Long Island based progressive metal giants Dream Theater will be returning to their home on July 18th and 19th to play two nights at the Paramount in Huntington in support of their latest album, A Dramatic Turn of Events.
The show will be a true homecoming for the band, as Dream Theater began their career in King’s Park over 25 years ago, and spent many of their early days rehearsing in the basement of a barber shop in Huntington Village. The shows will also mark only the 2nd performance by the band in Suffolk County since 1995 (with the only other appearance taking place in 2009 at the Brookhaven Amphitheatre), and the first time they have played Long Island since new drummer Mike Mangini joined the band.
Although nothing has been officially announced, the rumor amongst fans is that the shows at The Paramount will go beyond the standard Dream Theater show normally played at other venues throughout the tour. This is the only stop on their tour where they are playing two consecutive nights at the same venue, which, for Dream Theater, generally means they’ve got something special up their sleeves. Some fans are speculating that the shows will be recorded for a live concert DVD release, which has been fueled by comments from the bands guitarist, John Petrucci, that the band is planning to record a new DVD in the near future (although details have not yet been specified). Other fans are anticipating that Dream Theater may perform a classic album tribute for the second night of the two-night stand. This has also been a frequent trend by the band when they’ve been given the opporutinty to play consecutive nights at the same venue, beginning with their cover of Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” album at the Beacon Theater in 2002, and continuing with covers of Iron Maiden’s “Number of the Beast”, Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”, Deep Purple’s “Live in Japan” and once performing their own “Metropolis Part II: Scenes From a Memory” in its entirety.
Tickets are currently available through ticketmaster for both the Wednesday night show and the Thursday night show. “Crimson ProjeKct” will be opening both shows, featuring former members playing the songs of King Crimson.