Dream Theater – New Album Coming Soon | Official Site
*Just crapped pants*
I cannot wait. Admittedly, i prefer DT's really hard stuff and was so pleased with tracks 5 and 8 in this last album. I'd love to see something of the Awake/Train of Thought/When Dreams and Day Unite albums. But considering no album is anything less than incredible...i'm not concerned in the least.
Ok...deep breath here...calm down.
Because I seriously wanted to issue a beatdown to the TC when i saw the set list he enjoyed.
I'm about to create a topic requesting some songs which is probably very presumptuous and forward of me but I need to hear 6:00 and Caught in a Web before I die. The rest of the set was sick but to hear just one of these. I actually thought they ceased playing 6:00 for some reason. I digress...
The one thing I am going to join in the criticism of DT was what I got for the Meet & Greet. Cue up, picture, cue up get something signed with literally less than 1-2 minutes per member to say something, collect your goodies, go sit in your front two row seats. I am of a mind that it would have been nice to have like a modest deal where you could mingle with the band a bit or maybe have a Q&A session. For that price I do. The one thing I respect is that they likely do not want too much interaction (get a flu bug or something) and there will always be one or more "that guys" that will be...difficult to be around. I do not feel shorted. No. Because being that close at their concert balanced it out but it could have been a bit more and I would have appreciated it.
But other than that - to come here and say that they are losing that "kick"? How pompous and rude. We all have opinions and you are entitled to yours but for a band that is so fan-focused, to come here and say that was inappropriate. I for one would edit that post if I were you.
Well, here is how they did the signing bit (and if I did not make this clear before, this is the time that you get like 30 seconds to say something to each of the band members) - first off, if you did the M&G you automatically get this really excellent signed and numbered limited release poster. Very nice. So there is one signed thing already. Then they have this little 8x11 glossy photo of the band members that they will already be signing at the table. So there are two signed things.
Now, they will sign something else for you - definitely one piece of memorabilia - anything more than one...you better be ready for some strange looks. I bet they'd do it but I am not confident that would be real considerate. Your call. They were, however, very generous with the people I was around in line.
Awesome guys but three months after my m&g I still maintain that it would have been amazing to have had some more interaction.
Ayatollah, would you do it again though?
If I do it again, I'm going to officially become "That Guy" and request that they play 6:00 and Caught in a Web.
I'm sure they hate people like that but after 5 concerts of not hearing two of my favorite songs...it's time to put in a request.
And likely be banned from ever coming back again:(
I'm...pretty sure it was $350. I could be wrong. I bought my ticket as soon as they were available to purchase and that was...I believe...around 4 or 5 months ago.
At the end of the day my memory is crap for such things.
If you are thinking about getting the ticket and it would not be too huge a financial commitment for you, then I say go for it. As I said in my post, when I go see DT again (which is as soon as possible) I will do the M&G again. It was worth it.
I've also done some more thinking about my comment(s) that there was not more interaction with the band. I do not know the members of DT, but when I met them they were all friendly and seemed happy to be there. What I've been trying to nail down is a concise reason why I had expected more interaction in a M&G, why I was a little disappointed there was not, and I think I have the answer.
First, I'll discredit myself by mentioning this was my first M&G I'd done with any band. So I had no idea what to expect at all. With that said, all successful bands out there have a group of strong fans that support them (ergo "successful"). MANY bands have a large fan base that may just like a couple songs that they had heard on the radio and figure "eh, i'll go see them in concert". While this is not a bad thing, there is a marginalization of the level of commitment the fans have to the band. This is not so much the case with DT. They do not get much radio play and, because of that, their fans need to be a bit more proactive in seeking out their material. And are rewarded for it in a way that I for one think exceeds all other musical experiences. But what I am ultimately trying to say is that I bet nearly every person in attendance at a DT concert is intimately familiar with their work and a truly, truly dedicated fan.
The band is certainly cognizant of this and I think it would have simply been nice to have a beer with them both as a reward for the level of dedication we fans have for them and to remind them just how much their work means to us all.
In the event that a member of the band does read this I hope it is not misconstrued as malcontent but just feedback. Perhaps it is utterly impossible to pull something like this off but it would rule if my suggestion were something that could be added to future M&G.
some songs i'd love to hear
Meet & Greet