Dream Theater

Dream Theater



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 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 and 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 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 Fastest Shredders of All Time" by GuitarOne magazine.[1] 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 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 has also previously set 5 WFD records.[3] 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 chart.[5] Both the 1994 release 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 was ranked number 95 on the October 2006 issue of 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 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 nomination, this time for "Best Metal Performance", for the album's first single, "The Enemy Inside".[9]

On April 9, 2013, 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 and Metallica.[10] As of 2011, Dream Theater has sold over 8 million records worldwide.[11][12]



The Astonishing
The Astonishing is the thirteenth studio album by American progressive metal band Dream Theater, released on January 29, 2016 through Roadrunner Records.
Awake is the third studio album by American progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater, released on October 4, 1994 through East West Records.
Systematic Chaos
Systematic Chaos is the ninth studio album by American progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater.
Octavarium is the eighth studio album by American progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater.

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James LaBrie: Primary Songwriters of Dream Theater Were Always John Petrucci and the Keyboardist
  –  December 13, 2017
In related stuff, Dream Theater have signed a deal with InsideOut Music for the release of their upcoming 14th studio album, marking the follow-up to 2016's "The Astonishing." No additional info has been revealed, stay tuned.
Dream Theater sign new deal for album no.14
  –  December 13, 2017
Dream Theater sign with Sony Music/InsideOut for their 14th studio album - the follow-up to 2016’s The Astonishing Dream Theater have announced that they’ve signed a new record deal with Sony Music/InsideOut Music for their 14th studio album.
Sony Music Signs Dream Theater to a Long-Term Deal via its InsideOutMusic Imprint
  –  December 12, 2017
In a career that has spanned in excess of 30 years and during which they have sold more than eight million albums, two-time Grammy-nominated US progressive-metal band, Dream Theater, has never done the predictable. This was evident with the release of ...
Dream Theater Ink Worldwide Deal With InsideOut
  –  December 12, 2017
Dream Theater have inked a new worldwide deal with Sony Music imprint InsideOutMusic. Plans are being laid for the group's 14th studio album while the band themselves commented of their new label deal: “We are all really excited about signing a brand-new ...
  –  December 11, 2017
In a career that has spanned in excess of 30 years and during which they have sold more than eight million albums, two-time Grammy-nominated U.S. progressive-metal band DREAM THEATER has never done the predictable. This was evident with the release of ...
Tony Nominee Willy Falk to Star in LEGALLY BLONDE at Dream Theater
  –  December 5, 2017
Legally Blonde is directed and choreographed by Dream Theater executive artistic director Bernard J. Solomon. The creative team also includes music director David Maglione, scenic designer Robert Andrew Kovach, lighting designer Zach Pizza, assistant ...
Dream Theater delivers latest hits to 3,000 rapturous fans at Mumbai gig, amid downpour
  –  October 11, 2017
On their latest album, the massive two-disc concept album The Astonishing, American prog rock/metallers Dream Theater create an alternate universe where music is used to fight against an “oppressive empire”. On the third track, 'The Gift of Music ...
Dream Theater: See you soon India, it will be an amazing evening, can’t wait!
  –  September 29, 2017
I’ve realised just how much our music has meant to them and how it has become a part of their lives. See you soon India, it will be an amazing evening. Can’t wait! Dream Theater has always been critically acclaimed for their knowledge in theoretical music.


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