[quote=KirksNoseHair]This band is rejuvenated and it's largely due to Mike Mangini's masterful performance on the latest album, but I also, honestly, believe that Portnoy was dragging Dream Theater in the wrong direction. The new album, imho, proves it. This is a band that has found their wheelhouse again and released the best album they've created in a decade. I cannot wait to see them live in a few weeks, and frankly, it's the first time I've had any interest in seeing Dream Theater in a live setting in over 5 years.
[/quote]I was there too. I was directly under you. It was a great show. I've seen them 2 times with MP. And this was better than the other 2 times. First off i caught them as MP was loosing intrest in the band. Systematic chaos was when MP was starting to feel it was stale. That was the first time. Tho the show was great it lacked. This time it had luster. I agree go see them.
What a amazing show. The set list was the same as the first show they did. MM drum solo was excellent. Aside from a little bass feed back in the first song the show was awesome. Trivium kicked ass ass well. The crowd was really loud they drowned out James when was talking. Great show, if you get a chance go see the show.
To John, John, James, Jordan, and Mike,
Thank you sooooo much for continuing, and for giving us a great album, and a top notch #1 show.
May you guys continue to play and put out great music.
I've been a fan of DT since I&W. The last 2 albums leading up to the MP meltdown i was thinking wow this isnt DT anymore. Tho i enjoyed several tunes from them it was just getting to out of base of what the bands foundation was. PROG!!! MP is a master on the drums. But his direction he was taking them was more like what hes doing now. When he announced he was leaving i was sad, but happy too. Because the band was suffering under him. Now there back with the PROG!!! I always likened them to Kansas, Yes, Rush on steroids. Very heavy PROG!!! Now with the welcoming in of MM its back. He is a monster and a God on the drums. But the best part is hes humble as a human. Hes not a attention whore. The band now seems happier then before. Their all hanging out together after the shows. Its a unit again.
MP will always be the drummer who set the sound. It just sad hes trying to screw the band now. I hope one day the band and him can make amends. Its a shame to throw away that many years of friendship away. It seems he forgot that he was the one who left the band.
MM you fit right in. And i love seeing how you are with them. You have brought new life to DT something that was really needed. Thank you for being the human being that you are. Its great to see. The band is better with you. Theres no more egos getting in the way.
Thank you for accepting the slot of being their permanent drummer.
Here it is the 27th and getting ready so is my G/F which its her first DT show and my 3rd. Getting stoked. Cant wait to see MM play. what a great day this is.
Jordan im getting ready to got to seattle and walk around. Hope you do a walk about like you do. Maybe ill see ya and buy you a coffee. My G/F and I are going. This is her first DT concert and my 3rd. Ilove the new album i feel its your guys best yet. Looking forward to the show.
Who is all going?