Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci Dream Theater chronology Six Degrees of Inner Train of Live at Turbulence Thought Budokan (2002) (2003) (2004) Singles from Train of Thought 1. "As I Am" Released: October 29, 2003
  • 121. Train of Thought (Dream Theater album) 118 Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic [1] IGN [2] (8/10) Metal Review [3] (7.9/10) Train of Thought is the seventh full-length studio album by progressive metal band Dream Theater. History Inspired by the audience response to Dream Theaters heavier songs while on tour,[4] Train of Thought is widely considered their heaviest album to date. The album was written in three weeks.[5] It was engineered by Doug Oberkircher and mixed by Kevin Shirley.[6] The album has seven songs, while its predecessors (Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence and Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory) have six and nine tracks respectively. In the case of the latter, the nine tracks are really nine "scenes" - three of these are made up of two tracks - but on the album cover, the track lengths displayed are those of the scenes, so in a sense, the band regarded the scenes as the true tracks. Its successor (Octavarium) has eight. The song pattern then reverses for the next three albums; Systematic Chaos has seven songs (if counting both parts of "In the Presence of Enemies" as one) , Black Clouds & Silver Linings has six, and A Dramatic Turn Of Events has been confirmed to have nine tracks. This carries out the theme of Octavarium, which states that everything ends where it began. Songs • The first song "As I Am" starts with the ending synth/orchestral chord of Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence. • Some lyrics of "As I Am" were inspired by Dream Theaters 2003 summer tour with Queensryche, described by Mike Portnoy as an "irksome series of shows." According to Portnoy, Queensryche guitarist Mike Stone tried giving John Petrucci tips on playing guitar, leading Petrucci to write the lyrics: "Dont tell me whats in, tell me how to write". • "This Dying Soul" continues Mike Portnoys Twelve-step Suite, started with "The Glass Prison" on Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence and later continued with "The Root of All Evil" on Octavarium, "Repentance" on Systematic Chaos, and ending with "The Shattered Fortress" on Black Clouds & Silver Linings. These songs share some of the lyrics and melodies. For example, this song features a riff from "The Glass Prison" is heard at the start of this songs step "Release". • "Honor Thy Father" was written about Mike Portnoys stepfather. When asked about what inspired him to write that song, he stated in an IRC chat: "Im not very good at writing love songs, so I decided to write a HATE song!!!"[7] • Some of the mumbles during "Honor Thy Father" are taken from Paul Thomas Andersons film Magnolia, in the scene when Jason Robards character is talking to Philip Seymour Hoffmans character about his regrets in life. There are also parts taken from the film At Close Range in which a scene of Sean Penn and Christopher Walkens characters can be heard arguing. • The lyrics to "Vacant" were inspired by James LaBries daughter, who fell into a short coma after suffering a sudden, unexplained seizure three days before her seventh birthday.[8] • "Stream of Consciousness" is the longest Dream Theater instrumental to date (not counting live mash-ups such as "Instrumedley" and "When the Water Breaks" from Liquid Tension Experiment II).
  • 122. Train of Thought (Dream Theater album) 119 • In the Train of Thought instrumental bootleg release, you can hear at the end of "Stream of Consciousness" that there is a baseball game on the TV in the background behind Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci delibrating whether that take was better than the previous one. • Between 5:51 and 6:07 of the song "In the Name of God", there was a hidden composition buried beneath the far louder sounds of the song itself which lay undiscovered for over a year and a half. The band did not tell anyone that a hidden "nugget" (as it became known amongst Dream Theater fans) was present in the song, and only when Mike Portnoy mentioned it in his Mike Portnoy: Live at Budokan Drum-Cam DVD over a year later did someone find it. The Mike Portnoy message board was rife with fans scouring the song looking for what it might be, until a fan going by the pseudonymous name "DarrylRevok" mentioned that from 5:51 to 6:07 there appeared to be morse code audible, which Nick Bogovich (user handle "Bogie") isolated and discovered that when translated to English, the phrase "eat my ass and balls" (a Mike Portnoy catchphrase) was the result.[9] • From 12:56 onwards of "In the Name of God", the American civil war hymn "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" can be heard in the right channel. • Jordan Rudess played the final note in the album (heard at 14:06 of "In the Name of God") with his nose as shown in the "Making Train of Thought" documentary. Mike Portnoy approved the take while he was filming. This is also the first note of Octavariums first song, "The Root of All Evil" and the last note of the last song, "Octavarium" (heard at 23:29). Confusion with Superiors Younique Around 2003, when Train of Thought was released, in many file sharing networks Superiors album Younique was released as Train of Thought. Train of Thought has only seven tracks. Younique was cut between tracks 7 and 8, resulting in a release with 7 tracks as well.[10] Track listing No. Title Lyrics Music Length 1. "As I Am" John Petrucci Petrucci, John Myung, Jordan Rudess, Mike Portnoy 7:47 2. "This Dying Soul" Portnoy Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Portnoy 11:28 • "IV. Reflections of Reality (Revisited)" • "V. Release" 3. "Endless Sacrifice" Petrucci Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Portnoy 11:23 4. "Honor Thy Father" Portnoy Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Portnoy 10:14 5. "Vacant" James LaBrie Myung, Rudess [11] 2:57 6. "Stream of Consciousness" (instrumental) Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Portnoy 11:16 7. "In the Name of God" Petrucci Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Portnoy 14:14
  • 123. Train of Thought (Dream Theater album) 120 Chart performance • Billboard 200: Train of Thought - #53 • Billboard Top Internet Albums: Train of Thought - #53 • UK Album Charts: Train of Thought - #146 • Norwegian Album Charts: Train of Thought - #9 Personnel • James LaBrie – lead vocals • John Petrucci – guitar, backing vocals • John Myung – bass • Jordan Rudess – keyboards • Mike Portnoy – drums, backing vocals Additional personnel • Eugene Friesen – cello on "Vacant" References [1] Jurek, Thom (2011 [last update]). "Train of Thought - Dream Theater | AllMusic" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r661488). . Retrieved 3 August 2011. [2] Patrizio, Andy (2011 [last update]). "Train of Thought - Music Review at IGN" (http:/ / music. ign. com/ articles/ 498/ 498313p1. html). . Retrieved 3 August 2011. [3] Dreilinger, Ian (2011 [last update]). "Review of Dream Theater - Train of Thought | Metal Review" (http:/ / metalreview. com/ reviews/ 640/ dream-theater-train-of-thought). . Retrieved 3 August 2011. [4] As discussed by John Petrucci in the 20th Anniversary Documentary "The Score So Far", found on the Score DVD [5] The writing of Train of Thought (http:/ / video. google. com/ videoplay?docid=8332205832617972911) [6] For immediate release: Dream Theater - Train Of Thought (http:/ / www. dreamtheater. net/ archive_dreamtheater. php?y=2003#dttot) [7] You can read the chat log excerpt at (http:/ / faq. dtnorway. com/ category/ 22#1054). [8] (http:/ / www. jameslabrie. com/ forum/ index. php?topic=430. msg5969#msg5969) [9] (http:/ / faq. dtnorway. com/ category/ 22#1075) [10] Younique at (http:/ / www. last. fm/ user/ id552/ journal/ 2005/ 10/ 31/ 28698/ ) [11] http:/ / www. amazon. com/ Train-Thought-Dream-Theater/ dp/ B0000CDLA7 External links • The writing of Train of Thought ( • The recording of Train of Thought (
  • 124. Live at Budokan (Dream Theater album) 121 Live at Budokan (Dream Theater album) Live at Budokan Live album by Dream Theater Released October 5, 2004 Recorded April 26, 2004 - Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan Genre Progressive metal Length 2:49:29 Label Atlantic Producer John Petrucci & Mike Portnoy Dream Theater chronology Train of Live at Octavarium Thought Budokan (2005) (2003) (2004) Live at Budokan
  • 125. Live at Budokan (Dream Theater album) 122 Video by Dream Theater Released October 5, 2004 Recorded April 26, 2004 - Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan Genre Progressive metal Length 2:52:34 (Disc 1) 1:12:50 (Disc 2) Label Atlantic Dream Theater video chronology Metropolis 2000: Scenes from New Live at Score York Budokan (2006) (2001) (2004) Live at Budokan is a live recording released by progressive metal band Dream Theater on October 5, 2004, available on either 3 CDs or 2 DVDs. It was recorded at the Nippon Budokan Hall on April 26, 2004 in Tokyo, Japan. Due to time constraints, the songs "The Great Debate", "Under a Glass Moon" and "Caught in a Web", which included an extended drum solo, were removed from the setlist at the last minute. On the DVD, during the credits, the song "Vacant" is played in the background, without Labries vocals. According to the Commentary Track on their "When Dream And Day Reunite" Official Bootleg Live DVD during the first few minutes of the live concert Jordan Rudess had a equipment malfunction that played either the incorrect sound, no sound at all, or random notes 1/2-step upward in pitch. Nevertheless, Rudess mimed playing the correct parts as he realized they would have to be re-recorded in during Post-Production. Track listing CD Disc one No. Title Lyrics Music Length 1. "As I Am" John Petrucci Petrucci, John Myung, Jordan Rudess, Mike Portnoy 7:25 2. "This Dying Soul" Portnoy Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Portnoy 11:44 3. "Beyond This Life" Petrucci Dream Theater 19:37 4. "Hollow Years" Petrucci Dream Theater 9:18 5. "War Inside My Head" Portnoy Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Portnoy 2:22 6. "The Test That Stumped Them All" Portnoy Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Portnoy 5:00 Disc two
  • 126. Live at Budokan (Dream Theater album) 123 No. Title Lyrics Music Length 1. "Endless Sacrifice" Petrucci Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Portnoy 11:18 2. "Instrumedley" (instrumental) Dream Theater 12:15 3. "Trial of Tears" Myung Dream Theater 13:49 4. "New Millennium" Portnoy Dream Theater 8:01 5. "Keyboard Solo" (instrumental) Rudess 3:58 6. "Only a Matter of Time" Kevin Moore Dream Theater 7:21 Disc three No. Title Lyrics Music Length 1. "Goodnight Kiss" Portnoy Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Portnoy 6:16 2. "Solitary Shell" Petrucci Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Portnoy 5:58 3. "Stream of Consciousness" (instrumental) Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Portnoy 10:54 4. "Disappear" James LaBrie Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Portnoy 5:56 5. "Pull Me Under" Moore Dream Theater 8:38 6. "In the Name of God" Petrucci Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Portnoy 15:49 DVD Disc one The entire Budokan concert: 1. "As I Am" – 8:34 2. "This Dying Soul" – 12:12 3. "Beyond This Life" – 19:34 4. "Hollow Years" – 9:19 5. "War Inside My Head" – 2:30 6. "The Test That Stumped Them All" – 4:53 7. "Endless Sacrifice" – 11:20 8. "Instrumedley" – 12:09 9. "Trial of Tears" – 13:58 10. "New Millennium" – 7:59 11. "Keyboard solo" – 3:59 12. "Only a Matter of Time" – 7:25 13. "Goodnight Kiss" – 6:14 14. "Solitary Shell" – 5:51 15. "Stream of Consciousness" – 10:55 16. "Disappear" – 5:55 17. "Pull Me Under" – 9:00 18. "In the Name of God" – 17:36 19. Credits – 3:11 Disc two Documentary and Extra Features: • "Riding The Train Of Thought": Japanese Tour Documentary – 29:46 • John Petrucci "Guitar World" – 6:27 • Jordan Rudess "Keyboard World" – 6:43 • Mike Portnoy Drum Solo – 12:08
  • 127. Live at Budokan (Dream Theater album) 124 • "The Dream Theater Chronicles": 2004 Tour Opening Video – 5:43 • "Instrumedley" Multiangle Bonus – 12:03 Personnel • James LaBrie – Lead vocals, percussion • John Petrucci – Guitar, backing vocals • Jordan Rudess – Keyboards • John Myung – Bass Guitar, Chapman Stick • Mike Portnoy – Drums, backing vocals Production • Produced By John Petrucci & Mike Portnoy • Recorded & Engineered By Nigel Paul • Assistant Engineer: Jon Belec • Mixed By Kevin Shirley • Digital Editing: Patrick Woodward • Mastered By Howie Weinberg RIAA Certifications These statistics were compiled from the RIAA certification online database.[1] They only apply to the DVD. • Gold - January 26, 2005 • Platinum - January 26, 2005 References [1] "Gold and Platinum database" (http:/ / www. riaa. com/ goldandplatinumdata. php?table=SEARCH). Recording Industry Association of America. . Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  • 128. Octavarium (album) 125 Octavarium (album) Octavarium Studio album by Dream Theater Released June 7, 2005 Recorded November 2004 – February 2005 at The Hit Factory, New York City Genre Progressive metal Length 75:45 Label Atlantic Producer John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy Dream Theater chronology Live at Octavarium Gigantour Budokan (2005) (2006) (2004) Octavarium is the eighth studio album by American progressive metal band Dream Theater. Released on June 7, 2005, it was the bands final release with Atlantic Records. Recorded between September 2004 and February 2005, the album holds the distinction of being the last album ever recorded at The Hit Factory in New York City. With Octavarium, the band decided to create "a classic Dream Theater album",[1] drawing upon their various stylistic influences while trying to make the music less complex. It was the first Dream Theater album to feature an orchestra on their tracks. The albums structure was based around the concept of the musical octave. Octavarium peaked in the top five in the Finnish,[2] Italian,[3] and Swedish charts,[4] and in the top ten in the Dutch,[5] Japanese,[6] and Norwegian charts.[7] Critical reception of the album was generally positive; the diversity of the music was praised, although critics found some of the songwriting to be inconsistent. Dream Theater promoted the album on a year-long world tour, with the majority of concerts lasting almost three hours and featuring a different setlist each night. The tour finished at Radio City Music Hall accompanied by an orchestra; this performance was recorded and released as a live album and concert video entitled Score. They co-headlined the 2005 North American Gigantour with Megadeth.
