Rome: Progressive Nation, 27 October 2009

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Born of an idea by Mike Portnoy, the drummer of Dream Theater, one of the most representative progressive metal bands, who wanted to give birth to a music festival dedicated to the more progressive side of hard rock and metal, Progressive Nation is an event that gathers on the same stage Dream Theater and other important bands, who are not chosen because of their popularity or commercial success, but in virtue of their originality, uniqueness and musicianship. The first Progressive Nation tour has taken place in 2008 in various American cities, with the participation of bands like Opeth, Between the Buried and me and 3, while the second edition of the festival has taken place this year with a different line-up: besides Dream Theater, the large audience of the show has enjoyed the performances of Zappa plays Zappa, Scale the Summit and Bigelf. And to make also overseas fans happy, this year Progressive Nation will take place in Europe, too: the tour will kick off in Helsinki on the 23rd of September and end in Ljubljana on the 31st of October, with dates in many countries of the old continent: in Italy Progressive Nation will be held in 4 cities: Milan (26th of October), Rome (27th of October), Bologna (29th of October) and Conegliano (30th of October). If you are planning to travel to Rome or to another of these Italian cities, now you have one more reason to do that!Besides Dream Theater, the protagonists of the European Progressive Nation will be Opeth, Bigelf, and Unexpected: all these bands are different from each other, although they have all be influenced by progressive metal. Book 3 stars hotels in Rome and grab the chance to enjoy the performance of Swedish Opeth, who play a music genre in which Scandinavian death metal meets progressive metal, progressive rock and even folk, jazz and blues. Also the Bigelf play a very peculiar kind of music, and also thanks to the intense interpretations of the singer their live performances are very special. Canadian Unexpected can be considered as a cauldron that gives space to everything, from various forms of metal (death, progressive, melodic…) to a number of other music genres, from ambient to medieval music.However, the most awaited band, the band that will convince many fans from all over Italy to book a youth hostel in Rome, is certainly Dream Theater, who will play also the songs of their latest album, Black Blouds & Silver Linings: released this year in June , it debuted at #6 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart, the best result ever achieved by the band. None of their records, indeed, had succeeded in entering the top ten chart. Do not miss their concert: Dream Theater members are proficient musicians, and their concerts are famous also because they pay a lot of attention to the songs they play, in order to ensure a unique and unrepeatable concert every time.Tickets: various pricesDate: 27th October 2009Location: Palalottomatica, Rome, Italy

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