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Could DT still be touring in 50 years time?
« on: July 15, 2017, 06:50:04 AM »
Stupid question, or is it...

Can a band such as Dream Theater be a legally defined entity, independent of whoever happens to be playing in the band at the time?  Is there any reason that when JP and JM retire from the band that they can't be replaced, leaving DT with no original members, but they still write, record, tour, and play a mix of new and old material?

When MP left he may have been thought irreplaceable, but he wasn't.

Some bands are defined by a constant line-up throughout their full existence.  Rush (except for the first album) and Queen spring to mind.  Others change personnel every record.  DT are somewhere in between, with if my counting is correct, 9 members so far on the records, so roughly one replacement every 3 or 4 records, or on average every 7 years.  Could this continue for ever, with new people coming in whenever one leaves, such that we'll have a Dream Theater as a living entity in 2067?

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Re: Could DT still be touring in 50 years time?
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2017, 07:20:51 AM »
I believe the band DGM consists of no original members. Their name in fact has an initial of one of the founders, so they wouldn't be the only band.

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Re: Could DT still be touring in 50 years time?
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2017, 07:27:08 AM »
If they do it gradually so that one new member at a time becomes established before the next one goes, then yes, in theory DT could keep going ad infinitum. They've replaced members already, so there's nothing stopping them doing it again and again and again. Of course, they're probably past the stage where the original members can lap themselves by all quitting one by one over the course of several years, then the original lineup getting back together again but unable to use the name Dream Theater because the original band they were in is Dream Theater.

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Re: Could DT still be touring in 50 years time?
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2017, 07:50:45 AM »
Of course every band could go on forever replacing the members one by one.

But why would they? a band is not an institution or even a government... popes and presidents come and go, but a band starts with an idea of certain members, what's the point in going to see whoever has been considered to play good enough like John Petrucci in 2030? would you all go to see "the Beatles" if the band had lived on with said members rotation, with both living members dropping out as well? how many people cared for the "bogus Deep Purple" with only the original singer, at a time when the classic line-up seemed dead and gone?

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Re: Could DT still be touring in 50 years time?
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2017, 08:38:45 AM »
I think i saw a Gene Simmons interview talking about doing that with Kiss.

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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2017, 09:38:55 AM »
I think i saw a Gene Simmons interview talking about doing that with Kiss.

Well, they already replaced two original members with other musicians wearing the same make-up and essentially portraying the same stage characters. With Dream Theater it's all about the music, unless the management in charge of "Operation DT forever" wants to go look for a guitarist that will grow a longass beard and an asian bassist who is ok with wearing black for 20 years.

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Re: Could DT still be touring in 50 years time?
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2017, 09:53:45 AM »
I think i saw a Gene Simmons interview talking about doing that with Kiss.

That's just a Gene selling point for using a fake Ace and fake Peter.
would have thought the same thing but seeing the OP was TAC i immediately thought Maiden or DT related
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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2017, 09:58:28 AM »
I think i saw a Gene Simmons interview talking about doing that with Kiss.

That's just a Gene selling point for using a fake Ace and fake Peter.

Maybe, but if he thought that he could keep making money off of the deal well after his retirement then I'm sure that it wouldn't phase him a single bit to do it.
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Re: Could DT still be touring in 50 years time?
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2017, 10:10:49 AM »
There is some truth to that.
would have thought the same thing but seeing the OP was TAC i immediately thought Maiden or DT related
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Re: Could DT still be touring in 50 years time?
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2017, 10:37:47 AM »
I didn't know about Kiss, but I suppose it would be easier for them as they (mostly at least) played as characters, a bit like Alice Cooper.  Another, far more lame example, was the Village People - no-one knew who they were, and they could get anyone to dress up as a builder, motorcycle cop etc.

My point about DT I suppose was to ask if any of them are irreplaceable?  I think if JM left it wouldn't be much of a problem and we could have 'the spirit carries on part II', but right now if JP, JLB or JR wanted to quit I suspect the band would fold.  If MM left would the other MM get the call?

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« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2017, 10:41:40 AM »
Petrucci cannot be replaced. As main songwriter without him just it isn't DT anymore. Jordan's loss would be a huge blow as well, but maybe a blow that could be survived more than the eventual departure of JP.

Should James leave with JP and JR remaining, it would sound like "Dream Theater but with another singer" (well, d'uh). Something would be way off.

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« Reply #11 on: July 15, 2017, 11:45:36 AM »
No.


But another band with no original members anymore is also Stratovarious.
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« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2017, 02:25:28 PM »
It could be called the Dream Theater Legacy.  Foreigner only has one original member left and the name could live on. Boston is down to the original founding member Tom Scholz, although Gary Pihl has been with them for a long time (pun intended), and is a great guitar player.
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Re: Could DT still be touring in 50 years time?
« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2017, 07:12:06 PM »
At over 100 yrs old?  :rollin
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« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2017, 08:26:58 AM »
Someone didn't read the first post  :police:
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Re: Could DT still be touring in 50 years time?
« Reply #15 on: July 17, 2017, 04:57:23 AM »
I don't really see them doing that. And I don't even want them to. Even more than anyone else, I consider Petrucci the key member. When he retires that's it. It's no longer Dream Theater
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« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2017, 06:10:57 AM »
I don't really see them doing that. And I don't even want them to. Even more than anyone else, I consider Petrucci the key member. When he retires that's it. It's no longer Dream Theater

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Re: Could DT still be touring in 50 years time?
« Reply #17 on: July 17, 2017, 06:37:57 AM »
I do wonder if, for example, 100 years from now, the various record labels will put together replica bands of their most popular acts to tour around America and Europe. Maybe by then, no one will care anymore, but I could also see a situation where it would be fairly profitable for an officially commissioned Pink Floyd cover band to play some shows and satisfy demand for those songs.
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« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2017, 06:47:30 AM »
I do wonder if, for example, 100 years from now, the various record labels will put together replica bands of their most popular acts to tour around America and Europe. Maybe by then, no one will care anymore, but I could also see a situation where it would be fairly profitable for an officially commissioned Pink Floyd cover band to play some shows and satisfy demand for those songs.

