Progressive music titans DREAM THEATER have released an animated video for the song "Barstool Warrior". The track comes off the band's recently released album, "Distance Over Time", which was met with critical and fan acclaim worldwide. The song has become a live show favorite and tells the fictional story of a man and a woman reflecting on their life decisions.
Comments guitarist John Petrucci: "'Barstool Warrior' is a fictional tale about two characters, unrelated but connected in their lament over being stuck in dead end situations. The first is a local townie, alcoholic who never escaped the humdrum of his sleepy, maritime village. The second, a woman trapped in an abusive relationship trying to survive from day to day while questioning what makes her stay. Both are able to reimagine their lives and find the courage to embrace a better future by embodying the person they dream of being."
DREAM THEATER will embark on the next North American leg of the "The Distance Over Time Tour – Celebrating 20 Years of Scenes From A Memory" next month. The trek will kick off at the end of September and run through mid-November. The 27-date tour will see the band making stops in Louisville, Kentucky; Cleveland, Ohio; Baltimore, Maryland; Long Island, New York; and San Jose, California, to name a few.
The first leg of tour gathered plenty of critical acclaim and fan praise due in large part to the diverse setlist the band created. DREAM THEATER featured tracks from its latest release, "Distance Over Time" and selections from their 30-year career along with a nightly celebration of the 20th anniversary of their seminal concept album "Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory" that the band performed in its entirety. The band will continue that trend on the fall tour to create an evening of over two hours and 45 minutes of DREAM THEATER at their masterful best making this a concert event to not be missed.
"Distance Over Time" was released on February 22. The artwork was created by long-time cover collaborator Hugh Syme (RUSH, IRON MAIDEN, STONE SOUR). The disc was produced by Petrucci, mixed by Ben Grosse and mastered by Tom Baker.
"Distance Over Time" marks DREAM THEATER's first album for Sony Music's progressive imprint InsideOut Music. The group spent the past 25 years recording under various labels in the Warner Music Group system, most recently Roadrunner Records, which released five albums by the band between 2007 and 2016.
Photo credit: Mark Maryanovich