DREAM THEATER singer James LaBrie spoke to Steel Wani concerning the band profitable its first-ever Grammy within the “Greatest Steel 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”.
“There’s a few issues that undergo my thoughts instantly,” James stated (as transcribed by Phoosi.com). “It is nice to get the acknowledgement and recognition from the Grammy academy. So there’s that a part of it. And on the identical time, the Grammy is recognizing and acknowledging this sort of music and this sort of musicianship. And never that they have not — jazz artists, blues artists and fusion and all the pieces you possibly can consider, folks, that is all happening as properly, the place these bands rightfully and people artists rightfully are being awarded this kind of an award and recognition. So I believe it is nice for a band like DREAM THEATER to have this as a result of it not solely speaks for this sort of band or who and what we’re and our entity, it speaks volumes for a lot of, many different related bands.”
Earlier this month, LaBrie informed Myglobalmind that “it was overwhelming” to lastly win a Grammy Award. “It was fairly surreal and it took some time for it to sink in — I believe a few days earlier than I used to be, like, ‘Wow. Okay. So this truly did occur. I suppose the third time’s the attraction, ‘trigger we had been nominees a few occasions earlier than for ‘On The Backs Of Angels’ and ‘The Enemy Inside’.
“When it occurred and our identify was known as after which [DREAM THEATER guitarist] John [Petrucci] went up on stage, I assumed he did an incredible acceptance speech,” he continued. “He was properly poised and properly worded, as at all times; he is a really clever particular person.
“It is an incredible feeling. I suppose it is one other degree of recognition for us and one other feather in our cap, so to talk,” LaBrie added. “However, no, it is only a nice feeling and it is affirmation as to the sort of band that we’re and the way we have been round for a while. And it is good to get that recognition from the Grammy [Awards].”
In his acceptance speech, Petrucci stated: “Wow, that is completely insane. On behalf of the complete band, I would prefer to thank the Recording Academy and everyone who voted for us.
“You already know, they used to inform us our songs had been approach too lengthy, we used bizarre time signatures and there have been too many guitar solos. In truth, this tune is in 17/8, so attempt to faucet your foot to it. However we simply gained a Grammy, so I am glad we did not pay attention…
“All of the DREAM THEATER followers world wide, you guys rock. We love you. For followers of prog and prog metallic, keep true to your artwork. And it is alive and properly.”
The nominees within the “Greatest Steel Efficiency” class on the 2022 Grammy Awards had been as follows:
* “Genesis” – DEFTONES
* “The Alien” – DREAM THEATER
* “Amazonia” – GOJIRA
* “Pushing The Tides” – MASTODON
* “The Triumph Of King Freak (A Crypt Of Preservation And Superstition)” – ROB ZOMBIE
Final December, Petrucci mentioned DREAM THEATER‘s newest Grammy nomination throughout an look on MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn‘s “No Fuckin’ Regrets With Robb Flynn” podcast. He stated: “The primary [Grammy] nomination we had, FOO FIGHTERS had been on there. They usually gained it. I bear in mind Dave Grohl had stated one thing like, ‘Oh, they need to have gotten this,’ which I assumed was good. However this time, I do not know if I am gonna bear in mind all of [the other artists that were nominated], however I believe it is GOJIRA and MASTODON [that we are up against], and it is a cool record. I bear in mind there have been a few years the place I used to be stunned on the nominees — it appeared a little bit bit unusual — however this appears acceptable. So we’ll see. It is enjoyable. It is an honor to get nominated. It is cool. Doing what we do and the way in which that we do it and getting acknowledged in that world is one thing that I by no means would have anticipated. And now for us, that is the third [nomination], so it is cool. It is a good feeling.”
When “The Alien” was first launched in August 2021, Petrucci said concerning the monitor: “It is the primary one we wrote collectively. It offers individuals a window into what it was like after we initially met up in any case of these months off. It has the journey, the untraditional construction, the heaviness, and the hooks. It actually set the tone for the album. James wrote the lyrics concerning the concept of terraforming and looking out past our Earth for various settlements. Since we’re going past our planet, ‘The Alien’ seems to be us. I assumed it was a cool and artistic lyric by James.”
This 12 months’s Grammy nominations had been introduced on November 23, 2021. The nominations had been revealed throughout a livestream from the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, which featured Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. and Board Of Trustees chair Tammy Damage, in addition to some particular company.
The eligibility interval for the sixty fourth annual Grammy Awards was September 1, 2020, by means of September 30, 2021.