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Dream Theater
Dream Theater
is an American progressive metal band formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Petrucci, John Myung
John Myung
and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music
Berklee College of Music
in Boston, Massachusetts. They subsequently dropped out of their studies to concentrate further 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
James LaBrie
and Jordan Rudess
Jordan Rudess
until September 8, 2010, when Portnoy left the band. In October 2010, the band held auditions for a drummer to replace Portnoy. Mike Mangini
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
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
Joel McIver
in his book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists. He was also named as one of the "Top 10 Fastest Shredders of All Time" by GuitarOne magazine.[1] Jordan Rudess
Jordan Rudess
is considered to be one of the greatest keyboard players of all time by many publications like MusicRadar.[2] Former drummer Mike Portnoy
Mike Portnoy
has won 26 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
Mike Mangini
has also previously set 5 WFD records.[3] John Myung
John Myung
was voted the greatest bassist of 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 band's highest-selling album is the gold-selling Images and Words (1992), which reached No. 61 on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
chart.[5] Both the 1994 release Awake
Awake
and their 2002 release Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence also entered the charts at No. 32 and No. 46 respectively and received mostly positive reviews. Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Scenes from a Memory
was ranked number 95 on the October 2006 issue of Guitar World
Guitar World
magazine's list of The greatest 100 guitar albums of all time.[6] It is ranked as the 15th Greatest Concept Album (as of March 2003) by Classic Rock Magazine.[7] The band's eleventh studio album, A Dramatic Turn of Events, was released on September 13, 2011. On November 30, 2011, the album's lead single, "On the Backs of Angels", was nominated for a Grammy Award
Grammy Award
in the "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" category, marking the band's first ever Grammy nomination.[8] Dream Theater's self-titled twelfth studio album was released on September 23, 2013 and earned their second Grammy Award
Grammy Award
nomination, this time for "Best Metal Performance", for the album's first single, "The Enemy Inside".[9] On April 9, 2013, Images and Words
Images and Words
won Loudwire's fan voted March Metal Madness for world's best metal album beating albums by Dio, AC/DC, Judas Priest, Megadeth
Megadeth
and Metallica.[10] As of 2011, Dream Theater has sold over 12 million records worldwide.[11][12]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early years

1.1.1 Formation 1.1.2 When Dream and Day Unite
When Dream and Day Unite
(1988–1990)

1.2 The Atlantic years

1.2.1 The addition of James LaBrie
James LaBrie
and Images and Words
Images and Words
(1991–1993) 1.2.2 Awake
Awake
and Kevin Moore's departure (1994–1995) 1.2.3 A Change of Seasons, Falling Into Infinity
Falling Into Infinity
(1995–1998) 1.2.4 Addition of Jordan Rudess
Jordan Rudess
and Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory (1999–2000) 1.2.5 Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
(2001–2002) 1.2.6 Train of Thought (2003–2004) 1.2.7 Octavarium
Octavarium
(2005–2006)

1.3 The Roadrunner years

1.3.1 Systematic Chaos
Systematic Chaos
and Greatest Hit (2006–2008) 1.3.2 Black Clouds & Silver Linings (2008–2010) 1.3.3 Mike Portnoy's departure (2010–2011) 1.3.4 A Dramatic Turn of Events
A Dramatic Turn of Events
(2011–2012) 1.3.5 Self-titled album (2013–2014) 1.3.6 The Astonishing
The Astonishing
and Images and Words
Images and Words
anniversary tour (2015–2017)

1.4 Record deal with Sony Music

1.4.1 Upcoming 14th studio album (2017–present)

2 Live performances

2.1 Shows and concerts 2.2 Tours

3 Cover songs 4 Logo
Logo
and imagery 5 Musical style 6 Band members

6.1 Current members 6.2 Former members 6.3 Timeline

7 Discography

7.1 Studio albums 7.2 EP

8 Bootleg culture

8.1 Demo series 8.2 Studio series 8.3 Live series 8.4 Cover series

9 Certifications 10 Awards and honors

10.1 Other recognition

11 References

11.1 Further reading

12 External links

History[edit] Early years[edit] Formation[edit] Dream Theater
Dream Theater
was formed in Massachusetts
Massachusetts
in 1985 when guitarist John Petrucci, bassist John Myung, and drummer Mike Portnoy
Mike Portnoy
decided to form a band while attending the Berklee College of Music. The trio started by covering Rush and Iron Maiden
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 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 decided that Majesty would be the band's name.[13] The trio then set out to fill the remaining positions in the group. Petrucci asked his high school bandmate Kevin Moore
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.[14] During this time, Portnoy, Petrucci, and Myung's 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.

"Another Won"

"Another Won" from The Majesty Demos.

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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 Portnoy's 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 Dominici's appointment brought to Majesty, they 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[15] 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, Portnoy's father suggested the name Dream Theater, the name of a small theater in Monterey, California, and the name stuck.[16] When Dream and Day Unite
When Dream and Day Unite
(1988–1990)[edit] With their new name and band stability, Dream Theater
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
Dream Theater
signed their first record contract with Mechanic on June 23, 1988[17] 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 the entire album was completed in about 3 weeks.[18] When Dream and Day Unite
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
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
Bay Shore, New York
opening for the classic rock power trio Zebra.[19] 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 a singer with a style more like Bruce Dickinson
Bruce Dickinson
or Geoff Tate, and Dominici's stage presence was not what they wanted for a front man. Shortly after, however, the band Marillion
Marillion
asked Dream Theater
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.[19] It would be another two years before Dream Theater
Dream Theater
had a replacement vocalist. The Atlantic years[edit] The addition of James LaBrie
James LaBrie
and Images and Words
Images and Words
(1991–1993)[edit]

"Pull Me Under"

"Pull Me Under" from Images and Words.

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James LaBrie
James LaBrie
joined the band in January 1991 and has been their vocalist ever since.

Following Dominici's departure, Dream Theater
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
Fates Warning
front man John Arch. John ultimately decided that his personal commitments were more important and he opted not to join the band.[20] On June 9, 1990, at a gig at Sundance in Bayshore, New York, Dream Theater
Dream Theater
introduced Steve Stone as their new singer. Stone had successfully recorded demos with Dream Theater, but he was fired following a single, ill-fated live performance. According to Mike Portnoy, Stone moved around the stage in a rather odd manner, seemingly doing a bad impression of Bruce Dickinson. Additionally, he shouted "Scream for me Long Beach!" several times throughout the show (Dickinson can be heard saying this on Iron Maiden's live album Live After Death), although they were actually performing in Bayshore.[21] It was five months before Dream Theater
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.[19] It was during this period that they wrote the majority of what would become Images and Words
Images and Words
(1992). In January 1991, the band received a demo tape from Kevin James LaBrie, of glam metal band Winter Rose.[22] The band had received the tape just before they were about to commit to another singer. The band was so impressed by his demo that he 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
Derek Shulman
and Atco Records
Atco Records
(now EastWest), a division of Elektra Records, signed Dream Theater
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 Images and Words
Images and Words
(1992). 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
Images and Words
to achieve gold record certification in the States and platinum status in Japan. A tour of Europe
Europe
followed in 1993, which included a show at London's famed Marquee Club. The show was recorded and released as Live at the Marquee, Dream Theater's 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
Awake
and Kevin Moore's departure (1994–1995)[edit]

"A Mind Beside Itself: II – Voices"

"Voices" from Awake.

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Eager to work on fresh material, Dream Theater
Dream Theater
retreated to the studio in May 1994. Awake, Dream Theater's third studio album, was released on October 4, 1994 amidst a storm of fan controversy. Shortly before the album was mixed, Moore had announced to the rest of the band that he would be quitting Dream Theater
Dream Theater
to concentrate on his own musical interests, since he was no longer interested in touring or the style of music which Dream Theater
Dream Theater
performed.[23] As a result, the band had to scramble to find a replacement keyboardist before a tour could be considered. Former Yngwie Malmsteen/Dio keyboardist Jens Johansson, who would go on to become a member of Stratovarius, was among the biggest names to audition, but 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.[19] Although the show was a success, and Rudess was asked to fill the keyboardist position permanently, he 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
Alice Cooper
and KISS, to fill in for the Waking Up the World Tour. By the conclusion of the tour, the band decided to take Sherinian on as Moore's full-time replacement.[13] A Change of Seasons, Falling Into Infinity
Falling Into Infinity
(1995–1998)[edit]

"A Change of Seasons"

"Carpe Diem/The Darkest of Winters" bridge from A Change of Seasons.

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Once again finding themselves with a new member, the band 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
Dream Theater
fans at that point), had begun to put pressure on the band to officially release the song "A Change of Seasons". This 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. It had nevertheless been performed live by the band, who continued 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 now 23-minute-long song with Sherinian contributing significantly to the final product. The band released "A Change of Seasons" as an EP along with a collection of cover songs from a live show recorded at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London
London
earlier that year. After a brief run of small concerts and a short break, the band released a special Christmas CD through their official fan club, consisting of rare live tracks recorded during the band's early years. They continued releasing a new CD each Christmas until 2005.[24] Meanwhile, there were several changes at EastWest, and Dream Theater's main contact within the label was fired. As a result, the new team at the company were unaccustomed to the relationship Dream Theater
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 song, and it appeared on the album as "You Not Me" with a chorus that bore little resemblance to the original. Child also had a noticeable impact on the album, with a shift towards less complex and more radio-friendly compositions. The band wrote almost two CDs worth of material, including a 20-minute-long follow-up to the Images and Words
Images and Words
song "Metropolis–Part I: 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 well received by the general public. James LaBrie
James LaBrie
also felt that the CD should be a single disc.[25] The unused songs were later released in the Ytsejam Records release The Falling Into Infinity
Falling Into Infinity
Demos.[26] 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 band's 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, he later revealed in the 2004 DVD
DVD
commentary for 5 Years in a Livetime, that he had been so discouraged during this period that he had considered disbanding Dream Theater
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
France
and The Netherlands. The album was released at around the same time as the video 5 Years in a Livetime, which covered the years from Kevin Moore's departure to the Falling Into Infinity
Falling Into Infinity
promotional tour. Addition of Jordan Rudess
Jordan Rudess
and Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory (1999–2000)[edit] 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.[27] The lineup consisted of Portnoy on drums, Petrucci on guitar, Tony Levin
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.[13] With yet another new member, Dream Theater
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 band began by revisiting the follow-up to "Metropolis–Part I", which had been partially written during the Falling Into Infinity
Falling Into Infinity
sessions but which had not been completed or used on that album. They decided to expand the 21-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 band's wishes, and a release date. In 1999, Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Scenes from a Memory
was released to high critical acclaim, being lauded as the band's masterpiece, despite only reaching No. 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, who had produced their previous album, Falling into Infinity. The rest of the mixes can be heard in the band's official bootleg The Making of Scenes from a Memory. The subsequent Metropolis 2000
Metropolis 2000
world tour was by far their largest to date, and took over a year to complete. The concerts reflected the theatrical aspect of the album, with the first half of each show comprising the entire Scenes From a Memory album accompanied by a film showing dramatized portions of the story projected onto a video screen behind the stage. For the last date of the North American leg, at the Roseland Ballroom
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. The show was filmed and eventually released in early 2001 as the band's first DVD
DVD
release, Metropolis 2000: Scenes from New York, which was certified Gold in the US on November 8, 2002.[28] Since several songs from the second half of the four-hour show had to be cut from the DVD
DVD
to save space, the band also released the full show on the live CD Live Scenes from New York. The original cover depicted one of Dream Theater's early logos (the Images and Words-era burning heart, modeled on the Sacred Heart
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,[29] although the few copies which were sold with the original artwork have since become rare collector's items. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
(2001–2002)[edit]

"Overture"

Part one of the eight parts that constitute "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence".

