The Astonishing, the 13th album by Dream Theater, will be released on 29 January via Roadrunner. The release is a full blown rock opera concept album over two acts with focus on various characters.
The official Trailer for The Astonishing is available below.
Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci recently spoke to “My thought was that this could be taken as far as our imaginations could take it. Not as an album, not only as a standalone show, but it could be novelized, it could be a movie, it could be a musical — it could be all these different things. The one instance that kept speaking to me — where a band had this presentation where it wasn’t only about the album, but there was a movie connected to it, there were animations, and there was a show that was immersive — was when Pink Floyd did The Wall.” :
Petrucci was also asked if he would consider taking The Astonishing to Broadway with full cast and sets: “Next year might be too soon, but I’ll tell you, in coming up with this plan, we have thought about all of the possibilities. The Who did it with Tommy and Green Day with American Idiot, so it’s not out of the question. It’s something that would be fantastic — I would love it to happen. All of the elements and ingredients are in place. Hey, it could be the next Disney movie musical [laughs]! Everything is geared up, and the sky’s the limit.”
A review of The Astonishing will be in the February issue of HEAVY which will be FREE to download! Check out issue #15 which is also free to download now http://issuu.com/heavymusicmagazine/docs/heavy_issue_15