BAND NOW RECORDING NEW MATERIAL;
WORLD TOUR BEGINS JULY 2011
A little more than a month after drummer Mike Portnoy's sudden departure from Dream Theater, the band held three days of auditions in New York City. Over an incredibly productive three-day period, the band played, jammed and spoke candidly and at length with seven of the world's greatest drummers.
After intense consideration, the band has unanimously chosen drummer Mike Mangini (Extreme, Steve Vai, Annihilator) to fill the seat behind the kit which was left vacant by Portnoy's departure late last summer.
Mangini is completely cognizant of the demanding rhythmic and artistic responsibilities he'll be expected to take on as the band's new timemaster, as well as how deeply the band's history and relationship runs with DT's passionate and dedicated followers. "I went to work diligently on the audition material far beyond just learning the songs," explains Mangini, who, upon taking up the mantle for DT, gives up a coveted faculty position at the Berklee College of Music.
"I imagined myself onstage with them, giving the fans what I know Mike Portnoy – who is obviously a legend – always worked so hard to provide. For his sake, as well as for the fans' and the band's, I fought hard to earn the privilege of carrying on the spirit of Dream Theater. At the same time, I wanted to honor Mike's incredible drumming and musical interpretations. This band has a phenomenal past. DT's fans are so passionate about DT's music. They deserve to hear the songs they know played as they love them. I'm responsible for that now."
With the addition of Mangini to the band's lineup, Dream Theater moved forward into the studio to begin recording their third release for Roadrunner Records. Guitarist John Petrucci reprises his role as producer, and Paul Northfield (Rush, Queensryche, Porcupine Tree) assumes the same engineering position that he has had on Dream Theater's previous two Roadrunner releases. The band will kick off a world tour in July 2011.
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