Or perhaps?But I've come to the conclusion that the DREAM THEATER machine was starting to burn me out...and I really needed a break from the band in order to save my relationship with the other members and keep my DREAM THEATER spirit hungry and inspired.
"I'm sorry to all the disappointed DREAM THEATER fans around the world... I really tried to salvage the situation and make it work... I honestly just wanted a break (not a split)... but happiness cannot be forced, it needs to come from within.
:agreed:Sadly, I'm with Keith. I don't even really listen to any DT anymore unless it's old. The last several albums just seemed like a battle to see who could overplay the most, and while Rudess is no doubt an amazing player, I just get bored of his playing immediately. Kevin Moore, on the other hand, wrote great songs and played super-tasteful parts in them, while Rudess is basically just the keyboard version of JP.
I agree. I think writing with the same people for 20 years can lead to creative stagnation. Plus, people's tastes are constantly developing in different directions, so being forced to all fit together in the DT mold is eventually restricting upon everyone. Let them all mix it up with some new musicians, and maybe we'll see something original.At this point, they should just let the band die - their best material is behind them, and they all have a ton of side projects anyway. Do a reunion tour every 5-10 years and they'll sell out every arena they book.