Veteran progressive metal band from Boston.
Dream Theater took root in the mid-’80s. Initially called Majesty, the band was formed by three Berklee College of Music students – guitarist John Petrucci, bassist John Myung and drummer Mike Portnoy, with keyboardist Kevin Moore joining soon after.
Following the release of an eight-track demo in 1987, they became Dream Theater in honour of a now-demolished cinema in Monterrey, California. Their debut album When Dream And Day Unite arrived in 1989.
In those early years, the line-up changed as the band searched for the right vocalist. By 1991, they found him in Canadian James LaBrie, formerly of Winter Rose.
When Dream Theater’s sophomore album Images & Words came out in 1992 it garnered gold certification and won them critical acclaim as well as a worldwide fan base. Its lead single Pull Me Under received a lot of airplay on MTV and became the band’s only top 10 hit.
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