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John Petrucci Wonders Why More Women Don't Come To DREAM THEATER Shows

Have you been to a Dream Theater show recently? The ratio of men to women might feel a little staggering. Guitarist John Petrucci seems perplexed as to why.

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During a recent fan question and answer session on Metal Hammer, he was asked about the ratio and wondered why more women don't come out to shows. Here's what he said;

Given the low ratio of women to men (est. 4:96) at your shows, have you considered using the lack of any line for the ladies’ restroom as a selling point in promoting your concerts?

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“That’s funny! I’m not sure why it’s like that. I just did my third guitar camp called John Petrucci’s Guitar Universe and I have lots of guest instructors that come in. This was the first time my wife Rena came as a guest instructor – she’s a guitar player from Meanstreak, which was an all-female thrash band, and she plays in [all-female Judas Priest tribute band] Judas Priestess now.

All the campers there except for two were male. We had discussions on why more women don’t come to camps and concerts in this genre. There are tons of female players and drummers out there, why don’t they come to shows? We’ve seen an increase in DT audiences lately but the ratio is still well off and I always wonder why. I’d love to see more women come to our shows!”

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It does feel like Dream Theater are a guitar band, and guitar hobbyists tend to be mostly male, but surely there are female guitars who enjoy some DM.

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Dream Theater has announced their rescheduled 2022 North American tour, with Arch Echo opening the United States dates and Falset opening the Canadian dates. Dream Theater also has a handful of European dates announced for April with Devin Townsend as the opener.

2/2 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Arts Center [Tickets]
2/4 – El Cajon, CA – The Magnolia [Tickets]
2/5 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater [Tickets]
2/6 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater [Tickets]
2/8 – Seattle, WA – Showare Center [Tickets]
2/10 – Salt Lake City, UT – Mavericks Center [Tickets]
2/12 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theater [Tickets]
2/15 – St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theater [Tickets]
2/16 – Cincinnati, OH – Icon [Tickets]
2/18 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theater [Tickets]
2/19 – Milwaukee, WI – Miller High Life [Tickets]
2/2 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre [Tickets]
2/22 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore [Tickets]
2/23 – Akron, OH – Goodyear Theater [Tickets]
2/25 – Boston, MA – Wang Theater at Boch Center [Tickets]
2/26 – Quebec, QC – Grand Theatre de Quebec [Tickets]
2/27 – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Center [Tickets]
3/1 – Montreal, QC – Place Bell [Tickets]
3/2 – Toronto, ON – Meridian Hall [Tickets]
3/4 – New York, NY – Beacon Theater [Tickets]
3/5 – Wallingford, CT – Oakdale Theater [Tickets]
3/6 – Washington, DC – Warner Theater [Tickets]
3/8 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met [Tickets]
3/9 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie [Tickets]
3/11 – Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium [Tickets]
3/12 – Atlanta, GA – Roxy [Tickets]
3/13 – Nashville, TN – The Opry [Tickets]
3/15 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando [Tickets]
3/16 – St. Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater [Tickets]
3/18 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center [Tickets]
3/19 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory [Tickets]
3/21 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater [Tickets]
4/20 Belfast, IRE – The SSE Arena (no Devin Townsend) [Tickets]
4/21 Newcastle, UK – Utilita Arena (no Devin Townsend) [Tickets]
4/23 London, UK – The SSE Arena Wembley (no Devin Townsend) [Tickets]
4/25 Stuttgart, GER – LKA Longhorn [Tickets]
4/26 Clermond-Ferrand, FRA – La Cooperative de Mai [Tickets]
4/27 Ramonville-St-Agne, FRA – Le Bikini [Tickets]
4/29 Lisboa, POR – Capitolio [Tickets]
4/3 Madrid, SPA – Sala Riviera [Tickets]
5/1 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz [Tickets]
5/3 Marseille, FRA – Le Moulin [Tickets]
5/4 Trezzo Sull'adda Mi, ITA – Live Club [Tickets]
5/6 Vienna, AUT – Simm City [Tickets]
5/7 Munchen, GER – Backstage Werk [Tickets]
5/8 Zurich, SWI – X-tra [Tickets]
5/10 Leipzig, GER – Werk 2 [Tickets]
5/12 Copenhagen, DEN – Amager Bio [Tickets]
5/13 Goteborg, SWE – Pustervik [Tickets]
5/14 Oslo, NOR – Sentrum Scene [Tickets]
5/16 Stockholm, SWE – Cirkus [Tickets]

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