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A little more than a month after original drummer Mike Portnoy’s sudden departure from Dream Theater, the band held three days of auditions in New York City. Over an amazing and productive three-day period, the band played, jammed and spoke candidly with seven of the world’s greatest drummers, learning about them musically, personally and professionally, and assessing the fit of each drummer’s incredible chops with the band’s trademark prog-rock sound.

Dream Theater have been extremely sensitive to the fact that this is not only a monumental decision in their own lives, but also a critical moment in the lives of DT fans around the world. “The departure of our lifelong bandmate and friend was an unexpected and truly heartbreaking blow,” says guitarist John Petrucci. “The fact that as a result of that event we’d be introduced to seven infinitely capable and uniquely talented drummers was heartening.”

Dream Theater would like to share with its fans some of the intense process, along with the musical joy, that went into choosing a new drummer.  Who is the best fit behind the kit?

Go to Dream Theater’s Facebook page on Thursday, 4/21 at 11 AM to sign up for the mailing list and to receive more details about an exclusive and intimate look at the auditions, and to find out exactly when and how the momentous announcement about the band’s new lineup will be made.  Also on Facebook, fans will be able to find out information about the band’s upcoming 2011 World Tour.

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the story.

In other Dream Theater news, here’s a sneak peak at a John Petrucci project we’re working on. Stay tuned for more details this summer…



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  • I love it when a band gives you an inside look into their process. It’s like reality TV with people you actually care about what they’re doing. Not that Mike Portnoy wasn’t an amazing drummer, but I’m excited to see what the new one can do to bring something new to DT’s sound. As an aside, that is a sweeet looking John Petrucci guitar pick right there.


  • ZVN

    Wow that looks slicker than the original black jazz IIIs its gonna drop more often if i used them… Its 2.1mm?

  • Leadguitarlife

    However it looks like a batman’s pick.
    John Petrucci Returns

  • where can we buy that picks????

  • Dontask

    2.1mm holy geez… that’s crazy thick. Are they going to come in any other thicknesses?

    • Linkboe

      not that thick. i like 3.0 myself

      • Willy86

        2.1 is not the thickness, jazzIII v1, ultex jazz III v2, JP signature ultex jazz III = v2.1

  • Phillip Lottering

    the pick of destiny

  • when we can buy this picks??

  • still waiting an answer!!

  • Awesome! When and where wue can buy this picks?

  • Eric

    i want a whole box of this picks! (:

  • Want that pick!! I have a live-played pick from Petrucci and it was just an off the shelf one… this signature one is sweet!

  • Josephpatrow

    I share the same initials, so I could say it’s my signature pick, too : ) 

  • Lude_0

    where can i buy those

  • Merlyn7

    Sexy pick.

    I’m asuming it’s going to be modelled on a Jazz III 😛

  • Eric V

    i want to buy one of this! right now! (:

  • Hector

    When are this things gonna come out?

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  • Kurst 7

    Hello,Jim)Please, tell me and everybody,where can we buy JP picks? 

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