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» From "San Antonio, July 6th show recap!" // July 08, 2012 10:33:12 PM UTC
Well, I saw Majesty at the Majestic. I agree with the mixing issues, but all of that was washed away by Dream Theater's intensity and enthusiasm. From the first note they brought the hammer and kept hitting throughout the whole show. I felt very privileged to had seen them this time around. The crowd could not help but be hyped by DT fast pace. It was very contagious. I think hearing some the classics of previous albums like, "war inside my head " and "a fortune in lies" really helped with the overall mood of the concert. I have seen them the last couple of times they have come through the area, Once when they opened for Maiden and last year at Bass Hall in Austin. This show seemed so much better in many ways. Mangini seems to have become a lot more at ease and was right on. He was laughing and interreacting with the others the whole night. He was not concerned about being noticed by the crowd just seemed happy to be part of a bad ass band. Sorry, but Port always seemed jealous when everyone was up front on stage. My point is that the band seems more whole with no egos apparent during the show. It was hard to believe that this was their second leg of the American tour. They seemed so fresh and aggressive. Now on that note, Petrucci looked dead tired at the Meet and Greet in Austin the next day. Regardless, he stood for two hours and signed autographs and took pictures. They had a chair but he refused to sit. He was very gracious and spent a lot of time with each person. I brought several items for him to sign but felt bad for the others in line so, I left them in my bag. Well he encouraged me to pull them out of the bag so he could sign my JP6, Mark V foot switch and my TC Dreamscape pedal. Oh, how can I forget the signed picture after all that. He could not have been more nice and patient. There was a drunk fan hanging all over him at the signing that would not leave. He was very patient with the drunk until he was escorted out. I hated to see that happen to JP but he handled the situation like a gentleman. Other artists would have probably ended the signing right there but JP went for another hour. Dream Theater, the greatest band in the World! JP rules!
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