Progressive metal giants will release "Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House)", a live Blu-ray/DVD set of the band's one-of-a-kind performance from the Boston Opera House on March 25, 2014. Produced by the band's own John Petrucci, filmed and directed by Pierre and François Lamoureux, and mixed and mastered by Richard Chycki, "Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House)" is over two hours in length, capturing the special evening, which featured guest performances from The Berklee College Of Music Orchestra And Choir.
Due on September 30 via Roadrunner, "Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House)" will be available in multiple configurations including Blu-ray, a two-DVD set, and a webstore deluxe exclusive Blu-ray/three-CD set with poster, all currently available for pre-order via the Roadrunner Records webstore. Furthermore, DREAM THEATER has premiered a video of "The Looking Glass" (live) taken from "Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House)", which can be seen below. All pre-orders for the webstore exclusive will receive an instant download of "The Looking Glass" (live).
The "Strange Déjà Vu" performance clip from "Breaking The Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House)" can be seen below.
DREAM THEATER's John Petrucci commented on the special event saying: "In many ways, this was a huge homecoming for the band given the history of DREAM THEATER's origins and ties with Berklee.
"With John [Myung, bass] and I both being alumni and Mike [Mangini, drums] having been a professor at the college for 10 years, we saw the opportunity to perform together with the students of Berklee as a tremendous thrill and honor.
"We are extremely grateful for everyone's hard work in making this special event a reality and to all who participated."
He continued: "All of the Berklee College instrumentalists and vocalists did an outstanding job that night and it was awesome to have one of its students, Eren Başbuğ orchestrate and conduct them live at the Opera House after having been a part of our latest studio release in the same capacity.
"DREAM THEATER has always had a great connection to the city of Boston and we knew that against the backdrop of the beautiful Opera House, this would end up being a historic stop on our 'Along For The Ride' world tour and an evening most definitely worth capturing on video.
"Beautifully filmed and directed by Pierre Lamoureux and brilliantly mixed and mastered by Richard Chycki, this is, in my opinion, a major highlight in our nearly 30-year career as a band. We are eagerly anticipating its release this fall and really hope that everyone enjoys it!"
DREAM THEATER keyboardist, Jordan Rudess spoke to GetYourRockOut at this year's Sonisphere festival in the U.K. about whether the band has already begun thinking about the follow-up to last year's self-titled release. He said: "We haven't really gotten into serious band discussions about what's gonna happen next, although we've had little discussions between some of us about what we would like to see happen next. At the same, if I get a good idea in the middle of the night, or whatever, I'll record it onto my iPhone. I elected James [LaBrie, vocals] to kind of be the keeper of some of my ideas; I'll send him little YouTube clips of me playing something I think is cool. And then when it wraps around and we get into writing again and start our process, then we'll go back an see what we've got and kind of figure it out."
Rudess also reassured fans that there are no plans for DREAM THEATER to stop making new music and become a nostalgia act. He said: "Oh, no no no. We love what we do. We're passionate about making music and as composers; that's just who we are. DREAM THEATER has never been a band that hit at a particular fashionable point and said, 'OK, that's basically it.' We're a band that really… It's important to us to write music and put it out there and to work together. And we love it. And that's why we keep going."
DREAM THEATER's latest, self-titled album sold around 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on September 24, 2013 via Roadrunner.