I agree that Periphery was pretty bad. I had no ability to distinguish what was happening musically until maybe the last song. It all jumbled into a garbled mess and the instruments drowned out the singer (which was not necessarily bad for me because i don't really enjoy all the screaming)
Dream Theater was amazing, though. I have never been to a better concert and probably won't find one until the next Dream Theater show I go to.
@Bluefish: Yep, that was unfortunate, but he just kept trucking like nothing was wrong and it still sounded great regardless. There was also a problem with feedback in his Breaking All Illusions solo and he had to manipulate the volume pedal when ever he stopped playing. It just shows how focused he is and how incredible of a guitarist he is.
Very yes. We are at the front of the balcony and it's going to be amazing. lml
This is an impossible question :p If I had to pick, I would say Lines in the Sand or the Hollow Years live version from Budokan. There are too many amazing ones to choose from though.
You win and that pie wins. That is all.
Maybe Another Day or This is the Life. Maybe even Surrounded or I Walk Beside You. I don't know what your definition of gentle might be, but those songs have a good upbeat vibe even though they are not ballad-type songs and they might be good for introducing someone to Dream Theater's other styles without throwing Octavarium at them.
EDIT: Oh! Maybe Ana Lee from Falling into Infinity.