Mike Portnoy has posted the following on the Dream Theater website:

"It is with the utmost disappointment that I am forced to share the unfortunate news of both Pain Of Salvation and Beardfish having to pull out of this summer's Progressive Nation tour....

Their label Inside Out just recently lost the financial funding for the tour as a result of their distributor SPV recently claiming bankruptcy...which effectively meant that both Pain Of Salvation and Beardfish lost the tour support that was essential to their ability to come to North America for Progressive Nation.

All parties involved (myself, both bands, Inside Out, etc) are beyond devastated at this turn of events and are truly sorry to all of the fans that were looking forward to this lineup. We tried everything we could do to salvage the situation, but in the end it was not possible...

Well as the album title says, every Black Cloud does indeed have a Silver Lining... so with this unfortunate news, I bring to you the good news of 2 incredible bands that will be jumping on board Progressive Nation to join Dream Theater and Zappa Plays Zappa this summer: Bigelf and Scale The Summit.

Los Angeles' Bigelf are my personal favorite new band to come along in many years...their latest CD "Cheat The Gallows" is my favorite album of the year and I already had positioned them onto the European run of Progressive Nation in the Fall....with them now joining us on PN09 in North America as well, it looks like world domination is now not that far out of reach for them!
Pretty soon, everyone will hopefully be falling for their retro, psychedelic, progressive, hard rock, doom metal as hard as I have!

Houston instrumental band Scale The Summit are a recent discovery for me and their top notch musicianship will be a perfect fit to this Progressive Nation lineup stylistically falling very nicely between the musicality of Dream Theater and Zappa Plays Zappa. They bring the instrumental elements of prog rock and fusion into today's contemporary hard rock/metal sounds and are one of the most talented group of young musicians I've seen assembled in many years.

Once again, apologies to anybody disappointed in this unexpected and unavoidable lineup change...but the circumstances were beyond our control...
In any event, PN09 will carry on and still deliver the most musical bang for its buck this summer throughout North America and we look forward to sharing the evening with you!"


Source: dreamtheater.net
Band profile: Pain Of Salvation
Event: Dream Theater: Progressive Nation N. American Tour
 
Posted: 24.06.2009 by Abattoir



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BloodTears - 24.06.2009 at 16:41  
Well, I just wished this tour would have a date in Lisbon.
Fat & Sassy! - 24.06.2009 at 22:09  
Yeah I heard about this a couple days ago. Looks like I'll NEVER get to see POS. D:

Bigelf actually sounds pretty good though... Why aren't they on this site?!?!
Black Conundrum - 24.06.2009 at 23:07  
That sucks that Pain of Salvation and Beardfish had to pull out of the tour. I'm not familiar with Bigelf, but what I've heard by Scale the Summit is nice.
Daggon - 25.06.2009 at 07:24  
I've heard of this on myspace, well that sucks, but who knows, maybe they still can pull-off a great show.
Dane Train - 26.06.2009 at 03:49  
Written by Black Conundrum on 24.06.2009 at 23:07

That sucks that Pain of Salvation and Beardfish had to pull out of the tour. I'm not familiar with Bigelf, but what I've heard by Scale the Summit is nice.


Bigelf is amazing! Check them out.
Black Conundrum - 26.06.2009 at 05:37  
Written by Dane Train on 26.06.2009 at 03:49

Written by Black Conundrum on 24.06.2009 at 23:07

That sucks that Pain of Salvation and Beardfish had to pull out of the tour. I'm not familiar with Bigelf, but what I've heard by Scale the Summit is nice.


Bigelf is amazing! Check them out.


I should check them out. My first impression on them is a rather positive one.
Dane Train - 26.06.2009 at 17:16  
From POS:

We find ourselves in a state of surreal depression right now. After two weeks of nasty bureaucratic roller coasting and endless hours and days of waiting for people we have never met, we finally had a verdict. In the early hours of June 20, the plug was irretrievably pulled for our participation in the PN09 tour.

Through all these turbulent weeks since SPV (the owners of our record label InsideOut) filed for bankruptcy, we have truly done all in our power to save the coming album and the US tour, and InsideOut have pulled every possible and impossible string to make it work. It is with great sadness and disappointment that we declare failure. Pain of Salvation (or Beardfish, also pulled down in the wake of the sinking SPV) will thus not attend the PN09 tour with Dream Theater and Zappa Plays Zappa.

We want to thank the guys in Dream Theater and their management for having hoped and waited and for being very understanding and supportive despite this unexpected and bad turn of events. We still can't picture ourselves NOT standing there in Las Vegas at the end of August and play Disco Queen all dressed up as Elvis impersonator impersonators! Luckily, a supportive Mike Portnoy burst in backstage right before our show at Hellfest this weekend to break the vacuum we were in and assure us that this was not by far the last train leaving the station, so we still haven't lost scent of those Elvis costumes entirely.

Lastly, our apologies to the many fans who have already bought tickets, booked flights and train rides, asking leave from jobs etc. It's really the liquidator handling SPV's bankruptcy who should be making these apologies, but we have this feeling he never will (shame on you, you ignorant bowl of oatmeal!) so we simply do it in his place.
But let us end on a higher note; at least we can now all rejoice with the handful of American fans who contacted us and kindly (well, that might be a bit stretched) explained to us that since we were not supportive of the Bush administration, we were not welcome and should cancel the tour. We are always happy to be of service to our fans. I mean, ex fans are also fans, right?

/Pain of Salvation

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