The progressive metal band Dream Theater disappointed fans by announcing the postponement of their upcoming tour dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dream Theater has been active in music since 1985, and they have released 14 albums in 36 years. Their highest-selling album ‘Images and Words,’ released in 1992, reached number 61 on the Billboard 200 list. The band is considered one of the biggest three bands to spread and develop the progressive metal genre.
Like most of the bands, Dream Theater was also affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the easement of the restrictions and the vaccinations’ became widespread, their fans were looking forward to seeing them live in October.
However, the band recently disappointed their fans by postponing the dates to early 2022. They claimed in a tweet that it was a tough decision to make because they missed being on stage. Dream Theater then encouraged fans to keep their tickets and stay updated about upcoming dates from their website.
Here is their postponement message from Twitter:
“Dream Theater have made the difficult decision to move their October-December 2021 North American tour dates to early 2022.
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 all 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 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.
The fans became confused as to why they wouldn’t go on stage while other musicians began their tours. It appears the fans who planned to come from other countries to see them were quite disappointed and their schedule is ruined because of these cancellations. On the other hand, some also appreciated the band for not taking a risk and playing it safe.
You can see Dream Theater’s tweet below.
— Dream Theater (@dreamtheaternet) September 27, 2021