The following has been posted on Dream Theater's myspace page:

New York progressive metal pioneers Dream Theater are set to unveil the maiden voyage of "Progressive Nation". A package tour they will headline that will also feature the talents of Opeth, Between The Buried And Me and 3.

The tour is the brainchild of Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy who explains: "I've been wanting to assemble a package tour like this for many years now. With all of the festivals and package tours that go through America, I've been talking with our manager and agent for over 10 years now about doing something that focuses on the more progressive, musician-oriented side of hard rock and metal. I decided it was time to stop talking the talk, lace up and finally walk the walk"

While Dream Theater co-headlined 2005's Gigantour alongside Megadeth, as well as embarking on previous co-headlining runs with both Queensrÿche and Joe Satriani and opening slots for Yes, Deep Purple and Iron Maiden, they have primarily built their 22 year career on the road playing solely to their own audience.

Portnoy comments: "I've always prided myself on personally hand picking new and exciting opening acts to open for Dream Theater in the past. Bands such as Porcupine Tree, Symphony X, Spock's Beard, Fates Warning, Pain Of Salvation and King's X. In all of these cases, it was important for me to pick bands that I respect and admire but also ones that I know our fans will enjoy. And I think playing with DT has helped expand all of those band's fanbases as a direct result. I am hoping Progressive Nation will continue to do the same thing in offering an audience for more daring and experimental acts that otherwise may not get the mainstream exposure they so rightly deserve."

Joining the bill for this inaugural run is Sweden's legendary Opeth who have been enjoying an ever-growing and expanding audience of their own for many years now. DT's Roadrunner Records label-mates will be ready to unleash their new album "Watershed" next spring and Progressive Nation should be a great launching pad for their next World Tour cycle. Guitarist/Vocalist Mikael Akerfeldt adds: "We're very excited about this upcoming tour with Dream Theater. It will be the first tour that we're doing in support of our upcoming record, and also somewhat of a dream come true personally as I've been a fan of theirs for a long time. It's quite intimidating to be on the bill with such amazing musicians but obviously we'll try and give them a run for their money and pull out a few nice licks of our own. I guess we'll need to practice a little bit for this....how boring! Yet, I can't wait for this tour to start and I'm sure we'll have a blast with the DT guys as well as together with the other bands on the bill!"

North Carolina's Between The Buried And Meare enjoying rave reviews and critical acclaim for their latest CD "Colors" and are looking forward to sharing the stage each night with both Dream Theater and Opeth. Vocalist/Keyboardist Tommy Rogers comments: "We are very excited to be touring with two bands that have been such an integral part of our musical upbringing. It is a wonderful opportunity to have our music heard by new ears."

Also on the bill with their unique blend of pop, funk and hard rock is upstate New York's 3 who issued the following statement: "3 is very pleased to announce its participation in the Progressive Nation tour. For well over a decade Dream Theater has been the vanguard of progressive rock and we are completely psyched to flex with these heavyweights, playing much of our new record "The End is Begun". This package will rock and awe fans everywhere as one of the most important tours of the year. It's a progressive way of music, a progressive way of life....welcome to the Progressive Nation tour."

Dream Theater are currently in the middle of their "Chaos In Motion" World Tour which has already traveled extensively throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australia in support of their latest Roadrunner Records CD "Systematic Chaos". The World Tour will continue through March in South America before concluding with Progressive Nation in North America.

Portnoy hopes that this first venture of Progressive Nation will prove to be a success that can enable himself and Dream Theater to continue the package into future years and begin a tradition that musicians and fans alike can count on for quality musicianship and artistic integrity on future tours.

Tour Dates:

29.04.2008 - MEX, Mexico City (Dream Theater and Between The Buried And Me ONLY)
02.05.2008 - USA, Los Angeles, CA
03.05.2008 - USA, Oakland, CA
05.05.2008 - USA, Seattle, WA
06.05.2008 - CAN, Vancouver, BC
09.05.2008 - CAN, Calgary, ALB
10.05.2008 - CAN, Calgary, ALB
12.05.2008 - USA, Minneapolis, MN
13.05.2008 - USA, Chicago, IL
14.05.2008 - USA, Detroit, MI
16.05.2008 - USA, Columbus, OH
17.05.2008 - USA, Cleveland, OH
18.05.2008 - USA, Albany, NY
20.05.2008 - USA, Boston, MA
21.05.2008 - USA, New York, NY
22.05.2008 - USA, New York, NY
26.05.2008 - USA, Washington DC
27.05.2008 - USA, Richmond, VA
28.05.2008 - USA, Atlanta, GA
30.05.2008 - USA, Miami, FL
31.05.2008 - USA, Orlando, FL
01.06.2008 - USA, Tampa, FL
04.06.2008 - PUR, San Juan (Dream Theater and Between The Buried And Me ONLY)


Source: blog.myspace.com
Band profile: Dream Theater
Event: Progressive Nation Tour
 
Posted: 08.02.2008 by Bararey



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BurbotsRevenge - 08.02.2008 at 06:23  
if they are as good as they were in sydney, and i liveed in North america, i would definatley put this in my concert list and opeth are there as well
b0000mst1ck - 08.02.2008 at 06:28  
wow, yet another huge lineup that's skipping pittsburgh..

