Recently, the successful musician Mike Portnoy, known for the drummer of the Dream Theater between 1985 to 2010, has added a new letter to his social media to remember Dream Theater’s great album Images & Words and celebrated its 28th birthday.
In the letter he shared, Mike touched the historical sides of the album. He continued his words by remembering the rare-known days he lived. Mike wrote the following letter to remember it:
“Happy 28th birthday to ‘Images & Words’!! Although it was released on July 7th, 1992, its history goes back a few years before then…
“We started writing songs for it in 1988/1989 when Charlie Dominici was still in the band (even performing Live versions of ‘Metropolis’ and ‘To Live Forever’ with him) and we also wrote’ A Change of Seasons’ and ‘Don’t Look Past Me’ (both of which didn’t make the album) in 1989 as well…
“As we spent all of 1990 looking for a new singer, we wrote ‘Take the Time,’ ‘Learning to Live,’ ‘Under a Glass Moon’ and a few others during that period (even performing TTT & LTL live as instrumentals at the time) and once James LaBrie joined the band in 1991 completing the lineup once again, we finally were ready to begin work on what would become I&W…
“We recorded I&W in the fall of 1991 (I remember Freddy Mercury passing away while we were making the record) and believe it or not, it sat in the label’s hands for almost 8 months before they finally released it in July of 1992.
“At this point in our career, we’d been together for almost 7 years… we were on our 3rd singer and our 2nd record deal and still patiently awaiting our ‘big break’… and I&W FINALLY gave us the payoff we’d been so patiently and diligently working towards… really a great example of perseverance.
“Many fans tell me, ‘Images and Words’ changed my life,’ and I have to say that beyond a shadow of a doubt, it absolutely changed MINE!!
“I can safely say I would not still be here writing this to you if that album hadn’t taken off the way it did and paved the way for us to carry on in its wake with everything that followed.
“Thank you all for allowing me that opportunity and still cherishing this album almost 3 decades later…”
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