My interest in them sparked only a few years ago, so I'm going to leave out Falling Into Infinity and replace WD&DU with A Change of Seasons (came in late, don't have a few of the albums) but here's my set list, based off everything else (note: I know I'm not exactly following the format, but I don't want to throw a song I'm not familiar with in and ruin the flow):
1. On the Backs of Angels
2. Scene Two from Metropolis Part 2: Overture 1928 & Strange Deja Vu
4. A Change of Seasons
6. The Root of All Evil
7. The Shattered Fortress (VII through XII of 12-step is intentional)
8. Lifting Shadows off a Dream
9. Pull Me Under
10. Blind Faith
11. In the Name of God
(Band leaves, everyone but JLB returns) ENCORE
13. Breaking All Illusions
2nd Encore (if they're up to it)
Right above 2 hours, 3 if you add the eruptions of cheering!
Good one! This will be tough: (note I'm throwing them on as I think f them, this isn't necessarily a ranking thing):
1. Pink Floyd - "The Wall" (it's 2-disc set, too!)
2. Weird Al Yankovic - "Bad Hair Day" (I need some funnies)
3. Rush - "The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1973-1987"
4. Dream Theater - "Train of Thought"
5. Silversun Pickups - "Carnavas" (for mellowing out)
6. Metallica - Load
7. Purity Ring - Shrines
8. Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below ('nother set!)
9. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
10. Dream Theater - "Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory" (hidden inside a "Boston" by Boston jewel case) :)
No one checked inside the cases.....
@solitaryshell: Seconded! No one can do it. I actually have this thing happen to me I call "The Dream Theater effect" - I listen to DT for a long time...maybe I'll knock out Octavarium, then go to Metropolis Part 2, then ToT.... and afterwards, after I've been Dream Theater'd out for the week, I'll turn on the radio. I might listen to some metal, some alt rock, or some other station....
.....and it SUCKS! I find that after listening to DT sometimes that everything else just sounds like shit. The effect has died down a bit since I got all the albums and learned how to transition better...but still...no other band has ever done that to me.
Speaking of skips, I never asked this....but why does Pull Me Under suddenly end? Anyone know what I'm talking about?
@Ytsejam58: I know what you're saying about Mangini. I noticed, too, that there's just some....soulfulness missing. But you know what - I've learned to embrace that. ADTOE is a different monster than other DT albums. On this one, JP just took the f*** over. And don't get me wrong - I'm a drummer. The reason I became addicted to DT was Mike Portnoy, and he's the reason I kept listening all this time.
But Mangini....you can't deny his technical genius. And for him to lack the kind of things MP had on previous albums was a golden opportunity for some heart-melting stuff. Again, JP took over this album, but listening to it, I have a new appreciation for everything else DT stands for. It was rough, going through what they had to, and I think they definitely captured that feeling with the guitar work on the album.
About the 12-Step suite: You ever seen them do it all?
Looking to get a DT tat, but I'm wondering about which direction to go in...
Has anyone ever made a play of the 1999 album Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory?