Dream Theater Readying New Album, ‘A View from the Top of the World’

2021-08-06

Progressive rock band Dream Theater from left to right: John Petrucci, Mike Mangini, James LaBrie, John Myung and Jordan Rudess.

Dream Theater – Story by Cat Badra, photo by Rayon Richards

Dream Theater have completed work on their 15th studio album, “A View from the Top of the World”

Dream Theater have a new album on the way, “A View from the Top of the World,” dropping Oct. 22. The prog-metal greats will also hit the road on a 2021 North American tour in support of the new release this fall.

“A View from the Top of the World” marks Dream Theater’s 15th studio and follows 2019’s “Distance Over Time.” As the story goes, Dream Theater were on tour behind “Distance Over Time” when the tour was cut short due to the global pandemic. From there, singer James LaBrie went back to Canada, and the other band members worked on new music in their DTHQ studio in New York.

While most of the album was written between Zoom sessions, LaBrie was able to make the trip in from Canada after quarantining himself to record his vocals in-person with guitarist John Petrucci.

“We just love to play our instruments,” Petrucci said in a statement. “That never goes away. I love to be creative, write, and exercise that part of my mind. We’ve been able to do this for a long time, and we don’t take it for granted. Whenever we get together, we know we can’t disappoint ourselves or our fans, so we manage to try even harder.”

“We approach every album like it’s our first,” LaBrie added. “It’s been such a great ride, but we’re not going to stop.”

Following the release of the album, Dream Theater will embark on their “Top of the World Tour” tour, starting Oct. 28 in Mesa, Arizona, and closing out Dec. 14 date in St. Petersburg, Florida. Arch Echo will open on the trek. For ticket information, head to Dream Theater’s website.

Petrucci produced “A View from the Top of the World,” and James “Jimmy T” Meslin engineered the album, also assisting with some production. Andy Sneap mixed and mastered the set. Hugh Syme created the artwork.

“A View from the Top of the World” Track List:

1. The Alien
2. Answering the Call
3. Invisible Monster
4. Sleeping Giant
5. Transcending Time
6. Awaken The Master
7. A View From The Top of the World

Dream Theater 2021 Tour Dates with Arch Echo:

10/28 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center
10/29 – San Diego, CA @ San Diego Civic Theater
10/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Microsoft Theater
11/01 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/02 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
11/04 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
11/06 – Denver, CO @ Paramount
11/08 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
11/09 – Milwaukee, WI @ Miller High Life Theatre
11/11 – Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
11/12 – Akron, OH @ Goodyear Theater
11/13 – Toronto, ON @ Meridian Hall
11/15 – Ottawa, ON @ National Arts Centre
11/16 – Quebec City, QC @ Grand Theatre de Quebec
11/17 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell
11/19 – Rochester, NY @ Kodak Center
11/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
11/21 – Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
11/23 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center – Wang Theatre
11/28 – Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Oakdale Theatre
11/29 – Red Bank, NJ @ Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre
11/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
12/02 – Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium
12/03 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center
12/04 – St Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
12/06 – Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry House
12/07 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
12/09 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links Deep Ellum
12/10 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
12/11 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
12/13 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
12/14 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theater

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