Personally, I do not think DT will play any of the other songs outside of this new album. They will, from now on, perform the entire ADTofE album (77minutes+) instead of performing other songs from previous albums. I feel they will only perform older songs with the current members of DT come to terms with MP with allowing DT to perform older songs, songs of which MP was an integral component in creating, from a lyricist and musician's perspective. If I am not mistaken, I believe in one of the videos, JP discusses the upcoming tour and states that the entire new album will be performed leaving no room to the older songs. That my take on, "A Nightmare to Remember" and the other older songs. If they decide to perform older songs, it will probably be the ones in which JM, and JP were the main lyricists. Thats my take on you topic. Good topic by the way. May Oneness Bless Us All, As One.
Meanstreak sounds pretty good, actually I would rather listen to this album, than other "famous" groups. They have a tight sound, can't really hear the lyrics well, but they sound really good. Heavy metal to the core, but with a twist. If I happen to come across it, in one of the music stores or something, I will definitely buy it. Thanks for bringing Meanstreak to my attention.
May Oneness Bless Us All, As One.
Your trip will be worth the journey. I understand what you mean by the drums being flat, but I feel that perhaps the other musicians had already created the foundation of this album, with perhaps a drum machine, and when MM, came on board the drum parts, for the most part, was created for little room for MM to create, and recreate. The diminished role of the drum, although there are some exciting parts in the music, is perhaps a reflection of what transpired in previous albums where the drums were the focal point. In this album, each instrument takes the lead in a certain point in the movement. I feel that this album is a welcoming back of Mr. John Myung, really, because I have truly missed his lyrical content, and awe-inspiring rhythmic bass riffs which are all evident throughout the album and in particular, "Breaking All Illusions". Also if you noticed closely on each song with regards to who wrote the lyrics and music, Mr. Mangini is not there, for in reality, he probably did not partake in the whole creation process of this album. Next album, will be breathtaking with Mr. Mangini being fully immersed in the process with the others.
For that I feel the tour is going to show MM true status as a drummer. He has probably been given the flexibility to re-create some 'simple' grooves, rolls, and other stuff. Thats why I think that you seeing them live will be beneficial. This album as other albums will grow on you. I had similar experiences with previous albums. "Systematic Chaos/Octavarium/Black Clouds" were albums that took a while for me to fully enjoy.
Enjoy the trip, listening to the album loud inside the car, and enjoy the Live Tour, because I feel it is going to sound a lot better than the studio album as they always do.
May Oneness Bless Us All, As One.
Greetings, this is RC, and I share my Light at this time. Numerous DT songs inspired me over the 18-19 years that I have listened to, and felt DT's music. From '94-'99, the songs that inspired me were "Scarred, Take The Time, Learning To Live, Lie, The Mirror, Pull Me Under, Caught In a Web, The Silent Man, Metropolis 1". From '99-'03, the songs that inspired me were "Home, A Change of Seasons, Trial of Tears, Hollow Years, New Millennium, Take away My Pain, Beyond this life, the spirit carries on. From '04-'10, the songs that inspired me were "Only a matter of Time, AfterLife, The Killing Hand, A Fortune in Lies, Glass Prison, Blind Faith, 6Degrees, The Answer Lies Within, Never Enough, I walk Beside YOu, As I am, This Dying Soul, Endless Sacrifice, The Ministry of Lost Souls, In the Presence of Enemies part 1 and 2, The Shattered Fortress, The Count of Tuscany. And NOW from '11 and Beyond, every song in "A Dramatic Turn of Events" has inspired me. As I have Grown in The Light, and continue to grow in the Light of my soul, while respecting the Dark, but only to be defined by the Light within me. May Oneness Bless Us All, As One.
You're right, those epic songs of Rush are awesome. They are just like Dream Theater in that all their albums are great in their own unique way. 2112 is absolutely the most epic song there is 22+ minutes long. Hemispheres is perfect. Fountain of Lamneth (Many journeys end here, but the secret's still the same... Life is just a candle and the dream... Must give it Flame). Great point Vegvisir. May Oneness Bless Us All, As One.