MAN! they were amazing, Mangini's drum solo was avin it, and the whole band were so tight. Petrucci was on it big time, nothing like a live hammering guitar solo. On the backs of angels was just sublime and everything about the concert last night had panache.
The warm up band Periphery, were so so, musically pretty tight, some nice solo's here and there, but for me, the singer was weak. Not a great lover of that devil doom voice.
I have my guitar teacher to thank for introducing me to Dream Theater. going by the bands i was into when began my lessons, he guessed right, that i would appreciate Dream Theater's music.
The first album i heard was Systematic Chaos, as it was then, the latest one out, and from that i went and bought the rest of their back catalogue from the beginning.
I bought WD&DU, I&W and Awake all in one hit from Amazon, the first thing i noticed before even listening to the music was the hair.
Setlist 2 for me as well, although there are a few that aint on either list that i would prefer to hear live, as Wembley Arena next year will be my first Dream Theater concert, some of the tunes i would prefer, have been done to death live already, but they would be a first for me as i've only seen em' live on DVD. Anyway whatever the setlist maybe, its gonna be a great night.
Astra...check out their debut album, The Weirding.
Blood Ceremony, a canadian band, female singer. They have a Black Sabbath sound to em', but they also incorporate some flute into their music as well, so sometimes they sound like a Sabbath/Jethro Tull hybrid...very retro, early seventies sounding.
Then my favourite out of this bunch, the magnificent Colour Haze, a retro early seventies sounding bluesy rock/prog band. Like Dream Theater, songs frequently over ten, fifteen minutes long and few over twenty minutes long too, incorporating long instrumental passages, i suppose there sound is a mixture of Cream, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac and again Black Sabbath with a bit Hendrix thrown in... These are an amazing band.
Scenes From A Memory, as the lyrics tell quite a complex story, plus they fit into very complex song structures.
I'm surprised more people haven't mentioned BCSL, as definitely four out of those six songs have strong lyrical story arcs to them, Nightmare To Remember, Shattered Fortress, Best Of Times and Count Of Tuscany.