Dream Theater's James LaBrie Interviewed By Hard News Cafe

 
Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie was recently interviewed by Hard News Cafe, prior to the band's performance in Salt Lake City. In the feature, he talks about how new drummer Mike Mangini is performing on the band's current tour, what the most difficult Dream Theater song is for him to perform, and much more. Says LaBrie of Mangini, "He’s infectious.
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MusicPlayer.com Runs Major Interviews With Dream Theater's John Petrucci And Jordan Rudess

 
MusicPlayer.com bills itself as "The Online Magazine For Serious Musicians," so you know when they get access to members of Dream Theater, it's gonna be an in-depth conversation. They've just published interviews with guitarist John Petrucci and keyboardist Jordan Rudess, and there's a lot of discussion of the creative process in both, but there's also a lot of hardcore gear talk. Says Petrucci about the band's goals going into the record, "The conversations we were having is, we said, listen, when we go in, the focus is we want to make a record that’s big, that’s well crafted.
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Video: Dream Theater's US Tour Kicks Off

 
Dream Theater's North American tour in support of their new album A Dramatic Turn of Events, with Trivium opening the shows, kicked off a little over a week ago and is currently winding its way across the country. They shot this video - which features backstage antics, cheering fans, and much more - on the first night of the tour.
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Dream Theater's Mike Mangini Takes You Through His Kit

 
It should come as no surprise to anyone that Dream Theater drummer Mike Mangini plays a big kit. But when the guys from MetalSucks.net asked him to break it down for them, in an installment of their popular "Rigged" column, even they weren't expecting it to require multiple posts to encompass everything he hits or steps on during the course of a Dream Theater show or recording session. Here's a link to Part 1, where he discusses everything pedal-operated (bass drums and hi-hats) and his snare drums (yes, there are a few). Here's a link to Part 2, where he takes you through his cymbals and toms. Part 3 will apparently deal with electronics and other trickery. Dream Theater are on the road in North America right now, supporting their latest album A Dramatic Turn of Events; visit our tour page to find a show near you!.
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Dream Theater's John Petrucci Talks About World Events' Influence On New Album

 
In an interview with Utah's Daily Herald, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci has gone into detail about the inspirations behind the songs on the band's latest album, A Dramatic Turn of Events, as well as the record's title. "People look at the title and they say, 'Oh, well, obviously it's about Mike [Portnoy]'s departure and the changes.' It's really not. First of all we didn't write any of the songs lyrically about our situation at all, and that was a conscious effort.
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