  • 129. Octavarium (album) 126 Background After completing a North American tour supporting one of their main influences, Yes, in summer 2004, Dream Theater took a two-month break.[8] The band reconvened at The Hit Factory in New York City in November 2004 to begin work on their eighth studio album. The Hit Factory, a studio in which artists such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, U2 and John Lennon had recorded, was earmarked for closure. Dream Theater was the last band to record there before it was permanently closed.[1] After writing the concept album Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory, the double album Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence and the metal-focused Train of Thought, the band decided to create "a classic Dream Theater album".[1] Keyboardist Jordan Rudess described it as "really going back to creating a real band effort, as well as drawing upon all our various stylistic influences."[1] On Octavarium, the band wanted to make the music less complex, featuring songs which Rudess regards as "quicker to appreciate",[1] although noted that the twenty-four-minute "Octavarium" was not as accessible.[1] Guitarist John Petrucci noted that they wanted to focus on writing strong songs.[9] To achieve this, the band stripped the sound down to piano, guitar and vocals when writing, focusing on the melodies and song structures.[9] Drummer Mike Portnoy dismissed claims that Octavarium was an attempt to write a more commercial album, stating that the band simply "[has] that side to [them]. We love bands like U2 or Coldplay, as well as liking shorter songs as well."[9] Portnoy noted that, after writing Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence and Train of Thought, they had not written an album of shorter songs for some time. He said that the band had found writing longer songs easier than writing shorter ones, and that the band was not trying to write a radio hit as "the label wouldnt have done crap with it anyway."[9] The band had previously written an orchestral-style piece in the form of "Overture" on Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, but recorded it using keyboards. The tracks "The Answer Lies Within", "Sacrificed Sons" and "Octavarium" marked the first time Dream Theater worked with an orchestra, conducted by Jamshied Sharifi (who studied at Berklee College of Music at the same time as Portnoy, Petrucci and bassist John Myung). The orchestra was selected based on their sight reading ability, allowing all their parts to be recorded in a maximum of two takes, even though they had never seen or played the music before.[10] Sharifi would later go on to conduct the Octavarium Orchestra on Dream Theaters Score album. Concept When starting to work on what would become Octavarium, Portnoy noted that it would be their eighth studio album and that they had recently released their fifth live album, Live at Budokan. This sequence mirrored the octave on a musical keyboard: each octave contains eight naturals and five accidentals. Portnoy suggested that they write the entire album based around the concept.[11] When writing, the band delegated each song a different key. Sound effects were placed between songs to connect them: for example, "The Root of All Evil", written in F, and the following track, "The Answer Lies Within", written in G, were connected by a sound effect in the key of F#. The albums lyrics and song titles featured references to this concept. Portnoy cited the titles "The Root of all Evil" (referring to the musical term "root") and "Octavarium" ("the octave of the octave") as two examples of this.[11] Octavarium begins "The Root of All Evil" with the final note of the bands previous album, Train of Thought with "In the Name of God". Train of Thought started "As I Am" with the last note from Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence with the title track, which in turn started with the noise that ended Scenes from a Memory at the end of "Finally Free". Portnoy was inspired to do this thanks to the Van Halen album Women and Children First; the outro of the albums final song ended with a new riff being played which faded out.[11] Portnoy recalled that he expected Van Halens next album to start with that ending riff, but was disappointed when it did not. He later realized he had "dug a hole where were expected to do it every time".[11] He solved this problem on Octavarium, where the final track ends with the beginning of the first one. This made the album a cycle in itself, allowing the band to have a clean start
  • 130. Octavarium (album) 127 with their next album.[11] Content "The Root of All Evil" is the third part of Portnoys Twelve-step Suite, a set of songs from various Dream Theater albums which describe his journey through Alcoholics Anonymous. The song contains parts six and seven of the suite: "Ready" and "Remove".[12] "The Answer Lies Within" and "I Walk Beside You" are the two shortest tracks on the album. Rudess regards them as radio-friendly songs which still maintain Dream Theaters style.[1] Portnoy wrote the lyrics to "Never Enough", attacking the small portion of Dream Theaters fanbase who Portnoy perceived to complain about every thing they did. Portnoy stated that while he appreciated the devotion of Dream Theaters fans, he was frustrated because he was "constantly tearing [himself] away from [his] family"[12] to give more to the fans. He found it discouraging that, even though he spent "countless nights"[12] writing special setlists and the band spent days rehearsing, some fans would still complain that they went to a show and did not hear "Pull Me Under". "Its discouraging and makes me crazy sometimes," he said.[12] "Sacrificed Sons", at just over ten minutes long, is the second-longest song on the album. Its lyrics, written by vocalist James LaBrie, deal with the September 11 attacks.[12] Rudess noted that the band enjoyed writing about more serious topics instead of love songs. When working on the lyrics, Rudess said that there was "a lot of discussion"[13] about the songs wording and how direct it should be.[13] The title track "Octavarium" is the longest track on the album, at twenty-four minutes. Petrucci stated that the band wanted to write an epic song that thematically developed and would use an orchestra. The band was heavily influenced by the progressive rock sound of Genesis, Yes and Pink Floyd. The instrumental introduction, heavily influenced by Pink Floyds "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", was performed by Rudess using a lap steel guitar and Continuum. Additionally, there are many references to other progressive rock songs in the lyrics.[14] Artwork Hugh Syme provided the artwork for Octavarium. The idea of depicting a giant Newtons cradle was born out of discussions between Syme and Portnoy. The two talked about how "for everything you do in music you create either a cluster or triad," according to Syme. "And then it became evident that for every action there is an opposite reaction. So I thought we could do something based on the Newtons cradle."[15] There are numerous references to the numbers five and eight throughout the artwork, alluding to the albums concept. For example, the Newtons cradle has eight suspended balls, and there are five birds on the cover. The album booklet features an octagonal maze, spider and octopus, among other references. The landscape on the cover is made up of a sky and grass from Indiana, and a background from the Lake District.[15] Release A week before the scheduled release of Octavarium, Portnoy shut down the official Dream Theater and Mike Portnoy forums. reported that this was in response to the album being leaked.[13] Portnoy stated that "[he] chose to do this mainly [emphasis removed] to build anticipation for the big official unveiling next week", although noted that "the repeated requests to refrain from spoilers and links for the new album against the bands wishes were frustrating".[16] Octavarium was released on June 7, 2005. It was their final album with Atlantic Records, ending a contract which had lasted fourteen years. Although in recent years the band had been allowed creative freedom, they were dissatisfied by the lack of promotion the label offered them.[17] Portnoy released a DVD entitled Drumavarium in 2005, containing footage of his drum performance from the Octavarium recording sessions.[13] Rudess released a solo piano version of "The Answer Lies Within" on his 2009 album Notes on a Dream.[18] "Panic Attack" is also featured as a playable song in Rock Band 2 as the Hardest Song In the Game for drum and bass.[19]
  • 131. Octavarium (album) 128 Reception Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic [20] Billboard [21] (favorable) Blistering [22] (favorable) Exclaim! [23] (negative) [24] The Metal Forge [25] Metally [26] musicOMH [27] (favorable) Octavarium reached the top five in the Finnish,[2] Italian,[3] and Swedish charts,[4] as well as the top ten in the Dutch,[5] Japanese,[6] and Norwegian charts.[7] Critical reception of the album was generally positive. Writing for Blistering, Justin Donnelly praised the album as "diverse, melodic and hard hitting all at the same time",[22] ranking it as one of Dream Theaters best releases. He particularly praised the title track, considering it to be "another Dream Theater classic".[22] Billboard considered the results of the bands attempt to write shorter songs and use warmer instrumental textures to be "excellent",[21] particularly praising "The Root of All Evil", "These Walls" and "I Walk Beside You".[21] Harley Carlson of regarded Octavarium as "successfully [showcasing] the bands ability to craft emotive music,"[24] although noted that it is "unquestionably Dream Theater, yet there is something missing."[24] Vik Bansal of musicOMH praised "Never Enough", "Panic Attack" and "Sacrificed Sons", but dismissed "The Root of All Evil" as "Dream Theater by the numbers".[27] He criticized "Octavarium" as "bloated",[27] although noted that fans of the bands A Change of Seasons would enjoy it. He said that "theres enough on the remainder of Octavarium to keep the rest of us interested and the prog rock haters whining dismissively".[27] Writing for Exclaim!, Greg Pratt praised the albums artwork and production, but said that "there’s nothing that blows any minds here, or even gives a mild bend; hell, a good chunk of this disc feels like basic radio rock from the local old-guy bar band".[23] He noted that although there were some longer songs on the album, "this just feels like 76 minutes of overdramatic rock, too heavy on the light and weak, and not enough time spent on just showing off".[23] Donnelly considered Octavarium to be "somewhere between Images and Words, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence and Train of Thought".[22] Carlson stated that the album "draws closest comparison to Falling Into Infinity and Metropolis II: Scenes From A Memory, but with far less complexity and edge."[24] Tammy La Gorce of Allmusic noted that "a post-hardcore edge - call it a leap into 2005 - has invaded [the bands] pledge of allegiance to theatrical heavy rock... Whats changed is Dream Theaters commitment to carrying on their reputation as underground progressive rocks classicists, and it seems well-timed."[20] Critics noted a strong Muse influence on some tracks.[22] [27]
  • 132. Octavarium (album) 129 Touring Dream Theater began touring in support of Octavarium in Europe on June 10, 2005, beginning at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg. The band co-headlined the Gigantour with Megadeth across North America from July 21 to September 3.[28] The Montreal concert was recorded and released as a live album and concert video on August 22, 2006 and September 5, 2006 respectively, titled Gigantour.[13] [13] The main Octavarium world tour began in September in Finland, and saw the band continue with their "An Evening Dream Theater after a concert in Paris during the first European leg With Dream Theater" concert format. This meant the of their tour (2005). From left to right: Mike Portnoy (Former band would play for almost three hours, with a different Member), John Petrucci, James LaBrie, John Myung and Jordan setlist each evening. Combined with interviews, Rudess rehearsals during soundcheck and meet-and-greet sessions with fans, the band became physically and mentally drained.[28] Dream Theater performed two shows on consecutive nights both in Amsterdam and London. On the second night in both cities, the band covered the entirety of Pink Floyds The Dark Side of the Moon album.[28] Theresa Thomason, who had previously performed on Scenes From a Memory, was flown in to perform vocals on "The Great Gig in the Sky".[29] The London performance was released as a live album and concert video in 2006 by Portnoys YtseJam Records.[30] [31] The band covered all of Deep Purples Made in Japan at concerts in Tokyo and Osaka; a recording of which was also released as a live album by YtseJam Records in 2007.[30] [32] [33] To celebrate the bands twentieth anniversary, the final concert on the tour was performed at Radio City Music Hall in New York on April 1, 2006. For the second half of the concert, the band was accompanied by a thirty-piece orchestra conducted by Jamshied Sharifi. The concert was filmed and released as a live album and concert video named Score on August 29, 2006 by Rhino Records.[32] [34] Track listing All music composed by Dream Theater. No. Title Lyrics Length 1. "The Root of All Evil" Mike Portnoy 8:25 • VI. "Ready" • VII. "Remove" 2. "The Answer Lies Within" John Petrucci 5:33 3. "These Walls" Petrucci 7:36 4. "I Walk Beside You" Petrucci 4:29 5. "Panic Attack" Petrucci 8:13 6. "Never Enough" Portnoy 6:46 7. "Sacrificed Sons" James LaBrie 10:42
  • 133. Octavarium (album) 130 8. "Octavarium" LaBrie, Petrucci, Portnoy 24:00 • I. "Someone Like Him" • Petrucci • II. "Medicate (Awakening)" • LaBrie • III. "Full Circle" • Portnoy • IV. "Intervals" • Portnoy • V. "Razors Edge" • Petrucci Total length: 73:32 Chart positions Chart (2005) Peak position [13] 15 Canadian Albums Chart [5] 9 Dutch Albums Chart [2] 2 Finnish Albums Chart [3] 2 Italian Albums Chart [6] 10 Japanese Albums Chart [7] 9 Norwegian Albums Chart [35] 8 Polish Albums Chart [4] 4 Swedish Albums Chart [13] 72 UK Albums Chart [36] 36 US Billboard 200 Personnel Dream Theater Production • James LaBrie – lead vocals • John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy - producers • John Myung – bass • Doug Oberkircher - engineer • John Petrucci – guitars and backing vocals • Colleen Culhane, Kaori Kinoshita, Ryan Simms - assistant engineers • Mike Portnoy – drums, percussion and backing vocals • Bert Baldwin - additional studio assistance • Jordan Rudess – keyboards, Continuum and lap steel guitar • Michael H. Brauer - mixing • Keith Gary - assistant and Pro Tools engineer • Will Hensley - second assistant • Pyr Osh - mastering • Hugh Syme - art direction, design and photography Additional personnel
  • 134. Octavarium (album) 131 • Orchestra on "Sacrificed Sons" and "Octavarium" • String quartet on "The Answer Lies Within" • Concert Master • Violins • Elena Barere • Elena Barere • Violins • Carol Webb • Katharine Fong • Violas • Ann Lehmann • Vincent Lionti • Katherine Livolsi-Stern • Cello • Laura McGinniss • Richard Locker • Catherine Ro • Others • Ricky Sortomme • Yuri Vodovoz • Strings arranged and conducted by Jamshied Sharifi • Violas • Jill DellAbate - Orchestral Contractor • Vincent Lionti • Karen Dreyfus • Cellos • Richard Locker • Jeanne LeBlanc • Flutes • Pamela Sklar • French Horns • Joe Anderer • Stewart Rose References • Wilson, Rich (2009). Lifting Shadows: The Authorized Biography of Dream Theater (Classic ed.). London: Essential Works. ISBN 978-1-906615-02-4. [1] Wilson 2009, pp. 307 [2] "Discography Dream Theater" (http:/ / finnishcharts. com/ search. asp?search=Dream+ Theater& cat=a) (in Finnish). Finnish charts. . Retrieved 2010-07-09. [3] "Dream Theater - Octavarium" (http:/ / italiancharts. com/ showitem. asp?interpret=Dream+ Theater& titel=Octavarium& cat=a). Italian charts. . Retrieved 2010-07-10. [4] "Discography Dream Theater" (http:/ / swedishcharts. com/ search. asp?search=Dream+ Theater& cat=a) (in Swedish). Swedish charts. . Retrieved 2010-07-10. [5] "Discography Dream Theater" (http:/ / dutchcharts. nl/ search. asp?search=Dream+ Theater& cat=a) (in Dutch). Dutch charts. . Retrieved 2010-07-10. [6] "Oricon Ranking: Dream Theater - Octavarium" (http:/ / ranking. oricon. co. jp/ free_contents/ search/ ranking_list. asp?itemcd=596808& samecd=1& chart_kbn=11A& linkcd=31307084) (in Japanese). Oricon. . Retrieved 2010-07-10. [7] "Discography Dream Theater" (http:/ / norwegiancharts. com/ search. asp?search=Dream+ Theater& cat=a) (in Norwegian). Norwegian charts. . Retrieved 2010-07-10. [8] Wilson 2009, pp. 304–6 [9] Wilson 2009, pp. 308 [10] Wilson 2009, pp. 310–1 [11] Wilson 2009, pp. 313–4 [12] Wilson 2009, pp. 311–2 [13] "DREAM THEATER Keyboardist: We Want To Maintain The Integrity Of Who Weve Been" (http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ blabbermouth. net/ news. aspx?mode=Article& newsitemID=40414). 2005-08-13. . Retrieved 2010-07-09. [14] Wilson 2009, pp. 312–3 [15] Wilson 2009, pp. 315–6 [16] "MIKE PORTNOY Clarifies Reasons For Shutting Down DREAM THEATER Message Board" (http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ blabbermouth. net/ news. aspx?mode=Article& newsitemID=37641). 2005-06-04. . Retrieved 2010-07-09. [17] Wilson 2009, pp. 316–7 [18] Wilson 2009, pp. 447 [19] Goldstein, Maarten (2008-07-14). "Full Rock Band 2 Tracklist Revealed, RB1 Songs Included Separately, 500 Songs by Years End" (http:/ / www. shacknews. com/ onearticle. x/ 53595). Shacknews. . Retrieved 2008-07-14.
