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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.

 
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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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YouTube: Dream Theater

Dream Theater Unveil ‘The Gift of Music’ Official Video

Dream Theater have released the first music video from 'The Astonishing' as they present 'The Gift of Music.'

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Photo by Jimmy Fontaine

Dream Theater, ‘The Astonishing’ – Album Review

Dream Theater have never been a band to go along with the crowd. They have always pushed boundaries, expanded their musical horizons and have never been afraid to experiment.

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YouTube: Guitar World

Dream Theater’s John Petrucci Unveils 2016 Signature Guitars at NAMM

Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci has unveiled two more signature guitars with Ernie Ball Music Man at NAMM.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Dream Theater Unveil Moody New Song, ‘Moment of Betrayal’

Dream Theater have just released their second single, 'Moment of Betrayal' off the upcoming concept album, 'The Astonishing' and it's a journey in itself.

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YouTube: Dream Theater
YouTube: Dream Theater

Dream Theater Unveil ‘The Astonishing’ Trailer, Jordan Rudess Pays Tribute to David Bowie

Dream Theater have shed light on the story behind 'The Astonishing' with a video trailer and keyboardist Jordan Rudess paid tribute to the late David Bowie.

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Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess Almost Played on Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’

Jordan Rudess is an exceptional keyboard player, but had he been better at drums he could have appeared on Pink Floyd's 'The Wall.'

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Dream Theater Announce North American Tour Dates, Will Perform ‘The Astonishing’ In Full

Dream Theater have announced a 2016 run of North American dates and will be performing their new album 'The Astonishing' each night.

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YouTube

Dream Theater Present ‘The Gift of Music’

Get a listen to the new Dream Theater song 'The Gift of Music.'

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Roadrunner

Dream Theater Unveil ‘The Astonishing’ Artwork + Track Listing

Dream Theater have been teasing details for their new album 'The Astonishing' and just made their biggest announcement about the album yet.

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