What a show! I'd never seen Trivium, but I enjoyed their performance and they definitely got me pumped up to see DT. As others have said, the DT intro cartoon was comical and once the guys took the stage, the crowd exploded with anticipation. The guys were spot on last night. This is my fourth time seeing them and I think it was their best performance yet. Mike was incredible watching him on the drums, and you can tell what a super guy he is just by watching him play and interact with the rest of the band. He really looks like he is having a blast and it has seemed to re-energize the others. His drum kit is impressive, and he uses every bit of it including a great solo where I think he smiled almost the entire time. Not to take anything away from what MP contributed to the band for so many years, but I think MM will take DT in a new more positive-minded direction now (a welcome thing!).
The lighting and sound were phenomenal, just don't expect a rehashed 1980's metal/hard rock concert with exploding flash pots and fire. This is DT and the lighting is there to complement the music and the performers, not make up for any deficiencies therein.
As far as the set list, someone had posted last week or so that there appeared to be two rotating set lists that were largely similar. This held true with one AWESOME exception. Instead of The Great Debate, they played Outcry. Then, later in the show where Outcry had been played previously, we were treated to the incomparable Breaking all Illusions!
Bridges in the Sky
Build Me Up, Break Me Down
The Silent Man
Beneath the Surface
On the Backs of Angels
Through My Words
Breaking all Illusions
Under a Glass Moon*
*two of my all time favorites...what a treat for me!
Hope this gets those of you that have not seen them yet excited about upcoming shows. And, thanks so much DT for a great performance. Keep up the good work!!