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    April 21, 2014
Chris and Jeff (and Chris’ daughter Gabrielle) caught up with Dream Theater during the band’s recent stop in Detroit. It’s always nice of the guys to let us drop by and catch up a little bit. John Petrucci even arranged for Gabrielle to get a “family photo” and meet her keyboard hero (Jordan, of course!). The band put together a great set (Space Dye Vest!) including a big chunk of “Scenes from a Memory” which, well..., brought back memories of our tour together. Especially cool was the elaborate staging and visuals that brought Hugh Syme’s CD artwork to life – simply a great presentation, don’t miss this tour! (And don’t miss Jordan’s excellent new symphonic CD!

James Labrie & Chris


John Petrucci & Jeff


Gabrielle & Chris with John Petrucci


James Labrie & Jeff


Jordan Rudess & Gabrielle


Gabrielle & Chris with Dream Theater


Jeff & Mike Mangini

    April 8, 2014
We are extremely pleased to announce that legendary JETHRO TULL frontman Ian Anderson will make a special guest appearance on our upcoming studio album, "Other Arrangements."

Chris provides a little background:
"Ian has been a Tiles fan since way back in 1999 when we released Presents Of Mind. Over the years we floated the idea of him making a guest appearance and eventually the timing was right. He was just finishing up mixing his new solo album Homo Erraticus and had a window of opportunity before he dove into tour rehearsals and promotional stuff. We sent Ian a moody atmospheric tune and he wove some cool melodies in between vocal phrases; then cuts loose with his trademark flute improvising during the song's long rideout solo. I think I listened to it twenty times to make sure it really happened - what a thrill for us and what a generous gesture from an icon of progressive rock!"

 


    January 30, 2014
We are excited to announce that Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, Winery Dogs, Flying Colors, Transatlantic, etc.) has contributed drums to two songs for our next studio album "Other Arrangements" (not to be confused with the upcoming live CD "Off the Floor 02").

Chris flew to the east coast to Portnoy HQ a couple weeks ago (in between snow storms, luckily!) where Mike used his infamous TAMA "siamese monster" kit to deliver his instantly recognizable and energetic style:

"What a treat to watch Mike work his magic! He was always experimenting and keeping things fresh and spontaneous. Mark Evans is the same way, with that "fly by the seat of your pants" approach. Mike's tunes really work well alongside Mark's. Plus, we did a couple other cool things at Mike's which we'll announce later. Many thanks to Jerry Guidroz for making the trip and capturing it all 'on tape.' "Other Arrangements" is shaping up to be quite the rhythm section tour-de-force!" - Chris.


Mike Playing.


Mike and Chris at Portnoy HQ.

    January 12, 2014
A belated Happy New Year to everyone...

"Off the Floor 02" is scheduled for an April 1, 2014 release. Everyone's been hard at work mixing, mastering and designing these past few weeks. We've also been busy dodging the weather and making good progress on "Other Arrangements."

Check out a new interview with Chris at MusicWeb Express 3000 where he discusses the origins of "Off the Floor," a bit of band history and other bits of information.



    October 17, 2013
By the way, "Off the Floor II" is mixed. We're now pulling together a few tracks from our 2005 appearance at the Rites of Spring Festival (ROSfest 2005) to include as possible bonus tracks (Facing Failure, Paintings, Ballad of the Sacred Cows, and Window Dressing). Our set was recorded on 24 tracks and Terry Brown is ready to start mixing within the next few weeks. Look for an early 2014 release...

(Although..., by including a couple more ROSfest tunes we could actually release a standalone "Tiles at ROSfest 2005" disc that would run almost an hour. We'll have to take that under advisement... there's lots of good stuff available (and a few things we prefer no one hears again!))

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