Dream Theater Sightings In The Philippines

I’m a big Dream Theater fan and to my disappointment, their albums usually aren’t available locally. There was an exception when I saw Train of Thought years back when I was still struggling with the guitar at the Tower Records branch in Glorietta, and I did not buy which I truly regret right now. My family was at the Fully Booked branch located at Bonifacio High Street the other day and at the top floor, I was surprised! It was sitting on a lonely shelf at the very most corner where band DVDs were on shelf. Behold! Dream Theater’s Score in DVD available locally:

sorry for the flash, I was too excited to remove it and it was awkward if I took a retake

After going around frantically looking for actual CDs, I found two Dream Theater albums, Awake and Scenes from a Memory which are arguably essential Dream Theater albums to have:

again, sorry for the flash! I could only hold an album with a hand but you get the idea as I have proof of their existence

That took me by surprise since I lost all hope of buying these records locally since there isn’t really a strong market for progressive rock in the Philippines. Train of Thought was available, but Octavarium wasn’t carried anymore because I believe the latter didn’t sell well. Well, I’m not surprised because of the nature of Filipinos. Our country is mostly dominated by pop artists and vocalists take the center stage amongst everyone. Moreover, progressive rock is mostly appreciated by musicians only. There are some exceptions to the rule but those are very rare and isolated cases. I remember when I first heard progressive rock from a friend my reaction was “Ano iyan?” (roughly translates to “What’s that?” in English) as Acid Rain by Liquid Tension Experiment was all over the place. Also, instrumentals will easily bore non-musicians after approximately 20 seconds (just a rough estimate and I don’t have any proof to support my claim).

Anyway, I’m glad to see Dream Theater records available locally. Like Tower Records, Fully Booked might stop importing them if sales are low so please buy the original records. What I would like to see next are Rush CDs. If you’ve read through this, most chances are that you are indeed a musician that has trained ears and will easily be able to distinguish between mp3s with low bit-rate and the lossless quality found in them. Support progressive rock in the Philippines! Let the record companies know that there indeed is a market for progressive rock locally.

P.S. I didn’t buy them since I already had bought them years ago.


9 Responses

  1. got my back! 😉

  2. san mo nabili yung scenes from a memory mo??

  3. hey guys! please support this facebook fan page for dream theater to play here in the philippines. your like would help alot, thanks! : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dream-Theater-Philippines/173586392698652

  4. hey i have live at the budokan and score and chaos in motion dvd xD

  5. I got their albums from Tower Records, from When Dream And Day Unite up to Train of Thought. Sadly, after that, wala na silang release dito. Buti na lang we had a chance to work in Japan, so doon ko nabili yung Octavarium and Systematic Chaos (ang ganda ng quality ng Japan CD, ganda pa ng packaging due to the OB Strip), then yung Black Clouds and Silver Linings and yung latest na A Dramatic Turn of Events, inorder ko sa Amazon then pinadala ko na lang sa mga kamaganak ko sa US. Whew!! Hirap maging fan pero sulit!!

  6. Doon sa RECTO, malapit FEU, marami Dreamtheater albums. Original and pirated.

  7. hoping one day dream theater will play live here in the Philipoines. dream theater is one of the best band for me.. hehehe

  8. Totoo bang meron sa Recto na original na records ng Dream Theater?

  9. nakabili ako sa recto ng original na a dramatic turn of events

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