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August 12th, 2014


Tombowler and Metropolis Touring Present: 

If there is one name that is synonymous with modern Post Progressive Metal, it would undeniably be Dream Theater.

The supreme lords of the genre own their style, best described as mixing the progressive tendencies of bands such as Pink FloydRush and Yes with the metal edge of Metallica and Iron Maiden. With a career spanning close to 30 years, Dream Theater have recorded over 10 million album sales around the world to a fanatical diehard fanbase.

It has been 5 years since Dream Theater’s last visit in 2009 and Australian fans have been chomping at the bit for a return tour from the mesmerising kings of post prog metal.

Metropolis Touring and Tombowler are therefore thrilled to announce Dream Theater will be finally returning to Australia for two very special, exclusive and intimate performances in Sydney and Melbourne this October!

Expressive, extraordinary and genre-defining, Dream Theater’s music is as timeless as their dozen-album strong discography would suggest, while their latest album, the self-titled Dream Theater sees the band ever advancing toward new horizons.  This latest record is the first featuring the full integration into the band of new drummer Mike Mangini, making their current lineup something to behold.

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DREAM THEATER: Live at Ice Hall, Helsinki

February 28th, 2014

Dream Theater


24’th of February 2014


Progressive metal maestros Dream Theater have always been diligent Finnish visitors. The band made its live debut in Finland  in 1995. This show on Feb.24th, 2014 was their tenth show here. The band released its 12’th studio album DREAM THEATER in September 2103 and it’s been a worldwide success on the charts. The album has received critical acclaim and the first single “The Enemy Inside” was nominated for a “Best Metal Performance” Grammy Award. Understandably, the recovery process took its time but it stands to reason that the band is doing very well without its founding member/drummer Mike Portnoy who left the band under difficult circumstances in 2011. It’s time of another “Evening with Dream Theater”! 

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December 18th, 2013







Roadrunner Records group Dream Theater has announced new tour dates for a North American headline trek billed as the “Along For The Ride” tour.  The coast-to-coast run will pick up on March 20th in Toronto, ON following the band’s European tour and then continues through the end of April where it will eventually wrap up in Guadalajara, MX (see attached itinerary).  Presale tickets will be available starting at 10:00AM ET on Wednesday, December 18th with general onsale for select dates starting at 10:00AM ET on Friday, December 20th. For up-to-the-minute news and ticket information, please visit

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James LaBrie reveals lyric video for brand new track ‘Back On The Ground’

July 17th, 2013

It is just under two weeks till the latest studio album from Dream Theater’s James LaBrie hits the streets, and as such a lyric video for the anthem ‘Back On The Ground’ has been released for your listening pleasure. This track is taken from the album “Impermanent Resonance”, to be released on July 29th, 2013 in Europe and August 6th, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic, and you can check out the video below.
‘Back On The Ground’ Lyric Video:

The standard album’s tracklisting will be the following:James LaBrie – “Impermanent Resonance”
1. Agony
2. Undertow
3. Slight Of Hand
4. Back On The Ground
5. I Got You
6. Holding On
7. Lost In The Fire
8. Letting Go
9. Destined To Burn
10. Say You’re Still Mine
11. Amnesia
12. I Will Not Break

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June 20th, 2013

Dream Theater have released an exclusive 18-shot photo gallery from the making of their self-titled album, which will be available everywhere September 24! Three shots are above, and you can see the whole set right here!

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June 6th, 2013








Roadrunner Records has announced the eagerly anticipated new album from the legendary Dream Theater. “DREAM THEATER” – the first self-titled collection in the GRAMMY®-nominated band’s nearly three decade career – arrives at last on September 24th.

“DREAM THEATER” was recorded at Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove, New York, with founding guitarist John Petrucci producing and studio luminary Richard Chycki (Aerosmith, Rush) engineering and mixing. The album marks a brilliant new chapter for the always adventurous band, their first to have been written and recorded with drummer Mike Mangini wholly integrated into the creative process from the start.

“I see every new album as an opportunity to start over,” says Petrucci. “To either build or improve upon a direction that has been evolving over time or to completely break new ground. This is the first self-titled album of our career and there is nothing I can think of that makes a statement of musical and creative identity stronger than that. We’ve fully explored all of the elements that make us unique, from the epic and intense to the atmospheric and cinematic. We’re incredibly excited about ‘DREAM THEATER’ and can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

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December 3rd, 2012

Grammy nominated band Dream Theater,
one of rock’s most musically fearless and adventurous bands, has
re-signed with Roadrunner Records. The group first signed with
Roadrunner Records in January 2007 and has so far released three
critically acclaimed albums with the label.  The label first issued
Dream Theater’s ninth studio album Systematic Chaos in 2007 and went on
to release Black Clouds & Silver Linings in 2009 as well as their most
recent album, A Dramatic Turn of Events in September 2011.  The band
will soon begin recording a new album as part of the new agreement with
Roadrunner Records.

