- Will there be a Studio Diary or Veil of Secrecy during the upcoming Dream Theater recording sessions? faq id: 7
MP: The studio diary thing is something that I have been asked to do by alot of people, but I am still unsure if I want to do it. Yes, I know the fans would love it and I know the TransAtlantic one was cool. BUT there is still an element of the unknown that I think is a very healthy thing for the fans to have over the next year. I surely will not enforce another “veil of secrecy” like I did for Scenes because it was a VERY hard thing to do last time out and although I think the payoff in the end was great, it made mine, the band’s, our label’s and our webmaster’s jobs very difficult. I also will not give out too many specific details like song by song times, titles, lyric credits, etc like I did with Falling Into Infinity...there was way TOO much info and time for speculation and discussion before the CD came out which made people disappointed. (“hey, why was this song cut down?”, “what happened to that song?, etc). Maybe somewhere in the middle will be nice. I will be passing on info onto www.dreamtheater.net and www.mikeportnoy.com and may get the guys to contribute some messages, but I’m not sure yet to what length. I am a firm believer of things being WAY more effective when they are a surprise (music, films, books, concerts, etc).
- What is Mike up to right now? What are his upcoming plans? faq id: 8
Answer: Mike is currently on tour with Dream Theater, who are co-headlining shows with Queensryche (with Fates Warning opening up) – see the tour dates section for specific dates of where they are playing. Previously, he had been in the studio with Dream Theater recording their next album and will resume work on the album once the tour is over.
- How are things going with the new album and what can fans expect? faq id: 222
MP: It’s going great! You can expect another classic Dream Theater album.
- Will Dream Theater be previewing any new music for the summer tour? faq id: 223
MP: I have not decided yet. I’m very tempted to put some new music in the set list, but I am fairly hesitant to do so because of all the speculation and analyzation that will inevitably happen all over the internet. Therefore, it is still undecided. [note: this answer was given months before the tour started, so it appears that no songs will be premiered on this tour]
- Will the Dream Theater/Queensryche tour travel outside the USA? faq id: 224
MP: Only to Canada. There are no plans at this moment to take the package overseas. We have to get back into the studio to finish our album, and then we will do the full world tour after the album comes out.
- Will there collaborations with Queensryche or Fates Warning on the summer tour? faq id: 225
Answer: Yes there are – after the final band has played their set, they come out for a second encore and welcome the other band out on stage to play with them. As to what songs they’ve played together, please see the tourography.