Dream Theater Raise the Curtains on Their New Live Show — Exclusive

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Charles Epting

Backstage in the bowels of the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, innovative keyboard wizard Jordan Rudess, of Dream Theater, is relaxing in a purple-themed lounging area. With a calm and peaceful smile he is reflecting on their San Francisco show a few days ago, the kickoff for the band’s first North American tour in support of their new album, ‘A Dramatic Turn of Events.’

They recently toured Europe but the sets rarely included more than one or two new songs. This time out though, the band is featuring much more of the current album. The trek also boasts a vibrant new visual production and of course, new drummer, Mike Mangini – all of which has Rudess excited.

“The show is the best looking thing we’ve ever done,” he explained to Noisecreep. “Visually, it’s about 85% different than the European tour. We’ve got these three big rhombus screens that all the video and effects are projected onto. Some amazing stuff. Plus a whole sequence of new animations to kick the show off featuring all the band members as their respective characters. The light show is phenomenal. We’ve got some really great illusions happening up there. When I saw it in rehearsals I was just blown away. We’ve never had anything this cool.”

And then there’s their whole Mangini thing.

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Dream Theater Raise the Curtains on Their New Live Show — Exclusive

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