In 2012 and while with Roadrunner Records, the band received their
first-ever Grammy nomination for “On The Backs Of Angels” in the Best
Hard Rock/Metal Performance category.  The song was the first single
from their eleventh studio album  A Dramatic Turn Of Events,  which had
14 Top 10 debuts around the world including the U.S. where it entered at
#8 on the Billboard  Top 200 album chart.   2009’s Black Clouds & Silver
Linings also charted strongly, debuting at #6 on the Billboard Top 200
album chart, the highest charting record of the band’s career. They have
also won several awards while at Roadrunner Records including’s readers’ poll for “Your Favorite Prog Rock Albums of
All Time” (2012), several awards from the leading Japanese rock magazine
BURRN! (2012) and the “Spirit Of Prog” achievement award at the 2009
Classic Rock Awards.  Overall, the legendary progressive metal masters
have sold in excess of 10 million records and DVDs worldwide. A
powerhouse live act, they’ve headlined and sold out shows all over the

The band commented, “We are all very excited to be re-signing with
Roadrunner Records! Over the past 5 years from the release of Systematic
Chaos to our latest A Dramatic Turn of Events, we’ve developed strong
creative and professional bonds with everyone at Roadrunner as well as
many great friendships along the way.”

The band adds: “Roadrunner’s dedication and commitment to Dream Theater
has been evident to all of us from the very beginning, and is consistent
in all departments and on all levels, right on through to the top.
Roadrunner is a record label that is not only great at what they do but
who truly understand what Dream Theater is all about as well as the
amazing people who support us all around the world whom we proudly call
our fans. They are a record company we relate to as an organization
firmly rooted in its ideals and mission, while always pushing the
envelope in an effort to keep things moving ever forward.  We’ve reached
many career defining milestones while at Roadrunner and are all
incredibly pumped in anticipation of our continued future together!”

Dream Theater formed in 1985 under the name Majesty. The lineup has
evolved to become John Petrucci (guitar, founding member), John Myung
(bass, founding member), James LaBrie (vocals), Jordan Rudess (keyboards
and continuum) and drummer Mike Mangini.

Dream Theater recently wrapped up a massive worldwide headline tour in
support of A Dramatic Turn of Events and is heading back into the studio
to record their next album.  The next chapter in Dream Theater’s storied
career begins in 2013.

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Members of Dream Theater speak out in there support for Eden’s Curse

June 5th, 2012

Following the EDEN’S CURSE two shows with Dream Theater in the UK last year, three members of Dream Theater, namely James LaBrieJohn Petrucci and Mike Mangini have spoken in audio interviews about the band in glowing terms and can be streamed below.

LaBrie, who sang on EDEN’S CURSE last studio record “Trinity“, personally invited the Multinational Melodic Metal outfit to open for them in the United Kingdom and the band grabbed the opportunities with both hands and received great reactions from Dream Theater’s fan base.

EDEN’S CURSE are currently in the studio writing album number four, the first to feature new vocalistMarco Sandron (Pathosray/Fairyland), and are relishing the opportunity to hit the UK stages again next year to promote their new record.

EDEN’S Curse recently signed a worlwide management deal with Germany’s Rock N Growl Management and released a snippet of the demo version of “Losing My Faith“, a brand new song from EDEN’S CURSE

EDEN’S CURSE featuring five musicians from five different countries!

EDEN’S CURSE line-up features: Marco Sandron – Vocals, Thorsten Koehne – Guitars, Paul Logue – Bass, Pete Newdeck – Drums and Alessandro Del Vecchio – Keyboards

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March 27th, 2012

All-star band contains members of Dream Theater, Deep Purple and Alpha Rev

While the band name Flying Colors might be unfamiliar to you, the members of this rock supergroup have individually sold millions of records and strong fan base around the world. Flying Colors‘ self-titled debut album is released today through Music Theories/Mascot Label Group/MRI.

Flying Colors album cover.