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Putting the whole ordeal behind them, Dream Theater
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 remains to date the longest song Dream Theater
Dream Theater
has written. Many of the song's melodies and musical themes originated in an instrumental piece, written by Rudess, which would eventually become the song's "Overture". Those themes were then expanded by the rest of the band to form individual chapters in a complete story.[13] Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
was very well received by critics and the press. It was the most publicized of Dream Theater's albums since Awake, debuting on the Billboard charts at No. 46[30] and the Billboard Internet charts at No. 1.[31] The subsequent world tour included a select few special "album cover" gigs (see Cover songs section, below), in which they played Metallica's Master of Puppets and Iron Maiden's The Number of the Beast in their entirety. Train of Thought (2003–2004)[edit] In 2003, Dream Theater
Dream Theater
entered the studio to write and record another album. Unlike Scenes from a Memory, which had been written and recorded simultaneously in the studio, 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
Queensrÿche
and Fates Warning, was undertaken in North America. Referred to in the band's promotional material as the " Escape from the Studio American tour", the tour featured Queensrÿche
Queensrÿche
and Dream Theater
Dream Theater
as co-headlining acts with Fates Warning
Fates Warning
performing supporting act duties. As a finale for each concert there was an extended encore in which both Dream Theater and Queensrÿche
Queensrÿche
performed together on stage simultaneously, often playing cover songs. At the completion of the tour, Dream Theater
Dream Theater
returned to the studio to finish the recording of their seventh album, Train of Thought. In contrast to the extended songs of their previous album, the band aimed to write a more song-oriented album, inspired in part by covering the Master of Puppets
Master of Puppets
and Number of the Beast albums on their previous concert tour.[32] Although the album was a critical success, its more straightforward metal sound alienated many of the band's existing fans, who had been attracted by the band's roots in progressive rock.[13] During this time they also re-released their first two live videos for the first time on DVD, entitled "Images and Words: Live in Tokyo/5 Years in a Livetime" on June 29, 2004, through Rhino Records. This release was certified Platinum on March 22, 2006.[28] Another world tour followed, named Train of Thought Tour. A modest North American tour was completed by the two bands, which Dream Theater supported Yes, a band which had been a major influence on their own musical style. After which Dream Theater
Dream Theater
continued to tour the world with their so-called "An Evening With Dream Theater" shows. The latter were captured in another live CD/ DVD
DVD
release, recorded at the famous Nippon Budokan Hall
Nippon Budokan Hall
in Tokyo, Japan
Japan
on their Train of Thought Tour. Live at Budokan was released on October 5, 2004, and was certified Platinum in the US on January 26, 2005.[28] Octavarium
Octavarium
(2005–2006)[edit]

Dream Theater
Dream Theater
after a concert in Paris during the first European leg of their tour (2005). From left to right: Mike Portnoy, John Petrucci, James LaBrie, John Myung
John Myung
and Jordan Rudess

After their Train of Thought promotional tour, Dream Theater
Dream Theater
entered the Hit Factory studios in NYC to record their eighth album. They would in fact become the final group to use the famous studio, which closed on April 1, 2005.[33] Octavarium
Octavarium
was released on June 7, 2005, and took the band's sound in yet another new direction. Its eight songs included a continuation of Portnoy's "Twelve-step" saga ("The Root of All Evil", steps 6-7 in the 12-step plan), as well as the title track, a musically versatile 24 minute epic rivaling "A Change of Seasons". Octavarium
Octavarium
received mixed reviews from fans and has been the subject of spirited debate. Octavarium
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
Dream Theater
started the Octavarium Tour extensively throughout 2005 and 2006 to celebrate their 20th Anniversary as a band, including a headlining spot on Gigantour
Gigantour
alongside Megadeth
Megadeth
and put together by frontman Dave Mustaine, also featuring Fear Factory, Nevermore
Nevermore
and Symphony X. During a show on August 2, 2005 in Dallas, the band paid tribute to Pantera's late guitarist Dimebag Darrell
Dimebag Darrell
by performing the song "Cemetery Gates" as an encore. In addition was the unexpected appearance of fellow musicians Russell Allen
Russell Allen
( Symphony X
Symphony X
vocalist), Burton C. Bell
Burton C. Bell
( Fear Factory
Fear Factory
vocalist) and Dave Mustaine
Dave Mustaine
(Megadeth vocalist/guitarist), who joined the band on stage to perform parts of the song. Dream Theater
Dream Theater
later departed from Gigantour
Gigantour
2005 a few dates before it ended and continued on with their own series of concerts, several of which were recorded and released for the band's fanclubs. The 20th anniversary tour concluded with a show at Radio City Music Hall
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
DVD
called Score released on August 29, 2006 through Rhino Records, featured songs from the band's entire history, as well a second half accompanied by a full symphony orchestra (the " Octavarium
Octavarium
Orchestra"). This release was the band's third Live DVD release to be certified Platinum in the US on October 11, 2006.[28] The Roadrunner years[edit] Systematic Chaos
Systematic Chaos
and Greatest Hit (2006–2008)[edit]

