Dream Theatre Tour, Release 2-Disc Best Of 4/1


N.Y. Prog-Metal Pioneers Will Go on Road with Opeth, Between the Buried and Me and 3 for 21-date North American Tour to Promote GREATEST HIT Album


N.Y. progressive metal pioneers Dream Theater will embark on its 21-date North American “Progressive Nation” tour starting May 2 at Los Angeles’ Gibson Amphitheatre and concluding June 1 in Tampa, FL, highlighted by two shows at New York’s brand-new Terminal 5 (May 21-22), which sold out in just two days.


Opening acts Opeth, Between the Buried and Me and 3 were personally picked by Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, who helped organize the tour: “I’ve wanted to do something that focuses on the more progressive, musician-oriented side of hard rock and metal for 10 years now,” he says. “I decided it was time to stop talking the talk, lace up and finally walk the walk.”


The tour will be preceded on April 1 by the release of Dream TheaterÂ’s GREATEST HIT (…and 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) on Rhino, the albumÂ’s tongue-in-cheek title refers to “Pull Me Under,” the first and only major radio hit for the quintet; this is the bandÂ’s first-ever best-of compilation, spanning 14 years and 22 songs, featuring rare edits, B-sides and three new Kevin Shirley mixes. The two discs are divided into “The Dark Side” (the metallic) and “The Light Side” (the melodic), with songs ranging from their sophomore 1992 release, Images and Words, through 2005Â’s Octavarium.


The band’s 22-year career has seen them sell more than 8 million albums worldwide, with their last three DVDs each having gone platinum. The band has been on the road since June 2007, playing to growing crowds in Asia, Australia and South America, on the “Chaos in Motion” world tour in support of their most recent Roadrunner Records studio album, Systematic Chaos, one of the most successful of their career. “Forsaken,” the second video from the disc, shot in Japanese anime, recently debuted on MTV 2’s Headbangers Ball after “Constant Motion” was voted #2 Video of the Year by viewers of the show last year. They were featured as Artist of the Month on Microsoft Xbox Live in December 2007


The group continues to grow its fan base all over the world, including Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Dream Theater topped the bill for the 2005 Gigantour alongside Megadeth, and has also co-headlined with both Queensryche and Joe Satriani. On April 1, 2006, the band played New YorkÂ’s Radio City Music Hall, a show which sold out in just three days.


                     Apr 29, 2008       Mexico City, Mexico    National Auditorium *

                       May 02, 2008     Los Angeles, CA                            Gibson Amphitheater

                       May 03, 2008     Oakland, CA                  Paramount Theater

                       May 05, 2008     Seattle, WA                    Wamu Theater

                       May 06, 2008    Vancouver, BC                 Orpheum

                       May 09, 2008  Calgary, ALB                    Macewan Hall

                       May 10, 2008  Calgary, ALB                    Macewan Hall

                       May 12, 2008  Minneapolis, MN            Myth

                       May 13, 2008  Chicago, IL                        Rosemont Theater

                       May 14, 2008  Detroit, MI                      The Fillmore

                       May 16, 2008  Columbus, OH                  LC Amphitheater

                       May 17, 2008  Cleveland, OH                  Time Warner Amphitheater @ Tower City

                       May 18, 2008  Albany, NY                     The Armory

                       May 20, 2008  Boston, MA                    Orpheum Theater

                       May 21, 2008  New York, NY                 Terminal 5

                       May 22, 2008  New York, NY                  Terminal 5

                       May 26, 2008  Washington DC                 DAR Constitution Hall

                       May 27, 2008  Richmond, VA                  The National

                       May 28, 2008  Atlanta, GA                       Tabernacle

                       May 30, 2008  Miami, FL                          The Fillmore

                       May 31, 2008  Orlando, FL                       Hard Rock

                       Jun 01, 2008    Tampa, FL                         Ruth Eckerd Hall

                       Jun 04, 2008    San Juan, Puerto Rico        Coliseo of Puerto Rico *

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