I really enjoyed the time and energy we spent night after night in different cities around the world bringing our latest release ADTOE to life, it was simply awesome!
My gratitude goes out to our amazing fans that made this all possible!
A big thank you goes out to our professional and tireless crew that looked out for us night after night making sure that we were at our very best.
Now it's time to enjoy some very much needed quality time back at home.
Looking forward to the next chapter.
Be well and stay healthy!
It does feel good to be home after such a busy tour and such a busy year, especially when I know that we were able to deliver the goods every night for all of you!
Some of my favorite things about touring the world is getting to meet so many nice people who have the same love and passion for progressive music that we do.
We've enjoyed many great meals, glasses of wine and late night bus ride story telling sessions together as a band while on the road! It's especially been fun to have my wife Rena and three kids come out and join me a couple of times as well.
I'll never forget our trip to Rome! Even had my son Reny work for the band on our first European run. He had a blast!
We have the most incredible crew on the planet, hands down. All of those guys worked tirelessly over the last 14 months to not only ensure that we presented a polished and professional DT show every night, but that all of us were comfortable, healthy, safe and ready to rock!
I've received more compliments on the live sound as well as the light and video presentation and I am so appreciative and thankful for all of the creativity, dedication and commitment our technicians have shown and shared with us each and every night.
I'll certainly miss the rush of performing on stage for all of you and all of the awesome on-stage guitar rig soundcheck "tweak time" as well! I'm such a tone addict. :)
What I will not miss is being away from my beautiful family!
"We each pay a fabulous price for our visions of paradise".
Said so well by Neil Peart, it really sums up the sacrifice all of us make to live out our dreams.
I think what I will remember the most about this tour was how gracious and welcoming all of our fans were everywhere around the world as we introduced DT with our new drummer Mike Mangini each night, and all of the support and faith you showed us right from the beginning.
Our fans are just amazing! Loud, loud, loud and full of enthusiasm! There were some memorable moments for sure...The couple who dressed in full unicyclist garb stand out as well as those who held up score cards at one gig after we played the LNF unison. You guys are just hilarious!
I'll always remember the smiles in the crowd, the hands in the air and the defeating chants of support that filled the venues. I met so many DT fans that have been to 10, 20, 30+ shows who told me that this was the best they've seen the band yet. That means so much to me!
It was inspiring to meet people along the way who were eager to share how our music helped them through a difficult time or to deal with loss and tragedy. The healing power of music just blows me away.
I'll will never forget those stories and want everyone to know that greater things are still to come!
Thank you to my family, Rena, Sami, Reny and Kiki for always being there for me and making this life possible.
Thanks to everyone at Roadrunner Records, to our awesome manager Frank Solomon, our booking agents the great Steve Martin and Derek Kemp, our fearless tour manager Rikk Feulner, the-great-one Rob Shore and to our incredible team who works behind the scenes. Thank you to my amazing guitar tech Maddi for always having my back and most of all, thank you to everyone who came out to the shows and joined us for this crazy, awesome and Dramatic Tour of Events!!
- John Petrucci
14 months later and its a wrap. Can't help but think how true the following words describe who and what we were becoming, but against all odds, admirably managed to transcend... "divided we falter, united we conquer."
ADTOE was incredibly rewarding as a band ,individually and last and definitely not least musically. On tour we all upped our game and the band was better than ever. The band was more powerful, tight, soulful and spiritually renewed. I personally was reminded of who I once was as a singer and why I dreamt of doing this as a kid. The entire band each and every night displayed conviction and confidence that was palpable. The synergy and camaraderie was unprecedented and the fans worldwide were always eager to comment with such positive praise. The unyielding support and faith from the fans has never been taken for granted. No words truly describe how grateful and honoured we are to be recipients of such fortune and benevolence.
Our behind the scenes heroes... Manager: Frank Solomon, Business Manager: Rob Shore, Booking Agents: Steve Martin, Derek Kemp, Tour Manager: Rikk Feulner, Crew/Technicians, first name basis... TJ, Roe, Johnathan, Nigel, Maddie, Eric, Zocco, Gianluca, Brian, E-rock, Johnny, Benton, Glen, Steve. Also to the other various techs who were a part of the team at some point throughout the world tour. Thank you all for your tireless, invaluable contributions.
To my four Rock Bruthas, John, John, Jordan and Mike. As great as the last 14 months have proven it is only the first chapter of an incredible read still yet to be penned.
Lastly, my family. Karen, Chloe and Chance who keep me focused and grounded.
- James LaBrie
On September 19-20, Jordan Rudess will Play ELP's "Tarkus and Originals" at the Iridium on 51st and Broadway, NYC - two shows at 8 and 10. Freshly burned CDs of the shows will be available after each performance. Live Webcast on September 19 at 8 and 10, catch it at iridiumlive.com
Tickets available at theiridium.com
As of last weekend, 8 of the top 10 selling songs on Jammit are Dream Theater songs. While Jammit features songs from rock artists including Mastodon, Rush, Megadeth, Yes, Boston, Foo Fighters, Lamb of God, etc., the Jammit fans continue to flock to Dream Theater to make them the best selling artist on Jammit.
Please post to Instagram your photos of your dramatic Dream Theater events over the last year. In concert, meeting the band, hanging with other Dream Theater fans, your Dream Theater tattoo, your Dream Theater collection, anything Dream Theater related. When you post them to Instagram be sure you use the hashtag #dramaticevents so we can see all the photos.
All the photos posted between now and November 1, 2012 will be entered into a contest. Dream Theater will select their favorite photos to be include in the upcoming concert DVD for their latest world tour in support of “A Dramatic Turn of Events,” it was filmed on August 19th and 20th at Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Those fans who have photos selected will also be invited to a private Google+ On Air Hangout for an advance preview of clips from the DVD. This Hangout will be private for only those fans selected. Just you and Dream Theater.
You can view all the photos submitted at the URL http://statigr.am/tag/dramaticevents
Start sharing your photos!
Check out this exclusive interview with Jordan Rudess for the Brazilian Dream Theater fanclub, YtseBR (by the fans, for the fans) on August 31st, 2012.
Check out this video interview with John Petrucci for the Berklee Blogs in Belo Horizonte before their show in the brazilian city on August 29th, 2012.
Jammit allows you to isolate or remove any instrument from Dream Theater songs. The entire album of "Awake" will be released on Jammit over the next couple months - one song a week. "Lie", "6:00", "Caught in a web" and "A Mind beside it Self 1. Erotomania" are available now.
"Deconstructing Dream Theater
Prog-metal giant, Dream Theater has set the pace for superior musicianship and now you can see and hear this iconic band from the inside out! What was once unobtainable and virtually unplayable is now well within your calloused grasp using Jammit. Isolate the bass, drums, guitar, keys or vocals and slow it down or loop a section –all while viewing the ultra-accurate scrolling notation or tablature.
Imagine how your playing will benefit from these powerful tools and access to tear into Dream Theater’s original master recordings.
Find out how your guitar can automatically sound like the guitar tracks on the original recording with Jammit's built-in Line 6 amp modeling."
Win the chance to meet John Petrucci at the Music Man factory for a private masterclass, and the opportunity to build your own Music Man guitar!