Dream Theater is my all-time favorite band, and like other legions of avid fans, I was crushed when I learned that drummer Mike Portnoy had left the band. DT lovers have gone through months of torturous speculation about who the new drummer will be. Now, Dream Theater is offering an inside look at their audition process to choose a replacement.
A little more than a month after Portnoy’s departure, the band held three days of auditions in New York City. Dream Theater played, jammed, and spoke candidly with seven of the world’s greatest drummers to figure out who would best fit in with the band. According to guitarist John Petrucci:
The departure of our lifelong bandmate and friend was an unexpected and truly heartbreaking blow. The fact that as a result of that event we’d be introduced to seven infinitely capable and uniquely talented drummers was heartening.
Fans can now get a glimpse of the audition process. On Thursday, April 21 at 11:00 AM, you can go to Dream Theater’s Facebook page to sign up for the mailing list, check out the auditions, and find out when the band will be announcing its new lineup. You’ll also be able to find out about the upcoming 2011 World Tour.
I don’t know about you, but I’m humming with anticipation!
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