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Dream Theater Ready To Work On Their Thirteenth Album
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.06.2014

In an interview with Billboard, Dream Theater guitarist/producer/lyricist John Petrucci said that the band is preparing to work on their next album, which would be their thirteenth. Here are highlights:

On the band's next album: "Some initial conversations have already started. There are some song ideas and little things like that -- nothing really official, but the seeds just start to get planted. One of the great things about this career is that you have the opportunity every time to go in and start again with a blank slate and think, 'What can we do differently? How can we make this better?' Where can we go from here?' Every album has a story, and to constantly have a fresh opportunity to do it is really satisfying."

Singer James LaBrie on their touring plans: "In the past we've been out touring before the actual album comes out, so maybe we'll sneak one or two songs from it into the set. Over the last three to five years we've talked about how it would be great if we could start to make our cycle unfold so the albums are out at least a few months before we go hit the stage. That lets people digest the music so that when we want to play the new songs, they're actually familiar with it."

Petrucci on the five-part, 22-minute "Illumination Theory": "When you're writing a piece like that, you're kinda doing it a section at a time. We'll record a bit of it and more from that point, maybe build or edit, but we never actually have played the entire song together from beginning to end. So when we're in rehearsals it's always fun and challenging to go back and actually learn what we did and try to memorize the whole piece in its entirety. You really have to get your chops up and play it as if it's not an effort at all. Eventually it does get to that point -- after a lot of work. But it's a lot of fun, too."


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