The members of Flying Colors are drummer Michael Portnoy (Dream Theater,) guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple,) vocalist Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev,) Neal Morse (keyboards,) and Dave LaRue (bass.) Flying Colors marks Portnoy’s first project since he departed Dream Theater.

The seeds of Flying Colors‘ formation were sown in 2008, when executive producer Bill Evans brought the idea to each of the musicians as well as to producer Peter Collins. Intrigued by the idea of working together, the four musicians wrote and recorded this album in just nine days.

Portnoy says “This album has bits and pieces of what you’d expect from each of us.

The sum of all it’s parts led to brand new, uncharted territory for everyone involved.”

Dave LaRue says “It was quite an experience. The band moved at a fast pace, ideas flying around the room at all times. Sections of tunes were arranged, then rearranged. Ideas were tried every which way until we made them work, or in some cases, discarded them altogether. Just keeping track of everything was a challenge! It’s been an inspiring challenge melding folk, prog, pop and metal all into one big recording.”

Flying Colors Track Listing

1. Blue Ocean
2. Shoulda Coulda Woulda
3. Kayla
4. The Storm
5. Forever in a Daze
6. Love Is What I’m Waiting For
7. Everything Changes
8. Better Than Walking Away
9. All Falls Down
10. Fool in My Heart
11. Infinite Fire

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DREAM THEATER: Live at Ice Hall, Helsinki

February 6th, 2012



The masters of progressive metal Dream Theater are known for having fallen in love with Finland as evidenced by their visits to the northernmost country on every tour since 1995. In 1995 the band played here for the first time in a small club with Fates Warning supporting. Some time has passed by since those days and many things have changed. The band has released a bunch of albums, the latest one DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS came out in the fall of 2011, and Dream Theater is now playing in arenas. There are also some changes in the line-up as the core and founder Mike Portnoy is no longer in the band. As it is widely known Mr. Portnoy left the band in late 2010 to pursue other interests and he’s now replaced by new drummer Mike Mangnini.

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DREAM THEATER – drummer Mike Mangini, ex-Extreme, Annihilator, Steve Vai

February 2nd, 2012





Mike Mangini is an American drummer, and the current drummer for the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Mangini joined band in 2011 after the departure of founding drummer Mike Portnoy. Later on that same year the band released its latest opus DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS. Mangini’s earlier playing credits include Annihilator, Extreme and Steve Vai among others. He’s also well known for his work as a session musician and lecturing for years at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Mangini has also written two books titled Rhythm Knowledge about his unique drumming techniques, a practice method for deconstructing and simplifying complex poly-rhythms and time signatures. Dream Theater opened their 2012 European leg of “Dramatic Tour of Events” from Helsinki in mid January. It was at this tour stop that we had a pleasure to sit down with Mr. Mangini and discuss the current state of Dream Theater and some older stuff as well. Read on!

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September 12th, 2011


Victoria Park, London

Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th July

Review by Mark Dean
Photos by Graham Hilling & Falk-Hagen Bernshausen 
Graham Hilling Photography

In this festivals 2nd year running & the quality line-up of High Voltage Festival and with so many glowing references from friends, I just had to fly over from Ireland this year to go along and see exactly what all the fuss was about!

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DREAM THEATER – “A Dramatic Turn Of Events” Album Stream

September 9th, 2011

DREAM THEATER’s new album, A Dramatic Turn Of Events, can currently be streamed in it’s entirety at this location.

A Dramatic Turn Of Events is due out on September 13th via Roadrunner Records. Photos of the deluxe collector’s edition can be viewed below:

The box set includes:

– A Dramatic Turn Of Events album
– instrumentals of the entire album
– DVD of The Spirit Carries On – a 60 minute movie documenting Dream Theater’s drummer auditions
– double-LP set of A Dramatic Turn Of Events (180-gram vinyl in gatefold jacket)
– Dream Theater branded custom turntable slipmat
– litho print of album cover
– 50 lucky winners will find a Dream Theater “Ticket For Life” (randomly inserted)
– All content housed in a custom box
– Receive a digital download of the album the day BEFORE release





‘On The Backs Of Angels’

‘Build Me Up, Break Me Down’

‘Lost Not Forgotten’

‘This Is The Life’

‘Bridges In The Sky’


‘Far From Heaven’

‘Breaking All Illusions’

‘Beneath The Surface’



‘On The Backs Of Angels’ (Instrumental)

‘Build Me Up, Break Me Down’ (Instrumental)

‘Lost Not Forgotten’ (Instrumental)

‘This Is The Life’ (Instrumental)

‘Bridges In The Sky’ (Instrumental)

‘Outcry’ (Instrumental)

‘Far From Heaven’ (Instrumental)

‘Breaking All Illusions’ (Instrumental)

‘Beneath The Surface’ (Instrumental)


Last night the band issued the following message: “We’ve always said we have the best fans in the world – they never fail us! This includes our dear friends in Japan who’ve been through so much this year. Today, we heard from our label that our new album, A Dramatic Turn Of Events, went in – on the day of release – at #1 on the Total Album Sales Chart! That’s the chart for both the domestic and international artists. We are massively proud! Thanks to all the believers! And Japan, stay strong!”

