That really sucks because there were empty seats in the bottom sections.
The shirt is kind of gray/black and says Dream Theater above a big Logo and Live Concert under it. Its a nice quality shirt have not seen one like it for sale. The pics are in a sealed metal box with the album cover theme I have not opened it. The poster is maybe 12 x 18 with the theme of the album cover. It is number xxxx/2000 pretty cool. Will look nice in a frame. An 8 x 10 with the autograhs, there is a black cloth bag with the DT Logo and you get your laminate. Between the stuff, the M&G and the ticket I think it was worth it. Cant really take a picture right now.
OK had a good time at Chicago. Once we got in we went through the like to check-in. Once everyone was checked in we were taken back to the meeting area. We formed a line for pictures and after the picture you got back in line for the meet. The guys were setting at a table and you got to walk by and speak with each of them. You can also bring one item to get signed if you like. After the meet you picked up your goods. Rosemont let you out and back in so I was able to take my stuff to the car.
The ticket was great I was to the right side of the stage which was perfect for me to get a good look at Petrucci working. When he came to the edge of the stage he was no more than a couple of feet away. After the show I got to either shake hands or high five everyone except Mangini who kept his distance. How the guy can even walk after working so hard for 2 hours is beyond me.
The stuff I got was ok nothing special. I wish I could have had the poster before the greet to have them sign it. The only thing I didnt get as promised was the chance shop the souvenir stand before the crowd. By the time I got there it was long lines.
As for the show it was top notch I really enjoyed it. They sounded as good as I have ever heard them and Mangini did not disappoint. The set they played did not include Outcry which is one of my favorites on the new album. The meet and greet was well organized and moved very smooth.
My advice. Bring something to get signed. Relax and think about how you want to pose for your picture. They move people fast and I have a feeling mine wont turn out well. Standing next to these guys was a bit overwhelming and before I could really set myself they were snapping the picture. \m/ \m/
I am going to Chicago tonight on a M&G package. I got the email 5 days in advance like promised. I'm suppose to be at the table by 5:45 and doors open at 6:00. You pick up your ticket when you get there.