Mike Mangini Joins Dream Theater
After months of speculation, Dream Theater have announced (via a 3-part series on YouTube) that their new drummer will be Mike Mangini. After the first 2 episodes, it was clear that Mike was one of the top runners along with Marco Minnemann. Episode 3, released on Friday 29th April, confirmed that of the 7 drummers who auditioned, Mike had indeed been offered the role. Watch the series on Roadrunner's YouTube channel.
Dream Theater Press Release (Sept 8th 2010)
"To all of our loyal fans and friends: It is with profound sadness -- regret -- we announce that Mike Portnoy, our lifelong drummer and friend, has decided to leave Dream Theater. Mike's stature in the band has meant the world to all of us professionally, musically, and personally over the years. There is no dispute: Mike has been a major force within this band.
While it is true that Mike is choosing to pursue other ventures and challenges, we can assure you that Dream Theater will continue to move forward with the same intensity -- and in the same musical tradition -- that you have all helped make so successful, and which is truly gratifying to us.
Fans and friends: File this episode under "Black Clouds and Silver Linings." As planned, we begin recording our newest album in January 2011, and we'll follow that with a full-on world tour. "The Spirit Carries On."
All of us in Dream Theater wholeheartedly wish Mike the best on his musical journey. We have had a long and meaningful career together. It is our true hope that he finds all he is looking for, and that he achieves the happiness he deserves. He will be missed."
Meet & Greets
The second edition of the Dream Theater biography, Lifting Shadows, is now available to pre-order!
Rich Wilson explains:
"For the second edition of Lifting Shadows, I've tracked down and interviewed even more people involved in the Dream Theater story. The text has also been thoroughly revised and updated. So there's also a detailed look at the making of the Black Clouds & Silver Linings album, which includes all new interviews with the band. Plus I've also added an appendix which covers the numerous side projects, such as Liquid Tension Experiment, Transatlantic, OSI, G3 and other solo albums, with interviews with the likes of Neal Morse, Jim Matheos, Tony Levin and the DT guys. This is edition is also around 40% longer than the original."
There are two versions of the book on sale:
The Classic Edition of the book is a standard hardback version. If you imagine the "Words" book of the first edition, expanded by 40%, with 8 pages of colour photos.
The second of these is the Limited Edition book, which is bound in real leather. This contains the same text as the Classic Edition and also has 8 pages of colour photos. The print run is limited to 2000 copies and each copy is hand signed by Rich.
Full details of all the ordering process, prices, details of shipping charges, a list of FAQ and other details on the book can be found at www.liftingshadows.com
New Fanzine Shipping
The latest double issue (11 & 12) is now shipping. We're pretty pleased with this one; it's packed full of content and comes with the Official Fanclub CD '08 and our very own Road To Wembley DVD. Please note that the DVD is in PAL format and will, therefore, play in PAL-compatible players (such as this) and DVD computer software (we would recommend installing VLC Player). We do apologise for this but it was beyond our means to convert the entire production to NTSC format on this occasion.
BC&SL 'Track By Track'
Progressive Nation 2009 North American Tour - Lineup Change
"It is with the utmost disappointment that I am forced to share the unfortunate news of both Pain Of Salvation and Beardfish having to pull out of this summer's Progressive Nation tour…
Their label Inside Out just recently lost the financial funding for the tour as a result of their distributor SPV recently claiming bankruptcy...which effectively meant that both Pain Of Salvation and Beardfish lost the tour support that was essential to their ability to come to North America for Progressive Nation.
All parties involved (myself, both bands, Inside Out, etc) are beyond devastated at this turn of events and are truly sorry to all of the fans that were looking forward to this lineup. We tried everything we could do to salvage the situation, but in the end it was not possible…
Well as the album title says, every Black Cloud does indeed have a Silver Lining....so with this unfortunate news, I bring to you the good news of 2 incredible bands that will jumping on board Progressive Nation to join Dream Theater and Zappa Plays Zappa this summer: Bigelf and Scale The Summit.
Los Angeles' Bigelf are my personal favorite new band to come along in many years...their latest CD "Cheat The Gallows" is my favorite album of the year and I already had positioned them onto the European run of Progressive Nation in the Fall… with them now joining us on PN09 in North America as well, it looks like world domination is now not that far out of reach for them! Pretty soon, everyone will hopefully be falling for their retro, psychedelic, progressive, hard rock, doom metal as hard as I have!
Houston instrumental band Scale The Summit are a recent discovery for me and their top notch musicianship will be a perfect fit to this Progressive Nation lineup stylistically falling very nicely between the musicality of Dream Theater and Zappa Plays Zappa. They bring the instrumental elements of prog rock and fusion into today's contemporary hard rock/metal sounds and are one of the most talented group of young musicians I've seen assembled in many years.
Once again, apologies to anybody disappointed in this unexpected and unavoidable lineup change...but the circumstances were beyond our control... In any event, PN09 will carry on and still deliver the most musical bang for its buck this summer throughout North America and we look forward to sharing the evening with you!"
Your Progressive Rock Ambassador,
Voices UK celebrates the 4th anniversary of its 'Official' status today!
Thanks to Steve ('progmetalgod' on the forum) for drawing everybody's attention to the fact that today is the 4th anniversary of Voices UK's Official status! Here are a few words of celebration from some familiar faces…
Attention all UK-based Voicees - Please check the forum ASAP!
There is news that you will not want to miss due for release on Friday 12 June. Check this thread. K x
Welcome to the new site
Welcome to what I'd like to call 'version 0.5' of the new site. You'll no doubt notice some major changes and I can promise you that there are plenty more to come. This is more of a test of our new look; we'll be tweaking it and adding lots of new content / features in the coming weeks and months. There are undoubtedly some bugs that you'll come across - just give me a shout if you find one (email@example.com or on the forum) and I'll get it ironed out. We of course welcome your feedback and have started a thread on the forum for this purpose. Enjoy!