Dream Theater -- Atlantic City, NJ -- July 21st, 2012
The concert was supposed to be at Harrah's Casino in Chester, PA. But for unknown reasons (probably low ticket sales), it was moved to Caesars Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, which is 70 miles away.
I checked Ticketmaster on the day of the show, and there were less than 50 seats left, so the show was very nearly sold out. However, the venue looked like it was only 75% full. Even the sections close to the stage had a lot of empty seats. Not sure what the deal was, but I'd hate to think that a lot of people showed up in Chester not knowing that the concert was moved. I'd be so pissed if that happened to me!
The crowd was also a bit of a letdown. The entire crowd, even the sections closest to the stage, were seated for the whole show. (At previous DT shows that I've been to, the sections near the stage always stood.) There were also a fair number of old people in the crowd, and they looked very disinterested throughout the performance. Maybe they were there for the opening band (Crimson Projekct), or maybe they were casino patrons that went to the show because they were tired of playing slots? Anyway, most of the crowd was very appreciative, and cheered loudly at the appropriate times, etc. But you can only be so lively when sitting down.
Also, another strange thing that happened is that the usher brought us to the wrong seats, and we didn't notice until halfway through the show. We were supposed to be in row HH (8th row), but the usher put us in row NN (13th row). The funny thing is, there were people in "our seats" in row NN, but rather than argue, they just moved over into the empty seats next to us. We realized halfway through the show that we were in the wrong seats, and moved up to our correct seats.
In summary, it was just a weird show for me. Being moved from Chester to AC, the theater being 25% empty, the crowd sitting for the entire performance, and being in the wrong seats for half the show.
However, the band played well as always, and I had a great time. This was my 16th Dream Theater show, and although I wouldn't count it as one of the better ones, I've still never seen a bad Dream Theater show.
Bridges in the Sky
The Dark Eternal Night
This is the Life
The Root of All Evil
Lost Not Forgotten
A Fortune in Lies
On the Backs of Angels
War Inside My Head
The Test that Stumped Them All
The Spirit Carries On [dedicated to the victims of the Dark Knight Rises Colorado shooting]
Breaking All Illusions
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Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper
so seated the WHOLE time? no one, not even one person stood up? That just blows my mind
I agree with you, this was a very weird show. I could possibly understand the theater being 25% empty with the show being moved from a large outdoor to a smaller theater. I think the deal with the sitting the whole time would have been different if it stayed in Chester. People around me were getting pissed at the people who were standing the whole time.
I enjoyed the longer set very much. The last time I saw DT was on the Systematic Chaos tour, and that was not as long as this one was. The new material sounded awesome. The trip to AC would have been just as long as it would have been to Chester. Sucks for all those people who live out near Reading or Lancaster, which would have been a considerably longer trip.
Still, all in all, a great show.
[QUOTE=tenchimyo;478540]so seated the WHOLE time? no one, not even one person stood up? That just blows my mind[/QUOTE]
There were about 10 people in [URL="http://www.ticketmaster.com/seatingchart/16404/18418"]Section 3[/URL] that stood up for the whole show. They were all the way on the edge, with no one behind them, so it didn't look like they were bothering anyone. I moved behind them during [I]The Root of All Evil[/I] so that I could stand up too.
Other than that, the rest of the crowd was seated for the whole show. Some people stood up for Petrucci's solos and stuff like that, but then they sat right back down.
[QUOTE=MusicDude415;478549]The trip to AC would have been just as long as it would have been to Chester. Sucks for all those people who live out near Reading or Lancaster, which would have been a considerably longer trip.
I live in Delaware, so Chester is a 15-minute drive for me, whereas Atlantic City is 1.5 hours.
Not a huge deal, since I've driven much farther to see Dream Theater on previous tours. But it was kind of annoying.
The situation was a debacle for me. I'm a big 20-year fan of DT but this was my first opportunity to go to one of their concerts. I was pleased because it was going to be at Harrah's Chester, which is just across the bridge from South Jersey, about a 25 minute drive. I had bought lawn/patio seats for my wife and I but I did not mind... I've usually had a fine time watching shows from the lawn. As you know, the show was cancelled there and moved to Caesar's Atlantic City, a bit less than an extra hour's drive away; the show was also moved back from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Ticketmaster sent an e-mail to advise of the change, saying I could pick up my tickets at the Caesar's box office at 4 p.m. the day of the concert 7/21, at which time I would find out my seat assignment. They also said if I wanted a refund I need to let them know by 5 p.m. on 7/19.
I was still anxious to go, so I held onto the tickets. I checked Ticketmaster's site a couple days before the show. The site listed the show time as 8:30 p.m. now... this was never e-mailed to me. Also the theater map showed most of the seats taken up, and I was starting to get concerned how many were seats purchased since the venue change and if I was going to get screwed. My wife and I got to Caesar's and went to the box office at 4 p.m. There was no line, which I found a bit odd considering how many people would need to exchange tickets. We showed our tickets from Chester and our IDs. The lady there rifled through a bunch of stapled tickets to find the ones with our name, which meant they already picked where we were sitting. As it turns out, they were putting us dead center of the very last row of the upper area.
I did not pay money to go to a concert and get stuck in the most remote seats in the house. Plus my wife has asthema, and asking her to walk up a couple dozen rows is asking a lot. We were so frustrated by the AC crowds and angry at the seating (plus having to wait another 4.5 hours for the show) that, as much as I was dying to go for the past 2 or 3 months, I abandoned the effort and drove home.
Reading other people's review of the show makes me feel sad and angry and how Caesars handled everything. I'm not dealing with them again. Thankfully my wife explained the situation to Ticketmaster and, even though it is past the deadline they advertised, they are going to provide a refund. I'll try to catch DT in a better venue next time around.
Sorry to hear about your experience. The sad part is, because the venue wasn't full, you definitely could have moved into better seats. But obviously there was no way for you to know that at the time. At least you got a refund, and I'm sure DT will be back in this area after their next album comes out, hopefully in 2013!
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