AND WOW, THE WIERD USE OF CAPS IN THIS SECTION, THAT MAKES US LOOK COMPLETELY ILLITERATE WHEN ITS POSTED....THANKS....
JUST EXPERIENCED THE vip pLATINUM mEET AND gREET AT THE wARFIELD IN sAN fRANCISCO. tHIS WAS A GREAT TIME. iT WAS GREAT MEETING ALL THE GUYS BEFORE THE SHOW INSTEAD OF WAITING AROUND FOR HOURS AFTER THE SHOW...ALBEIT, MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE.
tHE CONCERT WAS AMAZING AS ALWAYS. i ACTUALLY CAME TO TEARS AT THE END OF "iLLUMINATION tHEORY" AT THE POWERFUL VOCAL SECTION. iT WAS JUST AN AMAZING MOMENT WHERE THE ENTIRE AUDIENCE CAME TOGETHER AND SCREAMED OUT THE LYRICS WLIH jAMES.
WHAT A MEMORABLE SHOW.
I was fine with the setlist. Any time I get to see DT play anything live is a treat!
After the show, I was able to hang out at the tour van for awhile with some other dedicated fans. Around 1230-0100 AM, the guys came out. They walked straight to the bus and started to get on! For a moment, we thought we had waited in vain. But then, James LaBrie stopped, looked at us put his hand over his face and ran to the bus door!
He stopped there and said, "Don't worry guys, we're all coming back out." True to his word, 2 minutes later, Jordan Rudess and John Myung came out. They took pictures, signed autographs, and spoke with all of us for quite awhile. James came out and did the same. Then, it seemed out of nowhere, Mike Mangini was standing with all of us. He was really friendly and seemed so happy that the fans had hung out for so long after the show. After awhile, of course they all loaded back on the bus, but it was really cool to meet the guys (after following them since the late 80's).
About 15 minutes after they got on the bus, John Petrucci finally came out of the theater. He spent quite awhile with us also.
I must say, that after hearing all the great things about the guys in this band over the years, it was great to finally just talk to these guys. They are honestly the nicest warm hearted guys I have met in years of going to numerous music shows, motorcycle races, and other events with big names.
HUGE thumbs up on the show. It's great to have the guys back!