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Dream Theater biography
I. Introduction

II. History
    A. Formation and Early Years (1985-1990)
    B. A New Singer and Success (1990-1993)
    C. The Middle Period and Band Turbulence (1994-1998)
    D. Jordan Rudess and the New Millennium (1999-2006)
    E. The Roadrunner Years and the Departure of Mike Portnoy (2007- )

III. Style, Live reputation, Bootleg Culture, and Conclusion



DREAM THEATER is a progressive metal band formed in 1985 in Boston, Massachusetts by guitarist John PETRUCCI, bassist John MYUNG, and drummer Mike PORTNOY. Since the band's conception, they have become one of the most influential post-1970s progressive rock bands as well as ranking as one of the early progenitors of the entire progressive metal genre.



II. History

A. Formation and Early Years (1985-1990)

Based in a love of the sophistication of YES, the virtuosity of RUSH, and the heaviness of IRON MAIDEN, DREAM THEATER had a desire to create complex, heavy, and progressive from the very beginning. Guitarist and bassist PETRUCCI and MYUNG grew up together on Long Island, New York. After high school, both received scholarships to the esteemed Berklee University of Music, where they met drummer PORTNOY, who, incidentally, grew up in a nearby area. The trio soon became friends and began making music together and settled upon the name MAJESTY. This name came about when PORTNOY described RUSH's song "Bastille Day" as "majestic" as they were waiting outside a Rush concert to open. As the band became more "serious," they went out looking for a keyboardist and vocalist. Eventually the band found PORTNOY's high schoolmate Kevin MOORE to play keys as well as schoolmate Chris COLLINS to sing in 1986. The new 5-piece recorded a 6 song demo titled simply "The Majesty Demos" in 1986 on PORTONY's analog 4-track cassette recorder, making an initial run of 1,000 tapes. The tapes, to the band's surprise sold out relatively quickly, which was aided also by the band's distribution of the tapes to friends, family, local rock and metal magazines.

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DREAM THEATER discography


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DREAM THEATER top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.19 | 1217 ratings
When Dream And Day Unite
1989
4.28 | 2733 ratings
Images And Words
1992
4.11 | 1988 ratings
Awake
1994
3.31 | 1467 ratings
Falling Into Infinity
1997
4.29 | 2786 ratings
Metropolis Part 2 - Scenes From A Memory
1999
4.13 | 1868 ratings
Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence
2002
3.59 | 1733 ratings
Train Of Thought
2003
3.66 | 1931 ratings
Octavarium
2005
3.30 | 1661 ratings
Systematic Chaos
2007
3.44 | 1545 ratings
Black Clouds & Silver Linings
2009
3.84 | 1552 ratings
A Dramatic Turn Of Events
2011
3.29 | 876 ratings
Dream Theater
2013
3.41 | 610 ratings
The Astonishing
2016

DREAM THEATER Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.66 | 390 ratings
Live At The Marquee
1993
3.30 | 374 ratings
Once In A Livetime
1998
4.55 | 522 ratings
Live Scenes From New York
2001
4.23 | 465 ratings
Live At Budokan
2004
4.45 | 524 ratings
Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra
2006
3.52 | 84 ratings
Happy Holidays
2013

DREAM THEATER Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.17 | 190 ratings
Images And Words - Live In Tokyo
1993
4.35 | 402 ratings
Metropolis 2000: Scenes From New York
2001
3.80 | 192 ratings
Live in Tokyo/5 Years in a Livetime
2004
4.02 | 116 ratings
When Dream And Day Reunite [Official Bootleg]
2004
4.29 | 395 ratings
Live at Budokan
2004
3.53 | 53 ratings
A Walk Beside The Band
2005
4.40 | 415 ratings
Dream Theater - Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra
2006
3.87 | 145 ratings
Dark Side Of The Moon
2006
4.00 | 1 ratings
Romavarium
2006
3.97 | 78 ratings
Bucharest, Romania 7/4/02
2007
3.43 | 223 ratings
Chaos In Motion 2007/2008
2008
2.38 | 78 ratings
Greatest Hit (...and 5 Other Pretty Cool Videos)
2008
3.52 | 52 ratings
Live at Tokyo Sun Plaza
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Official Bootleg: Santiago, Chile 12/6/05 (20th Anniversary Tour 2005/2006)
2009
4.08 | 134 ratings
Live at Luna Park
2013
4.39 | 113 ratings
Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House)
2014

