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« on: July 18, 2009, 12:45:21 pm »

Hahaha, does anyone remember this? this was an April Fool's Joke (mostly given away by the mispelling of the band's name) about a DVD-A release of a "Metropolis Compendium" saga that included 5 parts of Metropolis: the first song reworked, Scenes from a Memory, and three new chapters with one being instrumental  Cheesy

They don't make these kind of jokes anymore...

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EastWest Records and Dream Theatre makes fans' dreams come true.

New York -- In a surprise move late last night, EastWest Records -- a division of Elektra Entertainment, Inc. -- announced plans for the next release from progressive rock band Dream Theatre. The band is still touring the US and Europe i n support of their most recent release, Metropolis Pt 2: Scenes From a Memory, an epic 78 minute concept album continuing the story of Metropolis Pt 1: The Miracle and The Sleeper from the band's 1992 release Images and Words.

The new release, titled Metropolis: Compendium, will begin recording later this year, after the band has finished with the Metropolis 2000 tour. This release will be the first from Elektra to take advantage of the recently approved DVD-A udio standard. "This is very exciting for us," said James Swanson, Elektra's press secretary. "This is the beginning of a new era of audio delivery, and Elektra is getting in on the ground level. In order for DVD-Audio to be a viable format, you have t o have a band that is able to take full advantage of the high fidelity 5.1 channel Dolby Digital capability, as well as the enormous length of recording time that DVD-Audio allows. We are fortunate enough to have Dream Theatre represented by EastWest."

This marks the first time that any band has recorded and mixed an album specifically for 5 speaker surround sound systems, allowing a dynamic range of effects and offering the end listener the feeling of actually being in the studio.

As for the contents of Metropolis: Compendium, it is best described as a Dream Theatre fan's best dreams come to life. This disc completes the Metropolis saga from beginning to end by incorporating Metropolis parts 1 and 2 with the recen tly written Metropolis 3, 4, and 5. The band spent part of their Metropolis Pt 2 studio time re-recording Metropolis Pt 1 in anticipation of Metropolis: Compendium. This reworked version includes two new lyrical passage s from guitarist (and original Metropolis Pt 1 lyricist) John Petrucci, as well as a full 3 minutes of added instrumental ingenuity. Petrucci had this to say: "I never imagined back in '91 that this would go on this long. We were half-joking when we tit led the first song 'part one,' but ever since then the fans have been relentless. We had hoped Metropolis part two would satisfy them, but we quickly realized that the story could not been told in a mere 78 minute song; hence the cliffhanger ending."
 

A special 5.1 Dolby Digital remix of Metropolis Pt 2: Scenes From a Memory is the second piece included on the disc. The disc's third track, "Metropolis Pt 3: Static Progress" picks up where Metropolis Pt 2 left off, explaining the event s leading up to the struggle and static heard at the end of the song in greater detail. Dream Theatre's drummer, Mike Portnoy, explains: "A lot of people have been asking us about that. We tried to make it more clear with the multimedia show on tour, bu t people still just don't get it. Hopefully they have the patience to wait for Metropolis: Compendium's release next year, because everything will become clear."
Next up on the new album is an astounding 1 hour and 47 minute instrumental song titled "Metropolis Pt 4: Instramission." "It's great for me," said Dream Theatre front man James LaBrie, "it gives me a chance to kick back and relax for a while and rest m y chords while the guys are playing. Believe me, that will be a welcome break on tour!"

Rounding off this monumental disc is the final installment in the five part Metropolis series, called simply "Metropolis Pt 5: Closure." And that is what the band hopes to give their fans after nearly a decade of waiting. Jordan Rudess comments on his f irst lyrical contribution to the band: "Well, to be honest, it was rather daunting. I mean, I am the new guy in the band and they are asking me to write what is essentially a book in the Dream Theatre bible. John and Mike helped me with the story line, and I took it from there. The Book of Jordan. (laughs)"

"The thing I think the fans will like most is the fold out map and timeline included with the DVD-Audio disc to help understand the story," commented LaBrie.