Dream Theater
Dream Theater
playing live March 8, 2008

For the first time in their career, the band decided to take the summer off after their show at Radio City Music Hall. In September 2006, Dream Theater
Dream Theater
entered Avatar Studios to record their follow-up to Octavarium
Octavarium
with legendary studio engineer Paul Northfield. Dream Theater's ninth studio album, Systematic Chaos, was released on June 5, 2007. The record marked their first with new label Roadrunner Records, which in 2010 would become a wholly owned subsidiary of the band's previous label Atlantic Records. Roadrunner implemented increased promotion for the album and Systematic Chaos
Systematic Chaos
duly reached number 19 on the Billboard 200. It also oversaw the release of a video for "Constant Motion" on July 14, the band's first music video since Hollow Years
Hollow Years
in 1997. The album was bookended by the two parts of "In the Presence of Enemies", an epic duology written and conceived as a single piece but split into two halves for the purposes of the album. The other six tracks included the most recent part of Portnoy's continuing AA Saga
AA Saga
with the song "Repentance". In the same year, the first version of Rich Wilson's Lifting Shadows, an authorized history of the band's first twenty years, was released.[34] The 2007–08 Chaos in Motion Tour started off in Italy. Dream Theater played in the Gods of Metal
Gods of Metal
concert on June 3, 2007.,[35] as well as various other European festivals including the Netherlands' Fields of Rock Festival, UK's Download Festival, the French festival Hellfest Summer Open Air alongside Megadeth, Korn, Mastodon and Slayer. The North American leg of the tour began on July 24 in San Diego, California
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
South America
and, for the first time, Australia.[36] 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 band's 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
Dream Theater
was actively involved with the album, coming up with the track listing that they felt best represented their musical careers. After the release of Greatest Hit, drummer Mike Portnoy
Mike Portnoy
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, British Columbia, 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. In September 2008, the band released a DVD
DVD
set called Chaos in Motion 2007–2008, featuring songs recorded at several shows during the Chaos in Motion
Chaos in Motion
tour. Black Clouds & Silver Linings (2008–2010)[edit] On October 7, 2008, Dream Theater
Dream Theater
returned to Avatar Studios to begin work on their tenth album, resuming their relationship with Paul Northfield to engineer and mix the record. The album, entitled Black Clouds & Silver Linings, was released on June 23, 2009.[37] In addition to the standard CD, the album was made available on vinyl LP, as well as a 3-disc Special
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 No. 6 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart, with first week sales totalling 40,285, making their highest entry on the chart.[38] The album featured "The Shattered Fortress", the last in Mike Portnoy's series of songs about his 12-step recovery from alcoholism, as well as the song "The Best of Times", described by Portnoy as "a real heavy personal subject about my dad who passed away during the making of the album ... He was battling cancer throughout its making."[39] The band also embarked on a second Progressive Nation tour, including the tour's first performances in Europe. Opeth, Unexpect
Unexpect
and Bigelf supported Dream Theater
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
Pain of Salvation
and Beardfish were unable to tour with Dream Theater
Dream Theater
and Zappa Plays Zappa
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
Bigelf
and Scale the Summit
Scale the Summit
with Bigelf
Bigelf
performing on both European and North American legs. After the Progressive Nation Tour, Dream Theater
Dream Theater
re-entered the studio to write and record a brand new instrumental track for inclusion on the God of War III
God of War III
soundtrack EP God of War: Blood & Metal. The track, entitled "Raw Dog" (God (of) War reversed), marked the first time that the band has written and recorded an exclusive track for an outside project.[40] "Raw Dog" includes the first ever commercially recorded harpejji track, performed by Jordan Rudess, as well as Dream Theater's final recorded performance with Mike Portnoy
Mike Portnoy
on drums. In December 2009, during their Black Clouds & Silver Linings tour whilst visiting Australia, Dream Theater
Dream Theater
appeared with one support act, Pain of Salvation.[41] In March 2010, they toured South America with Bigelf. Afterwards, during the summer of 2010, Dream Theater supported Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
on the US and Canadian legs of their summer tour which were the last shows DT played during 2010.[42] Mike Portnoy's departure (2010–2011)[edit]

Mike Portnoy
Mike Portnoy
announced that he would be leaving Dream Theater
Dream Theater
on September 8, 2010.

