To compare any band with the awesome musicianship of Dream Theater would be a disgrace! They pulled off an excellent show in Los Angeles at the Wiltern Theater on March 8th that has left all their fans waiting for more…
Their first song was -- you guessed it! -- "My Glass Prison" which completely ran over everything present with its sheer heaviness and Pantera-like riffage. "Misunderstood" was the only other track off Disc One from the 6 Degrees Of Inner Turbulence album that they played.
During the intermission, (yeah! They have intermissions!) they played the recording of the first movement for 6 Degrees Of Inner Turbulence along with a light/laser show to entertain the fans while they set up for the second movement. It kicked ass, and everyone was waiting for it!
Dream Theater knows it’s fan base and what they want to hear. They played stuff from Images and Words, Falling Into Infinity, Scenes From A Memory, and Awake. The only disappointment was that they did not play "A Change Of Seasons," but after playing a 45-minute song and a 13-minute song, they probably felt it best to leave it out. But we wouldn't have cared anyway, they should have played it!
Jordan Rudess and John Petrucci had some very cool exchanges, and you can't help but wonder why this band is so underrated, and why they don't win some Grammys (they're that good!). Mike Portnoy, John Myung, and James Labrie also displayed their spectacular talents. This band has the right name, because it is like a dream come true to have these kind of musicians together in one band, and together for so many years.
Mike Portnoy said, "See you in the summer," so I'll definitely be on the Internet buying tickets to see another 3-hour show (actually, no one would complain if they played for 5 hours!)