Friday, August 16, 2013

DREAM THEATER: 'Live At Luna Park' Concert Film To Receive Big-Screen Premiere

SpectiCast and Eagle Rock Entertainment are once again collaborating to distribute the long-awaited "Dream Theater: Live At Luna Park" concert film to theaters worldwide beginning Thursday, September 19.
This anticipated cinematic event was captured over two nights during the final leg of the band's 15-month "A Dramatic Turn Of Events" world tour, which hit 35 countries. "Dream Theater: Live At Luna Park" was filmed in Buenos Aires, Argentina — home to one of DREAM THEATER's most ardent fan bases.
"Dream Theater: Live At Luna Park" runs for 160 minutes and features many of DREAM THEATER's classic tracks, including "Metropolis Pt. 1", "The Silent Man", "Pull Me Under", "The Root Of All Evil", "The Test That Stumped Them All", "The Spirit Carries On", and the recent track "On The Backs Of Angels". DREAM THEATER formed in 1985 under the name MAJESTY and has remained a top name in progressive metal ever since.
"'Dream Theater: Live At Luna Park' is a fantastic addition to our Rock In Cinema series," said Mark Rupp, co-founder and president of SpectiCast. "We are delighted to continue our relationship with Eagle Rock Entertainment, bringing theatrical releases of concerts by some of the world's best musical groups to theatres around the globe."
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"Live At Luna Park" will now drop in North America on November 5 as a Blu-ray, 2DVD, 2DVD + 3CD, Blu-ray + 3CD, deluxe edition with
40-page book, Blu-ray + 2DVD + 3CD, and digital video via iTunes.
"This is, without a doubt, the closest a viewer at home will come to experiencing a live DREAM THEATER concert," states guitarist and founding member John Petrucci. "Between the hi-def and 3D video, the huge audio mix and the
documentary-style behind-the-scenes footage, you are truly transported
to the arena and completely immersed in the entire live experience."
"We have the greatest fans on the planet and the people of Argentina are no exception!" adds Petrucci. "The energy and vibe at Luna Park was truly electric and contagious.
The perfect synergy between band and audience. We are immensely proud of this DVD and incredibly excited to share it with everyone!"
A trailer for the set can be seen below.
The setlists for the two concerts were as follows:
August 19, 2012
01. Bridges In The Sky
02. 6:00
03. The Dark Eternal Night
04. This Is The Life
05. The Root Of All Evil
06. Lost Not Forgotten
07. Drum Solo
08. A Fortune In Lies
09. The Silent Man (with a string quartet)
10. Beneath The Surface (with a string quartet)
11. Outcry
12. Surrounded (preceded by Jordan Rudess' keyboard solo)
13. On The Backs Of Angels
14. War Inside My Head
15. The Test That Stumped Them All
16. The Spirit Carries On (preceded by John Petrucci's guitar solo)
17. Breaking All Illusions
18. Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle And The Sleeper
August 20, 2012
01. Bridges In The Sky
02. These Walls
03. Build Me Up, Break Me Down
04. This Is The Life
05. Caught In A Web
06. Lost Not Forgotten
07. Drum Solo
08. A Fortune In Lies
09. Wait For Sleep (with a string quartet)
10. Far From Heaven (with a string quartet)
11. Outcry
12. Surrounded (preceded by Jordan Rudess' keyboard solo)
13. On The Backs Of Angels
14. War Inside My Head
15. The Test That Stumped Them All
16. The Spirit Carries On (preceded by John Petrucci's guitar solo)
17. Breaking All Illusions
18. Pull Me Under

Roadrunner Records e-mailed guitarist John Petrucci and keyboardist Jordan Rudess to get their thoughts on these special shows.
Roadrunner Records: You played four songs with a string quartet over the two nights. Who did the arrangements?
Jordan Rudess: All the string parts were written by Eren Basbug, the young and talented Turkish musician that I discovered online through his beautiful orchestrations of DREAM THEATER's music and then his great work orchestrating and conducting the premiere of my own composition, "Explorations For Keyboard And Orchestra". For two of the songs we did live with the quartet ("Beneath The Surface" and "Far From Heaven") I had originally arranged and recorded quartet-like string parts from my keyboard, and that is what you hear on "A Dramatic Turn Of Events". Eren was able to take those two songs and really make sure what I wrote
worked for real players, as well as add some nice touches! For the other two songs, "The Silent Man" and "Wait For Sleep", he created original quartet arrangements.
Roadrunner Records: How much rehearsal time did you have with the quartet?
John Petrucci: We played through each song with them a couple
of times at soundcheck. We probably spent about an hour in total making
sure they were comfortable and that they knew certain cues, etc.
Jordan Rudess: We had one rehearsal before the first show. I had sent all the music to coordinator Luis Gorelik (who is a well known conductor in South America) and he helped organize the players.
Roadrunner Records: How did their presence alter the way you
guys in the band played those songs? Obviously they weren't just sawing
away in the background; they were integral to the music, so…in what
John Petrucci: Honestly, we played the songs just as we have been and they followed us. On "Beneath The Surface" and "Far From Heaven", they basically played the arrangements that are on the album. Original arrangements were created for "The Silent Man" and "Wait For Sleep".
Jordan Rudess: In our rehearsal, I was literally conducting
them and we all worked quickly to get things into shape and make sure
the players really understood the music and what was going to happen in
the chain of events on stage. The good thing was that these four songs
all really are totally suitable for real strings, so it was an easy
conceptual/musical addition to our presentation.
Roadrunner Records: Other than the new album (which was played almost in its entirety each night), the albums you played the most
material from were "Images And Words", "Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence" and "Awake". Why those albums, from your perspective?
John Petrucci: We try to create a show that has a certain
curve to it. The way that it begins, unfolds and concludes are all
carefully thought about. We have so much material at this point that
it's difficult to fit in songs from each album. Based on what we played
on past tours as well as the flow and arc of the show, we thought these
were the strongest choices.
Jordan Rudess: There are so many factors that are in play to
create a setlist. Generally, we all felt that we offered a night of
music that was a well-balanced mixture of our material that not only
spanned a lot of our albums but also flowed really well for the course
of the evening.
Roadrunner Records: On the second night, you guys played "Pull Me Under" as the encore, which you've been playing a lot more on tour this year
than in the past few years… but only outside the U.S. Is that a song
foreign audiences want to hear more than fans at home?
John Petrucci: "Pull Me Under" always goes over, no
matter what country we are in. It just has that kind of power and
familiarity, I guess. We really thought that it sounded great with [new
drummer] Mike Mangini playing it and wanted to share that with our listeners.
Jordan Rudess: I don't know — but I will tell you that they
literally were trying to rush the stage in Buenos Aires when we played
it. It was nuts!

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