Nightmare Cinema is a warped version of Dream Theater. It features John Petrucci on drums, John Myung on keyboards, Mike Portnoy on bass, Derek Sherinian on guitar, and James LaBrie on vocals.
They made several appearances during encores in Europe, the US and Japan, starting with the April 19, 1997 show. Nightmare Cinema’s setlists consisted almost entirely of Deep Purple’s “Perfect Strangers”, but Ozzy’s “Suicide Solution” was played on one occasion in Japan.
Once Derek left DT, Nightmare Cinema also ceased to exist, with Mike saying it was a special thing between that line-up of the band and it won’t be repeated.
Nightmare Cinema Lineup:
Nicky Lemons- guitar (Derek Sherinian)
Juice Malouse- keyboards (John Myung)
Johnny James- drums (John Petucci)
Abdul Matahari- vocals (James LaBrie)
Max Del Fuvio- bass (Mike Portnoy)
In total, they made 10 appearances:
1997/04/19 Bonn, Germany
1997/11/01 Chicago, IL
1997/11/11 Los Angeles, CA
1997/11/22 New York City, NY
1997/12/09 London, England
1998/01/16 Tokyo, Japan (includes the only time they did another song other than Perfect Strangers – part of Suicide Solution with MP on vocals)
1998/02/24 Paris, France
1998/05/24 San Antonio, TX
1998/12/27 Philadelphia, PA
1998/12/30 Poughkeepsie, NY