DREAM THEATER Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 4 ratings
Systematic Chaos Special Edition
2007
2.17 | 182 ratings
Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs)
2008
3.00 | 1 ratings
Take The Time (The Warner Years 1992-2005)
2009
5.00 | 1 ratings
Black Clouds & Silver Linings Box Set
2009
3.91 | 48 ratings
Original Album Series
2011
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Triple Album Collection
2012
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Studio Albums 1992-2011
2014

DREAM THEATER Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.95 | 37 ratings
Afterlife
1989
3.24 | 35 ratings
Status Seeker
1989
2.88 | 29 ratings
The ATCO Demos
1991
2.90 | 62 ratings
Another Day
1992
3.62 | 55 ratings
Pull Me Under
1992
3.33 | 3 ratings
Take the Time
1992
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live
1993
3.52 | 61 ratings
The Silent Man
1994
2.89 | 46 ratings
Caught In A Web
1994
3.05 | 59 ratings
Lie
1994
3.68 | 646 ratings
A Change Of Seasons
1995
3.00 | 3 ratings
International Fan Club Christmas CD
1996
3.00 | 1 ratings
You Not Me
1997
3.00 | 1 ratings
Burning My Soul
1997
3.07 | 64 ratings
Hollow Years
1997
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live Bonus Tracks
1998
3.78 | 36 ratings
Once In A LIVEtime Outtakes (International Fan Club CD 1998)
1998
3.08 | 62 ratings
Cleaning Out The Closet
1999
3.13 | 70 ratings
Through Her Eyes
2000
2.05 | 37 ratings
Christmas 2000 Fan Club CD
2000
1.93 | 36 ratings
4 degrees of Radio edits
2002
3.17 | 23 ratings
When Demos and Singles Unite
2002
4.00 | 1 ratings
Selections from Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
2002
3.01 | 45 ratings
Taste The Memories
2003
2.91 | 37 ratings
Graspop Festival 2002 (International Fanclub CD 2003)
2003
3.19 | 47 ratings
The Making Of Scenes From A Memory
2003
2.80 | 106 ratings
The Number Of The Beast
2003
1.99 | 112 ratings
Master Of Puppets
2003
2.77 | 37 ratings
Los Angeles, California 5/18/98
2003
3.38 | 40 ratings
Tokyo, Japan 10/28/95
2003
2.88 | 51 ratings
The Majesty Demos 1985 - 1986 [Official bootleg]
2003
3.69 | 33 ratings
A Sort Of Homecoming
2004
3.36 | 39 ratings
Images and Words: Demos 1989 - 1991 [Official Bootleg]
2004
3.81 | 70 ratings
When Dream And Day Reunite
2004
2.97 | 31 ratings
When Dream And Day Unite Demos 1987-1989
2004
3.35 | 129 ratings
Dark Side Of The Moon
2006
2.49 | 41 ratings
Awake Demos
2006
3.17 | 36 ratings
Old Bridge, New JERSEY - 12/14/96
2006
3.38 | 68 ratings
Made in Japan [Official Bootleg]
2006
3.45 | 40 ratings
Images and Words - 15th Anniversary Performance (Fan Club CD 2007)
2007
4.14 | 74 ratings
Falling Into Infinity: Demos 1996-1997 [Official Bootleg]
2007
3.09 | 46 ratings
Constant Motion
2007
3.57 | 42 ratings
New York City 3/4/93
2007
2.00 | 1 ratings
Road to Wembley
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
Lifting Shadows Companion CD
2007
2.40 | 5 ratings
Forsaken
2007
3.68 | 19 ratings
Progressive Nation 2008 - The International Fan Clubs CD 2008
2008
2.51 | 60 ratings
Forsaken
2008
2.58 | 76 ratings
A Rite of Passage
2009
3.11 | 78 ratings
Stargazer
2009
3.39 | 72 ratings
Tenement Funster/Flick Of The Wrist/Lily Of The Valley
2009
3.68 | 57 ratings
Odyssey
2009
3.51 | 53 ratings
Take Your Fingers From My Hair
2009
3.23 | 72 ratings
Larks Tongues In Aspic, Pt. 2
2009
3.20 | 82 ratings
Wither
2009
3.12 | 47 ratings
Uncovered 2003-2005
2009
2.24 | 32 ratings
The Making of Falling Into Infinity
2009
2.85 | 30 ratings
Train of Thought Instrumental Demos 2003
2009
3.56 | 118 ratings
On the Backs of Angels
2011
3.00 | 4 ratings
Build Me Up, Break Me Down
2011
3.50 | 2 ratings
Along for the Ride
2013
3.15 | 78 ratings
The Enemy Inside
2013
4.10 | 32 ratings
Illumination Theory
2014
3.40 | 5 ratings
Our New World
2016

