Come one, come all, and welcome to the first ever Weekly News Update! I’ll be playing the part of ringleader each week as I attempt to scour this gaping cesspool of filth and worthless information we call the Internet and find those beautiful nuggets of news and updates on some of your favorite progressive bands. It’s pretty hard to keep track of the more underground acts, so please feel free to comment on the updates if you find anything cool and/or relevant that I may have missed and that you’d like to share with the rest of the class. Without further ado… THE NEWS:

  • According to its Web site, everyone’s favorite soap opera, um, I mean Progressive Metal band Dream Theater is accepting pre-orders on a Deluxe Collector’s Edition Box Set of their upcoming album, aptly titled “A Dramatic Turn Of Events.” The set will include the album in both CD and LP, a 60-minute documentary of the reality TV show that was the new DT drummer auditions, a couple of collectible goodies for the fans, and a chance to be one of the 50 lucky winners who will find a DT “Ticket for Life,” a genius move by the label that is guaranteed to set off a Willy Wonka-type frenzy among the hordes of DT fanboys. The price is $105.99, so it’s up to you whether you want to drop the dough and take a stab at the golden ticket. The album releases on September 13, and you can pre-order the box set here.
  • reported that Megadeth founder and leader Dave Mustaine confirmed the return of Gigantour in an interview with a Seattle radio station. Mustaine’s festival will apparently return in 2012, so keep an eye open for the upcoming band list and tour dates — Gigantour has featured bands like Dream Theater, Opeth, Symphony X, and The Dillinger Escape Plan.
  • Progressive Metal band Pain of Salvation unveiled the cover artwork and tracklist for its upcoming album “Road Salt Two,” due to release in Europe on September 26 and in North America 60 years later (or on October 11 — I’m not bitter). Tracklisting is:

1. Road Salt Theme
2. Softly She Cries
3. Conditioned
4. Healing Now
5. To The Shoreline
6. Eleven
7. 1979
8. The Deeper Cut
9. Mortar Grind
10. Through The Distance
11. The Physics Of Gridlock
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