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DREAM THEATER Drummer Mike Mangini Gearing Up For Live Debut – “Rehearsing With The Guys Was Unbelievably Amazing”

June 26th, 2011


New DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Mangini, who replaces Mike Portnoy, has issued the following update via Facebook regarding his upcoming live debut with the band on July 4th in Rome, Italy:

“Rehearsing with the guys was unbelievably amazing. It was really physically and mentally rewarding. The whole crew is the most professional group ever. I’m really getting into tweaking the parts to make a mix of the recorded parts and some moves of my own that I think are just plain fun. Hearing those guys right in my ear canals is one smile after another! Here we come…”

Watch Mangini’s page here for further updates.

In a recent interview with BW&BK, frontman James LaBrie commented on Mangini putting his own spin on the band’s Portnoy-played material. LaBrie admits it’s still a question mark, but chances that the fans will be disappointed are slim to none.

“Aside from the auditions, where we did three songs, I haven’t heard him do any of the old stuff,” LaBrie reveals. “He knows there are certain sections of various songs when he has to stick to the mold, and he knows when he can be himself. Mike Mangini is very intuitive and incredibly musical, and he’s made it clear that he’s going to be putting some of himself into the old songs, but when the sections or the pieces really call for him to stay on the MP train, he’ll do so. That’s admirable and that’s professional.”

Go to this location for the complete interview.

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Mike Mangini – How I Got The Gig With DREAM THEATER

May 13th, 2011

The following story by Andrew Lentz has been reprinted with permission from



After enduring a six-month-long gag order, Mike Mangini has finally come clean about the DREAM THEATER audition process and the hoops he jumped through to land the coveted drum chair. With Mangini going up against the world’s most ridiculously dexterous drummers, the competition was fierce to say the least. We reached the world’s fastest drummer and former STEVE VAI sideman last Friday, at his home in Boston, only hours after Dream Theater revealed Mangini as their new drummer. He graciously squeezed in our extended conversation while celebrating the good news with his family – so here is the very first long-form interview Mangini granted following the band’s announcement.

DRUM!: What did you have that Thomas Lang (JOHN WETTON, ROBERT FRIPP, GLENN HUGHES), Marco Minneman (KREATOR, NECROPHAGIST, EPHEL DUATH, JOE SATRIANI), Virgil Donati (PLANET X, SEVEN THE HARDWAY), Derek Roddy (HATE ETERNAL, NILE, TODAY IS THE DAY), Aquiles Priester (ANGRA, PAUL DI’ANNO) and Pete Wildoer (DARKANE) didn’t?

Mangini: “I may have been chosen for the way that I hit those drums with respect to meshing the pre-existing drum parts with embellishments of them at times when I wanted to orchestrate something I was hearing one of the other bandmembers playing. I don’t know of any other reason it could be because every one of those drummers can do something uniquely ’the best.’ By the way, I think of this as wanting to be in a marriage, not a ’gig’ in the normal sense of that term. With regard to my sound, I took time to examine what I sound like from outside of myself on the drum set via a video camera. Based on what I didn’t like that I did and what I could now do as the result of a repaired right knee, I’ve been working on to strike with more power than it appears I am and how to not rush figures like I used to. Those things must have added up into what works for Dream Theater. I was a step ahead of everything I was asked to do. Everything. I got all those tests straight off after writing them on a piece of scrap paper – bang! – and I played every note in every song (to the best of my knowledge) along with also knowing every note everybody was playing. In addition to jamming and getting all the tests very naturally, one difference between everyone and me may have been the fact that I played Portnoy’s parts with the infusion of the others’ parts. I played the beats Mike recorded, but I also added a triplet here and there if Rudess or Petrucci played a triplet. The core of it all is that I love what Dream Theater recorded. I still want to play the song as it is recorded. It is like preserving Mike’s legacy and I take that very seriously.”

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