Iron Maiden and Dream Theater To Tour Together This Summer In The US

That’s right ladies and gents, this is the real deal.  Starting on June 9, Dream Theater will be the opening act for Iron Maiden.  Furthermore, Dream Theater will finally have the chance to perform at Madison Square Garden.   In the long history of the band, Dream Theater has never performed at the venue.

I can’t even begin to describe my enthusiasm.  Iron Maiden is one band I’ve been trying to see live ever since I became a metalhead.  For whatever reason, the times Maiden has come around to my neck of the woods just never worked out for me to be able to attend a show.  I hope to change that with this tour.

Needless to say, Dream Theater is pretty excited to go on tour with Iron Maiden.  From the press release:

“Dream Theater has achieved so many dreams through the years, from playing the Budokan in Tokyo to Wembley Arena in London to Radio City Music Hall in NYC,” Portnoy recalled. “But the one remaining dream that has eluded us through all of these years was to play at Madison Square Garden. Well, on July 12, along with Iron Maiden, that dream will finally be fulfilled.”

Guitarist John Petrucci was equally stoked about the MSG play, saying, “I am unbelievably excited to be finally playing Madison Square Garden, and with the almighty Maiden to boot! They have been heroes to the band since the beginning and are iconic in our eyes. There is nothing like achieving success and recognition in your own country, in your own city. It’s going to be an incredible night for sure.”

Portnoy has proof of this career-long dream, saying, “About a month ago, my family and I were watching a video of my first band Intruder from back in 1983, and in the video before the show, I was interviewed and asked what my dream goal was. I responded ‘To play the Garden.’ It took almost 30 years, but it’s surreal that I will now be able to check it off the list.”

Here is a complete listing of tour dates:

  • June 9 – Center – Dallas, TX
  • June 11 -The Woodlands – Houston, TX
  • June 12 – AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX
  • June 14 – Fiddler’s Green – Denver, CO
  • June 16 – The Pavilion (formerly Journal Pavilion) – Albuquerque, NM
  • June 17 – Cricket Wireless Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
  • June 19 – San Manuel Amphitheatre – San Bernardino, CA
  • June 20 – Sleep Train Pavilion – Concord, CA
  • June 22 – White River Amphitheatre – Auburn, WA
  • June 24 – General Motors Place – Vancouver, BC
  • June 26 – Rexall Place – Edmonton, AB
  • June 29 – Credit Union Centre – Saskatoon, SK
  • July 3 – Molson Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON
  • July 7 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
  • July 9 – International Summer Festival – Quebec City, QUE
  • July 11 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
  • July 12 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
  • July 14 – Post Gazette Pavilion – Pittsburg, PA
  • July 15 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH
  • July 17 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Detroit, MI
  • July 18 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
  • July 20 – Jiffy Lube Live – Washington, DC
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