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Dream Theater’s “Forsaken” Nominated For Headbanger’s Ball Best Of 2008

http://www. mtv2. com/#series/10952

Click Vote to watch and vote for the best metal video of 2008.

Headbangers Ball’s Year End Special airs Saturday December 20th at 2am ET only on MTV2

In 2007 “Constant Motion” won #2.

Go vote!

Forsaken Video Premiere next weekend

According to Dream Theater's Myspace page:

Dream Theater's new anime video for the track "Forsaken" will have its exclusive World Premiere on MTV2's Headbangers Ball on Saturday Jan 26th 2008.

Video Interview with Mike

along with some live footage has been posted here.

DT on Dickinson's Rock Show

DREAM THEATER will be Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson's guests on Saturday, May 26 during Bruce's weekly BBC 6 Music radio show, aptly named "Rock Show". Listen to the program live via the Internet between 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. (midnight) U.K. time (between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. EST) at

DT on MySpace

With some help from RoadRunner, we now have:

Dream Theater MySpace
Mike Portnoy MySpace

Tama interviews Mike

Check out Mike's latest interview with Tama here. He talks about the new album, G3, working with Neal Morse and lots more.


From Roadrunner Records:

Roadrunner Records is proud to announce the signing of progressive metal pioneers Dream Theater. A new studio album, Systematic Chaos is due in June. Dream Theater will hit the road in support of the album for a world tour, including major festival appearances in Europe.

Since their first studio release in 1989, this U.S. based five-piece has notched up record and DVD sales in excess of six million and headlined to audiences of 20,000. Having undertaken seven world tours across 42 different countries, Dream Theater has established a live reputation that has swept them to arena-status around the globe. They have appeared alongside acts such as Deep Purple, Iron Maiden and Yes.

Recognized by peers and public alike for their advanced musical expertise, the band (Mike Portnoy, drums; John Petrucci, guitar; John Myung, bass; James LaBrie, vocals; Jordan Rudess, keyboards) has long held the ability to combine complex arrangements with unadulterated songwriting skills, the material often underpinned by riffs as heavy as anything in the Metallica repertoire.

"This album's got all of the elements we've become known for," reveals Portnoy. "The focus on musicianship, the skull-crushing riffs, the big progressive epics and the heart-wrenching melodies. We've got one of the strongest and most devoted fan bases in the world, and they should certainly be happy with the new material. By working closely with the label we hope to turn a great many new heads, too."

"Dream Theater and Roadrunner Records have led parallel careers on the cutting edge of metal for many years," say A&R men, Derek Oliver & Dante Bonutto, "We're thrilled to be working with a genuine market-leader, and when you add everything the guys bring to the table to the independent spirit and work ethic of the label, the results can only be exciting in the extreme!"

Prior to teaming up with Roadrunner, Dream Theater was signed to a seven-album deal with Warner Music Group worldwide. The deal commenced with the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Images And Words (1992), a Gold-certified US release, and concluded, in equal style, with Octavarium (2005), a Top 40 Billboard outing. In August of last year the band issued Score, a live album/DVD (recorded at Radio City Music Hall in New York), which went straight to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard DVD charts, knocking Pink Floyd from the top!

By the following month, the five were holed up at Avatar Studios in New York, working on the new album with veteran engineer/ mixer Paul Northfield (Rush, Queensrÿche, Porcupine Tree). As usual, Portnoy and Petrucci chose to co-produce the project, which features seven compositions (one a 25-minute epic), and word on the grapevine is that the Dream Theater/Roadrunner alliance looks all set to kick off with a classic.

Systematic Chaos, Dream Theater's ninth studio release, arrives at a time when the band is casting a longer-than-ever shadow across the rock and metal landscape. Their influence is being acknowledged by an increasing number of contemporary, cutting-edge acts such as Stone Sour, Trivium, Shadows Fall, Opeth as their fan base continues to grow.

Touring plans will be announced shortly. Please visit or for up to the minute information.

Gods of Metal Festival

Dream Theater is scheduled to appear at the Gods of Metal festival in Milan, Italy being held June 2-3. Some of the other bands involved are:



As mentioned earlier by Mike, Dream Theater will see some TV time at the end of this month. This will be on Metal Maniacs and Classic In Concert on VH1 Classic.

Current schedule has them on:

Friday, August 25:

DREAM THEATER on "Metal Mania" - 8pm EST/5pm PST
"Score" on " Classic In Concert" - 9pm EST/6pm PST

DREAM THEATER on "Metal Mania" - 11pm EST/8pm PST
"Score" on "Classic In Concert" - Midnight EST/9pm PST

Saturday, August 26:

DREAM THEATER on "Metal Mania" - 1pm EST/10am PST
"Score" on "Classic In Concert" - 2pm EST/11am PST

Sunday, August 27:

DREAM THEATER on "Metal Mania" - 6pm EST/3pm PST
"Score" on "Classic In Concert" - 7pm EST/4am PST

DT & VH1 Classic

From Mike on his forum:

Yesterday, myself and John Petrucci filmed a few segments to be aired on VH1 Classic's Metal Mania show at the end of the month.