"This really is our best work yet," said Portnoy. "This is something that every fan is going to want to have.

Petrucci added, "Frankly, I'm just waiting to see what Fates Warning does next."

John Myung could not be reached for comment.
 


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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2009, 02:30:12 pm »

Hahaha, does anyone remember this? this was an April Fool's Joke (mostly given away by the mispelling of the band's name) about a DVD-A release of a "Metropolis Compendium" saga that included 5 parts of Metropolis: the first song reworked, Scenes from a Memory, and three new chapters with one being instrumental  Cheesy

They don't make these kind of jokes anymore...

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Just because Theater is spelled Theatre doesn't mean it is spelled wrong... that's the common wealth spelling... I see it all the time for DT

but it was obviously a fake...
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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2009, 11:39:45 pm »

Hahaha, does anyone remember this? this was an April Fool's Joke (mostly given away by the mispelling of the band's name) about a DVD-A release of a "Metropolis Compendium" saga that included 5 parts of Metropolis: the first song reworked, Scenes from a Memory, and three new chapters with one being instrumental  Cheesy

They don't make these kind of jokes anymore...

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Just because Theater is spelled Theatre doesn't mean it is spelled wrong... that's the common wealth spelling... I see it all the time for DT

but it was obviously a fake...

As a registered trademark, though, spelling is everything. Wink Although the US Patent & Trademark Office probably wouldn't register a Dream Theatre alongside Dream Theater--too similar.

That is a pretty funny prank, though--very thoroughly done. Wink
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2009, 12:16:22 am »

Hahaha, does anyone remember this? this was an April Fool's Joke (mostly given away by the mispelling of the band's name) about a DVD-A release of a "Metropolis Compendium" saga that included 5 parts of Metropolis: the first song reworked, Scenes from a Memory, and three new chapters with one being instrumental  Cheesy

They don't make these kind of jokes anymore...

 Grin

Just because Theater is spelled Theatre doesn't mean it is spelled wrong... that's the common wealth spelling... I see it all the time for DT

but it was obviously a fake...

As a registered trademark, though, spelling is everything. Wink Although the US Patent & Trademark Office probably wouldn't register a Dream Theatre alongside Dream Theater--too similar.

That is a pretty funny prank, though--very thoroughly done. Wink
doesn't stop people from spelling it their own way.... and as the trademark works... any likeness is also to them.... so Theater and Theatre are the same thing... just depends on where you are in the world....

its kind of like saying you spelled Color wrong as Colour, or Shop as Shoppe... its the same flippin' word...

(must be my going to another English speaking country, and them not really caring if i spelled my words the American way, they knew what it said...)

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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2009, 10:11:10 am »

I get that it's the same word. Just making an observation from the legal standpoint. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2009, 02:30:45 pm »

Well....think of it this way.  It's not just the spelling of "Theater".  It's the band's NAME.  See it this way for a second - My name is spelled D-O-N-N-A, okay?  So, if someone comes around and spells it D-A-W-N-A, I can let it slide ONCE, but that's not how my NAME is spelled.  I see it the way nicoli does - it's from the legal standpoint.  Their band name is spelled THEATER - it's on all their CD's for cryin' out loud!   Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy  Just because I go to another country, doesn't mean I can let them spell my name wrong....I understand what Ash says as well....we do the "colour" or "labour" thing, whereas in the US, those words among others, don't contain the letter "u"; HOWEVER - they are NOT proper names such as that in a band name.   I believe even in an interview once, I heard John or Mike correct the spelling of Theater.