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  • 136. Score (album) 133 Score (album) Score Live album by Dream Theater Released August 29, 2006 Recorded April 1, 2006 - Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New York Genre Progressive metal, Symphonic metal Length 2:37:08 Label Rhino Entertainment Director Mike Portnoy Producer Ethan Mesmer Dream Theater chronology Gigantour Score Systematic (2006) (2006) Chaos (2007) Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic [1] Rock Reviews [2] Ultimate Guitar [3]
  • 137. Score (album) 134 Score Video by Dream Theater Released August 29, 2006 Recorded April 1, 2006 - Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New York Genre Progressive metal Length 2:44:20 (Disc 1) 1:27:42 (Disc 2) Label Rhino Entertainment Dream Theater video chronology Gigantour Score Chaos In Motion (2006) (2006) 2007/2008 (2008) Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating [4] Metal Review [5] PopMatters [6] Ultimate Guitar [7] Score is a 3 CD/2 DVD combination by progressive metal band Dream Theater. It is a live album, recorded on April 1, 2006 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. This is the final concert of their 20th Anniversary Tour, labeled "A Very Special Evening with Dream Theater". The entire second half of the concert features a complete symphonic orchestra, dubbed "The Octavarium Orchestra", conducted by Jamshied Sharifi. The album was released on August 29, 2006 and contains the entire concert setlist, including the encore. A condensed version of the concert was aired on VH1 Classic on August 25, 2006, 4 days before the release of the album and DVD.
  • 138. Score (album) 135 The name of the album comes from the word "score", meaning the number twenty. It was chosen in order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Dream Theater. "Score" could also mean a conductors musical score, parts of which are used on the packaging imagery. Given Octavariums references to the numbers five and eight, it is interesting to note that at the time of Scores release, Dream Theater had, in their discography, five live albums and eight studio albums. Two of the songs recorded on this album were previously unreleased: "Another Won", a song written by the band when they were still named Majesty, and "Raise The Knife", a song omitted from Falling Into Infinity. In Australia, the 3 CD boxset was released on September 2, 2006. On October 15, 2006, Score was certified platinum by the RIAA. Track listing CD Disc one No. Title Lyrics Music Performer(s) Length 1. "The Root of All Evil" Mike Portnoy Dream Theater Dream Theater 8:22 2. "I Walk Beside You" John Petrucci Dream Theater Dream Theater 4:11 3. "Another Won" John Petrucci Dream Theater Dream Theater 5:22 4. "Afterlife" Charlie Dominici Dream Theater Dream Theater 5:56 5. "Under a Glass Moon" John Petrucci Dream Theater Dream Theater 7:29 6. "Innocence Faded" John Petrucci Dream Theater Dream Theater 5:36 7. "Raise the Knife" Mike Portnoy Dream Theater Dream Theater 11:43 8. "The Spirit Carries On" John Petrucci Dream Theater Dream Theater 9:46 Disc two No. Title Lyrics Music Performer(s) Length 1. "Six Degrees of Inner John Petrucci, Mike John Petrucci, John Myung, Jordan Dream Theater & The Octavarium 41:33 Turbulence" Portnoy Rudess, Mike Portnoy Orchestra 2. "Vacant" James LaBrie John Myung, Jordan Rudess Dream Theater & The Octavarium 3:01 Orchestra 3. "The Answer Lies Within" John Petrucci Dream Theater Dream Theater & The Octavarium 5:36 Orchestra 4. "Sacrificed Sons" James LaBrie Dream Theater Dream Theater & The Octavarium 10:38 Orchestra Disc three
  • 139. Score (album) 136 No. Title Lyrics Music Performer(s) Length 1. "Octavarium" James LaBrie, John Petrucci, Mike Dream Dream Theater & the Octavarium 27:16 Portnoy Theater Orchestra 2. "Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the John Petrucci Dream Dream Theater & the Octavarium 10:39 Sleeper" Theater Orchestra DVD Tracks 1 through 8 feature Dream Theater alone. Tracks 9 through 14 feature Dream Theater and The Octavarium Orchestra. Disc one 1. "The Root of All Evil" – 9:32 2. "I Walk Beside You" – 4:10 3. "Another Won" – 5:40 4. "Afterlife" – 7:28 5. "Under a Glass Moon" – 7:27 6. "Innocence Faded" – 6:16 7. "Raise the Knife" – 11:51 8. "The Spirit Carries On" – 9:37 9. "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" – 41:26 10. "Vacant" – 3:03 11. "The Answer Lies Within" – 5:36 12. "Sacrificed Sons" – 10:36 13. "Octavarium" – 27:29 14. "Metropolis" – 11:16 15. Credits – 2:53 Disc two • "The Score So Far..." 20th Anniversary Documentary – 56:25 • Octavarium Animation – 3:06 • "Another Day" (Live in Tokyo – August 26, 1993) – 4:47 • "The Great Debate" (Live in Bucharest – July 4, 2002) – 13:37 • "Honor Thy Father" (Live in Chicago – August 12, 2005) – 9:47 Personnel • James LaBrie – Vocals • John Myung – Bass • John Petrucci – Guitar, backing vocals • Mike Portnoy – drums, backing vocals • Jordan Rudess – Keyboards, Continuum, and Lap Steel Guitar
  • 140. Score (album) 137 Octavarium Orchestra Conductor • Jamshied Sharifi Violins • Elena Barere - (Concertmistress) • Yuri Vodovos • Belinda Whitney • Avril Brown • Katherine Livolsi • Abe Appleman • Joyce Hammann • Karen Karlsrud • Ann Leathers • Ricky Sortomme • Jan Mullen • Carol Pool • Vincent Lionti • Adria Benjamin • Judy Witmer • Crystal Garner • Jonathan Dinklage • Richard Locker • Eugene Moye • David Heiss • Caryl Paisner French Horn • Bob Carlisle • Dan Culpepper • Larry DiBello • George Flynn • Pamela Sklar B Flat Clarinet • Ole Mathisen • Jeff Kievit • Jim Hynes Percussion • Gordon Gottlieb
  • 141. Score (album) 138 RIAA Certifications These statistics were compiled from the RIAA certification online database.[8] They only apply to the DVD. • Gold - October 11, 2006 • Platinum - October 11, 2006 Trivia • The first and second setlists contain 8 and 5 songs respectively ("Metropolis" was played as an encore, instead of being part of the setlist), which fits the common uses of 8 and 5 in the bands album Octavarium. • The second set has another occurrence of 8 and 5 - the epic "Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence" has 8 parts, and then 5 more songs (counting the encore) are played with the orchestra, making 13 total. • Also, 5 of the 8 songs from Octavarium appear in the entire setlist. • There are various numbers on Mike Portnoys kit throughout the DVD. These refer to a mysterious number system found in the TV show Lost. • Train of Thought ends with the song "In the Name of God," and the next studio album, Octavarium, starts with "The Root of All Evil". This is the same with Dream Theaters albums Live at Budokan and Score - Live at Budokan ends with "In the Name of God" and Score starts with "The Root of All Evil". (On the CD version of Score, a clip from "In the Name of God" is heard playing over the PA system before the band starts playing) • During the performance of "Under a Glass Moon", John Petruccis guitar rig mysteriously shut down leaving the song to continue with no guitar until around the end of the first chorus. It was later discovered that the rig failure was due to a camera-man being on stage and accidentally stepping on a switch that immediately silences Petruccis entire guitar rig. In the Live DVD you can see Petrucci fiddle with his Pedalboard and then walk to the back of his cabinets. At this time the video focuses on the remaining 4 members of DT until Petrucci gets his rig working again. Subsequently, before the release of the CD and DVD, Petrucci recorded the missing guitar parts in a studio as to keep the flow of the show and song moving. • During "Under a Glass Moon," the band plays the first part of the circus march. • Before the show actually started, the title theme from "A Clockwork Orange" played over the sound system. For the most part, this happened at every tour stop in the Octavarium Tour. The theme would play and it would segue into the ending of "In the Name of God". The theme does not appear in the CD or DVD in any way, most likely so the band could avoid paying royalty fees to the themes composer Wendy Carlos. • Starting at track 3 and continuing to track 12 (track 4 of CD 2), Dream Theater play a song from each of their studio albums chronologically from The Majesty Demos to Octavarium, with the exception of "Raise The Knife", which was omitted from Falling Into Infinity and never released. • "Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper" is listed as "Metropolis" on both the CD and DVD covers. References [1] Jurek, Thom (2011 [last update]). "Score: XOX - 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra - Dream Theater | AllMusic" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r849261). . Retrieved 3 August 2011. [2] "Music review of Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour - Live with the Octavarium Orchestra CD by Dream Theater (2006) [RockReviews]" (http:/ / www. rockreviews. org/ reviewpage. php?ID=548). 2011 [last update]. . Retrieved 3 August 2011. [3] "Score Review | Dream Theater | Compact Discs | Reviews @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com" (http:/ / www. ultimate-guitar. com/ reviews/ compact_discs/ dream_theater/ score/ index. html). 2011 [last update]. . Retrieved 3 August 2011. [4] Hanson, Eric (2011 [last update]). "Dream Theater – Score – 20th Anniversary World Tour DVD Review" (http:/ / heavymetal. about. com/ od/ dvdreviews/ fr/ scoredvd. htm). . Retrieved 3 August 2011. [5] Eardley, Jon (2011 [last update]). "Review of Dream Theater - Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra (2 DVDs) | Metal Review" (http:/ / metalreview. com/ reviews/ 2941/ dream-theater-score--20th-anniversary-world-tour-live-with-the-octavarium-orchestra-(2-dvds)). . Retrieved 3 August 2011. [6] Berman, Jarrett (2011 [last update]). "Dream Theater: Dream Theater - Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra < PopMatters" (http:/ / www. popmatters. com/ pm/ review/
  • 142. Score (album) 139 dream-theater-dream-theater-score-20th-anniversary-world-tour-live-with-the). . Retrieved 3 August 2011. [7] "Score Review | Dream Theater | DVD | Reviews @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com" (http:/ / www. ultimate-guitar. com/ reviews/ dvd/ dream_theater/ score/ index. html). 2011 [last update]. . Retrieved 3 August 2011. [8] "Gold and Platinum database" (http:/ / www. riaa. com/ goldandplatinumdata. php?table=SEARCH). Recording Industry Association of America. . Retrieved 2008-01-31. External links • Official site news update regarding the album ( Systematic Chaos Systematic Chaos Studio album by Dream Theater Released June 4, 2007 Recorded September 2006 – February 2007 at Avatar Studios in New York City Genre Progressive metal Length 78:39 Label Roadrunner Producer John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy Dream Theater chronology Score Systematic Greatest Hit (...and 21 Other Pretty Cool (2006) Chaos Songs) (2007) (2008) Singles from Systematic Chaos 1. "Constant Motion" Released: April 27, 2007 2. "Forsaken" Released: March 31, 2008 Systematic Chaos is the ninth studio album by American progressive metal band Dream Theater. Released on June 4, 2007 in the United Kingdom and June 5, 2007 in the United States, Systematic Chaos was the bands first release
