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Ex-Dream Theater Vocalist Charlie Dominici Has Passed Away


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Dream Theater have announced the passing of their second lead singer, Charlie Dominici. The latter musician appeared on the GRAMMY Award-winning progressive metal group’s 1989 debut album, “When Dreams And Day Unite“, before being let go early into their touring cycle for it.

Speaking today (November 17th) on the matter, the band stated:

“We are devastated to hear the news of the passing of former Dream Theater singer, Charlie Dominici. Charlie was the voice of DT on our debut album, ‘When Dream And Day Unite’, recorded back in 1988. Beyond being a great singer, he was an incredibly talented songwriter, a well-rounded musician on both guitar and keyboards, and a long-time friend even after his departure from the band. Charlie’s unexpected passing is a tremendous loss to everyone in the Dream Theater family, and we wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the Dominici family during this immensely difficult time.”

Returning drummer Mike Portnoy said in a separate statement:

“I am devastated to share the news of the passing of former Dream Theater singer Charlie Dominici. Charlie was the voice of DT on our debut album ‘When Dream And Day Unite’, recorded back in 1988. Beyond being a great singer, he also was an incredibly talented songwriter and well rounded musician on both guitar and keyboards.

While we parted ways with him in late 1989, he always remained a friend…fronting the band that played at mine and Marlene’s wedding in 1994, reuniting w DT for WDADU’s 15th anniversary show in 2004, opening for DT in Europe with his solo band in 2007 and coming to see myself & JP on our tour together in 2022. I was texting with him as recently as a few weeks ago when he texted me to congratulate me on my return to DT on the day of the announcement. He was so happy and excited for us all…

Charlie’s unexpected passing is a tremendous loss to everyone in the Dream Theater family, and we wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the Dominici family during this immensely difficult time.

If you haven’t seen it already, there is a documentary on DT’s 1988/1989 era that I compiled for the ‘When Dream And Day Reunite’ DVD called “I Can Remember When…” that is a great tribute to Charlie and his time in the band: https://youtu.be/QXfN5D8LzD4?si=P6mcpYV6HFmn1FqI
#RIPCharlieDominici #WhenDreamAndDayUnite”

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