On September 8, 2010, Mike Portnoy
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.[43] Elaborating on the situation for MusicRadar, John Petrucci
John Petrucci
revealed that originally, Portnoy did not want to leave the band; he only wanted to take a five-year break.[44] He eventually dropped this number to around one year.[45] Only after the rest of the band rejected his proposal did Portnoy decide to quit. After Portnoy left Dream Theater, relationships between him and his former bandmates became strained. In February 2011, Portnoy complained that no one from the band was returning his calls and e-mails.[46] However, later Portnoy commented that both Petrucci and Rudess were the only members that stayed in touch with him.[citation needed] Tensions became especially high when Portnoy called James LaBrie "disrespectful" for comments LaBrie made during an interview,[47] stating that Dream Theater
Dream Theater
were "not sad at all" that Portnoy was no longer a band member. As of July 12, 2011, LaBrie has not remained in touch with Portnoy.[48] At one point, false reports surfaced that Portnoy had sued Dream Theater.[49] Portnoy has since stated that he would rejoin the band in a heartbeat, stating: "They are the ones that have closed the door on it. I’ve only needed a break, and I’ve had that break. So I’m ready, willing and able. But I honestly don’t think they ever will; they’ve closed their door on it and I think they’re too headstrong in having to prove themselves without me. So I wouldn’t count on it. But my door is always open."[50] A little more than a month after Portnoy's 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.[51] The candidates were notified whether they had been chosen on November 5;[52] however, the results of the audition were not made public until April 2011 via a three-part YouTube
YouTube
documentary series called The Spirit Carries On.[53] In the last episode of the series, it was revealed that Mangini was the drummer selected. Petrucci later explained that Portnoy approached them to rejoin after they had selected Mangini; Mangini by this time had left his job as a professor at Berklee and committed to Dream Theater
Dream Theater
full-time, so Portnoy's offer was re-buffed.[54] A Dramatic Turn of Events
A Dramatic Turn of Events
(2011–2012)[edit] Dream Theater
Dream Theater
entered Cove City Sound Studios to begin working on a new album on January 3, 2011.[55][56] Writing was completed on March 2 and done without Mangini.[57] On April 14, LaBrie began tracking vocals and by June 28, the album's mixing and mastering by Andy Wallace were finished.[58][59][60] Released worldwide on September 12 and in the United States on September 13, A Dramatic Turn of Events debuted at number one in some countries and attained the eighth position on the Billboard 200,[61] the band's second ever top ten debut position on that chart after Black Clouds & Silver Linings.[62] Although the album received mixed reviews,[63] it won numerous awards from music publications and its lead single, "On the Backs of Angels", was nominated for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards,[8] representing the band's first ever Grammy nomination. Dream Theater
Dream Theater
kicked off their tour in support of A Dramatic Turn of Events on July 4, 2011 in Rome, Italy.[59][64] The second leg of the tour took place in North America, where the band headlined with Trivium.[65] After a short break to conclude 2011, the band returned to Europe
Europe
with Periphery,[66] to Asia
Asia
with Andy McKee, to North America with Crimson Projekct and then to South America
South America
for the final leg of the tour.[67] On August 19 and 20, two shows were recorded at Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina
for a live Blu-ray release by Over the Edge Productions.[68][69][70] After a six-month delay, Live at Luna Park was released on November 5, 2013, by Eagle Rock Entertainment.[71] The tour concluded on September 1, 2012, in Brasília, Brazil. On December 25, 2013, at 06:00:00 EST, as a holiday gift to the fans, Dream Theater
Dream Theater
released a free electronic 2-CD set of live tracks that were not recorded for Live at Luna Park
Live at Luna Park
from their 2011-2012 tour in FLAC
FLAC
format via BitTorrent.[72] The release date and time are an allusion to their 1994 song 6:00, the intro of which contains a repeated sample of the line "Six o'clock on a Christmas morning" as spoken by Helena Carroll in The Dead.[73][74] Dream Theater's July 19, 2012 cover performance of King Crimson's 21st Century Schizoid Man with Crimson Projekct is notably omitted from this release due to copyright concerns. Self-titled album (2013–2014)[edit] Writing for Dream Theater's twelfth studio album commenced on A Dramatic Tour of Events.[75] During soundchecks, the band would jam and record their ideas, and John Petrucci
John Petrucci
would bring in material he wrote independently. Following the conclusion of the tour, the band took a break but continued writing. They reconvened in early 2013 to enter the studio.[76] In December 2012, Dream Theater
Dream Theater
re-signed with Roadrunner Records.[77] The band's self-titled twelfth album was released on September 23, 2013 as part of the new agreement with Roadrunner. The album sold more than 34,000 copies in its first week and landed on the Billboard 200 chart at No. 7, the band's third consecutive top 10 album. In addition, the album cracked the top 10 in 24 countries including Japan, Germany, Argentina, The Netherlands, Finland, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Australia
Australia
and United Kingdom.[78] Dream Theater's seventh live album, Live at Luna Park, was released on November 5, 2013. On July 8, 2014, Dream Theater
Dream Theater
released The Studio Albums 1992–2011, a box set spanning all albums from Images and Words
Images and Words
to A Dramatic Turn of Events.[79] On September 30, 2014, Dream Theater
Dream Theater
released their eighth live album and film, Breaking the Fourth Wall, which was recorded live from The Boston
Boston
Opera House on March 25, 2014. During this concert, the band were joined by the Berklee World Strings and the Berklee Concert Choir, directed by Eren Başbuğ, for the second half of the set.[80][81] The set list for the tour featured the entire second half of Awake, in celebration of the album's 20th anniversary, including the song "Space-Dye Vest", which had never been performed live. The set list closed with a performance of four songs from Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory, in celebration of the album's 15th anniversary.[82] The Along for the Ride Tour concluded on October 30, 2014. The Astonishing
The Astonishing
and Images and Words
Images and Words
anniversary tour (2015–2017)[edit] On January 6, 2014, John Petrucci
John Petrucci
said that Dream Theater
Dream Theater
were already "planting seeds for album No. 13". He commented: "There are some song ideas and little things like that -- nothing really official, but the seeds just start to get planted. One of the great things about this career is that you have the opportunity every time to go in and start again with a blank slate and think, 'What can we do differently? How can we make this better? Where can we go from here?' Every album has a story, and to constantly have a fresh opportunity to do it is really satisfying."[83] The band headed into the studio in February 2015 to record its thirteenth album.[84][85] The album, titled The Astonishing
The Astonishing
was released on January 29, 2016. It is a concept album set in a dystopian future society devoid of real music, centering on a conflict between a group of rebels and an oppressive empire.[86] Two singles, "The Gift of Music" and "Moment of Betrayal" were released on December 3, 2015 and January 22, 2016, respectively. Throughout 2016, Dream Theater
Dream Theater
went on a tour titled The Astonishing Live to support the album. They played the album in its entirety, with an intermission between the two acts, only playing songs from earlier albums on occasions later in the tour. Their performance was accompanied by a visual representation of the story on background screens. The band also made it a point to play at indoor theater halls such as Radio City Music Hall. In 2017, Dream Theater
Dream Theater
went on another tour, titled Images, Words & Beyond, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Images and Words. Each night they performed the album in its entirety, as well as "A Change of Seasons", which was originally written during the Images and Words
Images and Words
sessions, and other selections from their catalogue. Record deal with Sony Music[edit] Upcoming 14th studio album (2017–present)[edit] In a May 2017 interview with Rockbook, frontman James LaBrie
James LaBrie
talked about the style of the band's fourteenth studio album: "It's really important for us that the new album will be our best effort. It should be who we are at that particular moment. [...] But if along the way we feel that there is another album we should recognize once again, then we'll do it."[87] In December 2017, Dream Theater
Dream Theater
announced that they have signed a worldwide longterm deal with Sony Music
Sony Music
via Sony's progressive music label imprint InsideOut Music, for the release of the album.[88] In an interview with Loudwire, Petrucci revealed that the album will not arrive before 2019.[89] The band is planning to enter the studio in June 2018 with a release being slated for February 2019.[90] Live performances[edit] Throughout their career, Dream Theater's live shows have gradually become bigger, longer and more diverse. Prior to Portnoy's departure, Dream Theater
Dream Theater
"rotated" its set lists to ensure that fans who attended multiple shows in the same area would not see too many (or any) songs repeated. Portnoy, who constructed the set lists, would take into account the set list from the last time the band was in a particular city for the benefit of fans who saw the band on successive tours.[91]

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

Some of Dream Theater's more notable touring partners included Porcupine Tree, Symphony X, Between the Buried and Me, Deep Purple, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Iron Maiden, the Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, King's X, Marillion, Megadeth, Trivium, In Flames, Pain of Salvation, Opeth, Queensrÿche, Riverside, Spock's Beard, Fear Factory, Enchant, 3, Yes and Zappa Plays Zappa. In 2005, Dream Theater toured North America with the Gigantour
Gigantour
festival, co-headlining with Megadeth, and have played with Megadeth
Megadeth
and Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
physically on stage. The band's 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.[92][93]

"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"

"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star", live at Nagoya, Japan.

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There is also a significant amount of humor, casualness, and improvisation attached to a Dream Theater
Dream Theater
concert. In the midst of "A Change of Seasons" it is quite common for themes such as those for Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
and The Simpsons
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 Skynyrd's "Free Bird" and Rimsky-Korsakov's "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 "Don't 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 Rush's "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 Nagila" later accompanied by the rest of the band. In Mumbai during the 25th Anniversary tour celebrating the album, Images of Words, the band closed the tune 'As I Am' off the album ' Train of Thought' with Metallica's song Enter Sandman[94] Occasionally, a member of the audience is picked at random to perform on stage, an example of which can be seen during Portnoy's 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. Perhaps the best example of Dream Theater's unpredictable concert structure came during Derek Sherinian's 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 Purple's "Perfect Strangers," and, on one occasion, Ozzy Osbourne's "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 Don't Like You" with Petrucci and Portnoy backing. In Chaos in Motion
Chaos in Motion
tour, in several concerts before "Trial of Tears," Portnoy and Petrucci would change positions.

