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Dream Theater Names New Drummer

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 2, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Press Release: A little more than a month after drummer Mike Portnoy's sudden departure from Dream Theater, the band held three days of auditions in New York City. Over an incredibly productive three-day period, the band played, jammed and spoke candidly and at length with seven of the world's greatest drummers. The remaining members of the band got to know the candidates musically, personally and professionally and thus assessed the fit of each drummer's incredible chops with the band's trademark prog-rock sound. The band filmed the audition process and released it in a three-part series of videos, which can be seen at the Roadrunner Records YouTube channel here.

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After intense consideration, the band has unanimously chosen drummer Mike Mangini (Extreme, Steve Vai, Annihilator) to fill the seat behind the kit which was left vacant by Portnoy's departure late last summer. cont. below photo

Dream Theater

Keyboardist Jordan Rudess reflected on Mangini's audition saying, "From the first countoff to the very last note of the final song, every beat Mike played was not only in perfect time, but also executed with an undeniable sense of virtuosity and musicality."

"The departure of our lifelong bandmate and friend was an unexpected and truly heartbreaking blow," said guitarist John Petrucci. "The fact that as a result of that event we'd be introduced to seven infinitely capable and uniquely talented drummers was heartening. But when we played with the infectiously positive powerhouse of a drummer that is Mike Mangini, we knew we had found a silver lining to what has been, by far, the most challenging episode in our musical lives."

"I went to work diligently on the audition material far beyond just learning the songs," explained Mangini, who, upon taking up the mantle for DT, gives up a coveted faculty position at the Berklee College of Music. "I imagined myself onstage with them, giving the fans what I know Mike Portnoy—who is obviously a legend—always worked so hard to provide. For his sake, as well as for the fans and the band's, I fought hard to earn the privilege of carrying on the spirit of Dream Theater. At the same time, I wanted to honor Mike's incredible drumming and musical interpretations. This band has a phenomenal past. DT's fans are so passionate about DT's music. They deserve to hear the songs they know played as they love them. I'm responsible for that now."

With the addition of Mangini to the band's lineup, Dream Theater moved forward into the studio to begin recording their third release for Roadrunner Records. Guitarist John Petrucci reprises his role as producer, and Paul Northfield (Rush, Queensryche, Porcupine Tree) assumes the same engineering position that he has had on Dream Theater’s previous two Roadrunner releases. The band will kick off a world tour in July 2011.


Jimi Hendrix Star Spangled Banner Guitar Tab

Posted by Michael Mueller on May 2, 2011 at 9:00 AM

At the Woodstock Festival, in 1969, guitarist Jimi Hendrix gave one of the most memorable performances in music history of "The Star Spangled Banner," the national anthem of the United States of America. Since then, guitarists all across the country—and even some abroad—have learned it.

If you've always wanted to give it a shot, we've got the official note-for-note guitar tab for you right here:

Jimi Hendrix "The Star Spangled Banner" guitar tab

And here's video footage of Jimi's historic performance.


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