Seriously though, I would say there's a very good chance this might be instrumental.
And if so, I predict now, it will be a total flop except for a handful of Dream Theater fan and uber prog people. I doubt MP would go through all that trouble to do a very niche project. But who knows.
Agreed. I would likely buy it, but with lukewarm interest.
That 2013 NAMM video is cool, by the way. It's pretty neat seeing accomplished players messing around and being so loose and so tight at the same time.
But in any case, as we continue to speculate about who the players will be, just keep in mind that there is no shortage of talent out there in the music world. I have no doubt that whoever Mike pulled in will have serious chops. And while there are plenty of examples of talented individuals coming together to make music that somehow doesn't manage to gel, Mike does have a pretty good track record in terms of quality output when he has a fair degree of creative control. It isn't a "spotless" record, but it's pretty darned good.