- What's the latest status on the official bootleg project? faq id: 323
Answer: As of the moment, the website for the official bootleg project is up (www.ytsejam.com) and they are accepting pre-orders for the first three releases. These pre-orders will be shipped out as soon as the CDs themselves are received (there had been some manufacturing issues that have held things up).
- Why can't we get the older Xmas CDs from the Fan Club? Will they ever be re-issued? faq id: 324
Answer: You can't get the older Xmas CDs, because they were a *gift* to those who were in the fan club at that time and they were a limited run pressing. Mike understands that if you weren't a part of the fan club or if you weren't even a fan back when they were issued, that it doesn't seem to be fair. But, it should be looked at no differently than an older brother or sister having gotten Xmas gifts before you were born.
Mike does have plans to reissue those Xmas CDs as part of the official bootleg project (with different artwork and perhaps a slightly altered track listing), but this has yet to be determined.
And before everyone starts asking again, the reason why the artwork and possibly the track listing will be altered are so that the originals will maintain their value - Mike understands how fans who already have all the Xmas CDs would be pissed off if all of the sudden they were reissued exactly the same. As far as the track listing (the more important thing), it's hard to know what will happen, but if one or two tracks are removed (whether they are replaced or not), it is to allow those fans who own the originals to have something exclusive, which is fair for long time fans. And besides, most of you will be able to find any omitted tracks out on the Internet anyway...
- What kind of legal stuff needs to be handled to get the Official Bootleg project off the ground? faq id: 325
MP: The first obstacle was "getting permission" from Elektra to do such a project as we are contractually bound to them.. It seems as if our management has gotten some of "the powers that be" to agree to the whole concept (they've been helping with Phish's releases...), so now the next obstacle is getting me to find the available time to begin the project.
- What kinds of material does Mike have lined up for the official Dream Theater bootlegs? Is there any plans to release the Making of Images & Words video or any other Making of videos? faq id: 379
MP: Someday soon, you all will be able to get a taste of what *my* version of Falling Into Infinity would have been like (however, in demo form - and WITHOUT Metropolis pt.2) when we begin the Dream Theater line of official Bootlegs. I would love to include "making of" videos - both video and CD - Live stuff, demos, outtakes, etc.
- Will the entire Master of Puppets set be released on video or DVD, being that it was already professionally video taped? faq id: 380
MP: I have Master of Puppets from both Barcelona and Chicago on multitracked audio recordings and multicamera video from Chicago. The Beacon in NYC wouldn't let us record... But anyways...I hope we can some day release this as it was alot of fun and pretty historic for DT fans. There are a few legal obstacles - one being Metallica's approval and the other being our label's approval (which also happens to be Metallica's label as well). But it is probably doable sometime down the road...I'll keep looking into it... [Note: the above answer for the most part also holds true for when Dream Theater covered Number of the Beast]
- What are the contents of the 1996 Fan Club CD, and how many were pressed? faq id: 381
Answer: The very first Fan Club CD had a limited pressing of 1600 and featured 3 tracks from the Uncovered show (January 31st, 1995) that were not on the A Change of Seasons CD - Red Hill Mining Town (U2), Tears (Rush) and Damage Inc (Metallica). It also features a full band cover of Oh Holy Night which was recorded at a soundcheck in Portland Oregon (in 1993), as well as opening and closing messages from Mike, John P, John M and Derek.
- What are the contents of the 1997 Fan Club CD, and how many were pressed? faq id: 382
Answer: "The Making of Falling Into Infinity" had a pressing of 3400 and featured a behind the scenes look at Falling Into Infinity. Each of the 11 tracks is represented with various snippets of the songs at various stages. However, only alternate version of Take Away My Pain is included in its entirety.
- What are the contents of the 1998 Fan Club CD, and how many were pressed? faq id: 383
Answer: "Once in a LIVEtime Outtakes" had a pressing of 4800 and included a selection of songs that didn't make it on to Once in a LIVEtime. The songs are primarily from the semi-acoustic show in Rotterdam (June 22nd, 1998) with four taken from the Paris show three nights later. The track listing is: Eve, Speak to Me, Lifting Shadows Off a Dream, Hey You (Pink Floyd), The Silent Man, Cover My Eyes, Mean Street (Van Halen), Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John), Anna Lee, To Live Forever/Lines in the Sand, Thank You's (the band thanking the various fan club members), Bad (U2)
- What are the contents of the 1999 Fan Club CD, and how many were pressed? faq id: 384
Answer: "Cleaning Out the Closet" had a pressing of 7350 total, and contained studio recordings of a number of songs that had never been released or were only available on import CDs. The tracklisting is: Don't Look Past Me, To Live Forever 91 (the original Atco demo), To Live Forever 94 (B-side on the Lie single), Eve (bonus track on Japanese pressing of Awake), Raise the Knife, Where Are You Now, Cover My Eyes, Speak to Me (bonus track on Japanese pressing of Falling Into Infinity) and The Way It Used to Be (B-side on the Hollow Years single).