Concert of the A Dramatic Tour of Events
A Dramatic Tour of Events
in 2012. LaBrie in the foreground; Myung and Rudess in the background.

In the Score and Chaos in Motion
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
Jordan Rudess
spontaneously turns into Santa Claus
Santa Claus
and John Petrucci
John Petrucci
catches fire.[95] In "The Dark Eternal Night" from the Chaos in Motion
Chaos in Motion
DVD, the band battles against a monster by shooting fireballs from guitars, throwing drum sticks, and screaming.[96] Shows and concerts[edit] Dream Theater
Dream Theater
played and recorded a live performance at the Nippon Budokan Hall on April 26, 2004. It was later released as Live at Budokan on October 5, 2004.[97] Dream Theater's largest audience as a headlining act was 20,000 in Santiago, Chile
Santiago, Chile
on December 6, 2005.[98] This was during their first tour of South American
South American
countries other than Brazil
Brazil
(which they had visited in 1997 and 1998). The show was released on DVD
DVD
through Portnoy's YtseJam Records. In 2007, after their show in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
on July 30, Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. signed a proclamation officially marking July 30, 2007 as Dream Theater
Dream Theater
Day in the state of Utah. In 2008 Dream Theater
Dream Theater
started the Progressive Nation 2008 tour, along with Opeth, Between the Buried and Me, and 3. The tour is the brainchild of Mike Portnoy, who stated, "I've 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, I've 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."[99] On February 13, 2009, Dream Theater
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
Mike Portnoy
announced that Pain of Salvation
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
Scale the Summit
and Bigelf
Bigelf
would replace Pain of Salvation
Pain of Salvation
and Beardfish on the tour.[100] This lineup change has put Bigelf
Bigelf
on both the North American and European legs of the Progressive Nation 2009 tour. The tour's North American leg ran throughout July and August 2009. On March 26, 2009 it was announced that Dream Theater
Dream Theater
would take the Progressive Nation tour to Europe
Europe
for the first time alongside Opeth, Bigelf
Bigelf
and Unexpect. The tour ran throughout September and October 2009.[101] In June/July 2010 Dream Theater
Dream Theater
were the opening band for Iron Maiden during the first leg of their Final Frontier Tour which included Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
as one of the many venues. On December 7, 2010, Dream Theater
Dream Theater
announced on their website that they would be headlining the High Voltage Festival alongside Judas Priest
Judas Priest
in 2011. In July 2011 they started A Dramatic Tour of Events
A Dramatic Tour of Events
to promote A Dramatic Turn of Events. In January 2014, they started the Along for the Ride Tour to promote their self-titled album. On December 13, 2016, Dream Theater confirmed 5 UK tour dates for their Images, Words & Beyond 25th Anniversary Tour, starting in Birmingham on April 18, 2017.[102] Tours[edit]

Tour name Dates Support acts Legs Number of shows Location Associated album

When Dream and Tour Unite April 28 – November 14, 1989 opened for Marillion
Marillion
(November 14, 1989) 1 5 United States When Dream and Day Unite

Images and Tour September 27, 1992 – April 23, 1993 Heavens Gate (European leg) 3 120 North America Japan Europe Images and Words

Music in Progress Tour May 15 – November 28, 1993 Galactic Cowboys
Galactic Cowboys
(American leg) Damn the Machine
Damn the Machine
(European leg) 3 73 North America Japan Europe

Waking Up the World Tour October 20, 1994 – August 3, 1995 I Mother Earth
I Mother Earth
(American leg) Fates Warning
Fates Warning
(1st European leg) Echolyn (American one-offs) Threshold (2nd European leg) 6 88 North America Japan Europe Awake

A Change of Seasons
A Change of Seasons
Tour October 26–30, 1995 N/A 1 3 Japan A Change of Seasons

Home for the Holidays December 27–30, 1995 N/A 1 4 United States

The Fix for '96 December 4–14, 1996 N/A 1 5 United States Falling into Infinity

An Evening of New Music April 10–19, 1997 Enchant 1 8 Europe

Touring into Infinity September 11, 1997 – September 26, 1998 Big Wreck (1st and 2nd American leg) Vanden Plas (European legs) Full On the Mouth (3rd American leg) 9 97 Brazil North America Europe Japan

Deep Purple/ELP/ Dream Theater
Dream Theater
Tour August 4–30, 1998 Deep Purple
Deep Purple
(headliner) Emerson, Lake & Palmer (special guests) 1 18 North America

An Intimate Evening with Dream Theater December 26–30, 1998 N/A 1 5 North America

Pre-Scenes from a Memory July 31, 1999 N/A 1 1 South Korea Scenes from a Memory

Scenes From a Memory Tour November 8–24, 1999 Tiles 1 13 Europe

Metropolis 2000 January 31 – October 21, 2000 Dixie Dregs
Dixie Dregs
(1st American leg) Star People
Star People
(1st American leg) Spock's Beard
Spock's Beard
(1st European leg; 2nd American leg) opened for Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
(2nd European leg) Porcupine Tree
Porcupine Tree
(3rd European leg) 6 104 North America Asia Europe

World Tourbulence January 19 – November 8, 2002 Pain of Salvation
Pain of Salvation
(1st European leg) Joe Satriani
Joe Satriani
(co-headliner; 2nd American leg) King's X
King's X
(2nd American leg) 7 109 North America Asia Europe Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

Escape from the Studio June 23 – August 2, 2003 Queensrÿche
Queensrÿche
(co-headliner) Fates Warning
Fates Warning
(opening act) 1 32 North America

Train of Thought Tour January 16 – September 22, 2004 Empty Tremor (Italian one-offs) opened for Yes (2nd American leg) 5 76 North America Asia Europe Train of Thought

Octavarium
Octavarium
Tour June 10, 2005 – April 1, 2006 N/A 5 82 North America Asia Europe South America Octavarium

Chaos in Motion June 3, 2007 – March 14, 2008 Redemption (1st American leg) Into Eternity (1st American leg) Symphony X
Symphony X
(2nd European leg) 6 92 North America Asia Australia Europe South America Systematic Chaos

Progressive Nation 2008 April 29 – June 4, 2008 Opeth Between the Buried and Me 3 1 23 North America

