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Charlie Dominici has passed away, age 72

Started by Pebsie, November 17, 2023, 06:23:57 AM

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Ruba

Rest in Peace Charlie. When Dream and Day Unite is one of my favourite Dream Theater albums, in top three for sure. He was definitely an underrated singer.

Volante99

Quote from: Stadler on November 17, 2023, 06:31:52 AM
Wow that kind of hits close to home.

I often think of bands in terms of eras.  Beatles and Stones: 60s; Zep and Sabbath (and many more): early 70s.    Kiss and Aerosmith and Rush:  late 70s.    Maiden and Def Leppard: 80s.  For better or worse, DT is a 90s band for me; when we start losing people from that era, you know you're old.

I'm the same way. Like it dawned on me if I had been a Beatle I would have already been almost 10 years deep into my fruitful but less successful solo career. Or if I had been in Metallica I would have cut my hair by now.  :-[

DragonAttack

Quote from: Herrick on November 17, 2023, 08:30:28 PM

https://blabbermouth.net/news/former-dream-theater-singer-charlie-dominici-dies

That article has an interesting story I've never heard before: Dominici's own take on his departure from Dream Theater. I never knew it was a mutual thing.

Thank you for this.

A big thank you for this as well:

Quote from: axeman90210 on November 17, 2023, 09:29:34 AM
RIP Charlie. MP shared this footage from the Charlie era this morning, pretty cool watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXfN5D8LzD4

Took a few sitdowns to watch it all.  First, pardon me for not knowing that 'To Live Forever' and 'Metropolis Pt1' (a pity the complete version wasn't shown) were performed on stage with Charlie.  ('like a dream from a memory'.......).  Second, just how good WDADU sounded live as opposed to the studio.  Third...damn, JM was quite lively on stage back then. :o

LudwigVan

A big part of DT lore. RIP Charlie Dominici.

deggs37

Quote from: DragonAttack on November 18, 2023, 07:35:06 AM
First, pardon me for not knowing that 'To Live Forever' and 'Metropolis Pt1' (a pity the complete version wasn't shown) were performed on stage with Charlie.  ('like a dream from a memory'.......).  Second, just how good WDADU sounded live as opposed to the studio.

That was a treat to hear those two songs. Kinda funny I prefer 'To Live Forever' with Charlie. But easily JLBs version of 'Metropolis' is so much better.

But yeah I agree WDADU sound so much better live in this video than the album. I would kill to go back and see all this live because it was probably otherworldly. I've never truly given WDADU a fair shake because of the poor production. But I've been digging in more this weekend. With that video I'm feeling a bit nostalgic.

Herrick

Quote from: deggs37 on November 18, 2023, 04:52:02 PM
Quote from: DragonAttack on November 18, 2023, 07:35:06 AM
First, pardon me for not knowing that 'To Live Forever' and 'Metropolis Pt1' (a pity the complete version wasn't shown) were performed on stage with Charlie.  ('like a dream from a memory'.......).  Second, just how good WDADU sounded live as opposed to the studio.

That was a treat to hear those two songs. Kinda funny I prefer 'To Live Forever' with Charlie. But easily JLBs version of 'Metropolis' is so much better.

But yeah I agree WDADU sound so much better live in this video than the album. I would kill to go back and see all this live because it was probably otherworldly. I've never truly given WDADU a fair shake because of the poor production. But I've been digging in more this weekend. With that video I'm feeling a bit nostalgic.

I love that video.

Herrick


Cool Chris

I forgot about that documentary. Haven't watched it since I first got that DVD way back when.

Ben_Jamin

A Vision would be a great way to remember Dominici

gzarruk

Quote from: Ben_Jamin on November 19, 2023, 02:33:00 AM
A Vision would be a great way to remember Dominici

I'd love that, but given that most people in the audience won't have a clue about what they're playing, I doubt they'll ever play it.

hefdaddy42

Quote from: Ben_Jamin on November 19, 2023, 02:33:00 AM
A Vision would be a great way to remember Dominici
Doesn't that song predate Charlie?

I mean, if they are going to do "a song to honor Charlie", it seems like they would do one that was written while he was in the band.  Which, actually, would only be a couple.  I think Status Seeker, and then he did the final lyrics for Afterlife.

Glasser

Quote from: hefdaddy42 on November 19, 2023, 07:50:29 AM
Quote from: Ben_Jamin on November 19, 2023, 02:33:00 AM
A Vision would be a great way to remember Dominici
Doesn't that song predate Charlie?

I mean, if they are going to do "a song to honor Charlie", it seems like they would do one that was written while he was in the band.  Which, actually, would only be a couple.  I think Status Seeker, and then he did the final lyrics for Afterlife.

