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Dream Theater Confirm They Will Be Playing “Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory” In Full On 20th Anniversary Tour


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Dream Theater will indeed be performing their 1999 album “Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory” in full during their upcoming 20th anniversary tour for the album. The band’s guitarist John Petrucci had the following to say of that during a recent interview with Rolling Stone:

“…The tour is going to be “An Evening With,” and part of the evening will be playing some of the new record and some older songs in our catalog, and then also playing Scenes From a Memory in its entirety. So it going to be a lot of fun. And that was a really important record for us, speaking of storytelling and all that. Because it was our first concept record.”

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The majority of the interview focuses on the band’s upcoming fourteenth studio album “Distance Over Time“, which will meet a February 22nd release. The publication notes that the album features in part a heavy approach for the band. When asked what led to the band to head in that direction and employ a more ‘succinct’ songwriting approach, Petrucci responded:

“A lot of it was due to the fact that we wanted to take a more organic approach to the recording process, and create a situation where you had all the instruments blaring together in a rehearsal room-type of setting. And I think when you do that, it lends itself to creating heavier music.

Because you have the guitar amp cranking, and then, you know, Mike [Mangini] hears that from across the room and he responds to that in his drumming, and then someone else hears what Mike’s doing and responds to that in his own playing. Everybody is interacting with one another musically. And that makes for a more powerful album.

At the same time, we also knew we wanted to do a bit of a shorter record, with more concise songs. We didn’t want to have three songs on the album. We wanted to have a bunch. So we kept it all very tight and focused.”

You can find more from Petrucci on the album over at rollingstone.com. Dates for the aforementioned 20th anniversary tour include:

03/20 San Diego, CA – Balboa Theatre
03/21 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
03/22 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
03/24 San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
03/26 Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
03/28 St. Paul, MN – The Ordway
03/29 Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
03/31 Milwaukee, WI – Miller Theater
04/02 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
04/04 Toronto, ON – Sony Centre
04/05 Montreal, QC – Place Des Arts
04/06 Quebec City, QC – Theatre Capitole-Carabet Du
04/08 Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
04/09 Oakdale, CT – Toyota Presents Oakdale
04/10 Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Center For The Arts
04/12 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
04/13 Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theater
04/15 Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
04/17 Nashville, TN – TPAC
04/22 Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
04/23 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
04/26 St. Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater
04/27 Jacksonville, FL – Moran Theater
04/29 Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
04/30 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
05/01 Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall
05/04 Mexico City, MEX – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

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