Video: DREAM THEATER’s Performances of “Images and Words,” “A Change of Seasons” & More in Zurich

Dream Theater 2016

Progressive metal giants Dream Theater are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their milestone RIAA-gold-certified album Images And Words on a European tour, which kicked off on January 30 in Rome, Italy. Each performance sees the iconic progressive rock band delivering an unparalleled live set of Images And Words in its entirety along with fan favorites from their renowned catalogue.

Fan-filmed video footage of Dream Theater‘s February 3 concert at the Samsung Hall in Zurich, Switzerland during the “Images, Words & Beyond“ tour can be seen below.

Asked if he had any idea — prior to the Images And Words release — of the success the album would eventually become, Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci told Metal Insider: “Not at all. The whole situation was very uncertain. We had put out our first album, ‘When Day And Dream Unite’, and we didn’t do any touring or anything for that. We did some press. People seemed to like it but it just ended. We decided to switch lead singers, and we went on this very long singer hunt for like a year and a half. We weren’t really crazy about the label, so we were singerless, labelless, and holding jobs down teaching guitar and doing other things. We started to wonder if we would have an opportunity to do this again as a band. When Derek Oliver from Atco expressed interest, the very first thing they did was more of a development deal. We recorded a few songs from ‘Images And Words’ as a demo. By the time we went to actually do the album and got James [LaBrie] as a singer, we were just ecstatic to be able to do it again. We didn’t even think it was going to amount to anything, we were just incredibly grateful to be back in the studio.

Images, Words & Beyond

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