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

artist: Dream Theater date: 07/09/2014 category: general music news

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