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Dream Theater

Over the course of a career now spanning a quarter century, Dream Theater have arguably become the prototypical progressive metal band. And, not by coincidence, they are also probably the most successful purveyors of the form. Dream Theater was founded in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1985, initially as Majesty, by fellow Berklee College of Music students John Petrucci (guitar), John Myung (bass) and Mike Portnoy (drums). Together with keyboardist Kevin Moore and vocalist Charlie Dominici, the quintet recorded 1989’s When Dream and Day Unite for independent Mechanic Records — then parted ways with both the label and Dominici prior to releasing their breakthrough sophomore album, 1992’s Images and Words, introducing new singer James LaBrie. The song “Pull Me Under,” in particular, became a surprise hit for Dream Theater (still the biggest of their career), despite exceeding the eight-minute mark, and gave the band the confidence to pursue their ambitious musical template, marked by fantastic virtuosity and diversity, over a string of ‘90s albums while developing a rabid following on tour. For 1999’s conceptual Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory, Dream Theater welcomed keyboardist Jordan Rudess (replacing Derek Sherinian, who, in turn had replaced Moore in ’94), and this lineup would enjoy continued stability and success into the new millennium, thanks to acclaimed offerings like 2003’s Train of Thought and 2007’s Systematic Chaos. Not until 2010 would their winning streak be challenged by the not-quite-friendly departure of founding member and longtime band leader Mike Portnoy. But Dream Theater’s remaining lineup ultimately prevailed and still prospers today with help from new drummer Mike Mangini — their progressive metal supremacy still relatively unchallenged.

 
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Mike Portnoy Invites Dream Theater Members to Join Him Onstage at Birthday Bash

Mike Portnoy will be performing Dream Theater's '12-Step Suite' for his 50th birthday and invited his former bandmates to join him onstage.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Mike Portnoy to Perform Dream Theater’s ’12-Step Suite’ for First Time for 50th Birthday Bash

Legendary drummer Mike Portnoy will be performing Dream Theater's '12-Step Suite' live for the first time ever as part of his 50th birthday celebration.

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YouTube: Dream Theater
YouTube: Dream Theater

Dream Theater Release Music Video for Uplifting Song ‘Our New World’

Dream Theater have put together a positively heartwarming video for the song 'Our New World.'

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YouTube: Jordan Rudess
YouTube: Jordan Rudess

Dream Theater Keyboardist Jordan Rudess Pays Tribute to Prince With ‘Purple Rain’ Cover

Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess recorded a brilliant rendition of 'Purple Rain' on the keyboard in honor of the late Prince.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Dream Theater’s James LaBrie Talks ‘The Astonishing’ Album, Touring + More

Dream Theater's James LaBrie talks with Full Metal Jackie about 'The Astonishing' concept album, their touring production and more.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Dream Theater’s James LaBrie Expresses Hope for New Solo Album + Tour

Dream Theater singer James LaBrie wants to write another solo album and take the band on the road for a tour, but says timing is the issue.

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Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs / Adrenaline Mob / Dream Theater)
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Mike Portnoy on Major Reason He Left Dream Theater + Why He Respects Lars Ulrich

Drummer Mike Portnoy discusses why he left Dream Theater and also comments on a big lesson learned from Metallica's Lars Ulrich.

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Joshua Lowe / Liz Ramanand
Joshua Lowe / Liz Ramanand

Iron Maiden, ‘The Wicker Man’ vs. Dream Theater, ‘On the Backs of Angels’ – March Metal Madness 2016, Round 1

Iron Maiden take on Dream Theater in Round 1 of March Metal Madness to determine the Best Metal Song of the 21st Century.

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Roadrunner Records
Roadrunner Records

Dream Theater Planning ‘The Astonishing’ Game Based on Conceptual Album

Wish you could step into the world of Dream Theater's 'The Astonishing'? The band is currently having a new computer game developed.

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Jordan Rudess
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Dream Theater Keyboardist Jordan Rudess Talks ‘The Astonishing,’ Plays ‘Happy Birthday’ for Fan

While at the NAMM convention, Jordan Rudess discussed Dream Theater's 'The Astonishing' album, and performed 'Happy Birthday' for a fan.

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