For classic rock fans looking to broaden their horizons a bit, you’re not stepping too far out of the box when it comes to the music of Dream Theater. For one thing, the band itself is veering dangerously close to classic rock territory, as it heads towards the 25-year mark with lead singer James LaBrie at the helm. The band first formed in 1985, which pushes the overall history of the group to a timespan of nearly 30 years.
Last night's episode of 'That Metal Show' found former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and ex-Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake guitarist John Sykes revealing that they have linked up for a new, as-yet unnamed project. They are working with a bassist, with Sykes handling the vocals. Twelve tracks have been created and the trio plans to record this fall.
Progressive metallers Dream Theater are releasing more details about their greatly-anticipated new album, which will be their first with new drummer Mike Mangini (Steve Vai, Annihilator, Extreme) in toe. ‘A Dramatic Turn of Events’ will drop Sept. 13 via Roadrunner Records and be supported by a yet-to-be-announced world tour.
As Dream Theater prepare to release 'A Dramatic Turn of Events,' their 11th studio album, and first without founding drummer Mike Portnoy, we spoke to guitarist John Petrucci about the classic rock bands that influenced his musical development. He also talked about covering albums by artists such as Pink Floyd, and let us in on the band's future touring plans.