  • 143. Systematic Chaos 140 through Roadrunner Records, which was sold to their previous label Atlantic Records, through which the band had released their previous studio album Octavarium (2005). The album was recorded from September 2006 to February 2007 at Avatar Studios in New York City, after the bands first break from summer touring in ten years. The lyrics of the album were written by John Petrucci, James LaBrie, and Mike Portnoy about fictional, political, and personal topics, respectively.[1] The album peaked in the top twenty in eight countries sales charts; in addition, the album peaked at the nineteenth position on the Billboard 200, making it the highest peaking Dream Theater album in the United States[2] until the release of Black Clouds & Silver Linings (2009), which debuted at the sixth position.[3] Critical reception of the album was generally positive; Jon Eardley from called the band, "arguably the most consistent band throughout the entire progressive rock/metal industry".[4] Dream Theater promoted the album on their Chaos in Motion world tour, which lasted a year and spanned thirty-five countries. The album was released in regular and special edition formats; the special edition included a 5.1 surround sound mix of the album, in addition to a ninety-minute "making of" documentary about the album. Background After recording their twentieth anniversary concert, Score, on April 1, 2006, Dream Theater rested for its first summer in ten years.[5] The band would reconvene at Avatar Studios, in New York City, in September 2006.[6] Mike Portnoy stated that the relationship between band members was "the best its ever been".[7] The band hired Paul Northfield, who had previously worked with bands that had inspired Dream Theater, including Rush and Queensrÿche, to engineer the album.[8] As with previous albums, Dream Theater simultaneously wrote and recorded Systematic Chaos.[9] Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci co-produced the album; Portnoy said that the band hires an engineer and a mixer to act as an "objective outside ear", but the members ultimately "call their own shots".[10] Previous Dream Theater albums shared planned themes throughout, such as Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory (1999) as a concept album or Train of Thought (2003) as a heavy, "balls to the wall" album.[11] Though Portnoy had some preconceived ideas for Systematic Chaos, he decided not to tell the rest of the band; leaving them to start with a "completely open palate".[11] However, Portnoy did want to retain a "cutting, aggressive, modern" mood throughout, "It had to have balls," he added, "it had to be cool".[12] The album was titled Systematic Chaos after Portnoy and Petrucci picked phrases from song lyrics that they felt would be a fitting title,[13] in similar fashion to previous albums like Images and Words (1992) or Awake (1994).[14] The pair selected the word "chaos", which appears in "The Dark Eternal Night".[13] Petrucci and Portnoy were also attracted to the phrase "Random thoughts of neat disorder" which appears in "Constant Motion". Inspired by the "duality" of the phrase,[14] opposites of the word "chaos" were discussed, resulting in the word "systematic".[13] Portnoy said that in addition to the album, "systematic chaos" is also a "fitting description of the band in general".[15] Songs John Petrucci wrote the lyrics for five of the eight songs on the album,[16] telling a fictional story through each one.[17] In the Presence of Enemies The first song recorded, the twenty-five-minute epic "In the Presence of Enemies", was described by Petrucci as the "epitome of a Dream Theater creation".[18] He went on to describe the track as "very progressive, very long"; also noting that it set a good tone for writing and recording the rest of the album.[18] The song was split into two parts for the album, due to its being a good open and close to the album. According to Portnoy, the band felt it was too long to open the album, but did not want to close the album with a long song, as they had with the twenty-four-minute title track of their last album Octavarium (2005).[19] The song is normally played in its entirety in live shows.[20]
  • 144. Systematic Chaos 141 The story of this song was inspired by a Korean manga named Priest, as Petrucci explains that not being a manga fan, precisely, "[...] I like it though. This one, I just stumbled upon and I really liked the content. It inspired me to take a different approach lyrically. You have to keep things interesting for yourself when writing new material so I just took this and ran with it. [...] Those types of lyrics are fun to write, you know? The dark subject matter, the dark master stuff. Its another way of writing, a fresh one to me."[21] Forsaken Petrucci said "Forsaken" is a story told through a "short song structure".[22] The song tells of a person who is visited at night by a vampiress. While the man thinks he is being shown "beautiful things", in reality he is having his blood sucked by the vampiress.[23] An anime music video of "Forsaken", produced by Gonzo and directed by Yasufumi Soejima, was released on January 26, 2008.[24] [25] The band allowed Soejima artistic freedom with the design of the video,[26] which was set in a science fiction future instead of the present day.[24] During the production of the album, the working title for this song was "Jet Lag", and it was the sixth song to be written.[27] Constant Motion "Constant Motion" was released as the first single from the album on April 27, 2007. It was first made available as a free download the same day by Roadrunner Records; it could be found at Roadrunner Records Dream Theater sub-website for a limited time.[28] This song was also made available to download for the music video game Rock Band.[29] Its working title was "Korma Chameleon", and was the second piece written.[30] The song was also accompanied by a music video, with which the band produced its first music video in over a decade.[31] The video clip premiered on July 13, 2007 and was released as a free download, in two different formats, also for a limited time.[32] The band hadnt produced a music video since "Hollow Years" from Falling into Infinity (1997), citing lack of interest and lack of rotation on music channels for the latter. The video received considerable airplay on MTV2s Headbangers Ball and was voted as the second best music video of 2007 by the same;[33] it is arguably Dream Theaters most popular video since "Pull Me Under" in 1992. The Dark Eternal Night Petrucci wrote the lyrics to "The Dark Eternal Night" about a pharaoh who has returned after dormancy as a monster to haunt a town.[34] The lyrics are heavily influenced by the short story Nyarlathotep by American horror fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft, even borrowing a lot of specific phrases from this story. The song contains an improvised continuum solo, performed by Rudess while the drum tracks were being recorded; the band members liked the solo enough to keep in the final recording.[35] In the October 2010 issue of Total Guitar Magazine, its readers voted the main riff of "The Dark Eternal Night" as the fourth greatest riff of the decade.[36] The sprawling, progressive mid-section was not featured in the songs original edit, but is based around a riff that Rudess came up with in the control room, when listening to the original, more conservative instrumental section. "I was debating whether or not I should even bring it up, but then I got brave and said You know, Ive got this weird idea."[37] The Dark Eternal Night was the second of two songs released to the general public in advance of the albums release, with an in-studio video being released to YouTube in May 2007.
  • 145. Systematic Chaos 142 Repentance Portnoy wrote "Repentance" as the fourth part of his Twelve-step Suite,[38] a collection of songs from various Dream Theater albums which revolve around his journey through Alcoholics Anonymous. The song discusses steps eight and nine of the process, which deal with making a list of people whom one has wronged and, if possible, making direct amends with them.[39] Portnoy, who as of 2007 had been sober for 7½ years,[40] invited friends and fellow musicians Mikael Åkerfeldt, Jon Anderson, David Ellefson, Daniel Gildenlöw, Steve Hogarth, Chris Jericho, Neal Morse, Joe Satriani, Corey Taylor, Steve Vai, and Steven Wilson to record spoken apologies, regrets, and sorrows of their own,[41] which were featured throughout the song.[42] Portnoy dedicated "Repentance", "to Bill W. and all of his friends".[42] This saga is concluded in the bands tenth studio album Black Clouds & Silver Linings. Prophets of War "Prophets of War" was written by James LaBrie, who based the lyrics loosely on Joseph C. Wilsons book The Politics of Truth.[43] The lyrics talk about possible ulterior motives behind the Iraq War, while remaining "middle of the road".[43] The title is a play on words, where the "prophets" of the war, could also be gaining a "profit" from the War.[43] During the recording of the song, Portnoy suggested fans could voice certain lyrical chants.[44] [45] In response to a message posted on the bands website[46] four hundred fans gathered outside the recording studio to record the chanting,[45] however only sixty could fit into the studio.[45] The Ministry of Lost Souls At just under fifteen minutes in length, "The Ministry of Lost Souls" is the albums second longest track. Throughout the songs lyrics, Petrucci tells of a person who dies in the process of saving a woman from drowning. However, the woman who is saved is filled with "regret and sorrow" until she is able to re-unite with her rescuer.[17] Release and promotion Both the regular and special editions of Systematic Chaos were released on June 4, 2007 in the UK and June 5, 2007 in the US. Over their seven album relationship with Warner Music Group, Dream Theater became disappointed at the lack of coverage they gave the band. "[...] Our previous label basically relied on our fanbase to do everything. [They would] put the money up for the record and put the CD in the shops," said Portnoy.[47] On February 8, 2007, Dream Theater reached an agreement with Roadrunner Records to release their new album.[48] Systematic Chaos had nearly been written and recorded at the time of the signing.[47] Ironically, Warner purchased Roadrunner Records a week after the band signed with them.[31] According to LaBrie, Roadrunner followed through on all of its promises to the band concerning the promotion of the album.[49] Portnoy spent a month directing and editing a documentary titled Chaos in Progress: The Making of Systematic Chaos, which was released on the two disc special edition of the album.[50] The bonus disc of the special edition also included 5.1 surround sound mix of the entire album. Dream Theater supported the album by touring on the Chaos In Motion tour from June 3, 2007 to June 4, 2008. The world tour comprised 115 shows throughout thirty-five countries.[51] Multiple concerts were filmed for the bands fifth DVD, titled Chaos in Motion 2007–2008. The compilation of concerts was released on September 30, 2008.[52]
  • 146. Systematic Chaos 143 Reception Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating [53] Allmusic [54] Dangerdog [55] The Metal Forge [56] Metal Review [57] Metal Storm [58] Metally [59] Ultimate Guitar [60] [61] Critical reception for Systematic Chaos was generally positive. Writing for, Jon Eardley called the album, "another solid outing".[4] He complimented Petrucci for "Constant Motion", writing that it contains "some of the best riffs Petrucci has brought to the table".[4] In addition, he called the latter part of "The Dark Eternal Night" "the most brutal part in any [Dream Theater] song to date".[4] Reviewing for Metal Invader, Nikos Patelis called the album, "energetic, sharp – edged, full of beautiful melodies and heavy riffs, long epic compositions".[62] He called Dream Theaters instrumentalists "four masters of music that use their instruments as if they were their limbs", in addition to stating, "James LaBrie sounds more mature than ever".[62] In conclusion, Patelis called Systematic Chaos, "an excellent album that needs many times to be listened in order to be digested".[62] Greg Prato, of Allmusic, wrote "[...] Forsaken proves wrong those who say that Dream Theater is all about instrumental gymnastics and not songwriting". He also compared riffs in "The Dark Eternal Night" to the band Pantera. Overall, he states "[...] the quintet sticks to the prog metal game plan that theyve followed since their inception".[54] Reviewer Chad Bowar of, wrote that "In the Presence of Enemies - Part I" is "an effective way to set the tone for the rest of the songs".[53] Overall, Bowar gave the album four out of five stars, calling it, "one of the best Dream Theater releases in quite a while".[53] The album peaked in the top twenty-five in the United Kingdom and Australia, where the band had never previously charted.[63] [64] In the United States, the album peaked at the nineteenth position on the Billboard 200, making it the highest peaking Dream Theater album in the United States at the time of its release.[2] Overall, Systematic Chaos peaked in the top twenty for album sales in eight countries. In the US, the album sold 35,689 copies the first week it was released.[65]
