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Dream Theater – Why the silence on the Live At Luna Park DVD release?

–UPDATE: The DVD will be out by Christmas.  They delays are due to sound quality issues.

The Live At Luna Park DVD/CD package from Dream Theater was announced in February 2013, with a May 2013 release date.

It was available for Pre-Order from various sellers and now it is no longer there, with some like CD Japan saying that the release has been cancelled.

May is almost over. So what is happening?

Dream Theater has a very loyal fan base, however since Mike Portnoy exited, the public relations between Dream Theater and the fans, has all been one way traffic. There is nothing of substance posted by Dream Theater or the individual band members. I love Dream Theater. I am one of those people that fan funded the limited edition run of their authorised Biography.

However the silence is deafening from the DT camp.

What is the big deal?

All the fans want to know, is the DVD coming out or not.

Instead, we get updates about a Jordan Rudess fan funding campaign, updates about certain songs becoming available on Jammit.com, a few posts about the new Dream Theater album and a few YouTube interviews.

Look over at Mike Portnoy’s blog and Facebook and he is promoting all of his projects, plus offering updates on release windows and schedules for each release. There is no B.S from Portnoy when it comes to connecting with his fans.

Come on John Petrucci, instead of updating us, that you have finished writing lyrics and are about to start on the solos, how about updating us with what is happening with the DVD release.

Is there a legal matter with Mike Portnoy holding up the release?

Is it a label decision?

The rock star these days doesn’t have the same stiff middle finger attitude to the label bosses as the rock stars of old.

Dream Theater hasn’t released anything new since A Dramatic Turn of Events.

At least when Portnoy was in the band, we always got a DVD release after each album and tour cycle, then the Ytse Jam releases would come out and then the new album would come out.

All of these projects where co-ordinated and overseen by Mike Portnoy.

Now that he has gone, we don’t have nothing. No DVD was released after the Black Clouds tour and no Ytse Jam recordings. At the moment it looks like nothing will be released after the recent tour.

Someone in the band needs to take on Mike Portnoy’s work ethic.

I wonder how Dream Theater would have sounded today, if John Petrucci left instead of Mike Portnoy back in 2010.

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4 thoughts on “Dream Theater – Why the silence on the Live At Luna Park DVD release?

  1. Leo Plashinov says:

    DT would not ‘Sound’ as good, because Mike Mangini is vastly superior to Mike Portnoy in terms of playing and i don’t mean to diss Portnoy, he is a great musician, but Mangini really is in a league of his own when it comes down to playing the drums.

    However having said that, the organization would pick up a lot, and the DT fanbase wouldn’t check dreamtheater.net, eagle-rock.com and google every 4 hours for any signs of release of ‘Live at Luna Park’. – Portnoy was indeed incredible when it came to organisation. Control freak? Arguable, but DT certainly ‘ran’ well with him at its helm.

    Having watched a few performances of the ‘new’ DT, I found that musically and visually, the band have evolved and now are so much beautiful (apart from perhaps James LaBrie’s tasteless vibrato) than they used to be. (I mean, come on, who uses that vibrato?? and it’s not on the albums, so why do it live??) Anyway..

    I am as anxious as you to hear anything of the new DVD, and honestly do not know why they are like this. I hope as much as all of you do, to hear of something in the coming days, i.e. tomorrow or the next day for it. Fingers crossed…

  2. Spot on, Sir! I’m incredibly saddened that Black Clouds is totally unrepresented in DT’s live catalog, and now it’s looking like A Dramatic Turn of Events is gonna get the same non-treatment. In all probability, though, Live in Luna Park will be released at some point… just significantly delayed.

  3. Rena Petrucci (aka Yoko) says:

    It will be out before Christmas. Ha ha ha I’m gonna get in big trouble. (Delays due to sound quality issues) and there would be no sound if John left.

    • Max Bigmore says:

      Sorry Rena…
      …I’m not buying that “sound quality issues” nonsense! Would have been nothing to say that there were sound issues in the final recordings months ago, and I don’t believe they would have been picked up so late in the day if this is the real reason. Do you think we are so silly not to notice that no one in the band is prepared to say a word on why the release has been held up?

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