|Poll: What is your favorite DT studio album?|
|The noise that you'll hear|
Is the crashing down of hollow years
|Three Minute Warning|
from Liquid Tension Experiment (1998)
Mike Portnoy said the following about Three Minute Warning: "'Three Minute Warning' is not for the musically faint-hearted, impatient, or critics of extreme self-indulgence. If you fall into any of the above categories, please hit the stop button on your CD player after track #8."
This song is a completely spontaneous 30-minute studio jam. Nothing at all was discussed before recording it. While recording, the band was having so much fun that at 27:12 into the jam, the 24-track master tape ran out. Luckily, Mike Portnoy had been running a live-to-two-track DAT back-up that the final 1:19 was recorded on. The sound from that recording is noticeably different, but the band thought it was a good way to close the album.
The song got its name from the fact that Tony Levin was sick of sitting around while the other LTE guys were writing music so he told them that if they didn't start jamming in the next three minutes, he was going to leave for the night.
Music by Liquid Tension Experiment
Three Minute Warning Appears on: Liquid Tension Experiment