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Dream Theater, at the Orpheum Theater, Boston, 4/1/04 review


This was my fifth time seeing Dream Theater, and as usual, they didn't disappoint. This is the tour for the new album, Train of Thought, and was their "Evening with" format. That means no opening band, two sets, with an encore. They started at 8:00, and finished at 11:15, three and a quarter hours later. The did material from every album they have, and all of it was beautifully executed. The set was a follows.

As I Am
The Mirror
Beyond This Life (w/zappa tribute)
Hollow Years
Caught In A Web
Endless Sacrifice
Light Fuse and Get Away
Trial Of Tears
--intermission--
The Glass Prison
This Dying Soul
Another Day
Vacant
Stream Of Consciousness
In The Name Of God
------encore---------
A Change Of Seasons (!)

Highlights...they played A Change of Season in it's entirety! It's one song I'd thought I might never see live, but they played all 25 minutes of it for the encore. Unbelievable. As well, the did the Glass Prison/My Dying Soul combo as one song. These songs are about the first five steps of AA, and while on seperate albums, the blend into one song when played like this.

As well, the played all but one song fromt he new album, and the material translated well live, probably even better than on the album. Overall, a great show, and a great night. Except I didn't get home until 1:00 am, and am at work now very tired. But it's all worth it.
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Great, it´s a lottery to see ACOS now. One night they play it and the next two not.

Also great to see Another Day back in the set, was the sax part played on Keyboards like on the japanese version of Live At The Marquee?

All great and fine that you had a good time...but Light Fuse And Get Away? emoticon
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Yes, the sax part was done on keyboards. And Another Day was great, it comes across really well live, better than on the album.

Light Fuse and Get Away...They fairly regularly play songs off of WDADU, the last time I saw them on a "Evening With" tour, two years ago, they played The Killing Hand off of it.

And a couple of weeks ago, in L.A., it was the 15th anniversary of WDADU being released, and they played the entire album straight through! And then Charlie Dominici and Derek Sheridan come to to play with them on Metropolis Pt 1 for the encore. Now that was a show to have seen!
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Most have been great in LA, but I would have missed Kevin Moore then...
When I saw the band in february they played Only a matter of time from WDADU.
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This is a review of the 16th Jan 04 gig in Manchester, England,which I posted on another forum.



Dream Theater

They were excellent. No support act - they did two one-and-a-half-hour sets with a 15 minute interval.

The first set was mainly the new album, and the second set was classics and favourites.

The stage show was superb - three video screens and a high tec lightshow.

The keyboard player had his keyboard on a swivelling stand, and kept turning it to play facing in different directions!

The drumming was tight and impressive, the bass included some "stick" playing.

There was lots of "widdling" however, and "I can play faster than you can" interplay between the keyboard and guitar.

The audience ranged from about age 12 to 50`s, and went wild with enthusiastic cheering every time a new song started.

Altogether, an excellent evening`s entertainment from a highly professional band.

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There was lots of "widdling" however, and "I can play faster than you can" interplay between the keyboard and guitar.




The "widdle" factor is greater on the newer material I noticed, that is the biggest thing the mix of old and new shows. On the older stuff, Petrucci is much more restrained. The Train of Thought songs definitely have more shredding in them.
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Saw Dream Theater in Berlin in Feburary and it really blew my mind. They played almost all the tracks of the new album, and the rest of the set list was surprising (because they left out some classics like Pull me under), but I enjoyed it so much! Even if there was no change of seasons!
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Would have loved to see Dream Theater on this tour. Saw them at the Beacon in NYC on the Six Degrees... tour but wasn't as familiar with their catalog as I am now. Good show nonetheless. emoticon
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the rest of the set list was surprising (because they left out some classics like Pull me under)



I think they haven´t played Pull Me Under in quite a long time. That´s a very unusual thing about Dream Theater. They don´t seem to have one song they are connected with. They can play anything and the audience loves it.
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the rest of the set list was surprising (because they left out some classics like Pull me under), but I enjoyed it so much! Even if there was no change of seasons!



Dream Theater has reached a point very similar to what DP deals with today. They have a number of songs that are well known to their fans, and could easy do a show of just their better known material. But they choose to do what many would like DP to do, that is, they play different setlists every night, and Mike Portnoy actually goes back to the last time they played a city, and deliberately plays different songs. For instance, I've seen them four times in the last two years, and there is very little overlap between all the setlists I've seen.

But what happens is this...if they mix it up, people complain they don't hear they favorite song. If they do the safe setlist (ala DP) people complain they always hear the same songs. It's a no-win situation. Personally, I'm glad Dream Theater does what they do, it gives me a chance to hear lots of different material from them.



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