DREAM THEATER Keyboardist Jordan Rudess Featured In Artisan News Report; Video Available

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Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 02:39:59 EST

Artisan News has posted a new report on DREAM THEATER announcing the band's upcoming European tour dates, their plans to hit North America, and spoke with keyboardist Jordan Rudess about "new" drummer Mike Mangini. Check it out below:

Dream Theater recently announced the complete first leg of their upcoming world tour in support of their new self-titled album. The dates can be viewed below:

15 - Porto, Portugal - Coliseum of Porto
16 - Madrid, Spain - Palacio Visalegre
17 - Pamplona, Spain - Anaitasuna
18 - Barcelona, Spain - St. Jordi Club
20 - Milan, Italy - Mediolanum Forum
21 - Florence, Italy - Obihall
22 - Rome, Italy - Palalottomatica
23 - Padova, Italy - Geox Theatre
25 - Vienna, Austria - Gasometer
26 - Munich, Germany - Zenith
27 - Zurich, Switzerland - Volkshaus
29 - Prague, Czech Republic - Tipsport Arena
30 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Arena
31 - Paris, France - Zenith

1 - Offenbach, Germany - Stadthalle
3 - Zagreb, Croatia - Cibona
4 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Small Tivoli
5 - Katowice, Poland - Spodek Hall
7 - Bamberg, Germany - Stechert Arena
8 - Deinze, Belgium - Brielpoort
9 - Hannover, Germany - Swiss Life Hall
10 - Saarbrucken, Germany - Saarlandhalle
12 - Lille, France - Aeronef
13 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo
14 - London, UK - Wembley Arena
15 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wolverhampton Civic Hall
17 - Amsterdam, Holland - Heineken Music Hall
18 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Mitsubishi Electric Halle
20 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Falconer
24 - Helsinki, Finland - Icehall

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Roadrunner Records recently announced the new album from Dream Theater – the first self-titled collection in the Grammy-nominated band’s nearly three decade career – arrives 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.”

Dream Theater will be available in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard and special edition CDs, 180 Gram Vinyl Double LP, and a Limited Edition Box Set. Pre-orders are scheduled to get underway sometime in July at the Roadrunner Records Webstore.

Dream Theater follows 2011’s A Dramatic Turn Of Events. That album – highlighted by 'On The Backs Of Angels', which earned the iconic band its first ever Grammy Award nomination (in the “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” category) – proved one of Dream Theater’s most successful, making top 10 chart debuts in 14 countries, including our own Billboard 200. A Dramatic Turn Of Events was hailed for its ambition, complexity, and sheer melodic power.

Furthermore, the special edition CD/DVD set of A Dramatic Turn Of Events included The Spirit Carries On – a 60-minute movie documenting Dream Theater’s drummer auditions, which resulted in the addition of the gifted Mangini. The challenge spurred Dream Theater to extraordinary artistic heights on A Dramatic Turn Of Events and the epic world tour that followed. Long known as one of hard rock’s most powerful live acts, the recalibrated band hit the road hard in celebration of the acclaimed album, a 15-month trek which saw sold out headline shows in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Asia, Central America, and South America.

With total sales exceeding 10 million albums and DVDs worldwide, Dream Theater have long stood among the upper echelon of hard rock giants. Albums such as 1992’s RIAA gold-certified classic Images & Words (featuring the breakthrough top 10 single, 'Pull Me Under') have earned the Long Island-based band countless accolades for their visionary synthesis of melodic power and virtuosic experimentation.

Since uniting with Roadrunner in 2007, Dream Theater has unleashed a series of remarkable albums, each work revealing stunning new musical facets and creative avenues. 2009’s Black Clouds & Silver Linings proved a milestone, debuting at #6 on the Billboard 200 – the band’s highest album chart debut to date.

Dream Theater will tour in support of Dream Theater – full details will be announced soon. Check out a first studio video below:

Dream Theater is:

John Petrucci (guitar)
John Myung (bass)
James LaBrie (vocals)
Jordan Rudess (keyboards and continuum)
Mike Mangini (drums)

More on Dream Theater at this location.