i hate this city.
Rhapsodyhabs - 08.02.2008 at 06:41  
Where is montreal in that list?????
Clintagram - 08.02.2008 at 07:19  
Fuck my life. They're not touring around here. Fuck my life.
Dangerboner - 08.02.2008 at 07:57  
They're coming here on my day off. As long as I don't have to stand for three hours, and if it's a decent price, I'll probably go.
Locke - 08.02.2008 at 08:25  
Why do all good bands hate Alaska so much? ;_;
HitokiriNate85 - 08.02.2008 at 09:17  
Written by b0000mst1ck on 08.02.2008 at 06:28

wow, yet another huge lineup that's skipping pittsburgh..

i hate this city.


A fellow Pittsburgh resident, eh? Awesome. However, I agree with you. Basically every single good tour skips us. I'm going to Cleveland for Paganfest, and I guess I'll be adding this to the list, too.
b0000mst1ck - 08.02.2008 at 10:23  
Written by HitokiriNate85 on 08.02.2008 at 09:17

Written by b0000mst1ck on 08.02.2008 at 06:28

wow, yet another huge lineup that's skipping pittsburgh..

i hate this city.


I'm going to Cleveland for Paganfest

yeah, i'll be heading up there for symphony x and epica. as much as i hate that drive i'm willing to make it.
Warman - 08.02.2008 at 14:02  
You're so fucking lucky!!!
Dane Train - 08.02.2008 at 14:41  
ATLANTA! Here I come!
Stigmatized - 08.02.2008 at 15:28  
Written by Dane Train on 08.02.2008 at 14:41

ATLANTA! Here I come!


I might see you there man.
Dane Train - 08.02.2008 at 15:51  
Written by Stigmatized on 08.02.2008 at 15:28

Written by Dane Train on 08.02.2008 at 14:41

ATLANTA! Here I come!


I might see you there man.


Just look for the guy in the kilt with the long red hair.
Asitis - 08.02.2008 at 16:21  
Ehm. This post is full of grammer/spelling errors
Stigma - 08.02.2008 at 18:32  
Written by Asitis on 08.02.2008 at 16:21

Ehm. This post is full of grammer/spelling errors

I think you mean GRAMMAR errors.

Anywho, it's not surprising that the idea came from Mr. Portnoy, he's full of ideas!
Infernoise - 08.02.2008 at 21:09  
I might even see this twice. Once in Albany and again in NYC. So excited!
Introspekrieg - 08.02.2008 at 22:33  
Written by b0000mst1ck on 08.02.2008 at 06:28

wow, yet another huge lineup that's skipping pittsburgh..

i hate this city.


I can't believe they are skipping over Pennsylvania! And New Jersey!
I guess I'm going to have to make a trip to NYC or DC (gulp)....
b0000mst1ck - 08.02.2008 at 22:52  
Written by Introspekrieg on 08.02.2008 at 22:33

Written by b0000mst1ck on 08.02.2008 at 06:28

wow, yet another huge lineup that's skipping pittsburgh..

i hate this city.


I can't believe they are skipping over Pennsylvania! And New Jersey!
I guess I'm going to have to make a trip to NYC or DC (gulp)....

i know dude, it's pathetic. i don't understand why all these well-known metal bands skip this state. it makes no sense to me. anytime there's a concert with a decent lineup it pulls a huge crowd. the black dahlia murder was just here in october and it was sold out a week before the concert. so if they're able to sell out, how come dream theater can't? they're fucking famous...lol.
DoomGuard - 08.02.2008 at 23:29  
good thing they ain't coming to Texas...

I would go see them but not with Opeth...
Introspekrieg - 08.02.2008 at 23:50  
Written by DoomGuard on 08.02.2008 at 23:29

good thing they ain't coming to Texas...

I would go see them but not with Opeth...


I see you like Dethklok, you know Toki Wartooth "IS" Mikael Akerfeldt...
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/interviews/interviews/opeth_the_band_will_continue_for_as_long_as_theres_good_material_in_us.html
Firewalker - 09.02.2008 at 05:56  
It´s a shame... Opeth is not coming to México again (they cancel the 2005 show I remember). They´re missing the chance to play in one of the best stages in the world whit a lot of crowd audience.
DoomGuard - 10.02.2008 at 06:59  
Written by Introspekrieg on 08.02.2008 at 23:50

Written by DoomGuard on 08.02.2008 at 23:29

good thing they ain't coming to Texas...

I would go see them but not with Opeth...


I see you like Dethklok, you know Toki Wartooth "IS" Mikael Akerfeldt...
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/interviews/interviews/opeth_the_band_will_continue_for_as_long_as_theres_good_material_in_us.html

It's ok just as long as Dethklok doesn't have clean vocals like Opeth
Kap'N Korrupt - 26.02.2009 at 18:58  
Written by Guest on 08.02.2008 at 06:41

Where is montreal in that list?????

Yeah?! We want a Montreal date!

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