Dream Theater Biography
The progessive Hard-Rock band Dream Theater, was first formed in New York, USA, in September of 1985, when Berklee School of Music students guitarist John Petrucci, bassist John Myung and drummer Mike Portnoy decided to start a band together; originally known as Majesty, the fledgling act recruited singer Chris Collins and keyboardist Kevin Moore into the fold.
Collins left the band, before Dream Theater released its debut album, 1989's "When Dream And Day Unite", Charlie Dominici replaced him on vocals. But the label didn't have the funds to take them one step further with tour support or a video and the album failed to make any impact.
A year later, Dominici was fired from the group; in late 1991 Canadian vocalist Kevin James LaBrie joined to record the band's second LP, "Images And Words"; issued on Atco Records in the summer of 1992, the album broke into The Billboard Top 200 chart and reached its peak at #61; it spawned three Mainstream Rock top 30 hits including the #10 "Pull Me Under", "Another Day" and "Take The Time".
October 1994 saw the release of "Awake", which rose to #32
on The Billboard 200 becoming their highest-charting album, it contained
only one Active Rock top 40 hit, "Lie"; after the album was
finished Moore left the group to focus on his solo career.
The remainder of Dream Theater replaced him with keyboard player Derek Sherinian.
The group's next record, the 5-track EP "Change Of Seasons",
issued in 1995, climbed the U.S. Billboard Top 200 chart hitting #58.
Two years later, the quintet unleashed their fourth studio-effort, "Falling Into Infinity" which reached the #52 position on The Billboard 200 Albums and yielded two Mainstream Rock top 40 singles: "Burning My Soul" and "You Not Me".
Soon after, Sherinian left to be replaced by Jordan Rudess, who had already played with Petrucci and Portnoy in a side-project.
In October 1999 Dream Theater released its fifth studio album, "Scenes
From A Memory", which entered The Billboard Top 200 chart at #73.
Personnel changes, label turnover and the ill-timed release of 2001's "Live Scenes From New York", which arrived on September 11, 2001, with cover art featuring a New York skyline against a backdrop of flames, roiled the group but never truly deflected it from its musical path.
"Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence", a double-CD semi-concept
album, was released in late January 2002, it peaked at #46 on The Billboard
Top 200 list.
Over the course of 2003 John Petrucci released an eponymous-titled solo effort and "Train Of Thought" with the band; the group's seventh full-length album reached the #53 slot on the U.S. Top 200 chart producing the Metal-radio hit single "As I Am".
2005's "Octavarium" was not only the eighth studio album from Dream Theater, their first released on Atlantic Records, but it also marked 20 years of existence for this majestic outfit; the disc peaked at #34 in U.S. and also enjoyed great European success, reaching the top 10 in several countries.
The next album "Systematic Chaos" was released in June 2007 on Roadrunner Records in two formats: regular edition 8-track CD and a special edition CD-DVD set, the DVD included the entire album mixed in 5.1 surround sound as well as a 90-minute documentary directed by Mike Portnoy; it debuted at #19 on The Billboard 200 and brought them into the top 40 of the U.K. Albums chart for the first time.
Dream Theater commenced work on its next album, "Black Clouds & Silver Linings", in October of 2008 and Roadrunner released it in June 2009; in addition to the standard version CD, the album was also made available on vinyl LP, as well as a 3-disc Special Edition CD that contained the full album, a CD of instrumental mixes of the album and a CD of six cover songs. "Black Clouds & Silver Linings", which marks another milestone on the band's iconoclastic musical journey, offers a vibrant manifestation of the world-class musicianship, vivid lyrical scenarios and ambitious, multi-leveled compositions that have established Dream Theater as a uniquely compelling creative force, it debuted at #6 on The Billboard 200, at #5 on the Top Canadian Albums chart and became their most successful record throughout Europe.
September 2011 saw the release of "A Dramatic Turn Of Events", the band's first album not to feature founding drummer Mike Portnoy, he was replaced by Mike Mangini. The CD soon made its way onto the top 10 on both U.S. and Canadian charts.