Sorry.....I babbled.   Cheesy Grin

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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2009, 03:14:14 pm »

Well....think of it this way.  It's not just the spelling of "Theater".  It's the band's NAME.  See it this way for a second - My name is spelled D-O-N-N-A, okay?  So, if someone comes around and spells it D-A-W-N-A, I can let it slide ONCE, but that's not how my NAME is spelled.  I see it the way nicoli does - it's from the legal standpoint.  Their band name is spelled THEATER - it's on all their CD's for cryin' out loud!   Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy  Just because I go to another country, doesn't mean I can let them spell my name wrong....I understand what Ash says as well....we do the "colour" or "labour" thing, whereas in the US, those words among others, don't contain the letter "u"; HOWEVER - they are NOT proper names such as that in a band name.   I believe even in an interview once, I heard John or Mike correct the spelling of Theater.

Sorry.....I babbled.   Cheesy Grin



its till gonna happen regardless of what they say... and as someone who's full name gets misspelled ALL THE TIME.... you just have to grin a bear it...

but from what i remember in copyrights and trademarks... 30% is the reach of the limits (unless there is so much tied to it) but either adding a letter, taking out a letter, or even switching a letter is still in the legal rights of the holder...(at least that's that the US copyrights work like.. donno about international)
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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2009, 09:50:59 pm »

   

 

 ... and as someone who's full name gets misspelled ALL THE TIME.... you just have to grin a bear it...
 

No....if they kept misspelling my name, I would keep correcting them until I am a bigger pain in the a$$ than they are!   Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2009, 10:31:58 pm »

   

 

 ... and as someone who's full name gets misspelled ALL THE TIME.... you just have to grin a bear it...
 

No....if they kept misspelling my name, I would keep correcting them until I am a bigger pain in the a$$ than they are!   Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy



after a while through it does get old... i know there is 12 different ways to spell my last name... and yet I've seen all 12 and then some... i just give up.. as long as it is all correct on my important documents thats all i care about...
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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2009, 09:27:33 am »

D-A-W-N-A sounded that fun!  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2009, 01:06:45 am »

   

 

 ... and as someone who's full name gets misspelled ALL THE TIME.... you just have to grin a bear it...
 

No....if they kept misspelling my name, I would keep correcting them until I am a bigger pain in the a$$ than they are!   Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy



after a while through it does get old... i know there is 12 different ways to spell my last name... and yet I've seen all 12 and then some... i just give up.. as long as it is all correct on my important documents thats all i care about...

What's even funnier is when people try so hard to pronounce your name and fail miserably. Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2009, 01:51:43 am »

   

 

 ... and as someone who's full name gets misspelled ALL THE TIME.... you just have to grin a bear it...
 

No....if they kept misspelling my name, I would keep correcting them until I am a bigger pain in the a$$ than they are!   Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy



after a while through it does get old... i know there is 12 different ways to spell my last name... and yet I've seen all 12 and then some... i just give up.. as long as it is all correct on my important documents thats all i care about...

What's even funnier is when people try so hard to pronounce your name and fail miserably. Cheesy

oh and do they fail... how hard is Edmiston?(Ed-mis-ton... pronounced like it is spelled...)
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« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2009, 09:17:11 am »

I know what you guys mean. Here in Brazil I face this matter daily because my second name is Lincoln. And it's not that hard to pronounce! Most of the people here doesn't even know how to write it correctly. They spell LINCOL, LINCON, LICON but never the right way.  Tongue
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« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2009, 08:48:43 pm »

I'm sure a name like Lincoln makes absolutely no sense to someone who speaks Portuguese as their native language...just like Comeau makes absolutely no sense to an English speaker.

"Coh-meow? Comma mew? Coh mayo? Cameo?" Roll Eyes

And the funniest part is that they'll second guess the spelling after I've spelled it out for them. They don't believe me! "Too many vowels in a row," they say!

I suppose it's even better than their trying to spell or pronounce words in Russian that have four consonants in a row, and not even nice ones..."Ztravstvuyte?"
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« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2009, 04:04:20 pm »

Russian? I quit.  Lips sealed Grin
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