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Boston (10/10) show review

  • Boston (10/10) show review
    October 12, 2011 - 1:52am

    what a friggin' show...definitely worth the drive from vermont. my first DT show ever, and definitely will not be my last.

    the M&G was awesome. as i feared, this 43 year old guy turned in to a 13 year-old at a bieber concert. i was so nervous around the guys, it was all i could do to keep it together. when i walked up for the picture, JP looked and smiled at me and for a moment i thought he was going to put his arm around me and welcome me in to the group lol. going through the autograph line was cool, but again my words failed me when i tried to talk to the guys. i think i told MM that i looked forward to hearing him with the band for many years to come, but we seemed to be talking at the same time lol. JR seemed a little preoccupied with something. maybe he was having an 0ff-day or not feeling all that great. JMX looked directly at me as i blurted out something...not sure if he asked me a question or if he was just giving me his undivided attention, but i couldn't hear him all that well so i'll never know. :( i joked with JP something about "i told myself i would keep it together here, but i don't know..." to which he gave me a big smile and said "well, don't lose it on me now" LOL. i told him that i really apprecicated the M&G opportunity. i told labrie that i loved his voice, and that i didn't give a sh!t what the critics say about it, to which he replied "bleh-f*ck the critics. who gives a sh!t what they say, right?" made me grin from ear to ear. the guys were all very friendly and cordial. what an experience. would do it again in a heartbeat.

    on to the show...i had 4th row (floor), right center. i was so close that if MP was still in the band, i proably would have been spit on! :p never heard of trivium before, but what an opener. not my kind of music really, but i have to say that they had great stage presence, great attitutde, and a great job of getting the crowd pumped up for DT.

    my god - what a show by DT. what a SHOW! being in the 4th row, it was pretty loud - seemed a little excessive considering the size of the theater. but i think i was getting 1/2 of what was coming off stage and 1/2 of what was coming through the front speakers. the vocal and music seemed almost the same level, which made it a little difficult to make out labrie at times. but i am not complaining by any means.

    a very entertaining, energetic show. the opening video is hilarious. great stuff. the guys looked happy, healthy, and were having fun up there. loved labrie's pirate coat and that mic stand kicks ass. got to see JR with the zenn riffer jamming it up with JP center stage, and JMX and JP getting together a couple of times. there was a spot where JP got up on the drum riser and motioned with his head to JMX to come on up. it looked like Myung shook his head "no" at first, but he ended up climbing up there too. friggin' awesome. eugene friesen was a pleasant surprise. added that much more power and emotion to beneath the surface.

    any video you've seen of MM's drum solo does not do it justice. you have to see this guy. he is an UNBELIEVABLE MONSTER! how he doesn't break 5 drum heads a show, i'll never know. very intense - bashing the life out of those drums - but never out of control. he's having the time of his life up there, and he is so enjoying this opportunity. thank god JP and the guys kept this thing going and we are pretty fortunate to have a great guy like mangini in the band. there will always be a place in my heart for MP, but mangini is the real deal folks. phenomenal.

    if they happen to be reading....thanks for an awesome show, and i'm looking forward to going to my next one. sorry for being a nervous bumbling idiot during the M&G!!

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bigrich67's picture
on October 12, 2011 - 1:52am

what a friggin' show...definitely worth the drive from vermont. my first DT show ever, and definitely will not be my last.

the M&G was awesome. as i feared, this 43 year old guy turned in to a 13 year-old at a bieber concert. i was so nervous around the guys, it was all i could do to keep it together. when i walked up for the picture, JP looked and smiled at me and for a moment i thought he was going to put his arm around me and welcome me in to the group lol. going through the autograph line was cool, but again my words failed me when i tried to talk to the guys. i think i told MM that i looked forward to hearing him with the band for many years to come, but we seemed to be talking at the same time lol. JR seemed a little preoccupied with something. maybe he was having an 0ff-day or not feeling all that great. JMX looked directly at me as i blurted out something...not sure if he asked me a question or if he was just giving me his undivided attention, but i couldn't hear him all that well so i'll never know. :( i joked with JP something about "i told myself i would keep it together here, but i don't know..." to which he gave me a big smile and said "well, don't lose it on me now" LOL. i told him that i really apprecicated the M&G opportunity. i told labrie that i loved his voice, and that i didn't give a sh!t what the critics say about it, to which he replied "bleh-f*ck the critics. who gives a sh!t what they say, right?" made me grin from ear to ear. the guys were all very friendly and cordial. what an experience. would do it again in a heartbeat.

on to the show...i had 4th row (floor), right center. i was so close that if MP was still in the band, i proably would have been spit on! :p never heard of trivium before, but what an opener. not my kind of music really, but i have to say that they had great stage presence, great attitutde, and a great job of getting the crowd pumped up for DT.

my god - what a show by DT. what a SHOW! being in the 4th row, it was pretty loud - seemed a little excessive considering the size of the theater. but i think i was getting 1/2 of what was coming off stage and 1/2 of what was coming through the front speakers. the vocal and music seemed almost the same level, which made it a little difficult to make out labrie at times. but i am not complaining by any means.

a very entertaining, energetic show. the opening video is hilarious. great stuff. the guys looked happy, healthy, and were having fun up there. loved labrie's pirate coat and that mic stand kicks ass. got to see JR with the zenn riffer jamming it up with JP center stage, and JMX and JP getting together a couple of times. there was a spot where JP got up on the drum riser and motioned with his head to JMX to come on up. it looked like Myung shook his head "no" at first, but he ended up climbing up there too. friggin' awesome. eugene friesen was a pleasant surprise. added that much more power and emotion to beneath the surface.

any video you've seen of MM's drum solo does not do it justice. you have to see this guy. he is an UNBELIEVABLE MONSTER! how he doesn't break 5 drum heads a show, i'll never know. very intense - bashing the life out of those drums - but never out of control. he's having the time of his life up there, and he is so enjoying this opportunity. thank god JP and the guys kept this thing going and we are pretty fortunate to have a great guy like mangini in the band. there will always be a place in my heart for MP, but mangini is the real deal folks. phenomenal.

if they happen to be reading....thanks for an awesome show, and i'm looking forward to going to my next one. sorry for being a nervous bumbling idiot during the M&G!!

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KirksNoseHair_2's picture

It was a good show and the performances by all were excellent. Unfortunately, for me, the volume was excessive. I cannot understand why they would feel the need to play that loudly, especially in such a small venue.

The last time I saw Dream Theater in the Orpheum Theater in Boston it was "An Evening With Dream Theater" and they were touring in support of 6DOIT.

The volume at that previous show was perfect. I could hear everything very clearly.

At the show on 10/10/11, however, the mix was definitely hindered by the excessive volume. Vocals, in particular, were almost non-existent in the mix, especially in the beginning. It improved slightly by the 3rd or 4th track, but overall, I thought the sound could have definitely been better.

progfan82's picture

This was my third Dream Theater, previously seeing them in 2005 and 2006. This performance was their best by far. Without question the best concert I have ever been to and I've been to many. With the addition of Mangini, the band seems to have been reinvigorated and truly having fun playing off each other. The performance was stellar. They rocked out for two hours and the fans more than got their moneys worth. They hinted that they may be back next year, if so I'll be there.

Dream Theater NH's picture

Great show. Loved it. My first. Next time I hope I will be closer, a little distorted in the back. Still easy to see everything. Come back again DT!

Philba1966's picture

Love the review...sounds like I could have written it myself (first show, late-comer to the community, only I missed out on the M&G entirely, 8th row center with the Tour pack). I would have been as tongue-tied for sure meeting the guys! Next time (James hinted they might be back for US leg #2) I'll be in on it earlier & over my initial nerves.