Rocker Mike Portnoy Will Lead A Tribute To Late Yes Star Chris Squire When The 2015 Cruise To The Edge Sets Sail To The Caribbean In November (15).
The Dream Theater drummer has been added to the line-up for what has been billed as the "ultimate prog rock cruise" and will serve as "music director" for an all-star tribute to Yes founder and bassist Squire.
The cruise, created by the members of Yes for their fans, will also feature sets from Marillion and the Neal Morse Band.
The third annual five-day, four-night cruise will set sail from Miami, Florida for Key West and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas in mid-November (15).
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John Petrucci and Dream Theater - American progressive metal band Dream Theater perform live at Wembley Arena as part of their 'An Evening with Dream Theater' tour - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 15th February 2014
Heavy rockers Dream Theater are set to perform a unique gig at the Boston Opera House in March (14) after inviting students from the band's alma mater in Massachusetts to join them onstage.
Guitarist John Petrucci, bassist John Myung and former drummer Mike Portnoy all met while attending the Berklee College of Music and formed the group in 1985 under the name of Majesty.
Now Petrucci and Myung are set to stage a homecoming show at the Boston Opera House, where they will be joined by the 17-piece Berklee World Strings orchestra and the Berklee Concert Choir.
The rocker will depart the band, which also features Disturbed bassist John Moyer, following four upcoming Latin America shows as support to Halestorm.
He states, "I have scheduling conflicts that prevent me from being able to fully commit to the band's future activities at the moment. As I cannot be in two places at the same time, I don't want to hold them back and have to wait for my schedule to re-open up to resume activity."
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Rockers Dream Theater have scrapped an upcoming Chinese concert after failing to secure the necessary working visas.
The group was scheduled to play in Beijing on 5 May (12), but the bandmates have learned they won't have the documents needed to enter the country.
A statement reads: "We at Dream Theater are truly sorry for any inconveniences."
But the cancelled show won't wreck the group's Asian tour, which began in Seoul, South Korea last week (19Apr12).
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Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl feels ''bad'' for winning the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Grammy, as he didn't think the track was heavy enough.
The rockers picked up the trophy for their track 'White Limo' - one of the five awards they took home on Sunday (12.02.12) - and whilst singer Dave Grohl had admitted it was the one he most wanted, he feel sorry for metal act Dream Theater, as their track was heavier.
Shortly after being announced as winners, Dave told MTV: "We got it! I feel so bad for the Dream Theater guy, because they actually had a metal performance. We didn't, but it's awesome."
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Rocker Mike Portnoy has launched a lawsuit against his former Dream Theater bandmates, accusing them of "wrongfully excluding" him from the line-up.
The drummer, who helped form the band in 1985, left last year (10) after he asked the other four members if they could take a hiatus and they refused.
Now he is taking legal action against the group, claiming John Petrucci, John Myung, Jordan Rudess and James LaBrie "are wrongfully using the name of the band in connection with the promotion of live performances by the individual defendants, without the participation or consent of" Portnoy.
Since news of the lawsuit broke on Monday (19Sep11), Portnoy has taken to his Twitter.com page to play down the matter.
Continue reading: Mike Portnoy Sues Dream Theater Ex-bandmates
Portnoy quit the band last summer (10), but guitarist John Petrucci is thrilled with the new addition.
He states, "The departure of our lifelong bandmate and friend was an unexpected and truly heartbreaking blow... but when we played with the infectiously positive powerhouse of a drummer that is Mike Mangini, we knew we had found a silver lining to what has been, by far, the most challenging episode in our musical lives."
Singer James LaBrie adds, "I had the privilege of working with Mike on three of my solo albums, so I knew he would be a huge contender. He is without a doubt one of the most intelligent, intuitive, interpretive and virtuosic musicians I have ever played with."
Continue reading: Mike Mangini Replaces Portnoy In Dream Theater
The unnamed outfit, announced via Portnoy's Twitter.com account, will feature guitarist Steve Morse, Neal Morse and bassist Dave LaRue. Former Endochine star Casey MCPherson will front the group.
Blabbermouth.net reports the band has just entered the studio to begin work on a new album.
Neal Morse says, "Last April I got together with Steve Morse to do some writing and to see what would happen with a collaboration between the two of us... I went down to his house in Florida and spent some days with him, getting to know him and writing some music and we had a really good time. So we've been talking about doing a project together for a while."
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Rockers Dream Theater are nervous about their Friday night (12Mar10) concert in Chile - because they fear ongoing earthquakes in the country will prevent them getting back to America.
The group has refused to cancel the scheduled date at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, despite the fact that the city has been rocked by a series of quakes in the past two weeks - the latest, on Thursday (11Mar10).
Drummer Mike Portnoy made his feelings known in a 'tweet' to fans, writing, "I can't wait to play the show and get the hell outta here".
He has since apologised to Chilean fans, who took to the Internet to call the rocker a "coward" for going public with his concerns.
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