Hey there readers, so I’m not actually “IN” the Metal Command HQ at the time but learned about this tour when I decided to open up some Facebook Pages that I enjoy and wow would you look at that, the mighty Dream Theater is returning to our shores with a very classic album to celebrate. Read the bands official skinny on the matter along with the dates and then I will close it out with some editorial insight.
The Press Release:
Dream Theater has announced the third and final leg of their “Images, Words & Beyond 25th Anniversary Tour,” which sees the pioneering group celebrating the 25th anniversary of their milestone RIAA gold-certified album, Images & Words. The North American headline dates kick off October 25th at Oakland’s Fox Theatre. The trek takes the band throughout the US, including dates at NYC’s Beacon Theatre and L.A.’s Wiltern, as well as a stop at the Sony Centre in Toronto.
Like previous legs, the show will be presented as an “Evening with Dream Theater,” with no opening act. The tour will feature an unparalleled live set of Images & Words in its entirety, along with fan favorites from their deep, widely-acclaimed catalog.
Said founding guitarist John Petrucci of the upcoming trek, “We are so psyched to bring our Images, Words & Beyond tour to North America this Fall! It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 25 years since Images was released! We’ve been having a blast playing those songs each night, and sharing memories and stories from our time in the studio back in 1992. We know that this is such an important album to so many of our fans, both old and new, so we plan on making this a really special night by playing I&W in its entirety as well as breaking out some rare material, and a few of our latest tunes, in order to make this landmark evening compete. We hope to see all of you there! Don’t miss it”
Presale tickets for select headline shows will be available beginning Wednesday July 26th, 10 AM (local time), followed by a public onsale July 28th, with the remainder of the presales launching one week later, August 2nd, with a public onsales of August 4th. For more information (and all up to the minute presale and ticketing information,) please visit the official link below.
Dream Theater recently concluded the European leg of the “Images, Words & Beyond 25th Anniversary Tour”, playing to sold-out crowds across Europe. The upcoming North American run caps off a year-long celebration of their ground-breaking album, Images & Words. After a short break in early 2018, the band will return to the studio to begin work on a follow up to their most recent opus, The Astonishing.
The Tour Dates:
10/25: Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
10/26: Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
10/28: Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre
10/29: ABQ, NM @ Kiva Auditorium
10/31: Denver, CO @ Paramount Theater
11/2: Wichita, KS @ Orpheum Theatre
11/3: Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater
11/4: Peoria, IL @ Peoria Civic Center
11/6: Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theater
11/8: Pittsburgh, PA @ Palace Theatre
11/9: Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
11/10: Buffalo, NY @ Rapids Theatre
11/12: Toronto, ONT @ Sony Centre
11/14: Albany, NY @ The Palace Theater
11/15: Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
11/16: New York, NY @ Beacon Theater
11/18: Asbury, Park, NJ @ Paramount Theater
11/19: Philadelphia, PA @ Merriam Theatre
11/27: Baltimore, MD @ The Lyric
11/28: Raleigh, NC @ Memorial Auditorium
11/29: Nashville, TN @ War Memorial Aud.
12/1: Austin, TX @ Bass Hall
12/2: Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion
12/3: Houston, TX @ Cullen PAC
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Despite listening to the band since the very first album “When Dream And Day Unite” because I was hearing the song “Afterlife” in heavy rotation on WSOU, I wasn’t able to see them in concert for many years and missed their original go round for this now classic album. Part of me might have also been mad about the singer change since I really loved the vocals of Charlie Dominici on that album. Of course after several spins “the new guy” James LaBrie grew on me and as far as concerts went I made up for lost time for the most part. I must admit that it’s been a few years since I’ve seen the band in action and their “new drummer” is no longer new at all and has a few CD’s and video releases under his belt. So I clearly have some catching up to do and I feel that I must be a part of this tour and especially with a visit to our amazing Beacon Theatre. The “Images and Words” album presentation along with the score of selected classics are going to sound amazing in this place that’s for sure. This kind of venue is nothing new for the guys in DT and they know full well on how to shake it to the core with melody. So what do you readers think about this one? Will you be marking down your own regional date and trying to score some tickets to it? Let me know down in the comments section below and now I am going back onto the beach
Official Website: http://www.dreamtheater.net