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Dream Theater European Tour & UK Dates For “PROGRESSIVE NATION 2009”
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Dream Theater European Tour & UK Dates For “PROGRESSIVE NATION 2009”

New York multi-million selling, progressive metal veterans DREAM THEATER will take their PROGRESSIVE NATION tour overseas for the first time with a run through Europe and the UK throughout Sept, Oct, and Nov 2009.



PROGRESSIVE NATION founder and mastermind, DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy, once again hand-picked the bands based on musicianship, originality and diversity…not necessarily by popularity and marquee value. He comments: “After the excitement of putting together two very cool PROGRESSIVE NATION packages for North America, I knew it was time to bring the concept overseas and share some of these other great bands with our amazing fans throughout Europe and the UK”.



Joining the tour will be DT’s tourmates from PN08 (and Roadrunner Records labelmates), the legendary OPETH from Stockholm, Sweden. Vocalist/Guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt was excited to partake in another PROGRESSIVE NATION experience: "Once my man "The Port" suggested they're going to bring PROGRESSIVE NATION over to Europe, I more or less begged him to get us on it, haha! We had such a great time doing it in North America and it did many great things for us as a band. It's fair to say that I can't wait to get going with this one. It will be a blast, believe me!!”



Los Angeles band BIGELF will bring their unique brand of psychedelic, progressive hard rock to PN09. Vocalist/Keyboardist Damon Fox adds: "When I first met Mike Portnoy, I felt like we were cut from the same cloth, a brother from another mother. We could talk rock & roll for eons (we probably will on tour, hell yeah!). Being added to the PROGRESSIVE NATION tour feels like the planets have aligned for us and the elves have finally come home to Rivendell. The mentality of Dream Theater and PROGRESSIVE NATION reminds me of a quote from the great Willy Wonka, "There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination. Living there, you'll be free if you truly wish to be..." We eagerly await our return to Northern Europe and on a special note, we have never performed in England. This has driven us completely mad over the years. We are just brimming with passion and excitement to be able to bring our music back to the homeland which has inspired us so deeply.”



Opening the show each night will be Canada’s UNEXPECT who will surely blow people’s minds with their insane musicianship and avant garde style of extreme progressive metal. Guitarist Syriak had this to say: "How can we rationally express that crazy excitement we feel about this awesome turn of events…Upon getting offered by Mike to be on board this amazing prog vessel, we accepted at once to participate and add our own mad musical touch to the crew! Being part of the European leg of PN09 is an extreme honor for us and playing in company of such talented musicians shall be a true and heartfelt enjoyment! See you all on stage guys!! "

The European leg of PROGRESSIVE NATION will follow on the heals of the North American version of PN09 which will run throughout July & Aug 2009 in the US and Canada featuring DREAM THEATER, ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA, PAIN OF SALVATION and BEARDFISH. PROGRESSIVE NATION’s successful inaugural run throughout North America in 2008 featured OPETH, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME and THREE.



A festival and headlining run of Europe in June, followed by the two PN09 tours, will be the first treks across the globe for DREAM THEATER in support of their newest release Black Clouds & Silver Linings (out 22 June). Dream Theater performed on DOWNLOAD’s Main Stage on June 14, watched side of stage by none other than Brian May (QUEEN), who liked the band’s recently released cover medley of Queen so much he came to see them (photo attached of Brian May with DT’s James LaBrie and Jordan Rudess).



Tickets are on sale now for £30 (£32.50 London) for the following UK dates:



Fri Oct 9 – Manchester Apollo (0844 477 7677)

Sat Oct 10 – London Wembley Arena (0844 815 0815)

Sun Oct 11 – Glasgow SECC (0871 230 7131)

Album Review for Black Clouds and Silver Linings



For more information, visit: www.progressivenation2009.co.uk Dream Theater - The Official Site, or Dream Theater on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Videos
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By Rock3 on 20-06-2009
Dream Theater with Forsaken performed live