- When the 1999 Xmas CD had been released, Mike said these songs were being 'put to bed' - what did Mike mean? Would Dream Theater ever play them live again? faq id: 385
MP: What I meant by 'putting them to bed' was more in the context of letting people hearing them. We weren't going to re-record them. When doing a new album with Jordan, we weren't going to say: "hey we never used The Way It Used to Be, let's put it out." It was for the purpose of getting those songs out to the fans, but not that they would be utilized as new music down the road. But we're not closing the door on them; we did Cover My Eyes several times on the 2002 tour, and Speak to Me was originally on the initial master list of the same tour, but we never got around to actually playing it.
- What are the contents of the 2000 Fan Club CD, and how many were pressed? faq id: 386
Answer: "Scenes From a World Tour" had a pressing of 7800 and contained various tracks culled from Mike's DAT archive of the 1999/2000 tour. The tracklisting is: Heaven and Hell (Black Sabbath), Erotomania/Paradigm Shift/Universal Mind, What Did They Say (a compilation of the band hamming it up with the lyrics), Wipe Out, Canadian Rap, War Pigs (Black Sabbath), Jordan's Keyboard Solo, The Spirit Carries On, John's Guitar Solo, The Gladiator Theme (an instrumental piece John performs with accompaniment from Jordan), The Zoo (Scorpions)/Learning to Live/Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin), End of the Show (band thanking the road crew)
- What is the Canadian Rap that is on the 2000 Fan Club CD? faq id: 387
MP: No story....that was crazy gig and we we acting goofy...I started prompted James to do the "Canadian Rap" (which isn't anything that already existed...I just made up on the spot and was just trying to encourage James to get involved).
- What are the contents of the 2001 Fan Club CD, and how many were pressed? faq id: 388
Answer: "Four Degrees of Radio Edits" had a pressing of 7619 and contained the same tracks that appeared on the promotional CD sent out to radio stations. The tracks are The Test That Stumped Them All, and edited versions of Misunderstood, Blind Faith and Solitary Shell.
- What are the Atco Demos? faq id: 389
Answer: These were 3 songs that were recorded as a demo deal struck with the then Atco label (which later merged with EastWest, and finally Elektra). The basic tracks were recorded by producer David Prater in a single session at Beartracks Studios in Suffern, NY in May of 1991. Guitars, keyboards and overdubs were recorded at Prater's 16-track basement home studio in New Jersey. The demos were then submitted to Atco, and on the strength of these 3 tracks, a recording deal was immediately struck. The tracklisting is: Metropolis pt.1, To Live Forever, Take the Time
- What are the contents of the 2002 Fan Club CD, and how many were pressed? faq id: 390
Answer: "Taste the Memories" had a pressing of 6600 and contains a selection of songs from the November 19th, 1992 and August 28th, 1993 shows in Japan. These are songs that are not available on any official live releases, or are performed differently. Additionally, an audience recording of the first live performance of A Change of Seasons with James is included as a bonus track. The tracklisting is: Mission: Impossible, Afterlife, Under a Glass Moon, Wait For Sleep, Moon Bubbles, To Live Forever, Only a Matter of Time, Puppies on Acid/Take the Time, A Change of Seasons (bonus track)
- What's wrong with buying a copy of the current Fan Club CD on eBay (or elsewhere)? faq id: 391
Answer: While it is ultimately your decision to spend your money as you see fit, understand that not only are you wasting your money, but you are hurting the fan clubs who are responsible for the Fan Club CD's existence. How so? Really, it's a lost membership. If you buy a CD for a LOT of money, not only will the fan club be at a loss, but you're ripping yourself off. You would have been better off investing in a membership thereby getting the CD for less money, as well as getting a fanzine and/or any other perks offered by whatever fan club you choose. Keep in mind that if you are willing buy Fan Club CDs for incredible prices, you obviously are willing to spend money, so why not support the fan clubs and enjoy other bonuses that come with the membership? You get the CD for less than what you would have paid otherwise (plus whatever other things the fan club you chose offers) and the fan club benefits in that it increases the membership, making it possible for the fan club to improve the quality of what it offers (such as the fanzine) or maybe even offer new items. Everybody wins, except for the greedy bastards that have no problem screwing you over for money. Think about it before you bid on a Fan Club CD. In case it's an older Fan Club CD that's no longer available through the fan clubs, we understand, but please remember that soon Mike's official bootleg label will be offering those CDs anyway. So unless you just *have* to have an original copy, be patient and save yourself some money!