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Returning to the studio for their seventh album, Dream Theater for the first time had a pre-conceived notion of what they wanted to create, a song-oriented album that would become "a classic metal album" along the lines of [[Master of Puppets]] and [[The Number of the Beast (album)|The Number of the Beast]], two albums Dream Theater had covered on their previous tour. The band set aside three weeks of time to write the album prior to recording, making it an unusual approach for the band, who usually wrote in the studio while recording. The album was dubbed [[Train of Thought]] and is considered to be the darkest and heaviest Dream Theater album, even more so than Awake. The band faced some criticism for the heavy sound, with some fans wishing they would return to the sound of Images and Words, while other fans embraced the new sound, the rift in the fandom becoming a growing trend that would dog the band from then on. Portnoy considered releasing a single and video for the song [[As I Am]] though he decided against it in the end, citing that it wouldn't do much good
 
Returning to the studio for their seventh album, Dream Theater for the first time had a pre-conceived notion of what they wanted to create, a song-oriented album that would become "a classic metal album" along the lines of [[Master of Puppets]] and [[The Number of the Beast (album)|The Number of the Beast]], two albums Dream Theater had covered on their previous tour. The band set aside three weeks of time to write the album prior to recording, making it an unusual approach for the band, who usually wrote in the studio while recording. The album was dubbed [[Train of Thought]] and is considered to be the darkest and heaviest Dream Theater album, even more so than Awake. The band faced some criticism for the heavy sound, with some fans wishing they would return to the sound of Images and Words, while other fans embraced the new sound, the rift in the fandom becoming a growing trend that would dog the band from then on. Portnoy considered releasing a single and video for the song [[As I Am]] though he decided against it in the end, citing that it wouldn't do much good
   
The band embarked on yet another world tour in support of the album, using the now-familiar [[An Evening With Dream Theater]] format, playing lengthy shows with a surprisingly sharp emphasis on changing setlists and incorporating cover songs. Early on in the tour, the band performed Train of Thought from start to finish in its entirety, the second album to be performed this way, though the band never repeated it with this album. The band also played a special show in Los Angeles to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the release of When Dream and Day Unite. In the second set, Portnoy announced that they would be doing something special, and the band performed that album in its entirety, making it the 3rd album to receive this treatment. The band was then joined on stage for the encore by Charlie Dominici who sang [[To Live Forever]], his favorite Dream Theater song, and Derek Sherinian who assisted in keyboards on Metropolis. It is reported that Kevin Moore was invited to join them, but refused. The band would later release this portion of the show as [[When Dream and Day Reunite]].
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The band embarked on yet another world tour in support of the album, using the now-familiar [[An Evening With Dream Theater]] format, playing lengthy shows with a surprisingly sharp emphasis on changing setlists and incorporating cover songs. Early on in the tour, the band performed Train of Thought from start to finish in its entirety, the second album to be performed this way, though the band never repeated it with this album. The band also played a special show in Los Angeles to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the release of When Dream and Day Unite. in the second set, Portnoy announced that they would be doing something special, and the band performed that album in its entirety, making it the 3rd album to receive this treatment. The band was then joined on stage for the encore by Charlie Dominici who sang [[To Live Forever]], his favorite Dream Theater song, and Derek Sherinian who assisted in keyboards on Metropolis. It is reported that Kevin Moore was invited to join them, but refused. The band would later release this portion of the show as [[When Dream and Day Reunite]].
   
 
The tour culminated in a show at the Nippon Budokan Hall, the most famous concert venue in Asia, where many famous live albums had been recorded. The show recorded there was recorded for a live album and DVD, which was released in its entirety as [[Live at Budokan]]. The show is known for its high quality and the DVD version sold very high, being certified Platinum by the RIAA. The band planned to follow up the tour with a vacation. However, they jumped at an opportunity to open for the Progressive Rock band [[w:c:yes:Yes|Yes]] on their 35th anniversary tour.
 
The tour culminated in a show at the Nippon Budokan Hall, the most famous concert venue in Asia, where many famous live albums had been recorded. The show recorded there was recorded for a live album and DVD, which was released in its entirety as [[Live at Budokan]]. The show is known for its high quality and the DVD version sold very high, being certified Platinum by the RIAA. The band planned to follow up the tour with a vacation. However, they jumped at an opportunity to open for the Progressive Rock band [[w:c:yes:Yes|Yes]] on their 35th anniversary tour.
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