Progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER have invited the esteemed Berklee College Of Music to join them for a one-of-a-kind show on the band's upcoming "Along For The Ride" North American tour when they visit the Boston Opera House on Tuesday, March 25. Tickets for this event start at $35 and are available here.
DREAM THEATER was founded in 1985 when founding members — guitarist John Petrucci, bassist John Myung and former drummer Mike Portnoy — attended the Berklee College of Music. Also adding to the significance of this collaboration, Mike Mangini (drums),who joined the band in 2010, is a former faculty member of the Berklee College of Music.
DREAM THEATER will be joined by special guest ensembles the Berklee World Strings and the Berklee Concert Choir for the second half of the set. The ensembles will layer distinct dramatic elements to DREAM THEATER's production. The World Strings are an international group of creative improvisers who play with rhythmic qualities seldom heard from string instruments. The Concert Choir stretches its repertoire from traditional and contemporary music through a wide range of genres.
This special homecoming will be captured and recorded for a later release.
DREAM THEATER's "Along For The Ride" tour will pick up on March 20 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada following the band's European tour and then continues through the end of April where it will eventually wrap up in Guadalajara, Mexico.
DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci commented: "We are all really pumped and excited to bring our new live show to North America and to take all of our amazing fans 'Along For The Ride'!
"Returning to the 'An Evening With' format will enable us to deliver the best DREAM THEATER live experience yet with time for lots of music, and we can't wait to share it with all of you.
"With this tour, our goal is for you to be able to step into the world of DREAM THEATER from the moment you enter the venue.
"We hope to create an intense and stimulating night both musically and visually and have prepared some really cool things this time around.
"Well be premiering some songs we've never played live before, as well as featured tracks from our latest self-titled release and plenty of classic DREAM THEATER songs for all of our long time and hardcore fans.
"We are all looking forward to a great night of music and super-psyched to kick it all off!"
DREAM THEATER's spirit of adventure and fearless musical virtuosity continues to reap dividends for the progressive metal titans who've just earned their second Grammy nomination, this time for "Best Metal Performance" for their single "The Enemy Inside" from their current self-titled album on Roadrunner Records. The band — John Petrucci (guitar),John Myung (bass),James LaBrie (vocals),Jordan Rudess (keyboards & continuum) and Mike Mangini (drums) — received its first-ever Grammy nomination in 2012 for "On The Backs Of Angels" (from their "A Dramatic Turn Of Events" album) in the "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" category.
The Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on Sunday, January 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.