Yeah that was Chris Collins. I'm so fucking crushed over this it took me time to process it. I reconnected with Charlie when he joined Solid Vision essentially making it his solo band right after I released The Hurricane by Solid Vision. He was a great dude. Heartbroken.

Bluefish

Quote from: KevShmev on November 17, 2023, 06:30:26 AM
I don't think I knew he was that much older than the rest of the band.

R.I.P.

I thought the exact same thing.

RaiseTheKnife

Quote from: hefdaddy42 on November 19, 2023, 07:50:29 AM
Quote from: Ben_Jamin on November 19, 2023, 02:33:00 AM
A Vision would be a great way to remember Dominici
Doesn't that song predate Charlie?

I mean, if they are going to do "a song to honor Charlie", it seems like they would do one that was written while he was in the band.  Which, actually, would only be a couple.  I think Status Seeker, and then he did the final lyrics for Afterlife.

The band re-recorded it with Charlie as part of a holiday demo they made for Mechanic Records staff during the waiting period when the band was waiting for the label to release their first album.

jammindude

My personal all time favorite are The Ones Who Help the Sun, and Light Fuse and Get Away. I will be spinning them in his honor.

RIP  :'(

Wim Kruithof

Quote from: jammindude on November 19, 2023, 11:46:11 PM
My personal all time favorite are The Ones Who Help the Sun, and Light Fuse and Get Away.

All time favorites from Dominici or you mean, overall? Just curious.

I checked 'I can remember when' again, so nice to see. Although Dominici only was 37 years, to the others he must have been sooo old, being just in the 20's themselves. Lifting Shadows wrote a lot over his departure, but never with a violence tone or everlasting arguments. It looks like Dominici understood the difference between him and the others and therefore stepped aside / was send home.

But he had an angel voice and I really love the debut.

TheOutlawXanadu

RIP. I'm glad he got the chance to come back and perform with the band for WDADRU. I also really enjoyed that performance.

hefdaddy42

Quote from: RaiseTheKnife on November 19, 2023, 03:45:39 PM
Quote from: hefdaddy42 on November 19, 2023, 07:50:29 AM
Quote from: Ben_Jamin on November 19, 2023, 02:33:00 AM
A Vision would be a great way to remember Dominici
Doesn't that song predate Charlie?

I mean, if they are going to do "a song to honor Charlie", it seems like they would do one that was written while he was in the band.  Which, actually, would only be a couple.  I think Status Seeker, and then he did the final lyrics for Afterlife.

The band re-recorded it with Charlie as part of a holiday demo they made for Mechanic Records staff during the waiting period when the band was waiting for the label to release their first album.
Oh yeah, I knew that, sorry.  And that's the better version, no question.  I just knew it was written before he joined the band.

jammindude

Quote from: Wim Kruithof on November 20, 2023, 12:13:08 AM
Quote from: jammindude on November 19, 2023, 11:46:11 PM
My personal all time favorite are The Ones Who Help the Sun, and Light Fuse and Get Away.

All time favorites from Dominici or you mean, overall? Just curious.

I checked 'I can remember when' again, so nice to see. Although Dominici only was 37 years, to the others he must have been sooo old, being just in the 20's themselves. Lifting Shadows wrote a lot over his departure, but never with a violence tone or everlasting arguments. It looks like Dominici understood the difference between him and the others and therefore stepped aside / was send home.

But he had an angel voice and I really love the debut.

Just him. Those are my top 2 tracks from WDADU.

But if DT were to do a tribute song in-show, Afterlife would be the correct choice.

pg1067

I heard the news about Charlie when I was traveling last week to deal with some stuff relating to my brother who died in October.  It seems really weird to me that Charlie was only 6 years younger than my brother, while I was born in the same year as the other four original members.  The notion of someone who was almost a contemporary of my brother being in a band with a bunch of guys my age is almost unfathomable (although I was aware previously that Charlie was much older than everyone else).

Adding my condolences to everyone else's.

svisser

Great singer. He did better on his own in my opinion. WDADU pushed him into territory he could not really handle. His work before and after DT was great, but he was essential in the early years of DT.

They should dedicate the next album and have a song for him, too!

Glasser

Quote from: svisser on November 20, 2023, 07:20:54 PM
Great singer. He did better on his own in my opinion. WDADU pushed him into territory he could not really handle. His work before and after DT was great, but he was essential in the early years of DT.

They should dedicate the next album and have a song for him, too!

I would be very surprised if they didn't dedicate it to him. Maybe they redo Afterlife as a bonus track?

