Music Around Town

Dream Theater/Crimson ProjeKct

When: Thu., June 21 2012

Is anyone ever the same after a heart transplant? Ask fans of longtime prog-metal heroes Dream Theater about it, and most of them will tell you that the band’s latest album, last year's A Dramatic Turn of Events, is a resounding failure. The LP's title is a reference to the recent departure of founding drummer Mike Portnoy, the guy who gave Dream Theater much of their distinctive sound. Veteran timekeeper Mike Mangini isn't bad, but no one can propel the group like Portnoy did. That band's signature sound soldiers on, but things feel different now. Guitarist John Petrucci shines, and both keyboardist Jordan Rudess and bassist John Myung add heft to "Build Me Up, Bring Me Down" and "On the Backs of Angels," but the rest of the album is forced and not very confident. Plus, singer James LaBrie sounds bored. At least tour openers the Crimson ProjeKct (made up of King Crimson alum, who really should be in the Rock Hall) will amaze, so be sure to get to Jacobs Pavilion a little early this week. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30 - $80. – Peter Chakerian

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