Sunday’s show at Mesa, Arizona, was at a surprisingly small (1600 seats, sold out), but excellent venue I have not had the pleasure of attending before. I have seen five shows before this, starting with the Awake tour at a bar in Tempe. This time I was thrilled to bring my 13 year old daughter, who is learning “Wait for Sleep” on piano. Although they failed to play this song Sunday, the selection was outstanding. I very much enjoyed the older tunes. I of course have mixed feelings about the new lineup, but Mangini brings such a positive energy, always that boyish, genuine smile, and his technique that suggests it is much easier to do the impossible things he is doing back there. As a keyboardist myself, I am always amazed by Rudess’ prowess, and his hydraulic keyboard stand absolutely destroyed me! James’ rapport with the audience was easy and real, and the pipes were in good order. Myung is an island, and sitting as close as we were, it was absolutely fascinating to watch him play! Petrucci tore through a series of different colors of the same guitar, exhibiting the mastery of his instrument all night. Trim the goat beard, though... We definitely got our money’s worth, and I have passed the torch on to another generation.