DREAM THEATER’s JAMES LABRIE Says ‘COVID Hangover’ Resulted In ‘Lighter’ Attendances At Some Shows On European Tour

Throughout a June 9 look on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”, DREAM THEATER singer James LaBrie spoke about what it has been like for him and his bandmates to return to the street in the course of the pandemic. He stated (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “We simply did six and a half weeks all all through Europe, and it went nice. There’s nonetheless the ‘COVID hangover’ occurring, so a few of the reveals had been a little bit lighter than we had anticipated. However what was loopy is because the tour went on, the room had been, ‘Hey, guys, you bought out tonight,’ ‘Hey, guys, what? It is gonna be packed tonight.’ And that grew to become an increasing number of evident the longer the tour was in place. However after we first began out, it was half-filled rooms, three-quarter rooms. And the promoter was, like, ‘Don’t fret about it, guys. This is not your fault. That is occurring to each single artist on the market.’ And we had been, like, ‘Wow. Persons are nonetheless very a lot affected by it over right here.’ However like I stated, by the point we had been possibly two or three weeks into it, the whole lot appeared like a standard DREAM THEATER tour, and it was superb; it was glorious. We completed in Istanbul on June 1st. And that was superb. We performed this large out of doors venue and there was about ten thousand folks. And it was simply frickin’ kickin’ butt large time — large time. So it was an excellent tour.”

LaBrie‘s newest feedback echo what DREAM THEATER keyboardist Jordan Rudess advised the “Speaking Into Infinity” video podcast about going again on tour. Jordan stated: “Yeah, lastly getting again on the street, it has been superior… It has been superb getting on the street. It was actually arduous to get on the street as properly. However the truth that we’re out right here has been simply unimaginable. We lastly acquired by way of all of the logistics that it took to make this occur, and fortunately acquired by way of the U.S. tour, we acquired by way of the European tour efficiently, with out anyone getting COVID and having to cancel the entire thing. And it has been completely re-energizing. The power of the followers has been superb to see. I imply, it’s a actuality that in some areas there weren’t as many individuals as there would have been if we weren’t having a world pandemic; it is simply what is going on on. However if you really feel the power of the folks and the enjoyment in that they’ll get on the market and expertise dwell music once more, it is unimaginable. And it is an excellent feeling.

“I’ve to say that after I first was heading out, I used to be, like, ‘Oh my God. What’s gonna occur? How is that this gonna work?” Jordan admitted. “However the actuality of it has been superb. Truly, final night time was most likely one of many best reveals that I can bear in mind as a result of we had been in Istanbul, Turkey and the gang there — there was a minimum of 5 thousand folks — and it was so highly effective. I walked on stage [and] I used to be virtually like breathless for about two minutes as a result of the power from the gang was so robust. I am, like, ‘Oh my God. I’ve gotta calm down and type of accumulate myself.’ ‘Trigger you wanna simply play — you do not wanna get too loopy. However the impression of that crowd was so insane. However that was type of associated to what was occurring. We simply felt this love and help and power. And [we were, like,’ ‘Wow.’ [It was] superb.”

DREAM THEATER gained its first-ever Grammy within the “Greatest Metallic Efficiency” class within the pre-telecast ceremony on the sixty fourth annual Grammy Awards, which was held on April 3 on the MGM Grand Backyard Enviornment in Las Vegas. DREAM THEATER was nominated for “The Alien”, a monitor from its 2021 album “A View From The High Of The World”. DREAM THEATER‘s earlier Grammy nominations had been for the tune “On The Backs Of Angels”, from 2011’s “A Dramatic Flip Of Occasions” album, and the only “The Enemy Inside” from 2013’s “Dream Theater”.

“A View From The High Of The World” was described in a press launched as “DREAM THEATER at its musical most interesting, increasing on the sound they helped create whereas sustaining the weather which have garnered them devoted followers across the globe.” The seven-song album additionally marked the second studio album with InsideOut Music/Sony Music. The paintings was created by longtime cowl collaborator Hugh Syme (RUSH, IRON MAIDEN, STONE SOUR). “A View From The High Of The World” was produced by guitarist John Petrucci, engineered and extra manufacturing by James “Jimmy T” Meslin and combined/mastered by Andy Sneap.

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