Monday, August 4, 2003 @ 10:29 AM
Dream Theater and Queensryche
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REVIEW BY: Tony of Long Beach, CA
Dream Theater kicked ass over Queensryche (I missed Fate’s Warning), and I was not surprised. The whole place was going crazy, however, for both groups. DT is not really my cup-o-tea but they were great and I wouldn’t mind seeing them again (they played at the House Of Blues here in SoCal before, and I can imagine how cool a small club venue would be for them). A highlight was a cover of Ozzy’s “Diary of a Madman” -- way cool!
I went in not expecting much from QR, and I feel I didn’t get much either. They seemed to be a bit louder than DT and Eddie Jackson had to ask for volume adjustments often. The volume seemed to have given Geoff Tate a problem with his timing a few times and most songs were played a little slower than the album as if they lacked energy, but they kept pushing on to a fairly consistent tightness musically. Happily it was a short set.
GT sang well and Michael Wilton and Scott Rockenfield played fine, no big deal; so did new guitarist Mike Stone, who was wearing this funky hood over his head for most of the show that kinda bugged me, not to mention his overall presence. I realize without Chris DeGarmo they have an overall darker, deeper sound, and look, and it’s just hard for me to swallow. It’s not the QR I care to remember (CDG is that missing element that makes QR not QR anymore). The only time I got a chance to catch Stone’s own style was during an extended solo on The Who’s “We Won’t Get Fooled Again,” which sounded average. The song itself was cool as the final DT/QR encore with both drummers doing lick exchanges after the long keyboard solo part of the song.
The first DT/QR encore was Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb,” which was a pleasant surprise. During the end guitar solo, which was played by DT’s axe-man John Petrucci (and sounded great), both drummers were playing the same DT drum set! That was fun to watch and they seemed to have fun doing it.
The cover songs are what I enjoyed most about the show, as well as getting to see DT for the first time.