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 Images And Words by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 1992
4.28 | 2733 ratings

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Images And Words
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by Cylli Kat (0fficial)

5 stars Dream Theater - Images and Words Review № Stardate 11810.19a

THIS is perhaps the ultimate, most influential Progressive Metal album of all time. THIS is THE Badass Monster Mütha Fükka in my Prog Metal sensibilities..

(That is not meant to discount Fates Warning, Queensr˙che, Redemption, Pain of Salvation, etc. and others that have genre defining albums themselves).

A fantastic set of classic songs played to perfection by a group of very well practiced musicians. Well produced virtuosity tastefully on display, mixed with strong, interesting, adventurous compositions. I loved it then, and love it to this day.

This album spawned an entire generation of clone bands that tried to brave the waters that my friend, Mr. Portnoy & company set the course for and continually raised the standard of when relating to virtuostic, Progressive Metal.

This album deserves all the praise that has been heaped on it, and then some...

An absolute classic, and a MUST HAVE for any Prog Metal enthusiast.

A complete, no debate, gotta have, full-on 5 + stars on my scale. Obviously 5 stars here at PA.

As always, your mileage may vary.

Grace and peace, Cylli (Jim Calistro)

 The Astonishing by DREAM THEATER album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.41 | 610 ratings

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The Astonishing
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by Cylli Kat (0fficial)

1 stars Dream Theater The ASSEATISHING review № Stardate 11810.19...

Wow!!! Everything that Dream Theater could've done wrong they did do wrong on this remarkably horrendous pile of puerile, juvenile dreck.

After being endlessly assaulted on facebook every 28 seconds with some new bit of "blah, blah, blah", about this album (I'm talking about during its initial release days), I unfriended all the band members and unliked/unfollowed the band.

I literally thought: 'Whats next? A video game, a graphic novel, a CGI movie?!?!?' Not knowing I was actually close to the mark on that one...

This is so beyond dreadful. I've tried repeatedly to garner some type of appreciation for this album; but as of this writing the only thing I'm willing to do with the discs are turn them into coasters...

Completely vapid, inane, & banal concept, hyper-overdone virtuostic masturbation with the inimitable Dream Theater (when in extreme bad taste mode) aplomb.

This is what happens when you write an album to appeal to little girls who believe in Unicorns and play with My Little Pony®...

Time for Dream Theater to get back to making good music again...

Or, it's time for them to retire...

Believe me; I wanted to go on a song by song tirade, but I literally don't think I could bear to hear this album ever again, so, I scrapped that idea...