  • 147. Systematic Chaos 144 Track listing All music composed by Dream Theater. No. Title Lyrics Length 1. "In the Presence of Enemies - Part I" John Petrucci 9:00 • I. "Prelude" • 4:15 • II. "Resurrection"   • 4:45 2. "Forsaken" Petrucci 5:35 3. "Constant Motion" Mike Portnoy 6:55 4. "The Dark Eternal Night" Petrucci 8:51 5. "Repentance" Portnoy 10:43 • VIII. "Regret" • 5:43 • IX. "Restitution"   • 5:00 6. "Prophets of War" James LaBrie 6:00 7. "The Ministry of Lost Souls" Petrucci 14:57 8. "In the Presence of Enemies - Part II" Petrucci 16:38 • III. "Heretic" • 6:10 • IV. "The Slaughter of the Damned" • 3:07 • V. "The Reckoning" • 3:27 • VI. "Salvation"   • 3:54 Total length: 78:39 Chart positions Chart (2007) Peak Position Billboard 200 [2] 19 Canadian Albums Chart [66] 15 ARIA Charts [63] 23 UK Albums Chart [64] 25 Dutch charts [67] 2 Finnish charts [68] 3 Norwegian charts [69] 3 Swedish charts [70] 5 French charts [71] 14 Swiss charts [72] 14 Austrian charts [73] 20 Belgian charts [74] 44
  • 148. Systematic Chaos 145 Personnel Dream Theater Production • James LaBrie – lead vocals • John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy – producers • John Myung – bass • Paul Northfield – engineer, mixing, vocal track co-producer • John Petrucci – guitars and backing • Chad Lupo – assistant engineer vocals • Hugh Syme – art direction, design, illustration • Mike Portnoy – drums, percussion and • Daragh McDonagh – photography backing vocals (co. lead vocals on "Constant Motion, and The Dark Eternal Night") • Jordan Rudess – keyboards and continuum Guest spoken words on "Repentance" • Corey Taylor • Joe Satriani • Steve Vai • Mikael Åkerfeldt • Chris Jericho • Steven Wilson • David Ellefson • Jon Anderson • Steve Hogarth • Neal Morse References [1] Mike Portnoy. (2007-10-31). Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) - Interview 07, Part 1 (http:/ / www. youtube. com/ watch?v=0bdMqpKbUv4& feature=related). Event occurs at 2:48. . Retrieved 2008-07-06. [2] "Systematic Chaos – Dream Theater" (http:/ / www. billboard. com/ #/ album/ dream-theater/ systematic-chaos/ 942029). . Retrieved 2009-10-13. [3] "Black Clouds & Silver Linings – Dream Theater" (http:/ / www. billboard. com/ #/ album/ dream-theater/ black-clouds-silver-linings/ 1256176). . Retrieved 2009-07-01. [4] Jon Eardley (2007-06-05). "Systematic Chaos" (http:/ / web. archive. org/ web/ 20080623200731/ http:/ / metalreview. com/ 3572/ Dream-Theater-Systematic-Chaos. aspx). Archived from the original (http:/ / www. metalreview. com/ 3572/ Dream-Theater-Systematic-Chaos. aspx) on June 23, 2008. . Retrieved 2008-07-04. [5] Mike Portnoy, Chaos in Progress. Event occurs at 3:58. [6] Mike Portnoy, Chaos in Progress. Event occurs at 4:17. [7] Mike Portnoy. Mike Portnoy Interview (Dream Theater) - Part 2 (http:/ / www. youtube. com/ watch?v=XiFNm2eOOpQ& feature=related). Event occurs at 0:23. . Retrieved 2008-06-30. [8] Mike Portnoy, Chaos in Progress. Event occurs at 4:24. [9] Mike Portnoy, Chaos in Progress. Event occurs at 4:45. [10] Mike Portnoy. Mike Portnoy Interview (Dream Theater) - Part 2 (http:/ / www. youtube. com/ watch?v=XiFNm2eOOpQ& feature=related). Event occurs at 1:38. . Retrieved 2008-06-30. [11] Mike Portnoy, Chaos in Progress. Event occurs at 6:34. [12] Mike Portnoy, Chaos in Progress. Event occurs at 20:57. [13] John Petrucci, Chaos in Progress. Event occurs at 37:08. [14] Mike Portnoy. (2007-10-31). Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) - Interview 07, Part 1 (http:/ / www. youtube. com/ watch?v=0bdMqpKbUv4& feature=related). Event occurs at 2:05. . Retrieved 2008-07-06. [15] Mike Portnoy, Chaos in Progress. Event occurs at 38:02. [16] (2007) Album notes for Systematic Chaos by Dream Theater. Roadrunner. [17] John Petrucci, Chaos in Progress. Event occurs at 68:06. [18] John Petrucci, Chaos in Progress. Event occurs at 6:05. [19] Mike Portnoy, The Mirror. Event occurs at 4:07. [20] Mike Portnoy, The Mirror. Event occurs at 5:05. [21] Bort (2007-10-05). "Interview with John Petrucci" (http:/ / www. fiveeightforums. com/ for-those-interested-heres-my-interview-with-john-petrucci-t38398/ index. html). . Retrieved 2010-09-18. [22] John Petrucci, Chaos in Progress. Event occurs at 9:40. [23] John Petrucci, Chaos in Progress. Event occurs at 11:56.
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  • 150. Systematic Chaos 147 [61] http:/ / www. 411mania. com/ music/ album_reviews/ 55292 [62] Nikos Patelis (2007-05-25). "Dream Theater — Systematic Chaos" (http:/ / www. metal-invader. com/ db/ reviews-3880. html). Metal Invader. . Retrieved 2008-07-04. [63] "Australian charts portal" (http:/ / www. australian-charts. com/ search. asp?search=Dream+ Theater& cat=a). Australian charts. . Retrieved 2008-06-13. [64] "UK Top 40 Hit Database" (http:/ / www. everyhit. com/ ). Every hit. . Retrieved 2008-06-13. [65] http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ forum/ m2357900. aspx Awake sales [66] Williams, John. "Red-hot Rihanna hits No. 1" (http:/ / jam. canoe. ca/ Music/ Artists/ R/ Rihanna/ 2007/ 06/ 13/ 4257509-ca. html). Canadian Online Explorer. . Retrieved 12 January 2009. [67] "Discography Dream Theater" (http:/ / dutchcharts. nl/ search. asp?search=Dream+ Theater& cat=a) (in Dutch). Dutch charts. . Retrieved 2008-06-13. [68] "Discography Dream Theater" (http:/ / finnishcharts. com/ search. asp?search=Dream+ Theater& cat=a) (in Finnish). Finnish charts. . Retrieved 2008-06-13. [69] "Discography Dream Theater" (http:/ / norwegiancharts. com/ search. asp?search=Dream+ Theater& cat=a) (in Norwegian). Norwegian charts. . Retrieved 2008-06-13. [70] "Discography Dream Theater" (http:/ / swedishcharts. com/ search. asp?search=Dream+ Theater& cat=a) (in Swedish). Swedish charts. . Retrieved 2008-06-13. [71] "Discography Dream Theater" (http:/ / lescharts. com/ search. asp?search=Dream+ Theater& cat=a) (in French). Les charts. . Retrieved 2008-06-13. [72] "Discography Dream Theater" (http:/ / hitparade. ch/ search. asp?search=Dream+ Theater& cat=a) (in German). Hit parade. . Retrieved 2008-06-13. [73] "Discography Dream Theater" (http:/ / austriancharts. at/ search. asp?search=Dream+ Theater& cat=a) (in German). Austrian charts. . Retrieved 2008-06-13. [74] "Discography Dream Theater" (http:/ / www. ultratop. be/ nl/ search. asp?search=Dream+ Theater& cat=a) (in Dutch). Ultra top. . Retrieved 2008-06-13. Notes • James LaBrie, John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess. (2007). Chaos in Progress: The Making of Systematic Chaos ( [Documentary]. Avatar Studios: The All Blacks. Retrieved 2008-06-30. • Mike Portnoy. (2007-05-04). The Mirror Interviews Mike Portnoy ( watch?v=uj_iwNlMZ0I). Retrieved 2008-07-02.
  • 151. Greatest Hit (...And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) 148 Greatest Hit (...And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) Greatest Hit (...and 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) Greatest hits album by Dream Theater Released March 29, 2008 April 1, 2008 Recorded October 14, 1991–February 25, 2005 at various studios Genre Progressive metal, progressive rock Length 138:16 Label Rhino Producer David Prater, Duane Baron, John Petrucci, John Purdell, Kevin Shirley, Mike Portnoy Dream Theater chronology Systematic Greatest Hit (...and 21 Other Pretty Cool Chaos in Motion Chaos Songs) 2007–2008 (2007) (2008) (2008) Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic [1] Sputnikmusic [2] Ultimate Guitar [3] Greatest Hit (...and 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) is a compilation album by progressive metal band Dream Theater released by Rhino Records on April 1, 2008.[4] The title alludes to their only top 10 radio hit, "Pull Me Under". It features three songs from their breakthrough album Images and Words remixed by Kevin Shirley: "Pull Me Under", "Take the Time", and "Another Day". It also features the song "To Live Forever", an Awake-era re-recording of the song from the Images and Words sessions (featured as a B-side of the "Lie" single), which was previously unreleased on a full length album. Several single edits of popular Dream Theater songs are also featured on this compilation.
  • 152. Greatest Hit (...And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) 149 The songs have been divided in two discs: the first one, dubbed "The Dark Side", features heavy, metal-influenced songs, while the second one, entitled "The Light Side", spotlights the bands melodic side. The set spans the years from 1991 to 2005, therefore it doesnt include any songs from Dream Theaters debut album, When Dream and Day Unite, their A Change of Seasons EP (although it was released in 1995), their 2007 release Systematic Chaos, or their 2009 release, Black Clouds & Silver Linings as that album had not yet been released. Former drummer Mike Portnoy explained in the albums booklet that the selection of songs were carefully made in order to appease both the newcomer and the already existing fan by offering up different versions of songs on other albums to "make the newcomer want to buy the albums from whence they came" and to "give different versions of songs already on other albums" to the current fan. He also suggests that a third disc shouldve been included called "The Epic Side", showcasing their progressive side. Track listing Disc one ("The Dark Side") No. Title Lyrics Music Original album Length 1. "Pull Me Under" (2007 remix) Kevin Moore Dream Theater Images and Words 8:13 2. "Take the Time" (2007 remix) Dream Dream Theater Images and Words 8:22 Theater 3. "Lie" (single edit) Moore Dream Theater Awake 5:02 4. "Peruvian Skies" John Petrucci Dream Theater Falling into Infinity 6:42 5. "Home" (single edit) Mike Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a 5:38 Portnoy Memory 6. "Misunderstood" (single edit) Petrucci Petrucci, John Myung, Jordan Rudess, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence 5:14 Portnoy 7. "The Test That Stumped Them All" Portnoy Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Portnoy Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence 5:00 (single edit) 8. "As I Am" (clean single edit) Petrucci Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Portnoy Train of Thought 7:14 9. "Endless Sacrifice" Petrucci Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Portnoy Train of Thought 11:23 10. "The Root of All Evil" (edit) Portnoy Dream Theater Octavarium 7:16 11. "Sacrificed Sons" (edit) James Dream Theater Octavarium 9:41 LaBrie Disc two ("The Light Side")
