Wither (EP)

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EP by Dream Theater
Released September 15, 2009
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre Progressive rock
Length 29:05
Label Roadrunner
Producer John Petrucci & Mike Portnoy
Dream Theater chronology
Black Clouds & Silver Linings
A Dramatic Turn of Events
Dream Theater single chronology
"A Rite of Passage"
"Raw Dog"

Wither is a single and EP by the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater,[1] released on September 15, 2009.[2] It was their first EP since A Change of Seasons. The EP contains the album version of the song "Wither", an alternative version of "Wither" with vocals and piano only, a demo of "Wither" with John Petrucci on vocals, and a demo of "The Best of Times" with Mike Portnoy on vocals. It is the band's last official release with Portnoy, who left the band in September 2010. This is the only studio release without the Majesty symbol in its front cover.

It was released exclusively as a digital download[2] and available from Internet music retailers, although some physical promotional copies were released to radio stations and are now in circulation on eBay.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The video shows the band on tour in support of the album Black Clouds & Silver Linings. Scenes are shown of the band playing live and as well as offstage events including meeting and greeting fans during their Progressive Nation Tour. Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth can be seen in the video alongside Mike Portnoy during the band interviews.

The concert venues in the video:[3]


"Wither" is a ballad written by the band's guitarist John Petrucci about the process that he is passing during the writing of the song. It is the third song on the band's tenth album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings and the shortest song on the album. The music starts quietly with an acoustic guitar before moving to a powerful tone.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Vive Ya! (feat. Laura Pausini)"   Celso Valli, Angelo Anastasio Petrucci 5:26
2. "Wither" (piano version) Petrucci Petrucci, Jordan Rudess 5:08
3. "Wither" (JP vocal demo) Petrucci Petrucci 5:26
4. "The Best of Times" (MP vocal demo) Mike Portnoy John Myung, Petrucci, Portnoy, Rudess 13:05



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