James LaBrie has been the vocalist of Dream Theater for more than 30 years now. Dream Theater is one of the most successful bands in the history of progressive music, with multiple Grammy nominations and a win last year, album sales nearing 20 million worldwide, playing concerts to tens of thousands on a regular basis, and even to 750,000 people at one point. But, most importantly, they are respected by their fans and peers in the prog community, often being considered among the legendary giants of the genre. James and Dream Theater are set to embark on their Dreamsonic 2023 touring music festival, which will include opening sets from Devin Townsend and Animals As Leaders.
In this interview, James discusses the new Dreamsonic festival concept, and what it might look like in the future. He talks about making a setlist, details about the making of the band’s latest record, A View From The Top Of The World, and the special Lost Not Forgotten series of albums being released. James also sets the record straight about any offer that might’ve been made to him from Iron Maiden when Bruce Dickinson left in 1993, and the link between Winter Rose, Sebastian Bach, and himself. He also talks about the dark times of the Falling Into Infinity era, the positivity that followed with the classic Scenes From A Memory album, and having his son Chance play on the new solo record, Beautiful Shade Of Grey.
Kick back, relax, and enjoy James LaBrie as he kindly shares so many thoughts with us!
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Hello everyone! My name is Scott Itter, but some know me as Dr. Music. I am a music journalist and photographer out of the Chicagoland area, and I have been in practice for over 20 years. I grew up in the 70’s with two big brothers that showed me all kinds of rock and roll. As I grew older I ventured out into different genres like jazz, funk, folk, and whatever else I could wrap my ears around. As I read every liner note and every Circus and Hit Parader like they were the Old and New Testament, I came to realize that I just love sound and appreciate all the people that create it.
I later became a stay-at-home dad and started honing my writing and photography skills to keep my mind from turning into mashed peas. My kids are now adults, my mind is only slightly mushy, and I am thrilled to have the honor of presenting my work to you!