Rush – Cleveland & New Surround, Dream Theater

First, my apologies for not updating the blog much over the past few months but it’s been a very busy year so far.

Earlier this year, I mixed Moving Pictures in 5.1 and I am pleased that it was met with very positive reviews. The recording of the Time Machine tour I did in the spring in Cleveland (best … audience … ever!) is now wrapped up and an edited version of the show has since aired on VH1, with theater, DVD, CD and vinyl releases due any time. Amazing to see the band perform Moving Pictures live in its entirety!

Based on the strong feedback from the Moving Pictures 5.1 remix, Universal Records had asked me to remix Fly By Night, A Farewell To Kings and Signals in surround to be included in their ‘Sector’ series of box set releases currently underway. Like Moving Pictures, all the multitrack masters I worked with were transferred from the original analog tapes at 96 kHz/24 bit resolution and this quality was maintained right down to the finished master. Listeners are in for a revelation of new detail for these releases.

James Labrie came over to my studio this spring to record his vocals for the next Dream Theater CD, A Dramatic Turn Of Events. Away from the bustle of the city, the remote environment really helped our focus and I think James delivered some of his best vocal performances. John Petrucci produced the project and came up to the studio to oversee our progress (sorry ’bout the hot sauce there, John!).

The new DT album has met with critical acclaim and so has their tour to date (much, much more to go!). I had the opportunity of seeing the band at Massey Hall in Toronto and spending a bit of time visiting with John Petrucci and James Labrie, including congratulating new DT drummer Mike Mangini on his gig. Thanks to Dave Doria for the JLB pic.

October 5 marks the 1-year anniversary that Gotthard’s supreme vocalist Steve Lee lost his life in a tragic motorcycle accident. I am very pleased to hear that my friends in Gotthard have chosen to continue onward and have been working through the arduous task of finding a new voice for their band. Their last studio album Need To Believe is approaching triple platinum in Switzerland.

Currently, Rush, producer Nick Raskulinecz and myself are reconvening to complete the recording of Rush’s next studio album Clockwork Angels. Sorry, no timeline for completion yet …

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Be well,