Dream Theater Postpone North American Tour to 2022
COVID continues to wreak havoc with bands trying to return to the road. The latest to announce a shifting of tour plans due to the recent COVID surge is Dream Theater, who revealed that they will be postponing their planned fall tour until 2022.
"In light of current instabilities to touring that remain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel confident that this is the right decision," stated the band. "Know that we are as disappointed as you are that we will have to wait a little longer to bring Dream Theater music to you live. We miss performing for you all and can’t wait until we can be on stage bringing our new album and fan-favorites to you."
At present, the band is attempting to rebook the dates for February 2022 and an announcement concerning the rescheduling of shows is expected shortly.
Dream Theater's official statement on the matter can be read below:
Dream Theater have made the difficult decision to move their October-December 2021 North American tour dates to early 2022.
In light of current instabilities to touring that remain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel confident that this is the right decision. Know that we are as disappointed as you are that we will have to wait a little longer to bring Dream Theater music to you live. We miss performing for you all and can’t wait until we can be on stage bringing our new album and fan-favorites to you.
This was an extraordinarily challenging decision to make but needed to be done after taking into consideration the varying local mandates across North America. In an effort to present the absolute most complete and engaging Dream Theater experience that our fans around the globe have come to expect, we feel we are all best served to postpone all touring activities to early 2022. At this time, we ask that everyone hold on to their tickets as we are working frantically to finalize the reschedule of all of these dates. All shows are currently being re-booked to begin in February 2022. Please keep an eye on our website, and we’ll have a complete, updated itinerary shortly. All previously purchased tickets will be honored. Please consult your local point of purchase for any inquiries regarding refunds.
We know that we all have eagerly awaited a return to normalcy, and the opportunity to enjoy live Dream Theater music together again. We apologize profusely but hope that everyone can understand the logic behind this decision.
Playing music for our fans is all we ever want to do. We look forward to seeing each and every one of our fans as soon as possible. We wish it could have been sooner, but we are counting the days until we can see you all again.
While the shift is not ideal, Dream Theater fans will be able to sit with the band's new album a while before they return to the road. The group's 15th studio album, A View From the Top of the World, is due Oct. 22. They had initially planned to start their fall tour Oct. 28 in Mesa, Arizona. Stay tuned to see when the rescheduled shows will begin.