DREAM THEATER’s JAMES LABRIE Opens Up About His Least Favorite Songs To Perform Live

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In the dynamic world of progressive metal, very few bands have captured the hearts of fans quite like Dream Theater. Known for their intricate compositions and mind-bending instrumental prowess, they have enjoyed a dedicated fanbase for decades, one that has only grown as they have become the quintessential band from the genre they made popular. However, for lead vocalist James LaBrie, the band’s customary lengthy live performances have become more challenging than they were decades ago.

The singer, known for his impressive vocal range and emotive delivery, recently disclosed his least favorite Dream Theater songs to perform live in a recent interview with Revolver. Spoiler – it’s an old one.

“Well, anything off Images and Words is mildly unpleasant because I can’t sing like that anymore.” Labrie revealed. “I can’t sing in the stratosphere. [Those songs are from] 30 years ago. I’ll alter the melodies to fit into what my voice is these days, but I still love those songs. But for me to do ‘Another Day’ and sing that whole last verse and chorus, it’s like, yeah right!”

“Any of the songs that I find extremely challenging would be from before I ruptured my vocal cords, anything that was [recorded] before December 30th, 1994. Before I did that, I was able to sing up in those higher registers, and it was nothing for me. It was effortless.

“But I still do fondly look at those songs from those albums. But I’d say that it’s more about the beauty of singing songs from any era… because I’ll just alter the melodies to make it work and still enjoy the vibe and still enjoy what the song represents to us, and to the fans” he concluded.

LaBrie‘s revelation serves as a reminder of the impermanence of time, even for legendary performers. It’s a testament to the fact that, despite their extraordinary talents, artists are not immune to the effects of aging. While some fans might find it disheartening to hear, it’s also a chance to appreciate the journey and evolution of the band and a testament to its resilience as they navigate the shifting landscape of their musical careers.

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