Dream Theater—guitarist John Petrucci, bassist John Myung, vocalist James LaBrie, Jordan Rudess on keyboards and continuum, and drummer Mike Mangini—are one of the biggest touring bands in the world, having completed a 14-month tour with 110 shows through 34 different countries from 2011-2012 in support of their last studio album, A Dramatic Turn Of Events. Now the Grammy-nominated progressive metal titans have announced the first leg of their European tour, launching January 15 in Porto, Portugal in support of their new, self-titled studio album, which will be released September 24. The tour will encompass 30 cities in 16 countries. The band is also planning to tour North America beginning in March 2014.

Dream Theater was recorded at Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove, New York, with John Petrucci producing and studio luminary Richard Chycki (AerosmithRush) engineering and mixing. The album marks a brilliant new chapter for the band, their first to have been written and recorded with drummer Mike Mangini (who joined the band in 2010) 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
 is proud to provide VIP packages for all shows on their upcoming tour (full tour itinerary below). VIP packages include premium seats, exclusive meet and great with the band, personal photo with the band, signed limited edition collection tour poster, special tour gift, and much more. For more information and to purchase VIP packages and get advance tickets, visit DreamTheater.net. VIP packages and advance tickets go on sale Tuesday, June 25 at 10am CET.

Dates are as follows:

Jan 15 Porto, Portugal Coliseum of Porto

Jan 16 Madrid, Spain Palacio Visalegre

Jan 17 Pamplona, Spain Anaitasuna

Jan 18 Barcelona, Spain St. Jordi Club

Jan 20 Milan, Italy Mediolanum Forum

Jan 21 Florence, Italy Obihall

Jan 22 Rome, Italy Palalottomatica

Jan 23 Padova, Italy Geox Theatre                                   

Jan 25 Vienna, Austria Gasometer    

Jan 26 Munich, Germany Zenith           

Jan 27 Zurich, Switzerland Volkshaus

Jan 29 Prague, Czech Republic Tipsport Arena         

Jan 30 Ludwigsburg, Germany Arena

Jan 31 Paris, France Zenith

Feb 2 Offenbach, Germany Stadthalle

Feb 3 Zagreb, Croatia Cibona

Feb 4 Ljubljana, Slovenia Small Tivoli

Feb 5 Katowice, Poland Spodek Hall

Feb 7 Bamberg, Germany Stechert Arena

Feb 8 Deinze, Belgium Brielpoort

Feb 9 Hannover, Germany Swiss Life Hall

Feb 10 Saarbrucken, Germany Saarlandhalle

Feb 12 Lille, France Aeronef

Feb 13 Manchester, UK O2 Apollo     

Feb 14 London, UK Wembley Arena

Feb 15 Wolverhampton, UK Wolverhampton Civic Hall

Feb 17 Amsterdam, Holland Heineken Music Hall         

Feb 18 Dusseldorf, Germany Mitsubishi Electric Halle

Feb 20 Copenhagen, Denmark Falconer                               

Feb 24 Helsinki, Finland Icehall