TAC

Quote from: Glasser on November 20, 2023, 07:49:38 PM
Quote from: svisser on November 20, 2023, 07:20:54 PM
Great singer. He did better on his own in my opinion. WDADU pushed him into territory he could not really handle. His work before and after DT was great, but he was essential in the early years of DT.

They should dedicate the next album and have a song for him, too!

I would be very surprised if they didn't dedicate it to him. Maybe they redo Afterlife as a bonus track?

I like that idea.

ProfessorPeart

Quote from: Herrick on November 17, 2023, 08:30:28 PM

https://blabbermouth.net/news/former-dream-theater-singer-charlie-dominici-dies

That article has an interesting story I've never heard before: Dominici's own take on his departure from Dream Theater. I never knew it was a mutual thing.

Also want to say thanks for this. I always thought it so odd how Charlie seemed to stay so in touch with them over the years. I had no idea on this backstory and it is nice to know.

I just completed the O3 trilogy as I was never able to procure the first record. Just got it yesterday in the mail. I know it is very different than 2 and 3 but I felt the time was right to complete it.

Mosh

Not sure if I need to hear them re-record anything, although definitely should include something in the setlist. If they want to release something as a tribute, maybe some archival material from his time in the band could be cool. Not sure what's out there in the way of live recordings, but I always enjoy getting glimpses of pre-LaBrie DT.

The Letter M

Quote from: ProfessorPeart on November 21, 2023, 10:01:30 AM
Quote from: Herrick on November 17, 2023, 08:30:28 PM

https://blabbermouth.net/news/former-dream-theater-singer-charlie-dominici-dies

That article has an interesting story I've never heard before: Dominici's own take on his departure from Dream Theater. I never knew it was a mutual thing.

Also want to say thanks for this. I always thought it so odd how Charlie seemed to stay so in touch with them over the years. I had no idea on this backstory and it is nice to know.

I just completed the O3 trilogy as I was never able to procure the first record. Just got it yesterday in the mail. I know it is very different than 2 and 3 but I felt the time was right to complete it.

I just pulled out my copies of the whole trilogy the other night to look them over and realized my copy of O3 Part 1 was personalized (to me) and signed by Charlie himself, which I had completely forgotten about. Makes ti even sadder now that he's gone. I hadn't had a chance to spin them again but I might do that over this holiday break since I'll be off work.



-Marc.

Madman Shepherd

Quote from: The Letter M on November 21, 2023, 11:32:38 AM
Quote from: ProfessorPeart on November 21, 2023, 10:01:30 AM
Quote from: Herrick on November 17, 2023, 08:30:28 PM

https://blabbermouth.net/news/former-dream-theater-singer-charlie-dominici-dies

That article has an interesting story I've never heard before: Dominici's own take on his departure from Dream Theater. I never knew it was a mutual thing.

Also want to say thanks for this. I always thought it so odd how Charlie seemed to stay so in touch with them over the years. I had no idea on this backstory and it is nice to know.

I just completed the O3 trilogy as I was never able to procure the first record. Just got it yesterday in the mail. I know it is very different than 2 and 3 but I felt the time was right to complete it.

I just pulled out my copies of the whole trilogy the other night to look them over and realized my copy of O3 Part 1 was personalized (to me) and signed by Charlie himself, which I had completely forgotten about. Makes ti even sadder now that he's gone. I hadn't had a chance to spin them again but I might do that over this holiday break since I'll be off work.



-Marc.

Got mine autographed and personalized too! Exchanged a few messages with him a while back. Cool guy.

Know what's weird? Turns out he died about a week before it was public and around that time I had an urge to look up live clips of him with his band. Really just out of the blue, obviously not knowing anything was wrong. There were very few on YouTube and the only ones I found I had already seen and I thought about how unfortunate it was.

A week later it was public that he died. Did the universe send me a message the moment he was gone? I don't really believe in that stuff but it sure was a sad coincidence.

Wim Kruithof

pg1067, so sad your brother passed away as well, wish you the best in finding peace in this period of time.

pg1067

Quote from: Wim Kruithof on November 22, 2023, 11:01:05 PM
pg1067, so sad your brother passed away as well, wish you the best in finding peace in this period of time.

Thanks.  I appreciate that.  We weren't close, but there has been some interesting stuff to come out of this that I may post about at some point.


heirtoruin

I played several of the Lost Not Forgotten WDADU demos on the way home from work... Charlie really sounded angelic on one of the AFIL tracks.

Wim Kruithof

Quote from: pg1067 on November 26, 2023, 05:30:30 PM
Thanks.  I appreciate that.  We weren't close, but there has been some interesting stuff to come out of this that I may post about at some point.

You're welcome, I really wonder what you mean, but I'll find out when time's ready.