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I think James was having problems w/ his in-ear monitors for the first few songs
I saw lots of people getting guitars signed in pittsburgh. The guys as always were very humble, polite, and appreciative. Oh, and make sure your autographed photo is in the bag. The girl had them separate so they wouldn't get bent and forgot to put them back in w/ the other swag before the m&g so we had to call her and meet up to get ours.
One thing you will not see at a DT show is moshing. The people at these shows are there to see the band, not tear people apart. I've seen DT around 9 times and only once did I see moshing (during the Gigantour....so metal crowd to begin with). There is usually one guy who gets hammered and thrown out for being an ass, but other than that be prepared to pick your jaw up off the floor at least a dozen times.
This was my, i dunno 8th or 9th DT show, and I must say that I have never seen the band so energized and just....happy looking! Everyone made concentrated efforts to be active and engaging. I missed a great photo op during Endless Sacrifice of JR,JM, and JP standing next to one another in a sort of 80's-esque power rock pose. JP sang all the backing vocals, and sang more than I have ever seen him before. He seemed to really bleed the lyrics as he sang them (especially during These Walls). I think the guys are truly happy where they are right now. I was so impressed with the show, the mix (no straining to hear individual parts) and overall experience. The meet and greet (my third) was cool as always. Had a funny conversation with James, JP, and Jordan about how I thought James should open the show in a pirate jacket, riding a unicycle while jordan played circus music.
I may be a little off but here's what I can remember of the setlist (may or may not be in order):
Bridges in the Sky
Build me Up, Break me Down
Wait for Sleep
Far From Heaven
The Great Debate
Caught in a Web
Through my Words
Breaking All Illusions
Encore: Pull me Under
The only albums they did not touch on were FII, SC, and BCSL
As for the Great Debate, I do recall the news snippits at the begining, but not sure about later on. I have always been iffy on that song but seeing it performed live allowed me to see a lot of the little stuff written into it. I really enjoyed it personally. I thought Mangini performed masterfully -minus a small hiccup in the first minute of Breaking All Illusions - which he recovered from so smoothly that I might have missed it had I not been counting along with the song in my head. He redeemed himself later on when the main motif presented itself again. I think his in-ears went out cuz it seemed like he was really having trouble hearing the rest of the band for that song.
Overall, I think we as DT fans are in for some incredible music in the future. The band seem re-energized, inspired, and most of all.....completely and utterly happy. I am so glad I went to this show, and those of you who have yet to see them this time around will be blown away!