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USA July 2003
We jumped out to the lobby to grab a beer and hit the bathroom and
were out there maybe 15 minutes and Queensryche kicked off. DAMN!!
So, we high tailed it back to our seats and had missed the opening
song. Fastest time between bands I have ever seen. The reason for
this was due to both bands equipment being setup on stage side by
side so they didn't have to move anything around. (This comes into
Anyhow, I am a HUGE Queensryche fan as some of you may
already know and I thought they were fantastic. They played the old,
the new and a couple obscure classics. They were very tight, Geoff
Tate's voice was in perfect order and they just kicked ass. In my
opinion, probably the best Ryche show I have seen since the mid
90's. As did Dream Theatre, Queensryche came to play. No talking
between songs, just song after song. Both bands took full use of the
two video screens on stage and in particular, at times, Queensryche
had videos playing in-sync with Geoff Tate's vocals that were really
Queensryche played about 80 minutes and ended their show with
the encore "Take Hold of the Flame", a classic track from the Warning
Album. I was pretty much toast after that. To our surprise however,
the show was far from over. After a few minutes of stage shuffling,
the crowd roared as both Queensryche and Dream Theatre came back on
stage together. And, I have to tell you, this was an awesome thing
to watch and listen too. They played 3 songs together using all of
the members from each band, complete with both drum sets. They
played Real World, a Queensryche song from the Last Action Hero
soundtrack and then a Dream Theatre song called The Spirit Carries On
from the Metropolis Album. The highlight however was the jam that
ensued, by all the guitarists, during the Pink Floyd cover of
Comfortably Numb. What a cool thing to watch and listen too.
drumming during all 3 songs was way cool to watch. Scott Rockenfeld,
from Queensryche, is a great drummer in his own right, and having him
along side Mike Portnoy was incredible. During Comfortably Numb,
they both sat at Portnoy's drumset and played the same drumbeats in
unison on different drums as if they were one person. Way too cool.
A lot of times you see other musicians or singers banging away on the
drums during shows, but I have never seen anything like that before.
After the show ended, Phantizy and I were in sort of a dazed kind of
state. We were almost overwhelmed by the amount of music we had just
absorbed in 3 ½ hours. And, it was only 40 bucks!!!!!
Having both of these bands tour together was a dream come true for me. They both
have similar music styles and compliment each other very very well.
The 3-song ending was just over the top in my book. This was one of
the best complete shows I have ever been too. We rocked our bodies
to pieces. Sure wish we were heading on to the next show in Boise to
see it again. Unfortunately you rockers won't get to see this show
as there are only 3 more dates on the tour and they are all West
Coast shows. The recently announced Queensryche shows will not
include Dream Theatre.
Open (new song off Tribe)
Jet City Woman
Desert Dance (new song off Tribe)
Remember Now - With cartoon video from the hospital.
I Don't Believe in Love
I Dream in Infrared
Screaming in Digital
Best I can
I am I
Take Hold of the Flame
Real World (with DT)
The Spirit Carries On (with DT)
Comfortably Numb (with DT)
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