  • 153. Greatest Hit (...And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) 150 No. Title Lyrics Music Original album Length 1. "Another Day" (2007 remix) Petrucci Dream Theater Images and Words 4:25 2. "To Live Forever" Moore, Dream Theater B-Side to Lie single 4:56 Petrucci 3. "Lifting Shadows off a Dream" John Myung Dream Theater Awake 6:09 4. "The Silent Man" Petrucci Petrucci Awake 3:47 5. "Hollow Years" Petrucci Dream Theater Falling into Infinity 5:55 6. "Through Her Eyes" (alternate album Petrucci Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a 6:03 mix) Memory 7. "The Spirit Carries On" Petrucci Dream Theater Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a 6:40 Memory 8. "Solitary Shell" (single edit) Petrucci Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence 4:10 Portnoy 9. "I Walk Beside You" Petrucci Dream Theater Octavarium 4:28 10. "The Answer Lies Within" (edit) Petrucci Dream Theater Octavarium 5:15 11. "Disappear" LaBrie Petrucci, Myung, Rudess, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence 6:45 Portnoy Personnel • James LaBrie – vocals • John Petrucci – guitar, backing vocals • John Myung – bass • Mike Portnoy – drums, backing vocals • Jordan Rudess – keyboard (tracks 5–11 on disc one and tracks 6–11 on disc two) • Kevin Moore – keyboard (tracks 1–3 on disc one and tracks 1-4 on disc two) • Derek Sherinian – keyboard, backing vocals on "Peruvian Skies" and "Hollow Years" • Jay Beckenstein – saxophone on "Another Day" and "Through Her Eyes" • Theresa Thomason – additional vocals on "Through Her Eyes" and "The Spirit Carries On" Misconceptions • The albums booklet is missing credits of "As I Am" and the songs from Octavarium as edited versions; those tracks are actually shorter than the ones from that album as secondary versions for "As I Am" (also a clean edit), "The Root of All Evil" and "Sacrificed Sons" with the first minute intro taken out, "The Answer Lies Within" has the first 15 seconds of bells ringing taken out, "I Walk Beside You" has the same length as its original album but with the clock ticking sound taken out of the first riff. Chart positions
  • 154. Greatest Hit (...And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) 151 Year Chart Position 2008 Italian Albums Chart 27 2008 UK Albums Chart 113 2008 Billboard 200 122 References [1] Jurek, Thom (2011 [last update]). "Greatest Hit (....And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) - Dream Theater | AllMusic" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r1340789). . Retrieved 3 August 2011. [2] "Dream Theater - Greatest Hit (... and 21 Other...) (staff review) | Sputnikmusic" (http:/ / www. sputnikmusic. com/ review/ 15693/ Dream-Theater-Greatest-Hit-(. . . -and-21-Other. . . )/ ). 2011 [last update]. . Retrieved 3 August 2011. [3] "Greatest Hit (...And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) Review | Dream Theater | Compact Discs | Reviews @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com" (http:/ / www. ultimate-guitar. com/ reviews/ compact_discs/ dream_theater/ greatest_hit_and_21_other_pretty_cool_songs/ index. html). 2011 [last update]. . Retrieved 3 August 2011. [4] "DREAM THEATERS GreateSt HIT (...and 21 other pretty cool songs) - due April 1st" (http:/ / www. dreamtheater. net/ archive_dreamtheater. php?y=2008#dtgh). Dream Theater/Mark Bredius. . Retrieved 2008-02-05. Chaos in Motion 2007–2008 Chaos in Motion 2007–2008 Video by Dream Theater Released September 30, 2008 Recorded June 2007 - June 2008 Genre Progressive metal Length 187:15 Label Roadrunner Dream Theater video chronology
  • 155. Chaos in Motion 20072008 152 Greatest Hit (...and 21 Other Pretty Cool Chaos in Motion Black Clouds & Silver Songs) 2007–2008 Linings (2008) (2008) (2009) Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating [1] Blistering [2] The Metal Forge [3] Chaos in Motion 2007–2008 is a DVD from the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Released on September 30, 2008, the DVD contains a compilation of live concerts from the bands Chaos in Motion world tour, in support of their 9th studio album Systematic Chaos.[4] [5] The tour, which lasted from June 3, 2007 to June 4, 2008, contained 115 shows throughout 35 countries.[6] Two forms of the DVD were released, a 2-disc set and a 5-disc (2 DVD, 3 CD) special edition.[7] The special edition was limited to 5,000 copies.[8] Recordings • August 18, 2007 at Molson Amphitheater in Toronto: "Blind Faith", "Surrounded" • August 21, 2007 at Bank of America Pavilion in Boston: "Jordan Rudess Keyboard Solo", "Lines in the Sand", "Scarred" • October 9, 2007 at Ahoy Rotterdam in The Netherlands: "Intro/Also Sprach Zarathustra", "Constant Motion", "The Dark Eternal Night", "In the Presence of Enemies" • January 18, 2008 at Bangkok Hall in Bangkok: "Take the Time" • March 4, 2008 at Luna Park in Buenos Aires: "Panic Attack" • May 6, 2008 at Orpheum Theater in Vancouver: "Forsaken", "The Ministry of Lost Souls", "Schmedley Wilcox"
  • 156. Chaos in Motion 20072008 153 Track listing DVD Disc one Disc two 1. Intro/Also sprach Zarathustra • "Behind the Chaos on the Road" (90-minute Documentary) 2. Constant Motion • Promo videos 3. Panic Attack 1. Constant Motion 4. Blind Faith 2. Forsaken 5. Surrounded 3. Forsaken (Studio Footage) 6. The Dark Eternal Night 4. The Dark Eternal Night (Studio Footage) 7. Keyboard Solo • Live Screen Projection Films: 8. Lines in the Sand 9. Scarred 1. The Dark Eternal Night (N.A.D.S.) 10. Forsaken 2. The Ministry of Lost Souls 11. The Ministry of Lost Souls 3. In the Presence of Enemies, Pt. 2 12. Take the Time • "Mike Portnoy Stage Tour" 13. In the Presence of Enemies • "Mike Portnoy Backstage Tour" 14. Schmedley Wilcox: • Photo Gallery • I. Trial of Tears • II. Finally Free • III. Learning to Live • IV. In the Name of God • V. Razors Edge Special edition CD The Special Edition 5-disc set includes the 2 DVDs as specified above as well as the audio tracks on a 3-disc set with the track listings: Disc one No. Title Lyrics Music Length 1. "Intro/Also sprach Zarathustra" (instrumental) Richard Strauss 3:04 2. "Constant Motion" Mike Portnoy Dream Theater 7:06 3. "Panic Attack" John Petrucci Dream Theater 7:22 4. "Blind Faith" James LaBrie Dream Theater 10:29 5. "Surrounded" Kevin Moore Dream Theater 15:21 Disc two
  • 157. Chaos in Motion 20072008 154 No. Title Lyrics Music Length 1. "The Dark Eternal Night" Petrucci Dream Theater 9:44 2. "Jordan Rudess Keyboard Solo" (instrumental) Jordan Rudess 4:53 3. "Lines in the Sand" Petrucci Dream Theater 11:56 4. "Scarred" Petrucci Dream Theater 13:31 5. "Forsaken" Petrucci Dream Theater 5:41 6. "The Ministry of Lost Souls" Petrucci Dream Theater 15:22 Disc three No. Title Lyrics Music Length 1. "Take the Time" Dream Theater Dream Theater 11:37 2. "In the Presence of Enemies" Petrucci Dream Theater 26:00 3. "Schmedley Wilcox" LaBrie, Petrucci, John Myung, Portnoy Dream Theater 21:18 • I. "Trial of Tears" • Myung • II. "Finally Free" • Portnoy • III. "Learning to Live" • Myung • IV. "In the Name of God" • Petrucci • V. "Razors Edge"   • Petrucci Personnel • Sebastian Beloch – director, editing, filmmaker • Andrew Bennett – director • Lasse Hoile – director • Jared Kvitka – engineer • James LaBrie – vocals • Randy Lane – engineer, mixing • John Myung – bass • John Petrucci – guitar, vocals, producer • Mike Portnoy – drums, vocals, producer, creative director • Jordan Rudess – keyboards • Kevin Shirley – mixing • Ryan Smith – mastering • Yasufumi Soejima – director • Hugh Syme – artwork, design • Mika Tyyskä – director
  • 158. Chaos in Motion 20072008 155 External links • Official trailer [9] at Roadrunner Records References [1] review (http:/ / heavymetal. about. com/ od/ dvdreviews/ fr/ dreamtheatercha. htm) [2] Blistering review (http:/ / www. blistering. com/ fastpage/ fpengine. php/ templateid/ 14416/ menuid/ 2/ tempidx/ 4/ link/ 1) [3] The Metal Forge review (http:/ / www. themetalforge. com/ modules. php?name=Reviews& rop=showcontent& id=2017) [4] Mike Portnoy. Dream Theater on the new live DVD and their longevity (http:/ / www. mtv. com/ overdrive/ ?vid=231281). MTV. . Retrieved 2008-05-14. [5] John Petrucci (Interview). Buckshots Bonanza, Dream Theater (http:/ / www. woozyfly. com/ music-videos/ 16823). . Retrieved 2008-06-10. [6] "A Must Have for Dream Theater Fans!" (http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ artists/ DreamTheater/ index. aspx?newsitemID=19350). Roadrunner. 2008-07-10. . Retrieved 2008-07-10. [7] "DREAM THEATER Chaos In Motion 2007/2008 Live DVD Sets to be Released in September" (http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ blabbermouth. Net/ news. aspx?mode=Article& newsitemID=100638). 2008-07-10. . Retrieved 2008-07-10. [8] "Get the newest Dream Theater release early" (http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ artists/ DreamTheater/ index. aspx?newsitemID=19493). Roadrunner. 2008-09-09. . Retrieved 2008-09-18. [9] http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ artists/ DreamTheater/ index. aspx?newsitemID=19358 Black Clouds & Silver Linings Black Clouds & Silver Linings Cover art by Hugh Syme Studio album by Dream Theater Released June 23, 2009 Recorded October 2008 – March 2009 at Avatar Studios in New York City Genre Progressive metal, progressive rock, heavy metal Length 75:25 Label Roadrunner Producer John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy Dream Theater chronology
  • 159. Black Clouds & Silver Linings 156 Chaos in Motion Black Clouds & Silver A Dramatic Turn of 2007–2008 Linings Events (2008) (2009) (2011) Singles from Black Clouds & Silver Linings 1. "A Rite of Passage" Released: May 11th, 2009 2. "Wither" [1] Released: September 15th, 2009 Black Clouds & Silver Linings is the tenth studio album of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. It was released on June 23, 2009 under Roadrunner Records.[2] [3] The album was produced by guitarist John Petrucci and drummer Mike Portnoy, and mixed by Paul Northfield. There are several release versions: a single CD; a 3-disc Special Edition with instrumental mixes and cover songs; a double vinyl LP; and a Deluxe Collectors Edition Box Set. The cover songs were revealed one per week during the six week period prior to the albums release, beginning on May 19, 2009.[3] On September 8, 2010, Mike Portnoy left Dream Theater, making this the bands final studio album to feature him on drums.[4] History Dream Theater began to work on the album in October 2008.[3] Mike Portnoy described Black Clouds & Silver Linings as, "a Dream Theater album with A Change of Seasons, Octavarium, Learning to Live, Pull Me Under and The Glass Prison all on one album."[5] Jordan Rudess later explained during a demonstration at the NAMM Show for Spectrasonics software (which he used heavily on the album), "Weve been entering into the Gothic domain quite a bit on this album."[6] Lyrical themes The albums lyrics were written by John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy, and all except one concern personal experiences about disturbing or difficult moments of their lives. Petrucci wrote "A Nightmare to Remember" about a car accident he was involved in as a child, "The Count of Tuscany", about an actual encounter he had in Tuscany, and "Wither" about the process of songwriting for him.[7] "The Best of Times" was written by Mike Portnoy about his father, who died from cancer. "I just wanted to write something that was a tribute to our life together," said Portnoy, who played the song for his father prior to his death.[8] "The Shattered Fortress" is the final part of Portnoys Twelve-step Suite, reprising and concluding themes and motifs from the suite that began on 2002s Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence album. The remaining song, "A Rite of Passage", concerns Freemasonry; a video of the edited single was released on May 8, 2009. "Wither" was released as a single on September 15, 2009. In addition to the album version of the song, the single contained an alternate version featuring only a piano and vocals, a demo version with John Petrucci on vocals, and a demo version of "The Best of Times” with Mike Portnoy on vocals. There was also a video to follow it which was released on November 18, 2009.
