Well, St. Louis hasn't seen DT since 2004, so I have little sympathy for you guys in Phoenix. :p
And the venue that they were at back then was the Pageant, which was packed, and is still going strong, and would be perfect for DT (holds about 3K or so, I think). I think the promoter for that venue thinks that that type of music won't sell anymore. That is what I heard a while back. It probably didn't help that Queensryche was there last month and didn't sell well, so he probably thinks that reinforces his belief, but there is a huge difference between QR (who must know suck royally now) and DT (who is still as strong as ever). Not that I would expect him to know that. Blech.
Great info, JR! I won't be seeing you guys on this tour again (us poor folks in St. Louis haven't seen you guys since 2004), but I can't wait to see what surprises you pull out. :)
Awesome mellow song (NOT a ballad, folks!). Definitely one of my two or three favorites from the new album. I love when they write songs like this: mellow songs that don't sound cheesy or balladesque.
As of now:
1. Awake - In my all-time top 5, they will be hard-pressed to ever top it.
2. Images and Words - Not far behind Awake, this is also flawless from start to finish.
3. Scenes from a Memory - The last of the holy trilogy.
4. Six Degress of Inner Turbulence - Can't touch the top 3, but is still pretty damn great.
5. Falling into Infinity - Underrated for the longest time, this has some of their best tunes to date (Trial of Tears, Hell's Kitchen and Lines in the Sand).
6. A Dramatic Turn of Events - Could move up to number 5 depending on how well it ages. A fantastic record, and definitely one of my 5 favorites of 2011 (which is saying something considering how strong a year it's been).
7. Train of Thought - I didn't care for this much at first, but it has aged pretty well for me. Not a favorite by any means, but pretty darn good for what it is.
8. Black Clouds and Silver Linings - I don't go crazy over this like I did when it first came out, but I still like it quite a bit (despite every song, even the best ones, having noticeable flaws).
9. When Dream and Day Unite - Great songs, but the sound and Dominici's vocals hold it back a bit. If only this had been recorded with JLB singing when Kevin Moore was still in the band...
10. Systematic Chaos - Not a bad record, but aside from ITPOE I and Repentance, not much else there that interests me anymore.
11. Octavarium - The title track is awesome. That's it.
Anyone who knows me by my screen name knows how much I adore PT. 2nd best band ever (Rush is number 1; DT is not far behind the two)!!!
In fact, I think I am gonna listen to The Incident now. :)