Jordan Rudess will release a new solo album, “Wired For Madness” on April 19 via Music Theories Recordings / Mascot Label Group.
Some of the notable guests include drummer Marco Minnemann, Dream Theater frontman James LaBrie, guitarists Vinnie Moore, Guthrie Govan, Joe Bonamassa and John Petrucci.
Jordan dispels any notion that it’s a concept record. “It is not a concept album,” he says. “However, the title track does have a story that I was envisioning while writing it. The idea was about a guy who wanted to go about a transformational process involving becoming partially computerized and robotic. His functionality as a human was noticeably diminishing and he takes advantage of a modern medical procedure to ‘upgrade’ and extend his physical and mental capabilities. Through the course (or curse) of this process he becomes more and more separated from the outside ‘normal’ world, allowing the computer front end to take over much of his day to day tasks and decisions. This leaves his mind free to travel between madness and spiritual enlightenment. After an angel visited him, the listener is left wondering whether he is experiencing true enlightenment or if he is moving out of the physical world to the next dimension.”
“There’s even some blues!” says Rudess, “‘Just Can’t Win’ is a dirty blues song! The Dream Theater guys call me Blues Man because, at 8 a.m., after sleeping on the tour bus, I sound like a reincarnation of an old blues man soul. I called in Joe Bonamassa and a full brass section to help make this song really happen. For my prog fans, this is Jordan Rudess in an alternate universe!”
“Wired For Madness” track listing:
01. Wired For Madness – Part 1
02. Wired For Madness – Part 2
03. Off The Ground
04. Drop Twist
05. Perpetual Shine
06. Just Can’t Win
07. Just For Today
08. Why I Dream