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Progressive hard rock icons were honored to receive several awards from the leading Japanese rock magazine BURRN! while on their current Asian tour. The band’s latest album A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS won Best Album and Best Front Cover in the 2011 readers poll. In addition to the album being chosen by Burrn! readers, Japanese heavy metal radio personality Masa Ito picked John Petrucci as Best Guitarist and Jordan Rudess as Best Keyboardist in the 2011 awards. Japan was one of the 14 countries where A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS had a Top Ten debut.

The band—James LaBrie (Vocals), John Myung (Bass), John Petrucci (Guitar and Vocals), Jordan Rudess (Keyboards and Continuum) and Mike Mangini (Drums)–received the awards this week while on tour in Japan in support of the globally successful album A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS (Roadrunner), which features the Grammy-nominated song “On The Backs Of Angels” (Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance category). The Asian tour began April 19 in Seoul, Korea, bringing the group to Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan and Bangkok, Thailand, where it concludes May 8.

“We want to express a heartfelt thank you to Burrn! Magazine, Masa Ito and all of our fans in Asia and around the world who not only voted for us in the readers poll but continue to support us every day,” said in response to receiving the awards.  “All of you keep the dream alive and for that we are eternally grateful.”

Next up for is their North American summer tour which launches June 15 in Rochester, NY and wrap July 21 in Chester, PA. The tour includes stops at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles and the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ plus a two-night engagement at the Paramount Theater on Long Island, NY.  You can find a complete list of tour dates here: http://www.dreamtheater.net/tourdates.

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