A great big fat ZERO on my personal scale. Forced to give it 1 star due to the PA rating process.

As always, your mileage may vary,

Grace and peace, Cylli (Jim Calistro)

 New York City 3/4/93 by DREAM THEATER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
3.57 | 42 ratings

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New York City 3/4/93
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

3 stars 'New York City 03/04/93', released in 2007, is the fifth album in the live series of Dream Theater's official bootlegs. With only two albums under their belts, this is an interesting look at the band in their early days, especially as there are some who consider the Kevin Moore years their best.

Featuring most of the songs from their first two releases, 'When Dream and Day Unite' and one of my all-time favourite albums, 'Images and Words', the set list is incredibly strong, despite the limited material they had on hand. The performances are (mostly) impeccable (hey, it's Dream Theater!), and the sound quality is really good, considering this is a 'bootleg' lifted directly from the soundboard. The band all sound clear, and the audience is audible enough without sounding fake.

With the likes of 'Pull Me Under', 'Metropolis', 'Take the Time', 'A Fortune in Lies', 'Learning to Live' and 'The Killing Hand', it's evident that even after only two albums, Dream Theater had a wealth of solid material to choose. Also included is a work-in-progress of 'A Change of Seasons', the 23-minute epic that'd end up getting its own EP release. It's for this alone that most die-hard fans will be interested in hearing this album, especially as the version played here is quite different from the finished product.

However, since I've always preferred studio albums to live ones, I can only look at what I get out of this release, and in that case, it's the things that I've learned:

1. Even Dream Theater make mistakes! (Yep, it's true, there're quite a few bum notes in there!!!)

2. Even in his younger days, vocalist James LaBrie struggled replicating all the recorded vocals live. Bless 'im for trying, though.

3. Dream Theater's early shows had intermissions. Weird.

Strange things to take out of this, I know, but there we go. 'New York City 03/04/93' is a nice little nugget of joy for fans of Dream Theater, but as far as live albums go, it'll take a lot to improve upon 'Live at Budokan', 'Score' or 'Live Scenes from New York'.

 Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra by DREAM THEATER album cover Live, 2006
4.45 | 524 ratings

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Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour Live with the Octavarium Orchestra
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

4 stars They did it in 2000 with 'Live Scenes from New York', and again in 2004 with 'Live at Budokan', and come 2006, Dream Theater are at it once more, trying to outdo themselves with 'Score: 20th Anniversary World Tour', another three-disc live album that shows the kings of progressive metal at their very best.

"So what makes 'Score' any different?" you ask... allow me to explain.

'Live Scenes...' was focused around the 'Scenes from a Memory' album and a multitude of big, prog epics, while 'Budokan' had an abundance of heavier, more energetic and varied material. Interestingly, with the exception of a few songs, both albums had different sets, and this continues with 'Score'. Based around the 'Octavarium' album and a retrospective look back at the bands career in chronological order, there is, once again, a varied set here which is different than previously.

With a fantastic production (this almost sounds like a studio release, at times), and superb performances (c'mon, it's Dream Theater), 'Score' is over two hours of prog greatness. With such epics as 'Octavarium', 'Metropolis' and 'Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence' in its entirety, as well as often overlooked tracks such as 'Afterlife', 'Innocence Faded' and 'Vacant', there's a well-rounded set here. And 'Another Won' and 'Raise the Knife', both previously unreleased on studio albums, are welcome and popular additions. There's the "Octavarium Ochestra" in there too, which has fans raving. Though to be honest, I find their contributions a bit lacking, especially when Jordan Rudess could perform most of this on his keyboard by himself.

Overall however, 'Score' is another live success for Dream Theater. While 'Live at Budokan' remains my favourite, this, along with 'Live Scenes from New York' completes the perfect live album trilogy, and is a highly recommended addition to any prog collection.

 Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs) by DREAM THEATER album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2008
2.17 | 182 ratings

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Greatest Hit (...and 21 other pretty cool songs)
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

3 stars Released in 2008, 'Greatest Hit' (a reference to the bands one radio hit, 'Pull Me Under') is a compilation album by progressive metal giants Dream Theater. With an abundance of incredible material to choose from, it should have been easy enough to make this a three-disc box set that would be the defining progressive music collection. Instead, this is more of a two-disc cash-grab, a quick and easy effort to introduce new fans to the band.

Admittedly, for that purpose, it works. However, for the die-hard fans, this is more of a disappointment.

Firstly, it'd be near-impossible to truly do this kind of band justice with a compilation. Since most of their most popular songs are around ten, fifteen or even twenty minutes in duration, you'd require at least five discs just to fit them all in. And since we already have these songs anyway, why bother?

So instead, the band went the route of using radio edits. A risky move, for sure. It's cool as a fan to own different versions of the songs we already know and love... but that doesn't necessarily mean I'd want to hear it repeatedly. I'd rather stick with the originals. No cuts. No censored profanities. No nonsense.

But that's not all, there's three 2007 remixes of Dream Theater classics from the 1992 'Images and Words' album, and while the compositions themselves are perfect, the remixes are pretty ugly and messy. The mix seems a bit unbalanced and some random noises and sound effects kind of ruins things. Once again, I'll stick with the originals.

However, for the Dream Theater newbie, this is a great starting point. With all the hits, including 'Pull Me Under', 'Take the Time', 'Home', 'As I Am', 'Another Day', 'The Spirit Carries On', 'Sacrificed Sons' and 'Hollow Years', this is still a great retrospective of the bands career. But for long-time fans such as myself, this really serves as nothing more than another CD to add to the collection.

 The Making of Falling Into Infinity by DREAM THEATER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2009
2.24 | 32 ratings

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The Making of Falling Into Infinity
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

1 stars Dream Theater's Official Bootlegs series has always been a nice touch for collectors, whether it's demos, live recordings, compilations, or reissues of previous fan club CD's (which is actually what this one is), they're usually pretty cool little nuggets of joy for die-hard fans of the band.

And occasionally, there's utter nonsense like this.

'The Making of Falling Into Infinity' is completely and utterly pointless. Not containing any full tracks, the entire album is nothing more than snippets of songs. Guitar riffs, the odd vocal harmony, someone working out a part or someone saying something. It might be interesting for some tech nerd who wants to look into the process of writing and recording an album, but without any commentary or narrative, this CD really is unlistenable.

I can understand with demos that at least it's interesting to listen to how songs were originally intended to sound and how they've evolved to become the finished product, but this is completely useless and doesn't even show us that. Die-hard fans who must own everything will probably resent having to purchase this, and I'd know, because I'm one of them.

 Live At Budokan by DREAM THEATER album cover Live, 2004
4.23 | 465 ratings

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Live At Budokan
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

4 stars As if 2000's 'Scenes from a Memory' wasn't enough, here's Dream Theater with another three-disc assault on the senses, with 2004's live album from Japan's world-renowned Budokan venue, aptly titled 'Live at Budokan'.

Touring to promote 2003's 'Train of Thought', 'Live at Budokan' sees the band storm through a set of highly energetic and crushingly heavy material. The format of the shows were simply 'an evening with...' type affairs, which meant there were no support acts. Yet, despite the mind-boggling duration of the set, the band remains on top form throughout, and shows no signs of fatigue or letting up.

Focusing more on their later material, 'Live at Budokan' is three discs of some of the bands strongest material, played impeccably by some of the absolute finest musicians in the world. Millions upon millions of notes are hit flawlessly, with a number of noodles and jamming sections bungled in amongst the set, this is a highly entertaining live album, and shows an unparalleled chemistry between the highly-respected musicians.

