Dream Theater Keep Fans Guessing With New Web Reality Series

(Gibson) Never let it be said that Dream Theater aren't, well, theatrical. The group have kept their plans to replace outgoing founding member Mike Portnoy tightly under wraps for months, though still to much fanfare. The band revealed that there were seven finalists for the position, though even their identities were kept secret… until now. The prog metal giants have released the first episode in a web series titled, "The Spirit Carries On," which essentially will serve as a reality show about the band's search for a new drummer.

On the first webisode, the band revealed the seven drummers who auditioned for the band: Aquiles Priester (Angra, Paul Di'Anno), Peter Wildoer (Darkane), Virgil Donati (Planet X, Seven the Hardway), Derek Roddy (Hate Eternal, Nile, Today is the Day), Mike Mangini (Steve Vai, Extreme, Annihilator), Thomas Lang (John Wetton, Robert Fripp, Glenn Hughes) and rumored favorite Marco Minnemann (Kreator, Necrophagist, Ephel Duath, Joe Satriani).

Guitarist John Petrucci said, "It's very strange for all of us. Obviously being drummerless is something that we never really pictured happening or imagined, but here we are." more on this story

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