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11th September 2011

dream theater

In the wake of their triumphant headline slot at this year's High Voltage Festival, progressive rock overlords, Dream Theater have announced their 'A Dramatic Tour Of Events' UK tour for early 2012.

Guitarist John Petrucci is looking forward to the run, commenting; "I couldn't be more excited about our upcoming winter 2012 European tour. It was great getting our feet wet this past summer with our new drummer Mike Mangini during the open air festival season, but now it's time for the real deal!

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'A Dramatic Tour Of Events' promises to be our best ever, as we'll present a broad coverage of songs from the new album along with a healthy dose of older material as well. Our newly expanded light and video show as well as our awesome opening band, Periphery will make this a truly special and memorable tour. Can't wait to see and play for all of our amazing European fans!"

Dates rack up as follows:

Wed 8th February: GLASGOW Clyde Auditorium (0844 209 7327)
Thu 9th February: MANCHESTER O2 Apollo (0844 477 7677)
Fri 10th February: LONDON Wembley Arena (0844 815 8015)

Tickets go on sale Friday 9th September at 9.00am, priced £45.00 seated, £32.50 standing, and are available by clicking here.

Support comes from Roadrunner label mates, Periphery, who have been picking up stellar reviews for their self-titled debut album. The band are thrilled to be invited to play with their heroes, stating; "We're so excited that Dream Theater has chosen Periphery to open their European tour in 2012!

"This has been a dream come true for us because we've all been huge fans of Dream Theater since we were kids! Periphery received such a great reception on our last European tour that to come back with a larger than life band like Dream Theater is a tremendous honour and we're very excited to show Dream Theater fans what we're all about."

Periphery's self titled debut album is out now and can be picked up at

Dream Theater's new album hits stores this coming Monday 12th September. Titled 'A Dramatic Turn Of Events', the opus is the band's eleventh studio release and sees the debut of new drummer, Mike Mangini behind the kit.

In addition to the standard CD, the album will also be available as a Special Edition CD. For the diehard fans and collectors, there is a Limited Deluxe Collector's Edition Box Set planned. Housed in a custom box, the Deluxe Collector's Edition Box Set is set to include: 'A Dramatic Turn Of Events' CD album, a disc of instrumentals of the entire album, a DVD of 'The Spirit Carries On' â€" a 60 minute movie documenting Dream Theater's drummer auditions, a Double-LP Set of 'A Dramatic Turn Of Events' (180 gram vinyl in gatefold jacket), a Dream Theater Branded custom turntable slipmat, and a litho print of Hugh Syme's album cover.

Fifty lucky buyers will also find a Dream Theater 'Ticket For Life' (25 randomly inserted in US packages, 25 in international packages). Along with the amazing physical content in the box set package, those fans will also be able to digitally download the album the Friday prior to the worldwide release date! UK fans can order this at:



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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