NewsNovember 5, 2007 5:17 PM ET10,783 views

Dream Theater, Opeth, 3, BTBAM tour

Official press release: New York progressive metal pioneers Dream Theater are set to unveil their maiden voyage of "Progressive Nation," a package tour they will headline that will also feature the talents of Opeth, 3, and Between The Buried And Me. The tour is the brainchild of Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy who explains: "I've been wanting to assemble a package tour like this for many years now. With all of the festivals and package tours that go through America, I've been talking with our manager and agent for over 10 years now about doing something that focuses on the more progressive, musician-oriented side of hard rock and metal. I decided it was time to stop talking the talk, lace up and finally walk the walk." While Dream Theater co-headlined 2005's Gigantour alongside Megadeth, as well as embarking on previous co-headlining runs with both Queensryche and Joe Satriani, they have primarily built their 22 year career on the road playing solely to their own audience. Portnoy comments: "I've always prided myself on personally hand picking new and exciting opening acts for Dream Theater in the past. Bands such as Porcupine Tree, Symphony X, Spock's Beard, Fates Warning, Pain Of Salvation and King's X. In all of these cases, it was important for me to pick bands that I admire and respect but also ones that I know our fans will enjoy. And I think playing with DT has helped expand all of those band's fanbases as a direct result. I am hoping Progressive Nation will continue to do the same thing in offering an audience for more daring and experimental acts that otherwise may not get the mainstream exposure they so rightly deserve." Joining the bill for this inaugural run is Sweden's legendary Opeth, who have been enjoying an ever-growing and expanding audience of their own for many years now. DT's Roadrunner Records labelmates will be ready to unleash their new album come next spring and Progressive Nation should be a great launching pad for their next World Tour cycle. Guitarist/vocalist Mikael Akerfeldt adds: "We're very excited about this upcoming tour with Dream Theater. It will be the first tour that we're doing in support of our upcoming record, and also somewhat of a dream come true personally as I've been a fan of theirs for a long time. It's quite intimidating to be on the bill with such amazing musicians but obviously we'll try and give them a run for their money and pull out a few nice licks of our own. I guess we'll need to practice a little bit for boring! Yet, I can't wait for this tour to start and I'm sure we'll have a blast with the DT guys as well as together with the other bands on the bill!" Also on the bill with their unique blend of pop, funk and hard rock is upstate New York's 3, who issued the following statement: "3 is very pleased to announce its participation in the Progressive Nation tour. For well over a decade Dream Theater has been the vanguard of progressive rock and we are completely psyched to flex with these heavyweights, playing much of our new record "The End is Begun". This package will rock and awe fans everywhere as one of the most important tours of the year. It's a progressive way of music, a progressive way of life...welcome to the Progressive Nation tour." North Carolina's Between The Buried And Me are enjoying rave reviews and critical acclaim for their latest CD "Colors" and are looking forward to sharing the stage each night with both Dream Theater and Opeth. Vocalist/keyboardist Tommy Rogers comments: "We are very excited to be touring with two bands that have been such an integral part of our musical upbringing. It is a wonderful opportunity to have our music heard by new ears." Dream Theater are currently in the middle of their "Chaos In Motion" World Tour which has already traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America in support of their latest Roadrunner Records CD "Systematic Chaos". The World Tour will continue throughout 2008 hitting Asia, Australia and South America before concluding with Progressive Nation returning to North America in April/May 2008. Portnoy hopes that this first venture of Progressive Nation will prove to be a success that can enable himself and Dream Theater to continue the package into future years and begin a tradition that musicians and fans alike can count on for quality musicianship and artistic integrity on future tours.

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totzine 11/5/2007 2:20:29 PM

first post

YouAreSceneAsFuck 11/5/2007 2:22:09 PM


robert 11/5/2007 2:25:56 PM

ha ha, wow. what a bad tour.

ANONYM0US 11/5/2007 2:26:31 PM

WankFest 2008

shredtacular 11/5/2007 2:26:56 PM

*cums*, yessir mafckas

Fur_Beach 11/5/2007 2:27:55 PM

opeth is the only band worth mentioning

chas 11/5/2007 2:27:57 PM

haha wow

YouAreSceneAsFuck 11/5/2007 2:32:17 PM


bobby2000 11/5/2007 2:34:15 PM

My jaw just dropped, holy fcking shit!

fuckingfight 11/5/2007 2:38:01 PM

total snooze fest

bobby2000 11/5/2007 2:38:51 PM

Total booze fest!

fvckyouyoufvckingfvck 11/5/2007 2:39:02 PM

Opeth>>>>>>>the rest of those shitty bands.

evan 11/5/2007 3:02:47 PM

How large of an audience do you think BTBAM will embarrass themselves in front of before they decide to fcking call it quits with the bullshit they write?

tony_stewart 11/5/2007 3:03:09 PM

wow, didnt expect to see a tour like this

xdrinkfightfuckx 11/5/2007 3:04:55 PM

fcking stoked!!!

rickrock 11/5/2007 3:08:07 PM

ANONYM0US 11/5/2007 2:26:31 PM - WankFest 2008

xBILLfromsteinx 11/5/2007 3:09:19 PM

i wonder if BTBAM asked to tour with dream theatre? i'm sure DT fans will show their penis to btbam. or something something.

ion_stasi 11/5/2007 3:18:16 PM

notice how Tommy said that he's excited to tour with TWO (of the "3") bands that have been an influence... haha

horseheadxbookends 11/5/2007 3:20:07 PM

shits gonna be hot!