Black Clouds & Silver Linings Tour June 6, 2009 – August 8, 2010 Bigelf
Bigelf
(Progressive Nation 2009) Scale the Summit
Scale the Summit
(Progressive Nation 2009; North America only) Zappa Plays Zappa
Zappa Plays Zappa
(Progressive Nation 2009; North America only) Opeth
Opeth
(Progressive Nation 2009; Europe
Europe
only) Unexpect
Unexpect
(Progressive Nation 2009; Europe
Europe
only) Pain of Salvation
Pain of Salvation
(Australian leg) opened for Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
(2nd American leg) 7 118 North America Asia Australia Europe South America Black Clouds & Silver Linings

A Dramatic Turn of Events
A Dramatic Turn of Events
Tour July 4, 2011 – September 1, 2012 Trivium (1st American leg) Periphery (2nd European leg) Andy McKee
Andy McKee
(Asian leg) Crimson ProjeKt (2nd American leg) 6 121 North America Asia Europe South America A Dramatic Turn of Events

Along for the Ride January 15 – October 30, 2014 N/A 5 97 North America Asia Australia Europe South America Dream Theater

30th Anniversary Tour June 25 – August 2, 2015 N/A 1 25 Europe

The Astonishing
The Astonishing
Live February 18 – December 5, 2016 N/A 4 94 Europe North America South America The Astonishing

Images, Words & Beyond January 30 – December 2, 2017 N/A 3 79 Europe Asia Oceania North America Images and Words
Images and Words
(25th Anniversary)

Cover songs[edit] Dream Theater
Dream Theater
have covered other artists' work throughout their career. They have performed cover songs live and in studio, with many of those live performances being recorded for official release. A Change of Seasons features Elton John, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Kansas, Queen, Journey, Dixie Dregs
Dixie Dregs
and Genesis live covers. Through YtseJam Records, the band have also released full album live cover performances of Metallica's Master of Puppets, Iron Maiden's The Number of the Beast, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, and Deep Purple's Made in Japan.[103] The special edition of Black Clouds & Silver Linings includes a bonus disc with Rainbow, Queen, Dixie Dregs, Zebra, King Crimson, and Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
covers. Other notable artists covered by Dream Theater
Dream Theater
include Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera, Rush, the Who, and Yes.[104][105] Logo
Logo
and imagery[edit]

Dream Theater
Dream Theater
wordmark and "Majesty" symbol

Despite the band's 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 every Dream Theater
Dream Theater
studio album. The Majesty symbol is derived from Mary, Queen of Scots' mark,[106][107] which was re-worked by Charlie Dominici for use on the album artwork for When Dream and Day Unite.[108] In September 2010, a fan of Dream Theater
Dream Theater
discovered that all of the letters of "DOMINICI" fit together perfectly into the Majesty symbol.[109] When Charlie discovered this, he laughed and mentioned that "it only took them 25 years to figure out the 'Dominici Code!'"[110] This has earlier also been discovered as shown on the comment section of DTFAQ[108] and in the DTNorway Podcast Episode 2 from 2008, with Charlie Dominici.[111] Musical style[edit] AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Stephen Thomas Erlewine
described Dream Theater's music as a "dense blend of progressive rock and post-Halen metal". The band is well noted for being one of the early progenitors of the progressive metal genre.[112] The original members, Mike Portnoy, John Petrucci and John Myung, have strong influences from progressive rock bands such as Rush, Yes, and Pink Floyd, heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, various speed metal bands, and even the glam metal of the day.[113] 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 band's music has focused on three main elements: metal, melody, and progressive roots.[114] Mike Portnoy has also stated that the band's slower songs are in appreciation of artists such as Peter Gabriel, U2, and Journey.[115] Dream Theater's music also borrows elements from the 1970s and '80s art rock sound of musicians such as Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Electric Light Orchestra, the Moody Blues, and Procol Harum.[116][117] Dream Theater's more recent albums such as A Dramatic Turn of Events and Dream Theater
Dream Theater
lean heavily towards hard rock,[118][119] while still maintaining their trademark progressive rock and metal sound, whereas their 2003 album Train of Thought showcased a darker, heavier, sometimes more straightforward metal sound, and much of their progressive rock sound was absent, replaced by metal elements such as riffing and shredding.[120] This decision was inspired by the positive feedback received from their previous heavier songs on stage.[121] 1999's Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Scenes from a Memory
was praised for its display of old-fashioned progressive rock,[122] and was influenced by classic conceptual rock records such as the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Pink Floyd's The Wall
The Wall
and The Final Cut, the Who's Tommy, and Genesis's The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.[123] Dream Theater's music occasionally borrows elements of other musical styles including symphonic rock, symphonic metal, arena rock, soft rock,[124] and classical music.[125] Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

John Petrucci
John Petrucci
– guitars, backing vocals (1985–present) John Myung
John Myung
– bass (1985–present) James LaBrie
James LaBrie
– lead vocals (1991–present) Jordan Rudess
Jordan Rudess
– keyboards (one-off show 1994, 1999–present) Mike Mangini
Mike Mangini
– drums, percussion (2010–present)

Former members[edit]

Mike Portnoy
Mike Portnoy
– drums, percussion, backing vocals (1985–2010) Chris Collins – lead vocals (1986) Steve Stone - lead vocals (one-off show 1990) Kevin Moore
Kevin Moore
– keyboards (1985–1994) Charlie Dominici – lead vocals (1988–1989, one-off show 2004) Derek Sherinian
Derek Sherinian
– keyboards (1994–1999, one-off show 2004)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit] Main article: Dream Theater
Dream Theater
discography Studio albums[edit]

When Dream and Day Unite
When Dream and Day Unite
(1989) Images and Words
Images and Words
(1992) Awake
Awake
(1994) Falling into Infinity
Falling into Infinity
(1997) Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Scenes from a Memory
(1999) Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
(2002) Train of Thought (2003) Octavarium
Octavarium
(2005) Systematic Chaos
Systematic Chaos
(2007) Black Clouds & Silver Linings (2009) A Dramatic Turn of Events
A Dramatic Turn of Events
(2011) Dream Theater
Dream Theater
(2013) The Astonishing
The Astonishing
(2016)

EP[edit]

A Change of Seasons
A Change of Seasons
(1995)

Bootleg culture[edit] Dream Theater
Dream Theater
have released a series of official bootlegs, demos and other rarities through YtseJam Records, headed by Portnoy.[126] Demo series[edit]

