Progressive metal champions Dream Theater are poised to release their latest album, a self-titled effort, next month, marking the group's second disc with drummer Mike Mangini. As we all know, Mangini replaced former drummer Mike Portnoy, who left the band then attempted to return but was rebuffed. With Portnoy recently again saying he would return to the band in a heartbeat if asked, frontman James Labrie has weighed in on the matter.
We recently had the pleasure of attending a Dream Theater listening party in New York City for the band's upcoming self-titled release. The members of Dream Theater and those in attendance all hung out with some lovely food and drink while the album blasted through massive speakers, so we took the opportunity to chat with legendary Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci.
Dream Theater experienced a drastic shift in 2010 when drummer Mike Portnoy announced his departure from the legendary band. Portnoy's plan was to take a temporary break from Dream Theater, but the group chose to cut all ties with their longtime drummer. Despite the drama, Portnoy has just revealed that he would rejoin Dream Theater "in a heartbeat."
Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess may utilize traditional release methods with his band, but he's thinking outside of the box for his latest solo project. The musician has been working on both piano-based and orchestral pieces of music and he's using PledgeMusic to not only help fund the effort, but to provide a more interactive experience for his fans.