Before heading over to the NAMM show this year we were contacted by the fine folks in the Dream Theater camp about the possibility of acquiring some new equipment for the bands up and coming tour.... After talking we were informed that John had purchased an ABM-1200 EVO IV head from Sweetwater for the recording of the new record back in the summer. Needless to say we were blown away, John had previously used Ashdown back in the early 2000's. We asked John what it was about our amps he loved so much and this is what he had to say;
"It was the magic of the Train Of Thought sessions that made me want to revisit using Ashdown bass amps once again."
John had previously used APM-1000 and RPM-1 pre and power amps and ABM-410 cabs back in the early 2000's.
"I was not let down at all in going back to Ashdown. I love the simplicity of it. There is so little dial turning necessary, and it gave me exactly what I was looking for on the new Dream Theater album, Distance Over Time."
For the recording of the record John used an ABM-1200-EVO IV head through his original ABM-410H cabs you can see the rig in this sneak peak video from the studio.
The bands 14th studio album 'Distance Over Time' is due for release on the 22nd of February and can be pre-ordered HERE.
Dream Theater is also planning to hit the road in support of the new album. The Distance Over Time Tour of North America was recently announced and kicks off on March 20, 2019 in San Diego, CA. The tour will run for seven weeks before wrapping up in Mexico City on May 4, 2019. Information on tickets for all upcoming shows as well as VIP packages can be found at www.dreamtheater.net/tour. More tour dates for the worldwide tour will be announced in the near future.
We are looking forward to catching up with them on the road later this summer.