How the Theater of Dreams Began
Initially, the band now famous as Dream Theater started off by the name of Majesty in 1985. It was formed by four students of Berklee College of Music. Soon, they dropped out of college to focus more on their nascent band. However, initially the band saw a rapid change in the lineup, while the three original band members, Mike Portnoy, James LaBrie and Jordan Rudess remained, until Portnoy dramatically left the band in the start of 2010. Over the years, the band has established its repute as a progressive metal band with instrumental technical proficiency.
About six times, Theaters guitarist, John Petrucci has been elected as third player of the G3 Tour. GuitarMagazine also honored him in its list of Top 10 Fastest Shredders of All Time. He has also been included in the 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists book. The bands keyboardist, Jordan Rudess is considered among the greatest keyboardists of all time by many critics, including MusicRadar. Their former drummer, Portnoy took away more than 25 awards over the years and was also included in the Rock Drummer Hall of Fame. A poll conducted by the renowned MusicRadar determined John Myung as the Greatest Bassist of All Time. In 2010, because of its success and contributions over the years, the band was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.
Images and Words & Other Success Stories
Gold certified, Images and Words has been till day, the bands top selling record. It made it to Billboard 200 chart at number 61. Released in 1992, the song Pull Me Under from the album remains the bands only song to have made it to the Top Ten list. The song was also included in Guitar Hero World Tour video game from 2008. Generally, albums have title tracks by the same name, however in Images and Words, there is no title track.
The album was followed by more commercially successful records; however none reached the position that Images and Words managed to. Albums like A Change of Seasons and Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence made it big as well. The bands eighth album, Octavarium was released in June 2005. The song Octavarium has been considered as the best Dream Theater song, more than Pull Me Under, which managed to make it to the top ten list. This more than twenty minutes long song received a lot of positive reviews from the critics and has often been labeled as one of the greatest progressive metal tracks of all time.
Self Titled Opus and the Ride
Released through Roadrunner Records, Dream Theaters self titled, twelfth and latest studio album was released in September, 2013. The band started working on the album during their A Dramatic Turn of Events Tour in April 2012. The ideas were sketched out and after the tour ended, the band locked itself up in the studio to work on the album, which they decided would be self titled. The album has been titled as a masterpiece of adventure, ambition and a new purpose. To promote it, the band is hitting the road with its Along For the Ride trek.