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Concerts: Dream Theater Announce Australian Tour Dates; TSR Free Downloads...

Posted on Sunday, December 02 @ 20:30:07 UTC by nightowl

Dream Theater have announced 5 Australian dates on their current tour in support of Systematic Chaos to take place at the end of January 2008 -- January 26 at the Showgrounds in Perth, January 28 at the Showgrounds in Adelaide, January 29 at the Festival Hall in Melbourne, January 30 at Hordern Pavilion in Sydney and February 1 at Riverstage in Brisbane. In addition, two more Asian dates have been added for mid-January - January 19 at Bangkok Hall in Bangkok, Thailand* and January 22 at MG Live House, Beijing, China.

Meanwhile James LaBrie has been involved with the True Symphonic Orchestra on a project, and three free MP3s have been made available at www.tsr-project.com/media.php. The other two vocalists on the project are Vladimir Grishko, a Ukrainian star tenor (and Cultural Minister of the Ukraine) and Thomas Dewald, a German star tenor. What TSR are doing is taking classics of the original 3 tenors - the late Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jos? Carreras - and putting them in rock context.

TSR are:

- Dirk Ulrich (Germany), indepedent producer and producer of the project who also plays guitar on the project (as well as handling all production duties (recording, mixing, mastering)

- Christopher Jesidero (Germany), professional arranger handling all string arrangements (naturally) and 1st violin

- Sandro Martinez (Germany), session guitarist and teacher, guitars

- Paul Mayland (Germany), session drummer. teacher and member of GIFTIG (along with Dirk), drums

- Marvin Philippi (Germany), session bassist for Paul DiAnno's band (and has played in various bands with Paul and Dirk), bass

- Igor Marin (Russia), internationally renowned biologist and founder of Marinsound, executive producer of the project along with Brainworx.

The album will be out in February 2008 on a new label, a new cooperation of Brainrox Records Germany & Marinsound Russia, with SonyBMG distribution in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. "International distribution inquiries welcome!," writes Dirk. TSR at MySpace = www.myspace.com/tsrproject.

And don't forget the Progressive Nation multi-artist tour featuring Dream Theater, Opeth, 3, and Between the Buried and Me, which will take place in North America throughout April and May. More details soon, but you can read our initial news item here.

* should I admit that "One Night In Bangkok" just started playing in my head?

[Source: Dream Theater newsletter, TSR website]

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