Continued from ‘Dream Theater: A journey from 1985………. (Part IV)’
In October 1999, ‘Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory’ hit the stores, and the fans hailed the record as Dream Theater’s masterpiece. The new album was a commercial and critical success, though, it reached only No. 73 spot on the US Album Charts.
A gigantic world tour followed up the album, which spanned over a year. The concerts reflected the theatrical aspect of the record. The band played the entire album from start to finish. In addition, the band also played some old songs from their albums.
For one extra special show, at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, actors were hired to play characters in the story, and a gospel choir was enlisted to perform in some sections of the performance.
The show was recorded for the band’s first DVD release in 2001 after several technical delays. The cover of the concert, titled ‘Live Scenes from New York’, depicted one of the band’s early logos.
After enjoying gigantic success through ‘Scenes from a Memory’ and its promotional tours, the band yet again entered the studios to write and record new material. The record label allowed the band to release a double album, which came out in the market in the shape of ‘Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence’.
The first disc consisted of five tracks of 7–13 minutes in length, and the second disc was devoted entirely to the 42-minute title track, which is to date the longest song Dream Theater has written.
It was the sixth studio album, and it was received very well by the fans, the press and the critics. The double-disc record debuted at Billboard charts at No. 46, and the Billboard internet charts at No. 1.
Continued in ‘Dream Theater: A journey from 1985………. (Part VI)’