  • 160. Black Clouds & Silver Linings 157 Reception Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic [9] Blistering [10] The Metal Forge [11] Metal Hammer [12] (positive) Metal Review [13] Metal Storm [14] PopMatters [15] Record Collector [16] Sputnikmusic [17] [18] Initial critical response to Black Clouds & Silver Linings was generally favorable. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 68, based on five reviews.[19] Rich Wilson, author of Lifting Shadows, previewed the album for Metal Hammer, calling the album "Dream Theater’s finest and most balanced album in a decade."[20] Eduardo Rivadavia of Allmusic gave the album four out of five stars writing, "Black Clouds & Silver Linings is still an archetypal Dream Theater album; one thats unlikely to broaden their audience all that much, but is conversely guaranteed to thrill their hardcore converts with its renewed devotion to the most exigent and stimulating facets of the bands chosen musical domain."[9] Similarly David Buchanan of Consequence of Sound, an online music magazine, said: "that this release will not necessarily bring in new fans but will also not disappoint the current flock, and this is very true. There are no improvements, but no sheer letdowns, either." He gave the album four and a half stars out of five.[21] The album was named as one of Classic Rock‘s 10 essential progressive rock albums of the decade.[22] The album debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 selling 40,285 copies.[23] It was the first time in the bands history that they have cracked the Top 10 on that chart, and is currently the bands highest single week sales of an album. The album also debuted at #1 on Billboard Top Internet Albums, and #2 on Billboard Top Rock Albums.[24] The album also marked the first time that the band came at the number one spot in Finland. Track listing
  • 161. Black Clouds & Silver Linings 158 No. Title Lyrics Music Length 1. "A Nightmare to Remember" John Petrucci Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, John Myung, Jordan Rudess 16:10 2. "A Rite of Passage" Petrucci Petrucci, Portnoy, Myung, Rudess 8:35 3. "Wither" Petrucci Petrucci 5:25 4. "The Shattered Fortress" Portnoy Petrucci, Portnoy, Myung, Rudess 12:49 • X. "Restraint" • XI. "Receive" • XII. "Responsible" 5. "The Best of Times" Portnoy Petrucci, Portnoy, Myung, Rudess 13:07 6. "The Count of Tuscany" Petrucci Petrucci, Portnoy, Myung, Rudess 19:16 Special edition tracks The 3-disc Special Edition also included a bonus disc of six cover tracks, entitled "Uncovered 2008/2009". These tracks were originally released separately, one per week, in the weeks leading up to the albums release. No. Title Writer(s) Original artist Length 1. "Stargazer" Ronnie James Dio, Ritchie Blackmore Rainbow 8:10 2. "Tenement Funster"/"Flick of the Wrist"/"Lily of the Valley" Roger Taylor Queen 8:17 Freddie Mercury 3. "Odyssey" Dixie Dregs Dixie Dregs 7:59 4. "Take Your Fingers from My Hair" Randy Jackson Zebra 8:18 5. "Larks Tongues in Aspic - Part II" Robert Fripp King Crimson 6:30 6. "To Tame a Land" Steve Harris Iron Maiden 7:15 Also included in the three disc special edition are instrumental tracks of the songs. All tracks have been altered from their original versions.[25] No. Title Length 1. "A Nightmare to Remember" 15:39 2. "A Rite of Passage" 8:36 3. "Wither" 5:29 4. "The Shattered Fortress" 12:47 5. "The Best of Times" 13:20 6. "The Count of Tuscany" 18:48 Deluxe collectors edition box set A deluxe collectors’-edition boxed set of the album was also released. Packaged in a silver foil embossed black velvet box the set includes the 3 Special Edition CDs, a 180-Gram Double LP, a DVD with isolated audio tracks for each instrument, a lithograph of the album cover, with only 100 being signed by Hugh Syme, and a mouse pad. Those who pre-ordered were able to download a newly recorded cover song each week beginning on May 19, 2009 until the albums release. 100 box sets contained a "silver ticket" entitling the purchaser and one guest to a meet-and-greet with the band.[26] This version was also a Limited Edition release, only 14,000 were made.[27]
  • 162. Black Clouds & Silver Linings 159 Charts Chart (2009) Peak position [28] 16 Australian Albums Chart [29] 18 Austrian Albums Chart [30] 36 Belgian Albums Chart (Vl) [30] 34 Belgian Albums Chart (Wa) [23] 6 Billboard 200 [31] 6 Canadian Albums Chart [32] 26 Danish Albums Chart [33] 3 Dutch Albums Chart [34] 1 European Top 100 Albums [35] 1 Finnish Albums Chart [36] 9 French Albums Chart [37] 3 German Albums Chart [38] 1 Hungarian Albums Chart [39] 5 Italian Albums Chart Japanese Albums Chart 2 Mexican Albums Chart 7 [40] 7 Norwegian Albums Chart [41] 4 Polish Albums Chart [42] 14 Portuguese Albums Chart [43] 13 Spanish Albums Chart Swedish Albums Chart 3 [44] 9 Swiss Albums Chart [45] 23 UK Albums Chart
  • 163. Black Clouds & Silver Linings 160 Personnel Dream Theater Production • James LaBrie – lead vocals • John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy – • John Myung – bass producers • John Petrucci – guitars and backing vocals • Paul Northfield – engineer, mixing, • Mike Portnoy – drums, percussion, backing vocals, co-lead vocals on "A Nightmare to Remember" vocal track co-producer • Jordan Rudess – keyboards, continuum on "A Nightmare To Remember" and "The Shattered • Hugh Syme – art direction, design, Fortress", iPhone on "A Rite of Passage", Lap Steel Guitar on "A Nightmare to Remember" illustrations Additional Personnel • Dr Rick Kwan - assistant engineer • Dan Mandell - photography • Jerry Goodman - violin on "The Best of Times", "Odyssey" and "Larks Tongues in Aspic, Part Two" References [1] Wither by Dream Theater (http:/ / www. amazon. com/ dp/ B002NZZE24) Retrieved on 2009-09-15. [2] "Dream Theater: New Album Title, Track Listing, Artwork Revealed" (http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ blabbermouth. net/ news. aspx?mode=Article& newsitemID=116045). (Roadrunner Records). March 12, 2009. . Retrieved March 13, 2009. [3] "DREAM THEATER - BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS - Coming June 23rd!" (http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ forum/ m2268614. aspx). 2009-03-13. . Retrieved 2009-03-13. [4] Mike Portnoy Quits Dream Theater (http:/ / www. roadrunnerrecords. com/ blabbermouth. net/ news. aspx?mode=Article& newsitemID=145749) 2010-09-08. Retrieved on 2010-09-09. [5] "The Drums Are Done!!!!" (http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ forum/ tm. aspx?m=2190508& mpage=1& key=& #2190508). 2008-11-27. . Retrieved 2009-01-02. [6] "Episode Nine: Jordan Rudess Demo" (http:/ / www. spectrasonics. net/ omnisphere_teaser/ episode_09_index. html). Omnisphere. . Retrieved 2009-03-13. [7] "Dream Theater: Portnoy interview" (http:/ / www. themetalcircus. com/ audioentrevista. php?id=747). The Metal Circus. 2009-05-16. . Retrieved 2009-05-16. [8] Gill, James (May 2, 2009). "Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy Pens Tribute To Late Father" (http:/ / www. metalhammer. co. uk/ news/ dream-theater’s-mike-portnoy-pens-tribute-to-late-father/ ). Metal Hammer. . Retrieved May 2, 2009. [9] Rivadavid, Eduardo. Black Clouds & Silver Linings (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r1567153/ review) Retrieved on 2011-05-05. [10] Gehlke, David. link (http:/ / www. blistering. com/ fastpage/ fpengine. php/ templateid/ 16508/ menuid/ 2/ tempidx/ 4/ link/ 1) 2009-06-19. Retrieved on 2011-05-13. [11] Donnelly, Justin. link (http:/ / www. themetalforge. com/ modules. php?name=Reviews& rop=showcontent& id=2407) 2009-06-19. Retrieved on 2011-05-13. [12] terrybezer. Dream Theater Album Review: ‘Black Clouds And Silver Linings’ Track-By-Track (http:/ / www. metalhammer. co. uk/ news/ dream-theater-album-review-black-clouds-and-silver-linings-track-by-track/ ) 2009-04-24. Retrieved on 2011-05-05. [13] Ray, John. link (http:/ / metalreview. com/ reviews/ 5143/ dream-theater-black-clouds---silver-linings) 2009-06-19. Retrieved on 2011-05-13. [14] Demonic Tutor. link (http:/ / www. metalstorm. net/ bands/ album. php?album_id=29021& band_id=92& bandname=Dream+ Theater) 2009-06-19. Retrieved on 2011-05-13. [15] Conaton, Chris. Dream Theater: Black Clouds and Silver Linings (http:/ / www. popmatters. com/ pm/ review/ 107617-dream-theater-black-clouds-and-silver-linings/ ) 2009-07-17. Retrieved on 2011-05-05. [16] Jones, Tim (August 2009). "Superb 10th studio set from the prog-metal kings". Record Collector (365): p. 80. ISSN 0261-250X. [17] Spencer, Trey. Dream Theater Black Clouds and Silver Linings (http:/ / www. sputnikmusic. com/ album. php?reviewid=31021) 2009-06-19. Retrieved on 2011-05-05. [18] Lealos, Shawn. link (http:/ / www. 411mania. com/ music/ album_reviews/ 108440) 2009-06-19. Retrieved on 2011-06-01. [19] "Dream Theater:Black Clouds & Silver Linings (2009): Reviews" (http:/ / www. metacritic. com/ music/ artists/ dreamtheater/ blackcloudsandsilverlinings). Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. . Retrieved July 22, 2009. [20] Rich Wilson (2009-04-24). "Dream Theater Album Review: ‘Black Clouds And Silver Linings’ Track-By-Track" (http:/ / www. metalhammer. co. uk/ news/ dream-theater-album-review-black-clouds-and-silver-linings-track-by-track/ ). Metal Hammer. . Retrieved 2009-04-26. [21] Buchanan, David (July 21, 2009). "Album Review: Dream Theater - Black Clouds & Silver Linings" (http:/ / consequenceofsound. net/ 2009/ 07/ 21/ album-review-dream-theater-black-clouds-silver-linings/ ). Consequence of Sound. . Retrieved January 4, 2010. [22] Classic Rock, February 2010, Issue 141. http:/ / newmusicexcess. wordpress. com/ 2010/ 02/ 27/ classic-rock-10-essential-00s-prog-albums/ [23] "DT cracks the US Top 10!!!!" (http:/ / www. mikeportnoy. com/ forum/ m2357900. aspx). Mike Portnoy. . Retrieved 2009-07-01.
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  • 165. A Dramatic Turn of Events 162 A Dramatic Turn of Events A Dramatic Turn of Events Cover art by Hugh Syme Studio album by Dream Theater Released [1] September 13, 2011 Recorded January – May 2011 at Cove City Sound Studios in Long Island Genre Progressive metal Length [2] 77:05 Label Roadrunner Producer John Petrucci Dream Theater chronology Black Clouds & Silver A Dramatic Turn of Linings Events (2009) (2011) Singles from A Dramatic Turn of Events 1. "On the Backs of Angels" Released: June 29th, 2011 A Dramatic Turn of Events is an upcoming studio album by American progressive metal band Dream Theater, scheduled for a September 13, 2011 release on Roadrunner Records. It will be the bands 11th studio album and first to feature drummer Mike Mangini following the departure of founding member Mike Portnoy in September, 2010. The album was written, recorded, mixed and mastered between January and June, 2011 at Cove City Sound Studios in Long Island, New York. It was produced by John Petrucci and mixed by Andy Wallace. Its first single, "On the Backs of Angels", was released via YouTube on June 28. Currently, the band have just finished touring Europe in support of the album.
  • 166. A Dramatic Turn of Events 163 Background Departure of Mike Portnoy On September 8, 2010, Mike Portnoy announced that he would be leaving Dream Theater, citing better relationships in other projects, burnout, and his desire for a break as reasons.[3] Elaborating on the situation for MusicRadar, John Petrucci revealed that originally, Portnoy did not want to leave the band; he only wanted to take a five-year break.[4] Only after the rest of the band rejected his proposal did Portnoy decide to quit. Petrucci has called Portnoys departure one of the hardest things Dream Theater have had to face.[4] Speaking of when he first heard the news, Jordan Rudess recounts, "You know, just to give you an idea of how deep this was to lose him, how difficult it was... after we got off the phone with him... I literally sat on the steps of my studio and cried. This is a guy whos a friend of mine, who we all love and admire. We didnt want to see it come crashing down." Search for a new drummer A little more than a month after Portnoys departure, Dream Theater began auditioning for a new drummer in New York City. The drummers invited to audition were Mike Mangini, Derek Roddy, Thomas Lang, Virgil Donati, Marco Minnemann, Aquiles Priester and Peter Wildoer.[5] Each candidate was given three songs to learn for the audition - "A Nightmare to Remember," "The Dance of Eternity" and "The Spirit Carries On" - and was given only a few weeks to prepare. Each audition lasted for around three hours and included a jam session, song test, and riff test where drummers were asked to play along with a selection of pre-written riffs, written specifically for the auditions.[6] The candidates were notified whether they had been chosen on November 5;[7] however, the results of the audition were not made public until April, 2011 via a three part YouTube documentary series called "The Spirit Carries On". In the last episode of the series, it was revealed that Mike Mangini was the drummer selected.[8] Writing, recording and release On January 3, 2011, Dream Theater entered Cove City Sound Studios to begin working on a new album.[9] [10] Writing was completed on March 2 and done without Mike Mangini.[4] [11] The band made demos for all the songs with drums already programmed, then sent them to Mangini who learned the parts and "added his own stuff". On April 14, James LaBrie began tracking vocals and by June 28, the albums mixing and mastering by Andy Wallace were finished.[12] [13] [14] LaBrie recorded all the albums vocals in Canada with Richard Chycki.[15] Originally, LaBrie planned to only record the albums first two songs away from New York City, but after flying there to finish the remainder of the vocals, decided to go back to Canada because "it just didnt feel right". On June 8, 2011, the albums title - A Dramatic Turn of Events -, track listing and United States release date were revealed.[16] Its cover art was shown several days later, done once again by longtime collaborator Hugh Syme. On June 29, "On the Backs of Angels" was released as the albums first single.[17] On August 5, 2011, Roadrunner Records released a minute-long snippet of "Bridges in the Sky" on Dream Theaters YouTube channel.[18] One week later, another minute-long snippet for "Breaking All Illusions" was released.[19] More snippets will be released in the coming weeks. On August 17, 2011, a minute-long snippet was released from the song "Beneath the Surface."[20] On August 22, 2011, a minute-long snippet was released from the song "This Is The Life."[21] On August 25, 2011, a minute-long snippet was released from the song "Lost Not Forgotten."[22]
  • 167. A Dramatic Turn of Events 164 Musical style A Dramatic Turn of Events will be roughly 80 minutes long, filling the entire disc as many of Dream Theaters past albums have.[23] Amidst speculation that the albums title was a vague reference to the departure of Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess stressed that it is in no way a reference to anyone; rather, the title references the albums recurring themes of dramatic changes such as mental, physical and religious/spiritual.[24] Rudess has described the albums music as "heavy, proggy and melodic" with a wide variety of sounds.[24] He has also mentioned that it will have a fair amount of piano. Speaking in an interview for The Mirror and Roadrunner Germany, John Petrucci mentioned that the album "tells a story... not literally but emotionally" and likened the experience to a "roller coaster ride".[25] In that same interview, James LaBrie emphasized that the album was melodically driven. In his review of A Dramatic Turn of Events, Rich Wilson (author of the official Dream Theater biography Lifting Shadows) described the albums material as veering toward progressive rock and being "spiritually reminiscent" of past albums like Images and Words and Scenes from a Memory.[26] Release A Dramatic Turn of Events is a highly anticipated album. In July, 2011, it was voted Roadrunner Records most anticipated album of Q4 2011, receiving 67% of the vote and beating such artists as Megadeth, Trivium, Opeth and Machine Head.[27] Reception Writing one of the first reviews for A Dramatic Turn of Events, Rich Wilson called the album "fresh and frankly stunning"; however, he warned that the album was not immediately gratifying and that it "requires several listens in order to fully grasp what the band have achieved here."[26] Dave Roberts from The AU Review gave the album a 10/10 claiming it was a "masterpiece".[28] Supporting tour Dream Theater have recently finished touring Europe in support of A Dramatic Turn of Events. Their first show took place in Rome, Italy on July 4, 2011 and their last show took place in Székesfehérvár, Hungary on August 4. In September, the band will embark on a United States headlining tour with Trivium.[29] Exact cities and dates were announced on August 1. They are also set to play An Evening With.. at the J.Bs club in Dudley on the 7th November. Track listing All music composed by John Petrucci, John Myung, Jordan Rudess, and James LaBrie.
