Dream Theater Biography
Dream Theater is known for its high-energy concert performances. While they've released several live albums -- Live At The Marquee, recorded at the London club, Live In Tokyo, recorded during the Music In Progress Tour, in 1993, and a triple-CD and DVD, Metropolis 2000, they remain one of heavy metal's most bootlegged bands.
Formed as Majesty, by Berklee College of Music students -- Petrucci, bassist John Myung and drummer Mike Portnoy, Dream Theater soon expanded with the addition of keyboards player Kevin Moore and vocalist Chris Collins. Releasing an eight tune demo, Majesty Demos, under its original name, the group sold one thousand copies within six months.
The departure of Collins in late 1986 left Dream Theater without a vocalist. After a long period of auditioning possible replacements, they settled on Charlie Dominici in November 1987.
Changing its name to avoid confusion with a similarly-named band at the Mirage Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, the group agreed on Dream Theater, inspired by a now-demolished California movie theater. Signing with Mechanic Records, they began working on their first full-length album. Delays caused by label mismanagement limited the group to performing at small clubs and bars.
Frustrated by their experiences with the label, Dream Theater finally severed its ties with Mechanic. This was only one drastic change in the band's course of action. Firing Dominici, they spent the next couple of years searching for a vocalist.
Their search ended, in late-1991, when they received a demo tape from Canadian vocalist, Kevin James La Brie, formerly of Winter Rose. Arranging for La Brie to fly to New York, to audition, they went on to invite him to join the band.
Signing with Atco Atlantic (now known as East West), Dream Theater released its second album, Images And Words, in 1992. One of three videos based on songs from the album, "Pull Me Under", became a MTV hit.
Although they showed considerable growth with their third studio album, Awake, recorded between May and July 1994, Dream Theater continued to be hampered by personnel change. Before the album was mixed, keyboardist Kevin Moore, left the group to focus on his solo career. Hired as a temporary replacement for the band's Waking Up The World Tour, Derek Sherinian later became a permanent member. His first recording with Dream Theater, was a twenty-three minute long epic, A Change Of Seasons, written in 1989 and released in September 1995.
Following a mini tour, the members of Dream Theater separated for several months and became involved with a variety of outside projects. Petrucci was the busiest. In addition to joining Portnoy and keyboards player, Jordan Rudess in the Liquid Tension Experiment, a group that they shared with influential bassist/stick player Tony Levin, he played guitar with Trent Gardner's Explorer Club and made a guest appearance on Shadow Gallery's album, Tyranny. Myung and Sherinian collaborated with King's X vocalist Ty Tybor in a band, Platypus. La Brie worked with Mull Muzzler, a group formed with Matt Guillory and Mike Mangini.
Dream Theater experienced its most recent change when Rudess was tapped to replace Sherinian, who had been fired, in 1999. Sherinian went on to record as a soloist and to play with a prog-modern jazz-fusion band, Planet X.
Petrucci released an eponymous-titled solo album, due out summer 2004, featuring accompaniment by Dave la Rue of the Dixie Dregs and Boston-based drummer Dave DeCenso. ~ Craig Harris, All Music Guide