How cool would this be -- Dream Theater opening for Rush?

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  1. Brian Perry

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    I was browsing Mike Portnoy's website, and was surprised to see this response from Mike to a query about DT opening for a possible Rush tour:

     
  2. TheLongshot

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    Funny, but I first heard of Dream Theater in a thread about who people would want to open for Rush years ago. (This was back in the I&W days.)

    It would be interesting to say the least, tho I think some DT fans would probably be disappointed in the short set, like when they opened for Deep Purple/ELP some time ago.

    Jason
     
  3. Brian Perry

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    Yeah, it is interesting to contemplate what they would do in a 60-minute set. Perhaps a condensed medley of their better songs.
     
  4. Mike Broadman

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    I saw DT open for ELP and Deep Purple. It was the first time I saw them in concert, and, of course, it didn't do them any justice compared to their full set. The real downer was that the rest of the audience didn't care for them, as they were all older fans of the two headliners. I was definitely the most enthusiastic person there while DT was playing.

    ELP did an OK set, nothing special. Palmer did one of his patented ultra-corny prog drum solos, Lake sounded mediocre, and Emerson was flying around the keys as usual. Deep Purple freakin' brought the house down. I wasn't familiar with their music at the time. Actually, the only member I knew was Steve Morse. But I became a fan after that night.

    However, DT might do better opening for Rush than the afore-mentioned bands. Rush has a lot of young fans, and there are lots of folks who like both groups and understand Rush's influence on DT.

    Sadly, it is rumored that Rush may not tour anymore. Though they are releasing an album, it seems like Neil Peart may have lost the desire to play live. Though it would be unfortunate, I can certainly understand. It could be kind of cool if Rush turns into a studio band, a la Steely Dan in the late 70s.
     
  5. John_Bonner

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    If Portnoy was truly serious it would be my dream concert (well maybe a triple bill with Queensryche, but that's asking too much). The reason I say "truly serious" is because of Mike's comments about Neil Peart:

     
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    I'd have loved to see the "Power Windows" tour with Marillion opening. They basically came out, did the Misplaced Childhood album and left. Audiences were either thrilled or confused, mostly the latter. [​IMG]
    The one time I've seen Rush, Eric Johnson opened. That was worth seeing.
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  7. Brian Perry

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    John,

    It's unclear (to me, at least) what the feelings are between the two bands at this time. I know that when the Rush tribute album came out, Neil Peart made some unflattering comments about the producer (i.e. Portnoy) trying to cash in on Rush's name and that many of the musicians involved were "bar band" musicians.

    I think Portnoy was justifiably hurt, even though Peart may have had a point. I have a hope, however, that time has mellowed both sides and something can be worked out.

    By the way, when is the new Rush album coming out?
     
  8. Brett_B

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    First of all, I want to comment about Dream Theater opening up for Rush. I hope it doesn't happen at all (nothing against Dream Theater), but I would rather see Rush do the same format as their last tour "An Entire Evening with Rush". For all of the albums that Rush has out, it is very difficult to play at least 2 songs from each album during a 2 hour set (and you know that they will play about half of their new album to promote the sales).

    Brian,

    The last "rumored" date that has been circulating through the discussion boards is May 14. It is (again) rumored that the album will have 13 songs with 3 averaging over 7 minutes in length (PLEASE REMEMBER...THIS IS A RUMOR, NOT FACT).

    Brett B.
     
  9. Chris Madalena

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    The new Rush album has been pushed back til May 21st, and the rock station here in St. Louis has reported on several occasions that they are planning to tour in 2002.
     
  10. Jim_C

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    I haven't been to a concert in 13 years. If Rush and DT got together I'd be there in a heartbeat. If they didn't tour the Boston area I'd fly to the closest venue. I don't think that it will happen though. It's just too good to be true.

    Sorry to hear that Peart was down on Portnoy's efforts. I imagine that losing your wife is an extremely difficult thing to go through and would significantly alter your normal perspective.
     
  11. John_Bonner

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    I've also heard/read the same info as Brett, May 14th release date (confirmed by Anthem/SRO).

     

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