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”!
EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS MIKE PORTNOY, BILLY SHEEHAN, TONY MACALPINE, DEREK SHERINIAN
LIVE IN TOKYO
~On DVD, Blu-ray, 2CD, Digital Audio, and Digital Video~
~September 3, 2013~
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Mike Portnoy issues video message to fans about Adrenaline Mob’s upcoming UK & European tour. Legendary ex-Dream Theater sticksman Mike Portnoy has taken time out of his schedule to film a short video message from his studio for his UK and European fans, which reveals what they can expect from his upcoming debut live tour with heavy metal super group ADRENALINE MOB (Mike Portnoy, Russell Allen, Mike Orlando and John Moyer).
Watch Mike’s video message here:
Portnoy has also commented: “After having now given the US a taste of The Mob live, I cannot wait to bring the incredible raw energy of this band to Europe and the UK! It’s going to be a blast to play a bunch of the great festivals that have always been summer highlights for me as well as making the rounds in select cities with our own club shows.”
2012 is shaping up to be some year for ADRENALINE MOB who released their new vicious slap “Omertá”, via Century Media Records this spring, reaching #5 on the US Billboard Rock Album Chart and also landing #62 on the Billboard Top 200.
Catch the band on the UK & European leg of their tour at the following cities: June
8 – Sweden Rock – Sweden Rock, Sweden
10 – Nosturi – Helsinki, Finland
13 – Studio Club - Krakow, Poland
14 – MMC Club – Bratislava, Slovakia
15 – Pesca Music Club – Budapest, Hungary
16 – Szene – Vienna, Austria
17 – Conrad Sohm – Dornbirn, Austria
18 – Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland
20 – Orion – Rome, Italy
21 – Gods of Metal – Milan, Italy
23 – Graspop – Dessel, Belgium
24 – Maroquinerie- Paris, France
25 – Colos-Saal – Aschaffenburg, Germany
26 – Knust – Hamburg, Germany
29 – King Tuts – Glasgow, UK
30 – Moho Live – Manchester, UK
1 – Academy2 – Birmingham, UK
2 – The Junction – Cambridge, UK
3 – Kings College London Student Union – London, UK
5 – Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, Germany
6 – Theaterfabrik – Munich, Germany
7 – Matrix – Bochum, Germany
8 – Bospop Music Festival – Weert, Netherlands
Watch the video to ‘Indifferent’ – the first single from the album Omertá here:
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!
American progressive metal masters Dream Theater arrived once again Finland to please its constantly crowing fan base. Although band has recently released new album BLACK CLOUDS AND SILVER LININGS this current tour was advertised under banner Progressive Nation 2009.
I don’t know if it’ s something to do with the recent revival of older metal/hard rock on the scene – initiated by the likes of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Mötley Crue but it seems that metal is more popular than ever. Almost every concert in Finland is selling pretty well and tonight Dream Theater had the sold-out crowd head banging in wild abandon for the duration of their two-and-a-half-hour set. It’s quite impressive when we talk about a band which plays heavy, complexed and hard-driving hybrid of metal and progressive rock.
Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater and Liquid Tension Experiment Intervied Jan. 1999 by David Lee.
The term “Supergroup” is one that has its origin in the seventies when groups like EMERSON, LAKE and PALMER and BLIND FAITH ruled both the airwaves and concert stages. Since that time the concept and term have been used endlessly with less and less justification to do so. Finally, with the release of LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT, the progressive rock world has put together a group which is justifiably and demonstrably a “Supergroup.”
Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci of DREAM THEATER, Jordan Rudess of THE DREGS and Tony Levin who has played with everyone from PETER GABRIEL to YES came together for five days to hammer out an extemporaneous recording that only professionals of their ability and experience could have even attempted. The record has been called a “stroke-fest” by some but if what is contained in these 70 minutes is pure pomp the circumstance for it are perfect. Every number on the disc is pure adrenaline just this side of extreme. There are no singers and no ballads, just straight ahead virtuosity and passion. It is just what the music scene needs right now.
I spoke with LTE’s motivating force, Mike Portnoy about this project and about the state of progressive rock in general.