Shockwave-Hannover conducted an interview with drummer Mike Mangini of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER when the group played at the AWD-Hall in Hannover, Germany on February 5. You can now watch the chat below.
In a 2011 interview with Zoiks! Online, Mangini stated about the fan reaction to his addition to DREAM THEATER, “It depends on what you mean by fan reaction, because there are people who have seen the show and then there are people who have not seen the show, so you have to divide them into two distinctly different groups. A lot of times the people who haven’t seen it have more to say, but they haven’t seen it, so I don’t know what that is all about sometimes. The people that have seen it, by the third song they are making me feel so welcome that it has transformed everything for me to another level. It makes it that much easier because they have been overwhelmingly positive. It’s great.”
When asked about the fact that DREAM THEATER‘s current tour setlist is remaining consistent for the entire duration of the trek as opposed to when Mike Portnoy was a member of the band and it would change from night to the next, Mangini said, “The consistent setlist is the way to go. It allows the crew to be consistent each night. It allows the transitions to be consistent. It allows us to get comfortable with the flow. For me I wouldn’t want to mix up the set at all, because I haven’t been in the band for too long. My past would dictate that just throwing songs in would be risky for the flow… It might be fun, though. I don’t know; I’ve never done it.”
DREAM THEATER was among the nominees for the 54th annual Grammy Awards, which was held on Sunday, February 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” award eventually went to the FOO FIGHTERS for their song “White Limo”.
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.