DREAM THEATER (1985–PRESENT). Chris Collins (vocals, replaced by Charles Dominici, replaced by Kevin James LaBrie), John Petrucci (guitars), John Myung (bass), Kevin Moore (keyboards, replaced by Derek Sherinian, replaced by Jordan Rudess), Mike Portnoy (drums).
Dream Theater are a heavy progressive/art metal band whose rabid fan base are among the most vocal and loyal in metal. The band was started by music students from Berklee College: guitarist John Petrucci, John Myung on bass, drummer Mike Portnoy, and vocalist Chris Collins, who soon left and was replaced by Charles Dominici. However, this lineup was not stable, and by 1991 Dominici was gone. He was replaced by Kevin James LaBrie to form the “classic” Dream Theater lineup that produced the majority of their best material, although keyboard player Kevin Moore eventually retired for a solo career, to be replaced by the able Derek Sherinian.
After several records of progressive bliss and lengthy songs, Dream Theater became a rare metal band that fans recorded live and actively looked to trade bootleg tapes, making them the metal analogy of a jam band. To many fans, Dream Theater is worth flying around the world to catch their live shows, which demonstrate the true potential of their material.
Discography: When Dream and Day Unite (One Way Records, 1989); Images and Words (WEA, 1992); Live at the Marquee (WEA International, 1993); Awake (Elektra, 1994); A Change of Seasons [EP] (EastWest America, 1995); Falling Into Infinity (Elektra, 1997); Once in a LIVEtime (Elektra, 1998); Scenes from a Memory (Elektra, 1999); Live Scenes from New York (Elektra, 2001); Live Metropolis, Pt. 2 (East West Japan, 2001); Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (Elektra, 2002); Train of Thought (Elektra, 2003); Live at Budokan (Atlantic, 2004); Octavarium (Atlantic, 2005); Systematic Chaos (Roadrunner, 2007); Greatest Hit (… And 21 Other Pretty Cool Songs) (Rhino, 2008); Black Clouds & Silver Linings (Roadrunner, 2009); A Dramatic Turn of Events (Roadrunner, 2011).