History Trivia / DreamTheater

12th Jan '17 12:15:01 AM CassandraLeo
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* ApprovalOfGod: Roger Glover of Music/DeepPurple mixed Dream Theater's CoverAlbum of ''Made in Japan''.
10th Jan '17 7:25:19 PM CassandraLeo
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* ExecutiveMeddling: The most egregious example was with ''Falling into Infinity'', where the meddling was so severe it almost caused the band to break up. After this point they renegotiated their contract to ensure they would have complete creative control over their future works. An earlier, less severe example is the triggered drum sound on ''Music/ImagesAndWords'', which wasn't the band's idea.
8th Jan '17 6:28:54 PM CassandraLeo
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* TroubledProduction: The band almost broke up during the production of ''Falling into Infinity'' in no small part due to label pressures and associated ExecutiveMeddling. It was a result of this that the band insisted on full creative control over their future albums. The band retroactively credited Sherinian for keeping them grounded during the recording process of the album, saying that without him, they may well have broken up. They have also had wildly different stances on how much executive meddling affected the final product; Portnoy said it affected the songwriting and arrangements a lot, while Petrucci said they wrote the album they wanted to write. The release of the demos for the album does suggest Portnoy may have had a point, though; some of the songs (particularly "You or Me" and "Burning My Soul") differ significantly from the final products, and some of the material left on the cutting room floor (particularly "Raise the Knife") was a lot proggier than some of the songs that made it onto the album.
8th Jan '17 6:23:36 PM CassandraLeo
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* MagnumOpusDissonance: Petrucci apparently regarded ''Octavarium'' as the band's best effort to date. While some of the album is universally loved by fans, the band's decision to incorporate influence from more mainstream acts like Music/{{U2}} and Music/{{Muse}} was divisive; there's a particularly big BrokenBase over songs like "The Answer Lies Within" and "I Walk Beside You".
8th Jan '17 4:05:18 PM CassandraLeo
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*** Regarding Portnoy, he ''did'' have plans to play the entire Twelve-Step Suite live at one point, but unfortunately these plans never came to fruition following his departure.

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*** Regarding Portnoy, he ''did'' have plans to play the entire Twelve-Step Suite live at one point, but unfortunately these plans never came to fruition following his departure.departure.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: The Twelve-Step Suite is a textbook example, as it was written about Portnoy's recovery from alcoholism. Actually, quite a few of Portnoy's lyrics qualify; for instance, "Constant Motion" is a metaphor for his experiences with obsessive-compulsive disorder, while "A Change of Seasons" was written about the death of his mother. Some of the other band members' lyrics also qualify.
16th Nov '16 6:03:44 AM HasturHasturHastur
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** John Arch (who had been out of Fates Warning for several years at that point) was apparently offered a job after Dominici was fired, though he ultimately opted to not join due to personal commitments.
18th Apr '16 7:06:22 PM Prfnoff
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* HeyItsThatVoice:
** "Repentance", from ''Systematic Chaos'', has [[Music/{{Yes}} Jon Anderson]], [[Music/PorcupineTree Steven Wilson]], Wrestling/ChrisJericho, [[Music/{{Slipknot}} Corey Taylor]], [[Music/{{Megadeth}} Dave Ellefson]], Music/SteveVai, Music/JoeSatriani, and then some.
** Doug Pinnick sings a part in "Lines in the Sand", from ''Falling into Infinity''.
** The hypnotherapist in ''Metropolis Pt. 2'' is played by Music/{{Rush}}'s RecordProducer Terry Brown, while Edward is voiced by Music/{{Tool}} producer and original engineer David Bottrill.
4th Mar '16 10:27:56 PM BronyoftheOctaves
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** Aside from the drummers who did audition (Marco Minneman, Peter Wildoer, Thomas Lang, Virgil Donati, Aquiles Priester, and Derek Roddy), Bobby Jarzombek and [[Music/SymphonyX Jason Rullo]] were apparently also called to audition. Both declined; Roddy was apparently going to as well (as he didn't really care about joining one way or another and was more than content to stick with his snake-breeding business), but he decided to accept the invitation at his wife's insistence.

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** Aside from the drummers who did audition (Marco Minneman, Peter Wildoer, Thomas Lang, Virgil Donati, Aquiles Priester, and Derek Roddy), Bobby Jarzombek and [[Music/SymphonyX Jason Rullo]] were apparently also called to audition. Both declined; Roddy was apparently going to as well (as he didn't really care about joining one way or another and was more than content to stick with his snake-breeding business), but he decided to accept the invitation at his wife's insistence.insistence.
** Mike Portnoy had said he wanted a ''third'' disc for the Greatest Hits collection called 'The Epic Side', containing all their grand songs, but this never materialized.
*** Regarding Portnoy, he ''did'' have plans to play the entire Twelve-Step Suite live at one point, but unfortunately these plans never came to fruition following his departure.
30th Jan '16 10:48:02 AM k.lynch96
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* CrossDressingVoices: James [=LaBrie=] has sung several songs in the point of view of female protagonists. Notable examples include ''Scenes From a Memory'' [[note]]as Victoria[[/note]] and ''The Astoniching'' [[note]]as Faythe[[/note]].

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* CrossDressingVoices: James [=LaBrie=] has sung several songs in the point of view of female protagonists. Notable examples include ''Scenes From a Memory'' [[note]]as Victoria[[/note]] and ''The Astoniching'' Astonishing'' [[note]]as Faythe[[/note]].
30th Jan '16 10:47:15 AM k.lynch96
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* CrossDressingVoices: James [=LaBrie=] has sung several songs in the point of view of female protagonists. Notable examples include ''Scenes From a Memory'' [[note]]as Victoria[[/note]] and "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" [[note]]as the depressed mother in "Goodnight Kiss" and the bipolar teen in "About to Crash (Reprise)"[[/note]].

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* CrossDressingVoices: James [=LaBrie=] has sung several songs in the point of view of female protagonists. Notable examples include ''Scenes From a Memory'' [[note]]as Victoria[[/note]] and "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" ''The Astoniching'' [[note]]as the depressed mother in "Goodnight Kiss" and the bipolar teen in "About to Crash (Reprise)"[[/note]].Faythe[[/note]].
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