When Dream Theater broke through in 1992, it seemed that they just burgeoned overnight. Information and back stories of the band was scarce at that time. However Dream Theater didn’t just come out of nowhere. Dream Theater had been at it for nearly a decade prior to that. First as kids learning their instruments and from 1985 as a three piece outfit. In the end, the band has built a career of 20 plus years.
Breaking through for Dream Theater still meant “obscurity from the mainstream” however with a “cult audience” that appreciated them. Remember in 1992, the Seattle scene became the Mainstream darlings. So when the band broke through again on the back of the “Metropolis II” album in 1999 and again on the “Train of Thought” album in 2004, the hard core audience who’d been there from the beginning was now pissed that everybody else is now attached to the band. In the end no one could deny the greatness?
In this day and age, when the relevance of the record labels is being questioned, Dream Theater had a pile of money thrown at them by Roadrunner and they went and resigned a new deal. Each new deal means a larger advance paid up front by Roadrunner that needs to be recouped in some way.
That is why Dream Theater has partnered up with the US Today website and the Grammy Awards websites as the first point of call to stream the two new songs. It is actually the record label that is partnering up with these organisations. In the end, Dream Theater can veto any such partnering’s however no one has the balls to do so anymore because of this “money” problem.