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|Origin||New York, Long Island|
|Genres||Heavy metal, hard rock|
|Associated acts||Dream Theater
Nicky Lemons and the Migraines
|Past members||Abdul Matahari
Max Del Fuvio
Nightmare Cinema was a spoof rock band whose lineup comprised members of Dream Theater playing instruments other than their usual instrument of choice. During concert encores, starting on April 19, 1997 at the Biskuithalle in Bonn, Germany, Nightmare Cinema began their tradition of jamming on one song, with James LaBrie remaining the vocalist. The song they would usually play was Deep Purple's "Perfect Strangers". However, on one occasion they played Ozzy Osbourne's "Suicide Solution".
Derek Sherinian named one of the songs on his solo album Black Utopia "Nightmare Cinema" after this band.
A similar "joke" band, fronted by Derek Sherinian, was "Nicky Lemons and the Migraines", who performed a punk-style song called "I Don't Like You". Dressed in a feather boa, Nicky Lemons (Sherinian) was described by Mike Portnoy as a cross between Elton John and David Lee Roth.
While playing in Nightmare Cinema, the band members took on alternate stage names. The original names and instruments are enclosed in parentheses.
- Abdul Matahari (James LaBrie) - vocals
- Nicky Lemons (Derek Sherinian) - guitar (keyboards)
- Johnny James (John Petrucci) - drums (guitar)
- Juice Malouse (John Myung) - keyboards (bass)
- Max Del Fuvio (Mike Portnoy) - bass (drums)
- Nightmare Cinema at Dream Theater's FAQ
- A video of Nightmare Cinema performing Deep Purple's Perfect Strangers