Dream Theater Announce First Tour Dates of New Album Cycle
Dream Theater have been holed away for much of the year working on a new record, but the veteran band has emerged from the studio and they're beginning to lay out the promotion of their next record. Even though the self-titled disc is due Sept. 24, it looks as though we may not see the band on the concert stage until 2014.
The group has just unveiled an extensive European tour that will keep them on the road through the first two months of 2014, with a North American trek expected to follow in March 2014. Dates for the Euro trek can be seen below.
As for the new album, the self-titled collection is their first with drummer Mike Mangini serving as a full member of the group. Mangini was part of their 'A Dramatic Turn of Events' effort, but was not part of the writing process for that effort.
Guitarist John Petrucci, who also produced the new record, says, "I see every new album as an opportunity to start over -- to either build or improve upon a direction that has been evolving over time or to completely break new ground. This is the first self-titled album of our career and there is nothing I can think of that makes a statement of musical and creative identity stronger than that. We've fully explored all of the elements that make us unique, from the epic and intense to the atmospheric and cinematic. We're incredibly excited about 'Dream Theater' and can't wait for everyone to hear it."
VIP packages and tickets for their touring go on sale tomorrow (June 25) at the band's website.
Dream Theater European Tour 2014
1/15 -- Porto, Portugal -- Coliseum of Porto
1/16 -- Madrid, Spain -- Palacio Visalegre
1/17 -- Pamplona, Spain -- Anaitasuna
1/18 -- Barcelona, Spain -- St. Jordi Club
1/20 -- Milan, Italy -- Mediolanum Forum
1/21 -- Florence, Italy -- Obihall
1/22 -- Rome, Italy -- Palalottomatica
1/23 -- Padova, Italy -- Geox Theatre
1/25 -- Vienna, Austria -- Gasometer
1/26 -- Munich, Germany -- Zenith
1/27 -- Zurcih, Switzerland -- Volkshaus
1/29 -- Prague, Czech Republic -- Tipsport Arena
1/30 -- Ludwigsburg, Germany -- Arena
1/31 -- Paris, France -- Zenith
2/1 -- Offenbach, Germany -- Stadthalle
2/3 -- Zagreb, Croatia -- Cibona
2/4 -- Ljubljana, Slovenia -- Small Tivoli
2/5 -- Katowice, Poland -- Spodek Hall
2/7 -- Bamberg, Germany -- Stechert Arena
2/8 -- Deinze, Belgium -- Brielpoort
2/9 -- Hannover, Germany -- Swiss Life Hall
2/10 -- Saarbrucken, Germany -- Saarlandhalle
2/12 -- Lille, France -- Aeronef
2/13 -- Manchester, U.K. -- O2 Apollo
2/14 -- London, U.K. -- Wembley Arena
2/15 -- Wolverhampton, U.K. -- Wolverhampton Civic Hall
2/17 -- Amsterdam, Holland -- Heineken Music Hall
2/18 -- Dusseldorf, Germany -- Mitsubishi Electric Halle
2/20 -- Copenhagen, Denmark -- Falconer
2/24 -- Helsinki, Finland -- Icehall