Dream Theater thinks of home on tour

Left to right, John Myung, John Petrucci, James

Left to right, John Myung, John Petrucci, James LaBrie, Mike Portnoy and Jordan Rudess of "Dream Theater." (July 7, 2003) (Credit: Elektra Publicity)

Summertime and the touring is easy. Well, maybe not so much.

As Dream Theater -- the hard-rock veterans with roots in Kings Park -- head out on their summer tour, the guys' thoughts turn to loved ones. "It's difficult being away from my home, wife and kids," singer-guitarist John Petrucci said in a statement this week. "Everything reminds me of them!"

Petrucci is not alone.

Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider fielded a fan query on Twitter a few days ago. "What I loathe on the road?" he tweeted from @deesnider. "Downtime! I ROCK, I don't party. So I sit in my room waiting. Some want to get away from their fam . . . I love mine!"

Meanwhile, Estelle is going one better. The soul singer will let fans in on what it's like on tour with a new YouTube series, "Life on the Road." The series (search "life on the road" and "Estelle" at youtube.com) gives a taste, "from the bus breakdowns to the impromptu concerts to shopping and run-ins with fans."

Dream Theater plays the Paramount in Huntington July 18-19.

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