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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.

 
Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs / Adrenaline Mob / Dream Theater)
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Mike Portnoy Clarifies Dream Theater Invite for 50th Birthday Bash

Mike Portnoy has explained the reason for inviting Dream Theater to perform the '12 Step Suite' at his 50th birthday bash.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images
Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Mike Portnoy Won’t Revisit Dream Theater Material After Shattered Fortress Tour: ‘This Is Closure for Me’

Mike Portnoy has asserted that his upcoming shows with Shattered Fortress will be the last time he revisits Dream Theater material.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Mike Portnoy on Potentially Playing With Dream Theater: I’m Not Too Busy for Them, I Just Need the Invitation

Mike Portnoy claimed that though his plate is very full with projects, he isn’t too busy to perform with Dream Theater once again.

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YouTube: The Prog Report
YouTube: The Prog Report

Mike Portnoy Peforms Dream Theater’s ’12 Step Suite’ Live on Cruise to the Edge

For the first time ever, Mike Portnoy performed Dream Theater's '12 Step Suite' live while aboard the Cruise to the Edge with a cast of guest musicians.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Dream Theater Release ‘The Astonishing’ Mobile Game

Get the scoop on Dream Theater's 'The Astonishing' mobile game, based off last year's conceptual double album.

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Joshua Lowe, Loudwire
Joshua Lowe, Loudwire

Photo Gallery: NAMM 2017 Artist Appearances – Hollywood Vampires, Stone Sour + More

Loudwire descended upon the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., over the four-day period of Jan. 19-22.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images
Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Mike Portnoy: My Favorite Dream Theater Memories – Podcast Preview

In this preview of Loudwire Podcast #8, drumming legend Mike Portnoy recalls some of his favorite and most cherished Dream Theater memories.

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Loudwire
Loudwire

Dream Theater Albums Ranked

See how we ranked Dream Theater's albums from weakest to strongest.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire (2)
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire (2)

Dream Theater Tap Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale as Guest on New Version of ‘Our New World’

Dream Theater have released a new version of the song 'Our New World,' featuring a guest vocal spot from Halestorm's Lzzy Hale.

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Photo: Jimmy Fontaine
Photo: Jimmy Fontaine

Dream Theater Reveal Initial Dates for ‘The Astonishing Live’ Fall 2016 U.S. Tour

The prog metal legends have just announced initial dates for a fall U.S. jaunt beginning Oct. 5 in Bethlehem, Pa.

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