  • 168. A Dramatic Turn of Events 165 No. Title Lyrics Length 1. "On The Backs of Angels" [30] 8:45 Petrucci 2. "Build Me Up, Break Me Down" Petrucci[23] 6:59 3. "Lost Not Forgotten" [31] 10:11 Petrucci 4. "This Is The Life" [31] 6:57 Petrucci 5. "Bridges In The Sky" [32] 11:03 Petrucci 6. "Outcry" [31] 11:24 Petrucci 7. "Far From Heaven" [33] 3:56 LaBrie 8. "Breaking All Illusions" [23] 12:25 Myung 9. "Beneath The Surface" [23] 5:26 Petrucci Notes • "Bridges in the Sky" was originally titled "The Shamans Trance".[34] Its title was changed once lyrics were written.[35] • A Dramatic Turn of Events will be the first Dream Theater album to feature lyrics by bassist John Myung since "Fatal Tragedy" from Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory. • A Dramatic Turn of Events will be the fifth longest album (77:05) following Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory by just one second (77:06). Personnel Dream Theater • James LaBrie – lead vocals • John Petrucci – guitars, backing vocals • John Myung – bass • Jordan Rudess – keyboards, continuum • Mike Mangini – drums, percussion Production • John Petrucci – production • Paul Northfield – engineering • Andy Wallace – mixing • Hugh Syme – cover art References
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Article Sources and Contributors 168 Flowerparty, Fritz Saalfeld, Giraffedata, Guillaumito, Guitardemon666, HJ Mitchell, Harukaze, Hetcenus, Hingie, J Milburn, JaGa, Jannex, Jason Gastrich, Jauerback, Jetman, Jknobull, Jogers, Krobertj, Leggend, Lightsup55, Lord Dracula, Mattbrundage, Miguelito0292, Mrcha, Mrix1985, Neelix, NickBush24, Oscar776, Parasidic, Pax:Vobiscum, Plattopus, RandySavageFTW, Rich Farmbrough, Rock Soldier, Sirius 128, Splent, Ss112, Susurruskarma, Swanrizla, TastyPoutine, The T, Twsx, UserID642, V111P, Vincent vangoria, Wiki libs, Xezbeth, 80 anonymous edits Images and Words  Source:  Contributors: Aeternus, Airguitar78, Ajshm, AndrewHowse, Andyman1125, Aranel, Aspects, Aydee, Ba Limp XIX, Ber udun, BigHaz, Binary TSO, BlackenedIn92, Blackngold29, Blanchardb, Bmzimmerman, CXCV, Canterbury Tail, Chairman S., Chinese lucky strike, Choiboy69, Chrislemur, Cmdrjameson, CorreXDa, Corrupt toolbox, Crimson117, DFS454, Darkdogtx, Dawnseeker2000, Dayn, Db0, Dexter prog, Disposableheroe, Docta247, Doshindude, Drage, Drlecter491, Ebyabe, Elkman, Emc2, EvilKlingon, Florian Blaschke, Flowerparty, Freezing the mainstream, Fritz Saalfeld, GoingBatty, GripTheHusk, Guillaumito, Guitardemon666, Hetcenus, Hetzer, Hingie, Inks002, InnocuousFox, J Milburn, J miester25, JBThazard, Jannex, Jason Gastrich, Jauerback, Jknobull, Jogers, Josephabradshaw, Kapitolini, Kirk444, Kooma, Lew19, Lotje, Machchunk, Mattbrundage, Miguelito0292, Mintyhead, Mr 47, Mrcha, Mrix1985, Muijz, Nahnite, Neelix, Nobloodyname, Noctis26206, NuclearWarfare, Oakycoppice, Offski, Oscar776, Pangui, Parasidic, Pax:Vobiscum, PearlTheater, Pgilman, Physicalobject, Plattopus, Quaex, Randy Ryan, RandySavageFTW, Rich Farmbrough, Rock Soldier, Russoc4, Sauvik.Biswas, Saviour of rock, ShelfSkewed, Simon Dodd, Soundgarden, Splent, Square87, Ss112, Stormie, Stubbsy67, Susurruskarma, TeflonSoul, TheOutlawXanadu, Theda, Theradu123, Tikiwont, Toddles29, Twsx, UNHchabo, UnaLaguna, Varsindarkin, Victor Lopes, Wiki libs, WildBadger, Xihix, You Wa Shock, Zak Hammat, Zaqq, 160 anonymous edits Live at the Marquee (Dream Theater album)  Source:  Contributors: Cdl obelix, David Coverdales White Snake, Od1n Images and Words: Live in Tokyo  Source:  Contributors: Aeternus, Alcuin, AlexOvShaolin, Blackngold29, Bockop, Chairman S., Choiboy69, Chrislemur, Dayn, Db0, Drlecter491, Durga2112, EvilKlingon, Flowerparty, Freekee, Fritz Saalfeld, GrahamHardy, HJ Mitchell, Hetcenus, Jasper420, KEN, Koavf, Mab987, Mattbrundage, Miguelito0292, Mrcha, Neelix, Noctis26206, Plattopus, Rich Farmbrough, Rock Soldier, Skier Dude, Sunridin, Szoltys, TheFarix, Vegaswikian, Wolfer68, Xihix, 12 anonymous edits Awake (Dream Theater album)  Source:  Contributors: 10careyi, Aeternus, Aj1pso, Akercocke, Andyman1125, Ben X 02, Camlio Gallego, Canterbury Tail, Chairman S., Choiboy69, Chrislemur, Cmdrjameson, Concreteplanet, CorreXDa, Crunchiness, DTFan1977, DanielBeaver, Danorama, Dave B, Deanos, Docta247, Doh286, Doshindude, 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Dodd, Sirius 128, Snorklex, Ss112, Sunridin, Susurruskarma, TK-925, The Thing That Should Not Be, Tony Sandel, Twsx, UVnet, Varsindarkin, Wiki libs, XcruftX, Zak Hammat, ハニカチ王子, 125 anonymous edits Once in a LIVEtime  Source:  Contributors: Aeternus, Aspinwallx, BCLH, Cdl obelix, Chairman S., Cmdrjameson, Colomero, CorreXDa, Crazygold, DTFan1977, Dayn, Db0, Deckiller, Drlecter491, E-Kartoffel, EvilKlingon, Flowerparty, Freekee, Fritz Saalfeld, Giraffedata, Hetcenus, Hetzer, J miester25, Jannex, Jeepday, Jknobull, Jogers, Justabaldguy, Kapitolini, Knotrice, Koavf, Mattbrundage, MegX, MementoVivere, Miguelito0292, Mrcha, Neddyseagoon, Neelix, Oscar776, Plattopus, Rich Farmbrough, Rock Soldier, Rubicante, Russoc4, Slysplace, Sunridin, Susurruskarma, Szoltys, Txomin, Varsindarkin, Wiki libs, Zak Hammat, ハニカチ王子, 53 anonymous edits Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory  Source:  Contributors: ABarnes94, Adam Schloss, Aec is away, Aeternus, Aja-Oki, Ak85lp, Alfio, AllySDude, Andyman1125, 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Burton, Parasidic, Plattopus, Preposterone, RandySavageFTW, RevenDS, Rich Farmbrough, Rock Soldier, Rockk3r, Rockslave, Russoc4, Saturn-78, Shirimasen, SkySilver, Squid Vicious, Supersonic^, Susurruskarma, Tassedethe, TeejIV, The Laxative, Tomnh, Tsunamishadow, Violask81976, Wiki libs, Wilhel1812, Wolfer68, Zak Hammat, Zapstorm, Zspacejc, ハニカチ王子, 179 anonymous edits Train of Thought (Dream Theater album)  Source:  Contributors: Aceofspades344, Adamravenscroft, Aeternus, Alai, Antti29, Ary29, Avillia, Benjaburns, Blackngold29, Bloodbath 87, CanisRufus, Causa sui, Cdl obelix, Celeron, Cgyflames89, Chairman S., Chinese lucky strike, Choiboy69, Chrislemur, Cmdrjameson, Coburnpharr04, DTFan1977, Daedae, Dayn, Db0, Diberri, DmitTrix, Docta247, Drlecter491, Drunkmule, East718, Ebyabe, Emc2, EoGuy, EpsilonVector, Fenixdrakken, Flowerparty, Fritz Saalfeld, GTBacchus, Gargaj, GikoGarcia, GoogleMe, GrayFox92, Headbomb, Henning Ihmels, Hetcenus, INaNimAtE, InfernusBass, InnocuousFox, Iridescent, J miester25, JBThazard, Jason Gastrich, Jknobull, Jonasbrotherareterrible, Kapitolini, KnightRider, Krobertj, LHCD1, LeaveSleaves, Majorly, Mandarax, Martarius, Mattbrundage, MementoVivere, Mernen, Met-Fan, Miguelito0292, Moochackillo, Mrix1985, Neelix, Neo139, Noctis26206, Obamamaniac, Oscar776, Parasidic, Petska, Plattopus, Proggynecromorph, RandySavageFTW, Rattletrapmusicman, RedWolf, Rich Farmbrough, Rock Soldier, Rudolph222, Russoc4, SCMugen, ScudLee, Seamussor, Sherick, Sirius 128, Snaxe920, SomethingWittyHere, Ss112, StEwBaCcA94, Stormie, Susurruskarma, Synesthetize, The Haunted Angel, Thewildwolf, UnaLaguna, Vincent vangoria, Violetriga, Wiki libs, Woohookitty, X Trev x, Zak Hammat, Zoury, ハニカチ王子, 202 anonymous edits Live at Budokan (Dream Theater album)  Source:  Contributors: Aeternus, Antti29, Aranel, Ary29, Backtable, Blackngold29, Chairman S., Cmdrjameson, CorreXDa, CorreXa, Dan1216, Dayn, Db0, DmitTrix, Drlecter491, EvilKlingon, Fantailfan, Flowerparty, Freekee, Fritz Saalfeld, Gargaj, Henning Ihmels, Hetcenus, Hfc2x, J miester25, Jannex, Jeepday, Jknobull, KEN, Koavf, Mattbrundage, Miguelito0292, Nahnite, Oscar776, Pafciu, Plattopus, Rich Farmbrough, Rock Soldier, Russoc4, Sajt, Scarred2112, Slysplace, Susurruskarma, Teklund, TheFarix, Thegeneralpublic, Varsindarkin, Wiki libs, Xihix, Yaninass2, Zoury, ハニカチ王子, 75 anonymous edits
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Article Sources and Contributors 169 Octavarium (album)  Source:  Contributors: Adam Schloss, Aenarion477, Aeternus, AllySDude, Andyman1125, Anticipation of a New Lovers Arrival, The, Antti29, Apu99992, AxelFendersson, Blackngold29, Bloodbath 87, BoneJanglez, Box266, Bporopat, Cbm, Chairman S., Chinese lucky strike, Chrislemur, CorbinSimpson, CorreXDa, DTFan1977, Daigaku2051, Dayn, Db0, Ddt3, Deckiller, Dexter prog, DmitTrix, Docta247, Doshindude, Drlecter491, E tac, Earl Andrew, Eliium, Emc2, Ericleb01, Esradekan, Everyking, Fastifex, Firsfron, Fnorp, Fractious Jell, Freddylovejoy, Gaius Cornelius, Gargaj, GoingBatty, Grunt, Hetcenus, Hingie, ITshnik, Idioteque Dance, Idono, Itinerant, Itinerant1, Ivanfryda, J miester25, Jaca6614, Jannex, Jason Gastrich, Jeepday, JeremyA, Jknobull, Jollino, Josephabradshaw, Jshadias, Jtkiefer, Knotrice, Krasnichuk, Leeferdude, Leelee316, Lightmouse, Ls883, Luca200983, Luke4545, Malconfort, MarkyMarc413, Mattbrundage, Matx33, Mazca, Meeeneee, 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Dayn, Dexter prog, Diaby, DmitTrix, Doomsdayer520, Dual Freq, Enslaved, EvilKlingon, Flamingwuzzle23, Gargaj, Henning Ihmels, Hetcenus, Ian Perge, Imoeng, Iommi Batujajar, J Milburn, J miester25, Jannex, Jeepday, Jerdon13, Jknobull, JustAGal, Karpsmom, Kauczuk, Koavf, Leeferdude, Lew19, Lightsup55, MarkyMarc413, MementoVivere, Midness, Midtown8475, Mrjazzguitar, NickBush24, OrangeDog, Oscar776, OutlawXanadu, Pangui, Pichpich, Plattopus, Playtime, Rachmaninoff, Rich Farmbrough, Rock Soldier, Rockk3r, Russoc4, SchleppyLundo, Slysplace, SteinbDJ, Susurruskarma, TheFarix, Thorbahn, Varsindarkin, Whysosuriouus?, WikHead, Wiki libs, Wiki4U, Wjejskenewr, Wolfer68, Yaninass2, Zak Hammat, 108 anonymous edits Systematic Chaos  Source:  Contributors: 1pillmakesUlarger, Adamravenscroft, AdultSwim, Aeoris, Aeternus, Ahkond, Aka042, Alex 101, Alro, Aquatiki, Backtable, Banny, Blackngold29, Caleson, CambridgeBayWeather, Cdl obelix, Cgyflames89, Chinese lucky strike, Choiboy69, Chrislemur, ClamDip, 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