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Dream Theater To Bring “Images, Words & Beyond 25th Anniversary Tour” To North America

Hey there readers, so I’m not actually “IN” the Metal Command HQ at the time but learned about this tour when I decided to open up some Facebook Pages that I enjoy and wow would you look at that, the mighty Dream Theater is returning to our shores with a very classic album to celebrate. Read the bands official skinny on the matter along with the dates and then I will close it out with some editorial insight.

The Press Release:
Dream Theater has announced the third and final leg of their “Images, Words & Beyond 25th Anniversary Tour,” which sees the pioneering group celebrating the 25th anniversary of their milestone RIAA gold-certified album, Images & Words. The North American headline dates kick off October 25th at Oakland’s Fox Theatre. The trek takes the band throughout the US, including dates at NYC’s Beacon Theatre and L.A.’s Wiltern, as well as a stop at the Sony Centre in Toronto.

Like previous legs, the show will be presented as an “Evening with Dream Theater,” with no opening act. The tour will feature an unparalleled live set of Images & Words in its entirety, along with fan favorites from their deep, widely-acclaimed catalog.
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Dream Theater’s “Along For The Ride” Tour 2014

Progressive Metal giants Dream Theater have announced their “Along For The Ride Tour” which will hit numerous regions in early 2014. The show will be in the “An Evening With” format which means fans shall get a two full sets of the bands material and no opening act. Those types of tours were always fascinating to me since the fan got the most out of the bands catalog as opposed to their having a couple of well-deserving lead off acts.

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Roadrunner Records Presents: Dream Theater “The Spirit Carries On” (Part Three)

Hey there, and I am back with the final chapter of the three-part series from Dream Theater called “The Spirit Carries On”. It posted yesterday but I was a tad busy and not online to put it up until now. Anyway, the rest of this can be enjoyed below.

About The Clip: Dream Theater continues their search for a new drummer. In this episode see Aquiles Priester and Peter Wildoer auditions and the grand moment you have been waiting for. Dream Theater’s new drummer is…..

PiercingMetal Thoughts: So there you have it. The brand new drummer of Dream Theater is Mike Mangini. As I said way back (a few days ago) with Chapter One, I was pretty sure it was going to be him anyway. Despite being a fan of many of the others that auditioned, I feel that Mangini has the level of excitement that DT needs to pick up the pieces and move on from in the best fashion. Good luck Mike, I look forward to seeing you in concert and also seeing what kind of monster kit that you introduce to the bands shows. What did you think of this little video mini-series? Do you enjoy when bands do this sort of thing and bring us right into the process with them? I have to admit that I rather liked it and would be interested in sharing such series in the future as we are made aware of them. Please let me know what you think down in the comments area below.

Official Website: http://www.dreamtheater.net

Roadrunner Records Presents: Dream Theater “The Spirit Carries On” (Part Two)

I’m just going to let the official overview of the second part of the series do it’s talking but since the band revealed the full “7” musicians trying out I will add that in right later on. Let’s get onto the scoop about part two shall we?

About The Clip: The search continues as Dream Theater auditions more of the worlds best drummers. In this episode see Derek Roddy, Marco Minnemann, Thomas Lang and Virgil Donati behind the kit. Please note that during Derek Roddy’s audition we experienced some technical difficulties. We only picked up sound from the camera mics. We apologize profusely!

PiercingMetal Thoughts: So of course you already know who is in this clip but here are the bands that all of them have some experience in. They are Aquiles Priester (Angra, Paul Di’anno), Peter Wildoer (Darkane), Marco Minnemann (Kreator, Necrophagist, Ephel Duath, Joe Satriani), Virgil Donati (Planet X, Seven The Hardway), Derek Roddy (Hate Eternal, Nile, Today Is The Day), Mike Mangini (Steve Vai, Extreme, Annihilator), Thomas Lang (John Wetton, Robert Fripp, Glenn Hughes). Of the group, Derek was the youngest at 36 while Donati the oldest at 52. Age has nothing to do with the level of skill and presentation of course but that’s just my three cents. Now my humble opinion on this grouping is that Minnemann was the one who was the most stand out in terms of the kind of music that DT is playing. The others either made a quick mistake here and there or did some interpretation of the material that would not lock into the proper place in the minds of longtime fans. As I’ve noted already I was backing Mangini but after seeing this installment I am thinking that Marco might actually beat him to the punch. The others are terrific too but I am not of the mind that DT wants to go too far left of center from what they with Mike Portnoy. What do you think? You can add your own opinion to these blog posts down below.

Official Website: http://www.dreamtheater.net

Roadrunner Records Presents: Dream Theater “The Spirit Carries On” (Part One)

As we shared back in September of last year, Dream Theater’s founding drummer Mike Portnoy had quit the band and now they share a video series from an exhausting search that featured “7” of the world’s greatest drummers. The official low down on the clip is below and then you can sit back, relax and watch the interesting proceedings.

About The Clip: September 2010: Progressive titans Dream Theater were ready to work on their new album when the unthinkable happened. Their drummer and close friend, Mike Portnoy, left the band. Floored, the band invited 7 of the worlds greatest drummers to try out and documented all of the auditions. Enjoy the first episode of the three part series.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: I really don’t want to add too much editorial opinion to this series since it’s a new sort of thing to be sharing with the readers of the PiercingMetal Musings Blog. I do like that I get the means to do this sort of thing a little easier than the hard coding of the HTML review pages but I digress. As far as this short film goes, I did think that this was cool and that right out of the gate that Mike Mangini showed off some SUPERB chops. He also was the only drummer in the feature which makes me wonder how much higher in the running he actually is. I loved the big kit that he used and will be pulling for him over most of the others. No offense to them all. What did you think? Let us know down below.

Official Website: http://www.dreamtheater.net