World news roundup: LaBrie says experience is positive; Glover hates Metallica comparisons; Crue love; Peart’s Rush race; Rob Zombie cancellation

Dream Theater

Turn of events: Dream Theater

Dream Theater’s first album without founding member Mike Portnoy will be called A Dramatic Turn of Events and is due for release in early September.

The band started work on the record three months after drummer Portnoy sensationally quit. They replaced him with Mike Mangini, who appears on the album although he didn’t co-write any of the material.

Singer James LaBrie says: “In the grand sceem of our career the last several months have been an incredibly positive, fulfilling and rewarding experience. The songs and the sound have never been so rejuvenating.”

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Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover is sick of rock bands being compared to Metallica when they decide to work with orchestral instruments.

Glover’s outfit have just started a tour with a 28-piece orchestra, but it’s not their first foray into such waters – they recorded then-keyboardist Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra in 1969.

“When you mention rock bands and orchestras everyone says, ‘Oh, like Metallica,’” the bassist says. “It sticks in my throat a little bit – nothing against Metallica, but bands have been doing it way before Metallica.”

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There may be no love lost between Motley Crue and Poison, but Mick Mars says he’s enjoying touring with the New York Dolls, the third act on their summer roster, even though he’d never met them before.

The Crue guitarist says: “I love those guys. I really like David Johansen a lot. He has that same charismatic thing as Mick Jagger and Steven Tyler. It’s really cool.”

He believes his own outfit have matured to the point there will be no more lineup changes. “We’ve been brothers for 30 years,” he says. “You’re going to get into disputes here and there, get mad and go, ‘Okay, I’m leaving the band.’ It doesn’t last too long.”

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Neil Peart had to do some fast calculations when he was invited to play a drum solo on the Late Show tomorrow night.

His on-tour virtuoso section lasts over eight minutes, but the TV directors needed him to crowbar his performance into four minutes.

The Rush drummer says: “At the rehearsal during my first attempt I had it down to about four minutes and 50 seconds, and the producers were giving me these worrisome looks. But the second time I got it down to about four minutes and two seconds.

“I found myself just racing, which is a problem. All I have to do is play that four minute version, and play the end properly, and I’ll be happy.”

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Rob Zombie has cancelled his two shows in Ireland at the end of the month. He was due to appear at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on June 28 and Belfast’s Ulster Hall the following night. Citing “personal reasons” he’s apologised to disappointed fans, and stated refunds are available from point of purchase.

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