There's an abundance of highlights here. From newer tracks 'As I Am', 'This Dying Soul' and 'In the Name of God', to older classics such as 'Pull Me Under', 'New Millennium', 'Only a Matter of Time' and 'Beyond This Life', which features a near-ten minute jam section which is absolutely incredible and never gets boring. Then there's the exclusive of this album, 'Instrumedley', a 12-minute instrumental medley of various parts of the bands discography. It's genuinely mind-blowing and further demonstrates how these guys are the absolute best of the best at what they do.

'Live at Budokan' may lie a little on the heavier side of things, but this is truly a gem that belongs in any prog fans collection. With an absolutely banging production and top-notch performances, this will surely come to be recognized as a true prog classic.

 Through Her Eyes by DREAM THEATER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2000
3.13 | 70 ratings

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Through Her Eyes
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

2 stars Releasing singles to promote concept albums is always going to be tough. I mean, most often the songs are a small part of a larger narrative, but need to be able to work in the context of a single track. Dream Theater's 'Through Her Eyes' does this well.

It seems a bit of an odd choice for a single to promote the phenomenal 'Scenes From a Memory' album, but the soft, gospel-inspired ballad is a catchy and emotional piece. This EP release comes with two different versions of the track, with an alternate mix having a more soulful feel to it. However, the track as a whole is actually probably one of the more subtle and possibly weaker moments from the record it's promoting.

Then there are two live tracks, both of which come close to the 15-minute mark in duration. Now, Dream Theater are one of my favourite bands, but these recordings are pretty weak, and fairly poorly mixed, and coming at a time when James LaBrie's vocals were suffering from a previous injury he'd sustained, they don't really do justice to the band. A medley of moments from their first two albums, 'When Images and Words Unite' sounds like it should be an interesting nugget for fans, but it's actually really not all that inspired.

Overall, 'Scenes From a Memory' is an absolute masterpiece, and is a highly regarded and highly recommended album, but 'Through Her Eyes' is definitely one for collectors.

 The Silent Man by DREAM THEATER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1994
3.52 | 61 ratings

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The Silent Man
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

2 stars Taken from the 1994 album 'Awake', 'The Silent Man' is a bit of an odd choice for a single. A soft, near-four minute acoustic ballad, it's a great song when heard in context of the album, but alone, as a single, it doesn't quite have the same impact.

It's not a bad song as such, and on the album it actually works well as the third part of a trilogy titled 'A Mind Beside Itself'. But it just seems dreary and dull as a single. There's plenty of other material from the 'Awake' album that would have made more sense to use as promotional material, and a better representation of what the record has to offer.

Still, it's an okay song I guess. A demo of 'Take the Time' is a welcome b-side, though it sounds near-identical to the finished product, making it something only die-hard fans would care about. And there's 'Eve'. A short instrumental which the band had jammed out to at gigs, but this actual studio recording doesn't really do anything for me.

This one is a bit of rarity these days, and since Dream Theater is such a beloved cult band, it's likely this is still sought after by collectors, and as such, that's all this is now, a collector's item. Nothing more, nothing less.

 Christmas 2000 Fan Club CD by DREAM THEATER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2000
2.05 | 37 ratings

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Christmas 2000 Fan Club CD
Dream Theater Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

2 stars Dream Theater's 2000 fan club CD is basically a collection of outtakes from their Metropolis world tour of the same year. Jokingly described on the back cover as "Metropolis 2000 Tour Highlights (and Lowlights)", it's not really something you'd listen to more than once or twice, but it's a fun little collector's item none-the-less.

With that said, there's not really anything to comment on. 'What Did They Say?' is a medley of snippets featuring the band members goofing around during various songs, ad-libbing lyrics and whatnot. 'War Pigs' involves a fan singing with the band, and 'The Spirit Carries On' has drummer Mike Portnoy singing, forgetting the lyrics, and getting the crowd to finish off. Nothing serious, just basically an hour of Dream Theater having fun.

Overall, this is a light-hearted album, good for one or two listens, but seeing as it's a fan club CD, it's definitely nothing more than a novelty item for die-hard fans.

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