BTGtT – Dream Theater | Düsseldorf | 2007-10-07
Image by jochenWolters
I don’t go to hard rock concerts all that often, but when you have a chance to see one of the best metal bands in the world — in terms of both music and craftsmanship — live on stage, you just have to go see ’em. And, man, was it spectacular!
Rightfully considered the masters of prog rock, the instrumental performances by Jordan Rudess, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, and John Myung were awe-inspiring. Add to that James LaBrie’s charactestic, somewhat eerie vocals, and you just can’t help getting into that headbanging mood. 😉
Obviously, I was most interested in Rudess’s performance on the Korg Oasys and the Haken Continuum, which were both fitted with cameras (as were Portnoy’s drum kit and Petrucci’s guitar) so you could follow their live playing on a big screen above the stage. That screen was also used for showing a few song-accompanying movies and video animations, but the close-ups of the musical performances were so much more impressive.
It was one of those super-fast unison riffs by Jordan and John that made one of my buddies wonder about Jordan: "What drugs is he on?!?!"
I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed this performance, but let’s be honest: as much as you’d like, trying to bring across the awesome experience of a great live concert (more than three hours of music between Symphony X, the opener, and DT, by the way!) by writing about it is almost impossible. So I’ll stop right here and suggest you go visit a concert yourself soon if you haven’t done so in a while.