Keyboardist Jordan Rudess of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER has released the following statement:
“It’s with great sadness that I share the news that my mom, Rita Rudess, has passed away at the age of 86. She dedicated so much of her life to taking care of my musical spirit. Driving me back and forth to Juilliard and both encouraging and enjoying my talent. Her passing was not a surprise as she was quite ill for a while. I’ll miss her very much.”
DREAM THEATER‘s European headlining tour is scheduled to kick off this coming Monday, January 23 at the Ice Hall in Helsinki, Finland.
Jordan Rudess‘ video message from tour rehearsals in Finland — recorded on January 21, 2012 prior to the announcement of his mother’s passing — can be seen below.
Rudess, 55, has been the full-time keyboardist for DREAM THEATER since the recording of 1999′s “Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory”. He has recorded six other studio albums with the group: 2002′s “Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence”, 2003′s “Train Of Thought”, 2005′s “Octavarium”, 2007′s “Systematic Chaos”, 2009′s “Black Clouds & Silver Linings” and 2011′s “A Dramatic Turn Of Events”. In addition, he has appeared on the live albums “Live Scenes From New York”, “Live At Budokan”, “Score” and “Chaos In Motion”.
DREAM THEATER is among the nominees for the 54th annual Grammy Awards, which will be held on Sunday, February 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Jordan Rudess video message from tour rehearsals in Finland – January 21, 2012: