Thursday, July 31, 2003 @ 10:58 AM
Queensryche, Dream Theater and
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REVIEW BY: Redrustler
First up was Fates Warning. Unfortunately, I missed them. Shows at Annie's are notorious for not starting on time. I have seen them there before when they have gone on at midnight. The doors opened at 6:00 p.m., I drove past about 7:20 p.m., and there was an incredibly long line to get in that was not moving. I later learned that Fates went on about 6:40 p.m., and played for about 30-35 minutes. Apparently, not many people saw them.
Second up was Queensryche. This was the third time I have seen Queensryche in Cincinnati, the first being at the Gardens, the second Bogarts, and now at Annie's. This was the first time at an outdoor venue. They came on about 7:50 p.m., when it was still light. They opened with "Open" from the new album, which is yet to be released. It sounded good, more like their later material rather than earlier material. "NM156" was next. Geoff Tate sounded great. So did the band, from beginning to end. They consistently sound good from one venue to the next. But the shaved head, ouch.
On "Take Hold of the Flame," he did not try to hit the high note at the end of the intro, causing one person to scream "pussy," but he hit all the other notes, so I am confident he could have hit it if he tried. The only song I could have done without was "Jet City Woman" -- a little too pop for me.
Every time I have seen them they have been the headliner, but they seemed to be having a great time even though they were the second band, and not being able to use the light show to full effect because of the light. Crown reaction was pretty good, but people were standing around more than I am used to seeing. I think that people have a hard time getting up too much for the second band.
They ended with "Queen of the Ryche" and "Best I Can," which were the encores. Set list, from albums, in no particular order, were: (1) E.P.: Lady Wore Black, Queen of the Ryche, (2) Warning: NM156, Take Hold of the Flame, (3) Rage for Order: Walk in the Shadows, (4) Empire: Jet City Woman, Empire, Best I Can, (5) Operation Mindcrime: Anarchy X, Revolution Calling, Speak, Eyes of a Stranger, (6) Tribe: Open.
Third band was Dream Theater, and the crowd was pumped. I estimate that there were about 2,000-3,000 people in attendance. I am not familiar with their material, and so cannot comment on the song selection, but they began with a long musical intro, sort of like a heavy metal jazz band. They sounded very tight, but the band was less animated than Queensryche.
At the end of the show, Queensryche came back on stage, and both bands played another Queensryche soundtrack song, then finished up with The Who's "Don't Get Fooled Again." It was pretty cool hearing two different but very accomplished vocalists sing a "duet." It would have been really cool to see and hear Ray Alder up there, but it was not to be.