In addition to our interview spots, VH1 Classic will be airing a condensed version of "Score" for their Friday Night Concert Series tentatively scheduled for Friday Aug 25th.

Check your local listings for exact times....


Dream Theater does Dark Side of the Moon

As previously reported, Dream Theater was set to perform a classic album at the second show of their two night stand in Amsterdam (and again in London). This album was revealed last night to be Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Joining the boys on stage were Mike Kidson on saxophone (from "the Australian Pink Floyd Show") and Theresa Thomason (from DT's "Scenes from a Memory"). The tracks performed were:

01. Speak to Me
02. Breathe
03. On The Run
04. Time
05. Breathe (Reprise)
06. The Great Gig in the Sky
07. Money
08. Us And Them
09. Any Colour You Like
10. Brain Damage
11. Eclipse

Article about new album @ Billboard has the article, Dream Theater Eyeing June For New Album, up on their web site now. Some good quotes from John P about the new album.

New Album Finished!

According to MIke Portnoy:

On Friday February 25th 2005, Dream Theater wrapped up recording on their latest album. Mixing will be begin on Monday February 28th and the record will be delivered to the label in Mid-March. A release is expected for sometime around May/June through Atlantic Records.

Dream Theater began writing and recording their latest album last November at the world famous Hit Factory studios in New York City. (everybody from Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Britney Spears, U2, Mariah Carey, REM, etc. etc. have all recorded at the legendary studio)
As has been reported in the media several weeks ago, the famous recording studio is closing down upon the completion of Dream Theater's recording session.

This album will hold the distinction of being the VERY LAST album ever recorded at the Hit Factory in NYC. (the first was Stevie Wonder's "Songs In The Key Of Life") After the Dream Theater sessions ended on Friday night, the lights were turned off and the doors were locked to the world famous studio - ending an era in the music industry....

Song Writing Contest Winners

From Dream Theater's Official Site:

"Well, after listening to all 54 entries (at roughly 11 minutes each!) we finally have chosen a winner!

It was a very hard decision for us to make as so many of these entries were truly incredible and worthy of reward.
The amount of time and effort put foward by each and every one of the contestants really blew us away! There is so much talent out there among our fanbase and we are truly impressed....

Being there were so many great compositions, we wanted to think of a way to award more than just the Grand Prize in order to share their wonderful talents with everybody, we've decided to take the top 7 finalists and manufacture a CD with their entries to distribute through a future issue of the Dream Theater International Fan Club magazine "Theater of Dreams". (many of the regional fan clubs are going to take part in this CD promotion as well!)

So without any further ado:

1st Place Grand Prize Winner:
Andy Rowland and Ant Law (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Andy's and Ant's entry will be played each and every night on the Dream Theater 2004 World Tour approximately 20 minutes before DT hits the stage.
They also win 4 Tickets and Backstage Passes to the 2004 DT show of their choice, a copy of "Train of Thought" signed by all 5 members of DT, and a set of the 3 latest Ytsejam Records releases (for more information, visit

2nd Place Winner:
Daisuke Kurosawa (Tokiwadai, Japan)

Daisuke's entry was a VERY close runner-up (we had to listen to the top 2 finalists several times back to back), so we'd like to reward his incredible efforts as well with 4 Tickets and Backstage Passes to the 2004 DT show of his choice.

Top 5 Runner Up Winners:

1. Linear Sphere Theater (London, England)
2. Richard Campbell (London, England)
3. Brian Wherry (Auburndale, MA - USA)
4. Redemption (Los Angeles, CA - USA)
5. Eric Clemenzi (Byfield, MA - USA)

Each of these entries (pending their permission) will be included on the upcoming Dream Theater Songwriting Contest CD.

Honorable Mentions:
Most Creative Entry: Eric Broughton and Umesh Madhavan (Sylvan Beach, NY - USA)
Best Musical Moment: Bass Solo from Godforsaken Project (North Hollywood, CA - USA)
Best Song Title: "Slightly Ominous Cheeseburger" by Divided Sky (Exton, PA - USA)
Best Band Name: Sweet Brown Otter Meat (Renton, WA - USA)

Congratulations to all of the winners and a big thank you to all of the contestants!

C-ya on tour,
Dream Theater"

DT mention on

Not that it's for a good thing, but had a mention of the recent identity theft of Mike Portnoy.

For more information on this story and for information on who to contact if you were a victim of this theft, please go to

Back to the Studio!

Dream Theater was scheduled to head back in to the studio today to write and record a new studio album. More updates as we get them.

The Number of the Beast

Dream Theater played The Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden as their classic album in the UK and France second night shows. We are working on getting some/all of the tracks and will keep you posted. Also, of note, is that they played Gangland twice at the France show and mentioned that they were recording the show.

Also, at the France show, Dream Theater played Your Majesty for the first time in 16 years. A recording of this is available on Downloads Page.

Dream Theater on TV!

Dream Theater will appear on the CBS Morning Show on September 14th according to this press release from Elektra.

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