The Majesty Demos
Majesty Demos
1985–86 (CD) When Dream and Day Unite
When Dream and Day Unite
Demos 1987–89 (CD) Images and Words
Images and Words
Demos 1989–91 (CD) Awake
Awake
Demos 1994 (CD) Falling Into Infinity
Falling Into Infinity
Demos 1996–97 (CD) Train of Thought Instrumental Demos 2003 (CD)

Studio series[edit]

The Making of Falling Into Infinity
Falling Into Infinity
(CD) The Making of Scenes From a Memory (CD)

Live series[edit]

New York City – 3/4/93 (CD) Tokyo, Japan
Japan
– 10/28/95 (CD) Old Bridge, New Jersey – 12/14/96 (CD) Los Angeles, California
California
– 5/18/98 (CD) Bucharest, Romania – 7/4/02 (DVD) When Dream and Day Reunite – 5/6/04 (CD/DVD) Santiago, Chile
Santiago, Chile
– 12/6/05 (DVD)

Cover series[edit]

Master of Puppets
Master of Puppets
(CD) The Number of the Beast (CD) The Dark Side of the Moon
The Dark Side of the Moon
(CD/DVD) Made in Japan
Japan
(CD) Uncovered 2003–05 (CD)

Certifications[edit] RIAA gold and platinum certifications[127]

Images and Words
Images and Words
(Album) (Gold) – February 2, 1995 Metropolis 2000: Live Scenes From New York (Video Longform) (Gold) – November 8, 2002 Live at Budokan (Video Longform) (Platinum) – January 26, 2005 Live in Tokyo/ 5 Years in a Livetime
5 Years in a Livetime
Video Longform (Platinum) – March 22, 2006 Score (Video Longform) (Platinum) – October 11, 2006

Other platinum and gold certifications

Awake
Awake
(Platinum) (Japan)

Awards and honors[edit] Burrn! magazine Jordan Rudess
Jordan Rudess
was awarded:

Best keyboards player of the year (2007)

Guitar World The album Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
Scenes from a Memory
was ranked No. 95 on the magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Albums of All Time.[128] Total Guitar John Petrucci
John Petrucci
won Guitarist of the year award (2007) Ultimate Guitar Archive In 2009, Dream Theater
Dream Theater
were placed on the Top 10 in Ultimate Guitar's The Greatest Metal Bands of the Decade.[129] Classic Rock magazine Dream Theater
Dream Theater
won The Spirit of Prog Award at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour 2009 in London.[130][131] They were also nominated for the Album of the Year Award for their album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings in 2009, but lost to AC/DC's Black Ice.[132] Rolling Stone On July 25, 2011, Dream Theater
Dream Theater
were placed on the list "The Best Prog Rock Bands of All Time", chosen by the Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
Magazine's readers poll.[133] MusicRadar The MusicRadar readers poll placed Dream Theater
Dream Theater
amongst "The 30 greatest live acts in the world today" (as of 2010). They peaked No. 5 on the list, placed over artists like Metallica, Muse, U2 and Coldplay.[134] John Myung, from August through September 2010, was voted the greatest bassist of all time. In the same time frame, Mike Portnoy
Mike Portnoy
was voted the second best drummer ever, losing out to Joey Jordison. In December 2010, James LaBrie
James LaBrie
was voted the 15th best frontman of all time (with Axl Rose
Axl Rose
coming first and Freddie Mercury
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
John Petrucci
coming second in a shred-guitarist poll conducted in May this year (losing out to Al Di Meola). Metal Edge Derek Sherinian
Derek Sherinian
was voted "Best Keyboardist" in Metal Edge magazine's 1998 Readers' Choice Awards.[135] The Prog Report On July 13, 2015, The Prog Report ranked Images and Words at #1 on their "Top Prog Albums of the Last 25 Years". Four other Dream Theater
Dream Theater
albums made the list; Scenes from a Memory
Scenes from a Memory
placed at #3, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
at #14, Awake
Awake
at #18, and Train of Thought at #38.[136] Other recognition[edit]

At Dream Theater's Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
show, Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. signed a proclamation making July 30, 2007, " Dream Theater
Dream Theater
Day".[137] Dream Theater
Dream Theater
were featured twice in the Xbox 360 Game With Fame event. They played Halo 3
Halo 3
in December 2007[138] and Call of Duty: World at War in June 2009.[139] In November 2010, Dream Theater
Dream Theater
was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.

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Further reading[edit]

Bredius, Mark. Dream Theater
Dream Theater
- The official site. (Retrieved February–April 2005.) Dixon, Brad et al. Official Dream Theater
Dream Theater
FAQ. (Retrieved February–April 2005, moved c. 2007.) Hale, Mark (1993). "1731 Majesty". Headbangers (First edition, second printing ed.). Ann Arbor, Michigan: Popular Culture, Ink. ISBN 1-56075-029-4.  Hansen, Scott. (2003). "James LaBrie: As this man thinks". Theater of Dreams 27/28, pp. 26–30. Hansen, Scott & Portnoy, Mike. Dream Theater
Dream Theater
Tourography. (Retrieved February–April 2005.) King, Brian. (2003). "JaM Progductions! Interview with John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy". Theater of Dreams 29, pp. 14–20. Wilson, Rich (2007). Lifting Shadows (First ed.). United Kingdom: Essential Works. ISBN 9781906615024. 

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Studio albums

When Dream and Day Unite Images and Words Awake Falling into Infinity Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence Train of Thought Octavarium Systematic Chaos Black Clouds & Silver Linings A Dramatic Turn of Events Dream Theater The Astonishing

Live releases

Live at the Marquee Once in a LIVEtime Live Scenes from New York Live at Budokan Score Chaos in Motion
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2007–2008 Live at Luna Park Breaking the Fourth Wall

Compilations

Greatest Hit (...And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs)

EPs

A Change of Seasons

Videos

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

"Afterlife" "Pull Me Under" "Metropolis—Part I: "The Miracle and the Sleeper"" "Another Day" "The Silent Man" "Wither" "On the Backs of Angels" "The Enemy Inside" "Along for the Ride" "The Looking Glass"

Other songs

"A Mind Beside Itself" "Space-Dye Vest" "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" "Twelve-step Suite" "Stream of Consciousness" "Octavarium" "Illumination Theory"

Tours

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