Taken from the Live DVD Chaos In Motion - Read the review HERE
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By Rock3 on 21-06-2009
21 Jun 2009 13:00 Hellfest - Clisson, France Clisson
23 Jun 2009 20:00 Tollwood Musikzelt - Munich, Germany Munich
24 Jun 2009 20:00 Amphitheater - Gelsenkirchen Germany Gelsenkirchen
26 Jun 2009 13:00 Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel
27 Jun 2009 20:00 Sportzentrum - Wettingen, Switzerland Wettingen
28 Jun 2009 13:00 Gods Of Metal Festival Milan
30 Jun 2009 20:00 Tesla Arena - Prague, Czech Republic Prague
1 Jul 2009 20:00 Sportarena - Budapest, Hungary Budapest
3 Jul 2009 13:00 Kaliakra Rock Festival Kavarna
4 Jul 2009 20:00 Kucukciflikpark - Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul, İstanbul
24 Jul 2009 18:00 Fillmore @ Jackie Gleason Theater - Miami, FL Miami, Florida
25 Jul 2009 18:00 Hard Rock Live - Orlando, FL Orlando, Florida
26 Jul 2009 18:00 Ruth Eckard Hall - Tampa, FL Tampa, Florida
28 Jul 2009 18:00 The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA Atlanta, Georgia
29 Jul 2009 18:00 Thomas Wolfe Auditorium - Ashville, NC Ashville, North Carolina
31 Jul 2009 18:00 Tower Theater - Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 Aug 2009 18:00 Merriweather Post - Washington DC Washington DC, Washington DC
2 Aug 2009 18:00 Bank Of America Pavillion - Boston, MA Boston, Massachusetts
4 Aug 2009 18:00 The Palace Theater - Albany, NY Albany, New York
5 Aug 2009 18:00 Chevrolet Theater - Wallingford, CT Wallingford, Connecticut
7 Aug 2009 18:00 Convention Hall - Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Park, New Jersey
8 Aug 2009 18:00 Brookhaven Amphitheater - Brookhaven, NY Brookhaven, New York
11 Aug 2009 18:00 The Agora - Quebec City, QUE Quebec City, Quebec
12 Aug 2009 18:00 Bell Center - Montreal, QUE Montreal, Quebec
14 Aug 2009 18:00 Molson Amphitheater - Toronto, ONT Toronto, Ontario
16 Aug 2009 18:00 The Burton Cummings Theater - Winnipeg, MAN Winnipeg, Manitoba
18 Aug 2009 18:00 MacEwan Hall - Calgary, AB Calgary, Alberta
19 Aug 2009 18:00 Shaw Conference Center - Edmonton, AB Edmonton, Alberta
21 Aug 2009 18:00 The Orpheum Theater - Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis, Minnesota
22 Aug 2009 18:00 Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee, Wisconsin
23 Aug 2009 18:00 Chicago Theater - Chicago, IL Chicago, Illinois
25 Aug 2009 18:00 Temple Hoyne Buell Theater - Denver, CO Denver, Colorado
27 Aug 2009 18:00 San Jose Civic Auditorium - San Jose, CA San Jose, California
28 Aug 2009 18:00 The Joint - Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, Nevada
29 Aug 2009 20:00 The Greek Theater - Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles, California
23 Sep 2009 18:00 Ice Hall - Helsinki, Finland Helsinki
25 Sep 2009 18:00 Hovet - Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm
26 Sep 2009 18:00 Spektrum Oslo, Oslo
27 Sep 2009 18:00 KB Hallen - Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen
29 Sep 2009 18:00 Arena - Berlin, Germany Berlin
30 Sep 2009 18:00 Luczniczka Hall - Bydgoszcz, Poland Bydgoszcz
2 Oct 2009 18:00 Sporthalle - Hamburg, Germany Hamburg
4 Oct 2009 18:00 Zenith - Paris, France Paris
6 Oct 2009 18:00 Zenith - Lille, France Lille
7 Oct 2009 18:00 Ahoy - Rotterdam, Netherlands Rotterdam
9 Oct 2009 18:00 Apollo - Manchester, UK Manchester
10 Oct 2009 18:00 Wembley - London, UK London
11 Oct 2009 18:00 SECC - Glasgow, UK Glasgow
17 Oct 2009 18:00 Forest National - Belgium Brussels Brussels, Brussels-capital
18 Oct 2009 18:00 Jahhrhunderthalle - Frankfurt, Germany Frankfurt, Hessen
19 Oct 2009 18:00 Ludwigsburg Arena - Ludwigsburg, Germany Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg
23 Oct 2009 18:00 La Cubierta - Madrid, Spain Madrid, Madrid
24 Oct 2009 18:00 Olympic De Badalona - Barcelona Spain Barcelona, Barcelona
31 Oct 2009 18:00 Slovenia Ljubljana Tivoli Ljubljana
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By Rock3 on 19-07-2009
With Dream Theater bringing on tour with them three top bands the UK shows are going to be a feast of entertainment, if you are going to any of the UK or European shows then you might like to check out some of the bands sharing the stage with Dream Theater, and what better way then introducing them with some video..

First there is the Canadian band Unexpect with the live video track Desert Urbania




Bigelf video track MadHatter

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By Rock3 on 19-07-2009
And then there is Opeth, the Swedish band play their sweeping Gothic inspired prog metal in various moods mixing it up with some death rattle vocals on occasion, here is the more mellow video track Burden which we reviewed last year as a single (review here)

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By Rock3 on 19-07-2009
Interview and podcast with Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater

Mike Portnoy is considered the driving force behind Dream Theater and recently gave an interview which you can listen too HERE

Below is the Kerrang podcast with Mike



You can also read the Rock3 review of the Dream Theater album Black Clouds & Silver Linings
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