Dream Theater on Performing 'By Request' Concerts: 'We Have Enough Songs to Do It'

"It would be really cool to do," says James LaBrie.

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Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie has discussed the possibility of taking a page out of Metallica book and performing a "By Request" concert or even a full tour.

"We haven't gotten to that point yet," he told Kerrang! magazine at this year's Sonisphere festival. "I don't think so. Although we have enough songs that we could do that.

"It would just probably take a little bit more rehearsals to make sure that we've got all those songs down pat. [Laughs] But I think that's really cool - the fact that they can just pull out any one of their songs from their vast catalog. It would be really cool to do, but, yeah, that's probably later on the road, if ever," James added (via Prog Sphere).

Asked about the process of song selection for each show and the possibility of having an entirely different setlist each night, LaBrie replied, "We have done that in the past, where our sets would differ from each night.

"I mean, there would be the staples - the ones that we played each and every night - but then there would be other ones that we would throw in and kind of mix it up, so that we felt that we were satisfying the fans. But I think, over the years, we've really always been taking that as a priority: What's going on? What's the latest album that we're promoting?

"And what songs from the previous albums would, more or less, the fans wanna listen to? So it's always something that we're definitely always keeping in mind. But you can only hope that the songs that you did pick are the ones that they're gonna be content with. And so far, I think it's been great," he concluded.

Dream Theater's latest, self-titled studio effort saw its release in September 2013 via Roadrunner Records, landing at No. 7 spot on the Billboard 200 chart with 34,000 units shipped in the US within the first week.

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    Yeah, until someone requests 6 degrees of inner Turbulence and the entire set is over.
    What if the top 10 were: In the Presence of Enemies (part 1 & 2) Octavarium A Change of Seasons Illumination Theory The Count of Tuscany A Nightmare to Remember In the Name of God The Ministry of Lost Souls The Glass Prison The Great Debate
    I'm seeing them in a couple of weeks in Budapest, and I'm very excited about their Along for the Ride setlist. Nothing from Systematic Chaos, but still a solid 3 hour show.
    Best headline ever, suggesting he's basically "FUCK YES LET'S DO THIS", when the key part is "I don't think so". Also, Metallica already proved this is a horrible idea.
    Both UG and the original Progsphere articles on this interview have been selectively headlined as if to make it sound like DT are planning a request tour, when the actual interview answers that question with a firm 'no'. That's pretty shoddy journalism.
    Mr Winters
    Come to my city, bring an orchestra and play Six Degrees in full. That's enough for me.
    Probably because the songs people want them to play are only possible in a studio. Wither ftw xDDDD
    They already did something which shares similarities with "Score" If they do that shit more it would be amazing. Basically a DT history concert. They played majesty songs, and may I add that I enjoyed hearing songs from their early years with their modern sound. Afterlife for example with Rudess playing a unison riff with Petrucci on his moog. Also played octavarium and 6 degrees of inner turbulence with a live orchestra. Also played songs from Awake as well as modern songs and staples. And even some stuff from Falling into infiinity. How they can top that I don't know, but they seem very hard working people so if anyone could they would.