DREAM THEATER Begins Writing Material For Next Album

According to a new Facebook posting by guitarist John Petrucci of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER, “writing for the next DT album officially commenced while in Osaka [Japan] the other day.” He adds, “Jet lag seems to open up one’s creative channels.”

When asked why new DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Mangini was not involved in the writing sessions for the band’s last album, 2011’s “A Dramatic Turn Of Events”, Petrucci told The Aquarian Weekly, “I decided to do it this way because I wanted to make sure that we were able to focus on DREAM THEATER‘s core compositional elements and sounds without a new person coming in. Whatever that Mike might have brought to the table, I thought it was too early to kind of bring in somebody that we didn’t really know at all, as far as their compositional abilities.”

He added, “I’ve been writing this music forever and just felt comfortable in that kind of environment. When you can focus on just guitar, keyboards, bass and our singer is there, it’s just a more intimate environment and you’re not trying to integrate somebody else and feel them out. I just kind of wanted to eliminate that whole process. I mean, it could have been great, but I was more comfortable doing it this way for this album at least.

“At this point, [Mangini has] been in the band for [more than] a year, we’ve already done a [couple of] tour[s] with him, we’re gonna have completed another full world tour, we have a chance to jam with him during sound checks and sit with him — we’ll know him way better. I think it’ll make more sense to bring him into that process for sure.”

DREAM THEATER has annouced a second North American leg of a world tour in support of its acclaimed and globally successful album “A Dramatic Turn Of Events” (Roadrunner). The progressive hard rock icons, who’ve sold in excess of 10 million records and DVDs worldwide, will launch their summer dates June 15 in Rochester, New York and wrap July 21 in Chester, Pennsylvania. The tour includes stops at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles and the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey plus a two-night engagement at the Paramount Theater on Long Island, New York.

Joining DREAM THEATER, starting June 16 in Columbus, Ohio and for the rest of the tour, is special guest CRIMSON PROJEKCT featuring Adrian Belew, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Markus Reuter, Julie Slick and Tobias Ralph. They’ll be performing the songs of progressive rock legends KING CRIMSON.

DREAM THEATER‘s new album, “A Dramatic Turn Of Events”, sold 36,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to enter The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 8. The band’s previous CD, 2009’s “Black Clouds Silver Linings”, opened with 40,000 units to land at No. 6. This was roughly in line with the first-week tally registered by its predecessor, “Systematic Chaos”, which shifted 36,000 copies in 2007 to enter the chart at No. 19. 2005’s “Octavarium” premiered with 27,000 copies to debut at No. 36.

DREAM THEATER was among the nominees in the “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” category at the 54th annual Grammy Awards, which was held on February 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.