Yeah, I'm SURE Dream Theater, their families, and their management want them to travel to a country with which half of the western world, including the US is on the bring of [i]major[/i] conflict (or even war) with; seems like a REALLY safe and desirable place to book a bunch of shows, especially if you're American lmao.
I completely agree that this is the best, if not one of the best, DT song/s in years.
Breaking All Illusions is probably my favorite. That might actually be a top 5 DT song for me. Bridges is not far behind, if at all. Neither are Angels, Lost, and Outcry, which are ALL amazing songs. They're the best DT songs to come out in about 3 albums.
Also...I'm not sure which concert you attended over the past decade during which the vocal power was either powerful or "in tune."
I've posted extensively about this subject on the unofficial DT forum and the JP forum. I completely disagree with everything you said about his alleged progress. I disagree to the extent at which I think the reality of the situation is actually the [b]exact opposite[/b] of what you just described.
I don't want to keep beating a dead horse, as, like I mentioned, I have posted on this so many times, but I'll be happy to discuss further if you're curious.