That's actually a quite interesting topic for a discussion. Could Gilmour put something like this into his will, or eventually after X decades the rights to the songs will revert back to the label? I'm ignorant about this, could it be like classical music (who owns the right to Beethoven's nine symphonies?) and we would have people watching performances of long dead Beatles, Stones and Floyd just like we watch Mozart's music in theatres?

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Re: Could DT still be touring in 50 years time?
« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2017, 06:49:56 AM »
I do wonder if, for example, 100 years from now, the various record labels will put together replica bands of their most popular acts to tour around America and Europe. Maybe by then, no one will care anymore, but I could also see a situation where it would be fairly profitable for an officially commissioned Pink Floyd cover band to play some shows and satisfy demand for those songs.

That's actually a quite interesting topic for a discussion. Could Gilmour put something like this into his will, or eventually after X decades the rights to the songs will revert back to the label? I'm ignorant about this, could it be like classical music (who owns the right to Beethoven's nine symphonies?) and we would have people watching performances of long dead Beatles, Stones and Floyd just like we watch Mozart's music in theatres?

That is a really interesting topic. I think the rights would vary from artist to artist the way they have their deals set up. A band like Metallica, for example, now owns the masters to all their albums because they started their own label. 

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Re: Could DT still be touring in 50 years time?
« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2017, 06:52:53 AM »
As others have said, I believe JP is irreplaceable and the band would not continue without him as he is the main songwriter and soloist.  The others are replaceable, not sure why people would suggest that the band would fold without JR when they existed before he joined and many consider their classic albums are pre-JR with the possible exception of SFAM.

The band would certainly sound different if JLB left as he has such a distinctive style but don't think they would necessarily fold, it was a pretty arduous process to find him in the first place though so would be interesting to see if they wanted to go through that again.  I still think Portnoy will be back at some stage.

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Re: Could DT still be touring in 50 years time?
« Reply #21 on: July 17, 2017, 07:07:00 AM »
I'm not so sure about it. When DT will become so old that it will become a special occasion to see them, he may be seen around again, but until they're an "active" band that writes records every 2-3 years, tours and plays new songs, my guess is that they will continue with Mangini.

And Rudess and LaBrie may not be irreplaceable in the sense that DT would quit over them - but the change (especially without James) would be so different that something would feel quite off about it.

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« Reply #22 on: July 17, 2017, 09:55:11 AM »
I remember Rick Wakeman said something similar about Yes, that it would keep continuing on with ever changing members. For DT if either Petrucci or Labrie left it would not be DT anymore. Main song writer and the voice.

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Re: Could DT still be touring in 50 years time?
« Reply #23 on: July 17, 2017, 11:57:35 AM »
I do wonder if, for example, 100 years from now, the various record labels will put together replica bands of their most popular acts to tour around America and Europe. Maybe by then, no one will care anymore, but I could also see a situation where it would be fairly profitable for an officially commissioned Pink Floyd cover band to play some shows and satisfy demand for those songs.

That's actually a quite interesting topic for a discussion. Could Gilmour put something like this into his will, or eventually after X decades the rights to the songs will revert back to the label? I'm ignorant about this, could it be like classical music (who owns the right to Beethoven's nine symphonies?) and we would have people watching performances of long dead Beatles, Stones and Floyd just like we watch Mozart's music in theatres?

I've thought about this before. When you go to a piano recital you don't demand your money back because Mr Rachmaninov himself is nor performing the C#min prelude. It's a bit like it with Queen now - they're still going with another singer, but there's an official cover band doing the rounds and several unofficial tribute bands of varying quality. Don't know if DT are popular enough to do the same in the future as unlike Queen their appeal is fairly niche. Beatles, Stones and Floyd however probably are.

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Re: Could DT still be touring in 50 years time?
« Reply #24 on: July 17, 2017, 12:21:13 PM »
I've created a topic about this in the General Music section, since I felt it was worth its own thread.

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Re: Could DT still be touring in 50 years time?
« Reply #25 on: July 17, 2017, 01:52:57 PM »
I don't really see them doing that. And I don't even want them to. Even more than anyone else, I consider Petrucci the key member. When he retires that's it. It's no longer Dream Theater
Pretty much this.  But the sort of thing the OP mentions happens so rarely and through such typically unforseeable circumstances that I don't know how you would go about trying to predict something like that.  I think you have to have a couple of things converge that are key.  One is younger members coming into the band that want to carry on the legacy.  And another is that you have to have songs and a brand that are financially worth keeping intact and carrying on. 

Could the first circumstance arise?  I'm not seeing it as something highly likely, but it's possible.  Like, let's say Portnoy some day came back to the band down the road at some point, but then a bit further down the line, he decided to retire, and the guys brought in Max Portnoy to fill in and he eventually became full-time.  Or let's say James maybe calls it quits one day and they then bring in a younger singer who can belt out all of the notes to I&W as only 20-something year old can, and then that guy stays in the band over the years as they gradually replace members.  Unlikely.  But it could happen.

But as to the second circumstance, I don't see it.  I mean, this isn't a knock on DT, but I just don't see the "DT brand" as being strong enough that people 30 years from now are going to want to hear the songs.  This is a band that have done well for themselves.  But they aren't some huge entity where the name alone draws in huge crowds wherever they go. 
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