Speaking in an interview with Rockbook, Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie spoke on their upcoming album plans. He said:

“We’ll do this tour for the rest of 2017 and in 2018 we’re gonna make a new album.

And we’re pretty psyched because we already know what we’re gonna do. But I’m not gonna tell you. [Laughs] It’s really important for us that the new album will be our best effort.

It should be who we are at that particular moment. We still want to create something that’s better than what we did before. That’s what keeps you interested in what you do.

But if along the way we feel that there is another album we should recognize once again, then we’ll do it.”

He talked on concept album:

“If we will, it’s not gonna be anytime soon. I mean, we waited for like 17 years between ‘Scenes from a Memory’ and ‘The Astonishing.’

I don’t wanna wait another 17 years! [Laughs] I think I’ll do my farewell tour in 17 years! [Laughs]

I think for now it’s best for us to concentrate one album at a time and not thinking in a concept.

Unless we wanna write an epic song that has multiple parts in it. Doing something like that might be cool. Something like ‘A Change of Seasons.’ But a whole album again, no.”

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