Ah this is ridiculous...a new boy started at my school nearly 2 and a half years ago, for the first day he hung around with me and my friends because we invited him to and no-one else had yet. We asked him what music he listened to and he said Dream Theater. None of us had heard of them and it kind of for forgotten because the next day he stayed with other people.
Anyway about a year later I was getting incredibly bored with all the music I was listening to, so grasping at straws for what to listen to I remembered DT, had no idea who they were at all so I went on to iTunes and bought the top 2 songs there and then-Panic Attack and To Live Forever. Wasn't a great fan of To Live Forever (although I am now) but Panic Attack was just unlike anything I'd ever heard! A few months later I bought Octavarium and was just completely blown away, I loved every track instantly. Haven't looked back!
Might it have been 10th February 2012? American date format? I read it as October at first too.
15, nearly 16, and I've liked them for...maybe a year? But I've only got really into them in the last couple of months because before that I only had Octavarium and Awake