Here’s a Video of “The Looking Glass” from Dream Theater’s Forthcoming DVD/BluRay Set Breaking the Fourth Wall
Dream Theater and I had something of a live hiatus that lasted a good five years, not that anyone but me was keeping track. But it was FANTASTIC to finally see them again at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC this past spring! Yeah, Portnoy’s presence is missed (that’s how long it’d been for me), but Mangini is a beast of a drummer, as everyone knows, and his own presence is fun too. It was a “greatest hits” kinda night, plus a few songs from DT’s newest self-titled affair.
The show that was filmed for DT’s new BluRay / DVD set Breaking the Fourth Wall: Live From the Boston Opera House was filmed on March 25th, just three days prior to the show I saw in NYC. Pretty neat, eh? I’m a part of history! Except, no, not really. But I’m still a geeky Dream Theater fan, which means I’m stoked for this release. The show featured guest performances from the Orchestra and Choir at John Petrucci and John Myung’s alma mater, the Berklee College of Music, and the film was directed by Petrucci himself, filmed and directed by Pierre and François Lamoureux, and mixed and mastered by Richard Chycki (who also mixed the most recent album).
Here are some choice words on the set from Mr. Petrucci:
In many ways, this was a huge homecoming for the band given the history of Dream Theater’s origins and ties with Berklee. With John and I both being alumni and Mike having been a professor at the college for 10 years, we saw the opportunity to perform together with the students of Berklee as a tremendous thrill and honor. We are extremely grateful for everyone’s hard work in making this special event a reality and to all who participated. All of the Berklee College instrumentalists and vocalists did an outstanding job that night and it was awesome to have one of its students, Eren Başbuğ orchestrate and conduct them live at the Opera House after having been a part of our latest studio release in the same capacity. Dream Theater has always had a great connection to the city of Boston and we knew that against the backdrop of the beautiful Opera House, this would end up being a historic stop on our ‘Along For The Ride’ world tour and an evening most definitely worth capturing on video. Beautifully filmed and directed by Pierre Lamoureux and brilliantly mixed and mastered by Richard Chycki, this is in my opinion, a major highlight in our nearly 30 year career as a band. We are eagerly anticipating its release this fall and really hope that everyone enjoys it!
The set comes out on September 30th via Roadrunner and can be pre-ordered here. Check out “The Looking Glass” below: