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What is your ultimate Dream Theater set list?

  • What is your ultimate Dream Theater set list?
    September 30, 2011 - 6:07pm

    I attended thier show in LA, at The Nokia Theater, on 9/25. I was amazed by the variety in their set list. Their set list included at least one song from 8 of their 11 albums! This made me think, if I got to set up a Dream Theater concert, what would be the ultimate set list? I thought it would be interseting to put some rules to it.
    1. The set list must contain only one song from each of their 11 albums (A Changes of Seasons, not included)
    2. The songs can be arranged in any order you want, but in such a way that would produce the best overall flow.
    3. In Dream Theater tradition, it must have a dramatic begining and epic ending.
    4. The encore can be any song from any album, regardless if you've already used a track from that album, in fact since this is the Ultimate Dream Theater show, go ahead and add a second encore.
    5. Try to be respectful of our beloved musicians try keep the set to around 2 hours, please.

    Here's mine.
    1. The Root of All Evil
    2. Home
    3. Constant Motion
    4. Under a Glass Moon
    5. Only a Matter of Time
    6. Bridges in the Sky
    7. Disappear
    8. Lines in the Sand
    9. A Rite of Passage
    10. Caught in a Web
    11. In the Name of God
    Encore
    12. As I am
    13. Octavarium

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Wingnut1991's picture
on September 30, 2011 - 6:07pm

I attended thier show in LA, at The Nokia Theater, on 9/25. I was amazed by the variety in their set list. Their set list included at least one song from 8 of their 11 albums! This made me think, if I got to set up a Dream Theater concert, what would be the ultimate set list? I thought it would be interseting to put some rules to it.
1. The set list must contain only one song from each of their 11 albums (A Changes of Seasons, not included)
2. The songs can be arranged in any order you want, but in such a way that would produce the best overall flow.
3. In Dream Theater tradition, it must have a dramatic begining and epic ending.
4. The encore can be any song from any album, regardless if you've already used a track from that album, in fact since this is the Ultimate Dream Theater show, go ahead and add a second encore.
5. Try to be respectful of our beloved musicians try keep the set to around 2 hours, please.

Here's mine.
1. The Root of All Evil
2. Home
3. Constant Motion
4. Under a Glass Moon
5. Only a Matter of Time
6. Bridges in the Sky
7. Disappear
8. Lines in the Sand
9. A Rite of Passage
10. Caught in a Web
11. In the Name of God
Encore
12. As I am
13. Octavarium

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inthepresenceofONEbyMetallica's picture

You may disagree with order and there are a few dodgy tricks to get some songs in but here we go.
p.s.This is a 30th anniversary tour. Scenes is dodgy trick one.
Here's my setlist:
Intro (from chaos in motion but extended to end on ADTOE)
Scenes From a Memory (full)
*fades to black*
Scarred
Cool Live Intro/Lines In The Sand(with car advert video at beginning because I'm sure it's been used on a car advert)
Another Hand - The Killing Hand
*ftb*
Outcry
*15 minute intermitos*
Set 2 (all atmospheric songs so fade to black after all songs)
The Root of All Evil
A Nightmare To Remember
In The Presence of Enemies
In The Name of God
The Glass Prison
Learning to Live
Encore:
Trial of Tears
Also Sprach Zathustra
Disappear
A Change of Seasons

Egypt26's picture

1.Afterlife
2.Take The Time
3.Under Peruvian Skies
4.Home
5.The Great Debate
6.Endless Sacrifice
7.Wait for Sleep
8.This is the life
9.Learning To live
(break)
10.Bridges in the Sky
11.A Rite of passage
12.Forsaken
13.The Killing Hands
14.Lost not Forgotten
15.Space Dye Vest
16.Finally Free
17.Outcry
18.On the Back of Angels

Jorge Armando's picture

The 12 step suite and anything else ;)

Sleeper1928's picture

My interest in them sparked only a few years ago, so I'm going to leave out Falling Into Infinity and replace WD&DU with A Change of Seasons (came in late, don't have a few of the albums) but here's my set list, based off everything else (note: I know I'm not exactly following the format, but I don't want to throw a song I'm not familiar with in and ruin the flow):

1. On the Backs of Angels
2. Scene Two from Metropolis Part 2: Overture 1928 & Strange Deja Vu
3. Forsaken
4. A Change of Seasons
5. Wither

Break

6. The Root of All Evil
7. The Shattered Fortress (VII through XII of 12-step is intentional)
8. Lifting Shadows off a Dream
9. Pull Me Under
10. Blind Faith
11. In the Name of God

(Band leaves, everyone but JLB returns) ENCORE
12. Erotomania
(JLB returns)
13. Breaking All Illusions

2nd Encore (if they're up to it)
14. Octavarium

Right above 2 hours, 3 if you add the eruptions of cheering!

Gibleson's picture

1. A Nightmare to Remember
2. Bridges in the Sky
3. Metropolis, Pt. 1
4. Hollow Years
5. Innocence Faded
6. In the Presence of Enemies, Pt. 1 & 2
7. Overture 1928/ Strange Deja Vu
8. Afterlife
9. Disappear
10. In the Name of God
11. Octavarium

Encore:
12. A Change of Seasons

Akshay's picture

1.A change of seasons
2.Home
3.Instrumedley
4.Hell's Kitchen
5.As I am
6.Pull me Under
7.Fatal Tragedy
8.Ytse Jam
9.Nightmare to remember
10.Metropolis pt.1

Encore
1.Octavarium

Dreamoon's picture

One more to try this difficult exercise. So, here we go:

1/ A Nightmare To Remember
2/ The Shattered Fortress
3/ Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence
4/ Bridges In The Sky
5/ Breaking All Illusions
6/ Space-Dye Vest
7/ Octavarium
8/ Under A Glass Moon
9/ Sacrificed Sons
10/ Forsaken
11/ On The Backs Of Angels
12/ Raise The Knife
13/ Lost Not Forgotten
14/ The Count Of Tuscany
15/ Marooned (Pink Floyd Cover)
16/ One Slip (Pink Floyd Cover)
17/ The Best Of Times
18/ Outcry
19/ Take The Time
20/ Build Me Up, Break Me Down
21/ This Is The Life

I know it may take hours to play all of those songs but what's good must last for hours no ?!!!

Phrygian Sunshine's picture

OK, here's my entry:

1. Your Majesty
2. Light Fuse and Get Away
3. Outcry
4. Peruvian Skies
5. Innocence Faded
6. The Great Debate
7. Forsaken
8. Rite of Passage
9. Sacrificed Sons
10. Spirit Carries On
11. Endless Sacrifice
12. Learning To Live

Encore:

Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
After Life
A Vision

dtfan44's picture

1. Another Won (instrumental)
2. Ytse Jam
3. Learning to Live
4. Lifting Shadows Off a Dream
5. A Change of Seasons (Sorry, I had to include it)
6. Trial of Tears
7. Overture 1928
8. The Glass Prison
9. Endless Sacrifice
10. Octavarium
11. Constant Motion
12. A Nightmare to Remember
13. Raw Dog
14. Breaking All Illusions
Encore
15. Odyssey

cygnusx1jg's picture

1. The Root of All Evil
2. Wither
3. The Mirror
4. Outcry
5. Overture 1928
6. Strange Deja Vu
7. Build Me Up, Break Me Down
8. Wait for Sleep
9. Learning to Live

-INTERMISSION-

10. On the Backs of Angels
11. Scarred
12. Speak to Me
13. Blind Faith
14. Breaking All Illusions
15. Hell's Kitchen
16. This is the Life
17. Metropolis Part 1
18. In the Name of God

-ENCORE-

19. A Change of Seasons

openyoureyes311's picture

This set would make me giggle like a schoolgirl... especially the encore... John Petrucci, take note if you ever see this post please! I would love to see a show end with a When Dream and Day Unite song!

1. Overture 1928/
2. Strange Deja Vu
3. The Great Debate
---quick hello---
4. Take the Time
5. Wither (Piano Version)
6. Anna Lee
7. On The Backs of Angels
8. Stream Of Consciousness
9. Lifting Shadows off A Dream
10. Constant Motion
11. Octavarium
---encore---
12. Only a Matter of Time

yogi's picture

1. A Nightmare to Remember
2. Bridges In The Sky
3. The Root Of All Evil
4. Forsaken
5. The Answer Lies Within
6. Pull Me Under
7. Through Her Eyes
8. Goodnight Kiss
9. Silent Man
10. Far From Heaven
11. Wait For Sleep
12. Vacant
13. On The Backs Of Angels
14. Home
15. Sacrificed Sons
16. Spirit Carries On
17. The Ministry Of Lost Souls ( Encore)
18. Breaking All Illusions ( Closing Encore)

JeffG94110's picture

For a 2 1/2 to 3 hour show:

Bridges in the Sky
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Lie
In the Presence of Enemies (the whole thing)
Home
The Dance of Eternity
Metropolis, Part I
Take Away My Pain
The Count of Tuscany
Octavarium
Breaking All Illusions

sinan810's picture

1. A Nightmare to Remember
2. Afterlife
3. The Spirit Carries On
4. Raise the Knife
5. Honor Thy Father

*short break*

6. The Glass Prison
7. This Dying Soul
8. The Root of All Evil
9. Repentance
10. The Shattered Fortress

*short break*

11. Breaking All Illusions
12. Beneath the Surface
13. The Silent Man
14. Wait For Sleep
15. Learning to Live

*encore*

16. Caught in a Web (throw in a jam session in the mid section)

DexterTheater's picture

Here it goes:

[b]
1. The glass Prison
2. Bridges In the Sky
3. Metropolis Pt.1
4. Under a glass moon
5. Wait for sleep
6. Learning to live
7. As I am
8. This Dying Soul
9. Stream of Conciusness
10. In the name of god

-Some kind of short break

11. Honor Thy Father
12. Home
13. The Dance of Eternity

-Some kind of short break (you just got to assimilate that you just heard The Dance)

14. 6:00
15. Caught in a web
16. Voices
17. The Silent Man
18. The Dark Eternal Night
19. Outcry
20. Breaking All Illusions
encore
21. Pull me Under

[/b]

Marshalucci's picture

Hmm, that's my:
1. Metropolis Pt.1
2. A Change of Seasons
3. Instrumedley
4.The Glass Prison
5. Blind Faith
6. Misunderstood
7. Octavarium
8. On The Backs of Angles
9. Breaking All Illusions
10. One Last Time
11. Overture 1928 (that piece maybe earlier)
12. Home
13. Learining To Live

\,,/Drummerboy\,,/'s picture

so im guessing we are trying to go for a regular dream theater concert. 2-3 hours

Bridges in the sky
Surrounded
never enough into
sacrificed suns
John + rudess teresa solo
Overture 1928
dance of eternity
one last time
spirit carries on
on the backs of angels

Break

Build me up break me down
take the time
ytse jam + m.m solo
the great debate
forsaken
constant motion
wait for sleep + learning to live
lost not forgotten

Encore
lost not forgotten
metropolis

2 hours 47 ? i think i did a pretty good job

anthonyd1972's picture

ok need about 6 hours but here it goes

1.glass prison
2.the dying soul
3.the root of all evil
$.repentance
5.the shattered fortress

break
7.in the presence of enemies 1
8.forsaken
9.constant motion
10.the dark eternal night
11.the ministry of lost souls
12.in the presence of emenies 2

break
13. Scenes from a memory part 2 (condensed a bit for time but the whole album non the less)
14. metropolis part 1

break
15.as i am
16.i walk beside you
17.panic attack
18.tenament funster/flick of the wrist/lily of the vally
19.stargazer
20.lie

break

21. a nightmare to remember
22. a rite of passage
23. on the backs of angels
24. bridges in the sky
25. the count of tuscany

good night....

ENCORE
26. NEVER ENOUGH
27. A FORTUNE IN LIES
28. US AND THEM (FLOYD COVER)
29. WAR INSIDE MY HEAD/THE TEST THAT STUMPED THEM ALL
31. ENDLESS SACRAFICE

ENCORE 2
32.SACRAFICED SONS
33.THE ANSWER LIES WITHIN

ENCORE 3
34.CAUGHT IN A WEB
35.AFTERLIFE
36.PULL ME UNDER

Canuck's picture

1. The Dark Eternal Night
2. As I Am
3. The Mirror
4. The Glass Prison
5. Panic Attack
6. Ytse Jam
7. Strange Deja Vu
8. Surrounded
9. Just Let Me Breathe
10. Lost Not Forgotten
11. The Count of Tuscany

encore

Octavarium

Vegvisir's picture

The whole "one song from each album" thing made this pretty difficult.. I don't know how long this set list is either, but here is what I put together.

1. Bridges in the Sky
2. Endless Sacrifice
3. Fatal Tragedy
4. Disappear
5. Afterlife
6. Voices
7. Learning to Live
8. These Walls
9. Trial of Tears
10. The Count of Tuscany
11. Ministry of Lost Souls
Encore:
Breaking All Illusions
Finally Free