Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci has opened up about his band’s decision to postpone the tour to early 2022 and said that he finds frustrating the decision that the band took.

Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band that was formed in 1985 under the name Majesty. The band’s founding members were the guitarist John Petrucci, the bassist John Myung, and the drummer Mike Portnoy, who left the band in 2010 after a 25-year tenure.

At press time, Dream Theater released fourteen studio albums. Also, the band will be unleashing its fifteenth studio effort on October 22, 2021, titled A View From The Top Of The World. As of 2018, Dream Theater has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.

On September 27, 2021, Dream Theater had announced via social media that they were forced to move its North American tour to 2022. The band has been preparing to kick off the trek on October 28 in Arizona and to conclude it on December 14 in Florida.

Recently, the band’s guitarist John Petrucci has appeared to talk about his band Dream Theater‘s recent decision about the band’s postponed tour. Saying Sonic Perspectives that it was an unfortunate decision, Petrucci admitted that he and his bandmate Myung are want to tour as soon as possible.

“Well, it’s an unfortunate decision,” the guitarist says. “John and I really wanted to tour, and are dying to tour — dying to get out there and support the [new] record.

“And unfortunately, we couldn’t convince the other guys that it was safe. So, it wasn’t a unanimous decision, unfortunately.”

Petrucci Admits Dream Theater Took A Frustrating Decision

When the guitarist continued to talk about his band’s postponed tour, he said he found the decision frustrating. Saying that he hates to disappoint people, John Petrucci explained why he thinks Dream Theater took a frustrating decision.

“It’s frustrating for me, because everything has opened up and concerts are going on, and theaters and arenas and clubs and everything is open,” he continues. “Bands are out there, and a lot of my friends are touring successfully.

“And there are ways to do it safely, which we were very prepared to do. But, like I said, we couldn’t convince the other guys it’d be safe, and so we had to push it off.

“I’m the type of person where I hate disappointing people, I hate disappointing our fans. So, it was definitely an unfortunate decision.”

The Band’s Postponement Announcement

The band had shared the announcement via its social media channels. According to the band, they’re upset to postpone the band to early 2022.

“Dream Theater have made the difficult decision to move their October-December 2021 North American tour dates to early 2022,” the band states. “In light of current instabilities to touring that remain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel confident that this is the right decision.

“Know that we are as disappointed as you are that we will have to wait a little longer to bring Dream Theater music to you live. We miss performing for you all and can’t wait until we can be on stage bringing our new album and fan-favorites to you.

“This was an extraordinarily challenging decision to make but needed to be done after taking into consideration the varying local mandates across North America. In an effort to present the absolute most complete and engaging Dream Theater experience that our fans around the globe have come to expect, we feel we are all best served to postpone all touring activities to early 2022.

“At this time, we ask that everyone hold on to their tickets as we are working frantically to finalize the reschedule of all of these dates. All shows are currently being re-booked to begin in February 2022. Please keep an eye on our website, and we’ll have a complete, updated itinerary shortly. All previously purchased tickets will be honored. Please consult your local point of purchase for any inquiries regarding refunds.

“We know that we all have eagerly awaited a return to normalcy, and the opportunity to enjoy live Dream Theater music together again. We apologize profusely but hope that everyone can understand the logic behind this decision.

“Playing music for our fans is all we ever want to do. We look forward to seeing each and every one of our fans as soon as possible. We wish it could have been sooner, but we are counting the days until we can see you all again.”

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