Dik 11/5/2007 3:25:54 PM

More finger work than lesbian porno. Rules.

MarginError 11/5/2007 3:45:07 PM

An oddly good tour. Definately going to this one.

threexs 11/5/2007 3:53:10 PM

cannot wait.

deadbabyjokes 11/5/2007 4:03:31 PM

Dream Theater wants to be exposed to a much younger crowd than what they're used to.

scaggs 11/5/2007 4:06:02 PM


le_cunt 11/5/2007 4:06:45 PM

fvckyouyoufvckingfvck 11/5/2007 2:39:02 PM Opeth>>>>>>>the rest of those shitty bands.

onemoremotherfucker 11/5/2007 4:38:10 PM

excellent. just excellent

goodfellow 11/5/2007 5:09:20 PM

jesus christ

I_AM_FUCK 11/5/2007 5:10:09 PM

Everyone at these shows will be a virgin.

vdburns 11/5/2007 5:17:09 PM

fcking boring.

hussle 11/5/2007 5:41:22 PM

where are my other pair of pants...

cryptic_slaughter 11/5/2007 6:03:00 PM

one of the gayest fcking tours ever conceived.

oilpoilo 11/5/2007 6:14:48 PM

what a fckin weird tour, i'd still go though

fryin_cojax 11/5/2007 6:40:02 PM

fck this, Opeth should drop every other band on this tour and headline their own tour.

okarma 11/5/2007 7:11:46 PM

yeah... dream theaters fans are 50 year old high school physics teachers

forumdrama 11/5/2007 7:19:16 PM


bloodofthewicked 11/5/2007 7:28:12 PM

only part of this otherwise boring post that caught my eye was where it said opeth & between the buried and me.

ampsonhigh 11/5/2007 7:37:41 PM

seizure inducing tour

strongarm 11/5/2007 7:48:59 PM

Are you kidding me, this is an incredible fcking tour! All haters go back to your primitive music...

DrMartinLutherKingJr 11/5/2007 8:03:25 PM


ipecac 11/5/2007 8:03:42 PM

"so...are you coming through chicago?" -yakuza

boilthemcabbage 11/5/2007 9:05:56 PM

opeth will make the others rethink their situation. their live show is untouched.

thetowerofrome 11/5/2007 9:13:02 PM

jesus h. christ! just wet myself

sceneofthecrime 11/5/2007 9:14:21 PM

Dik 11/5/2007 3:25:54 PM More finger work than lesbian porno. Rules. ---fcking right! hahaha. Looking very forward to this.

Crrrush 11/5/2007 9:21:14 PM

Opeth. Nice.

baobab 11/5/2007 11:06:11 PM

hahaha @ ipecac. i don't know WHAT ithink about this tour.

as_i_laycrying 11/5/2007 11:31:56 PM

as much as everyone hates this, i pretty sure everyone will be goin to this. especially me.

ESCDOMINATES 11/6/2007 7:36:07 AM

"okarma 11/5/2007 7:11:46 PM yeah... dream theaters fans are 50 year old high school physics teachers"-- you're saying smart, wise people like DT, and highschool kids like yourself don't?

jaynumber13 11/6/2007 8:42:32 AM

Opeth is boring live. The rest are cool. May go to see this.

withdeadhandsrising 11/6/2007 9:42:41 AM


morgamad 11/6/2007 10:27:33 AM

anyone who said opeth is the only one who matters is a fcking idiot. whoever said btbam sucks is a fcking idiot. this tour rules i will defintely be there. btbam>opeth suck it haters.

SHUTUP 11/6/2007 10:56:50 AM

This is going to be incredible.

marchingbandsucks 11/6/2007 11:29:05 AM

Worst tour i ever fcking heard of, everyone of you gays who takes part in this........God i guess there is just no hope for you guys and im sorry

mht 11/6/2007 12:40:57 PM

Between the Shittiest Music and Me

fvckyouyoufvckingfvck 11/6/2007 2:42:16 PM

thanks morgamad. I haven't had a laugh like that in a long time.

europemetal 11/6/2007 3:07:45 PM


withdeadhandsrising 11/6/2007 10:15:11 PM


diepigman 11/6/2007 10:20:25 PM

who the fck is 3?

ThunderThrash 11/7/2007 2:15:02 AM

ALL these bands rule. Haters hate but all the bands on this tour get respect and inspire people to play there instruments better. Talent. If you don't have it, you don't understand. Should add Meshuggah to the tour.

hussle 11/7/2007 8:54:45 PM

lol at thunder naming the next "progressive" band to come to his mind

killseverybody 11/15/2007 1:13:47 PM

Probably the best tour of the decade. Anyone trashing BTBAM clearly doesn't know their head from their jerk. I know their music is probably too advanced for some of the neandertals here but it's okay keep trying to get it.

BandanaBandaid 1/9/2008 2:47:06 AM

This tour is going to be righteous. Everyone in opeth is so strong that they single handedly beat the hulk in an arm wrestling competition.

BandanaBandaid 1/9/2008 2:47:36 AM

Ok, so that is far fetched. Every band that is playing has so much talent that it is insane. I for one can not wait to see the show.

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