Dream Theater Announces First Leg Of Upcoming U.K. And European Tour

Dream Theater are one of the biggest touring bands in the world having completed a 14-month tour with 110 shows through 34 different countries from 2011-2012 in support of their eleventh studio album A Dramatic Turn Of Events. Now the Grammy-nominated progressive metal titans have announced the first leg of their European tour launching January 15 in Porto, Portugal in support of their new studio album being released September 24; it marks the first self-titled release in the band's nearly three-decade career.

The upcoming tour will encompass 30 cities in 16 countries. The band is also planning to tour North America beginning in March 2014.

Dream Theater was recorded at Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove, New York, with guitarist John Petrucci producing and studio luminary Richard Chycki (Aerosmith, Rush) engineering and mixing. The album marks a brilliant new chapter for the always adventurous band, their first to have been written and recorded with drummer Mike Mangini (who joined the band in 2010) wholly integrated into the creative process from the start.

“I see every new album as an opportunity to start over,” says Petrucci. “To either build or improve upon a direction that has been evolving over time or to completely break new ground. This is the first self-titled album of our career and there is nothing I can think of that makes a statement of musical and creative identity stronger than that. We’ve fully explored all of the elements that make us unique, from the epic and intense to the atmospheric and cinematic. We’re incredibly excited about Dream Theater and can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

Dream Theater will provide VIP packages for all shows on their upcoming tour (full tour itinerary below). VIP packages include premium seats, exclusive meet and great with the band, personal photo with the band, signed limited edition collection tour poster, special tour gift, and much more. For more information and to purchase VIP packages and get advance tickets, visit the bands website. VIP packages and advance tickets go on sale on Tuesday, June 25 at 10am CET.

DREAM THEATER’s U.K. & Europe tour dates are as follows:

Wed1/15Porto, PortugalColiseum of Porto
Thu1/16Madrid, SpainPalacio Visalegre
Fri1/17Pamplona, SpainAnaitasuna
Sat1/18Barcelona, SpainSt. Jordi Club
Mon1/20Milan, ItalyMediolanum Forum 
Tues1/21Florence, ItalyObihall
Wed1/22Rome, ItalyPalalottomatica
Thu1/23Padova, ItalyGeox Theatre
Sat1/25Vienna, AustriaGasometer
Sun1/26Munich, GermanyZenith
Mon1/27Zurich, Switzerland Volkshaus
Wed1/29Prague, Czech RepublicTipsport Arena 
Thu1/30Ludwigsburg, GermanyArena
Fri1/31Paris, FranceZenith
Sat2/1Offenbach, GermanyStadthalle
Mon2/3Zagreb, CroatiaCibona
Tues2/4Ljubljana, SloveniaSmall Tivoli 
Wed2/5Katowice, PolandSpodek Hall 
Fri2/7Bamberg, GermanyStechert Arena 
Sat2/8Deinze, BelgiumBrielpoort 
Sun2/9Hannover, GermanySwiss Life Hall
Mon2/10Saarbrucken, Germany Saarlandhalle 
Wed2/12Lille, FranceAeronef
Thu2/13Manchester, UKO2 Apollo
Fri2/14London, UKWembley Arena 
Sat2/15Wolverhampton, UKWolverhampton Civic Hall 
Mon2/17Amsterdam, HollandHeineken Music Hall
Tues2/18Dusseldorf, GermanyMitsubishi Electric Halle 
Thu2/20Copenhagen, DenmarkFalconer
Mon2/24Helsinki, FinlandIcehall 

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