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4Mar/100

Iron Maiden and Dream Theater touring North America this summer!

As long as we're on the metal tip, I should share the following details with you. Thanks to my buddy Rob for the heads up on this one! Horns up!

(Extra special thanks to Iron Maiden for NOT skipping Cleveland!)

Iron Maiden

From DreamTheater.net:

Prog rock/metal institution DREAM THEATER will spend their summer supporting Iron Maiden on the band's month-long tour of major US and Canadian markets. The tour launches on June 9 and runs through July 20, and includes a stop at the storied Madison Square Garden in NYC, marking the first time in a lengthy and respected career that Dream Theater have played the world's most famous arena.

This tour will mark another milestone in Dream Theater's history, which continues to expand and evolve twenty-five years deep.

Of touring with Iron Maiden in North America, drummer Mike Portnoy said, "It is a bit of a dream come true for us. After 25 years together, at this stage in our career, there's honestly only three bands Dream Theater would consider opening for and Maiden is one of them. It is an absolute honor. Through the years, we've done many one-off shows with Maiden and they've almost all been overseas. It is very exciting to finally be doing a full tour with them and on our side of the pond no less. These are gonna be amazing shows that the fans won't want to miss. Up the f***ing irons!"

Playing MSG for the first time is also a huge accomplishment for the band and they are thrilled about the prospect. "Dream Theater has achieved so many dreams through the years, from playing the Budokan in Tokyo to Wembley Arena in London to Radio City Music Hall in NYC," Portnoy recalled. "But the one remaining dream that has eluded us through all of these years was to play at Madison Square Garden. Well, on July 12, along with Iron Maiden, that dream will finally be fulfilled."

Guitarist John Petrucci was equally stoked about the MSG play, saying, "I am unbelievably excited to be finally playing Madison Square Garden, and with the almighty Maiden to boot! They have been heroes to the band since the beginning and are iconic in our eyes. There is nothing like achieving success and recognition in your own country, in your own city. It's going to be an incredible night for sure."

Portnoy has proof of this career-long dream, saying, "About a month ago my family and I were watching a video of my first band Intruder from back in 1983, and in the video before the show, I was interviewed and asked what my dream goal was. I responded ?to play the Garden.'It took almost 30 years, but it's surreal that I will now be able to check it off the list."

Dream Theater's Black Clouds & Silver Linings was released in 2009 and debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 Sales chart.

Tour dates for the Iron Maiden/Dream Theater run are as follows:

Wed June 9th - Dallas, TX - Superpages.com Center

Fri June 11th - Houston, TX - The Woodlands

Sat June 12th - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center

Mon June 14th - Denver, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheater

Wed June 16th - Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion

Thurs June 17th - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Pavilion

Sat June 19th - San Bernardino, CA - San Manuel Amphitheater

Sun June 20th - Concord, CA - Sleep Train Pavilion

Tues June 22nd - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheater

Thurs June 24th - Vancouver, BC - GM Place

Sat June 26th - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place

Tues June 29th - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre

Sat July 3rd - Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheater

Tues July 6th - Ottawa, ON - Blues Fest

Sun July 11th - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center

Mon July 12th - New York City - Madison Square Garden

Wed July 14th - Pittsburgh, PA - Post Gazette Pavilion

Thurs July 15th - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center

Sat July 17th - Detroit, MI - DTE Music Theatre

Sun July 18th - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheater

Tues July 20th - Washington DC - Nissan Pavilion

Dates are subject to change...
For further info, visit:

www.ironmaiden.com
www.dreamtheater.net