May 30, 2009

Progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER will be IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson's guests on Friday, June 19 during Bruce's weekly BBC 6 Music radio program, dubbed "The Bruce Dickinson Friday Rock Show". Listen to the broadcast live via the Internet between 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. (midnight) U.K. time at BBC.co.uk.

GetCloser.com recently caught up with DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy at the Roadrunner office in London, England to talk about the band's new album, "Black Clouds & Silver Linings". An excerpt from the chat can be viewed below.

DREAM THEATER's version of a medley of three songs from the legendary QUEEN"Tenement Funster", "Flick Of The Wrist" and "Lily Of The Valley" — is one of six cover songs that are included on the special-edition version of "Black Clouds & Silver Linings".

The DREAM THEATER cover of the QUEEN medley is now available at iTunes.

The six cover songs that are included on the special-edition version of "Black Clouds & Silver Linings" are as follows:

01. Stargazer - RAINBOW
02. Tenement Funster/Flick of the Wrist/Lily of the Valley - QUEEN
03. Odyssey - DIXIE DREGS
04. Take Your Fingers From My Hair - ZEBRA
05. Larks' Tongues In Aspic (Part II) - KING CRIMSON
06. To Tame A Land - IRON MAIDEN

"Black Clouds & Silver Linings" is scheduled for release on June 23 via Roadrunner Records.

DREAM THEATER commenced work on "Black Clouds & Silver Linings" — the band's second for Roadrunner, following up 2007's "Systematic Chaos" — in October of last year.

Portnoy and guitarist John Petrucci are once again at the helm as producers, while Paul Northfield mixed the record.

"Black Clouds & Silver Linings" track listing:

01. A Nightmare to Remember
02. A Rite of Passage
03. Wither
04. The Shattered Fortress
05. The Best of Times
06. The Count of Tuscany

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