Originally Posted by ravenheart
It's not just a case of not looking up the setlist. A lot of bands' setlist can predicted WITHOUT looking up the setlist of a specific tour, and that not happening is something DT fans have long valued. As I said above, I don't think they'll slip into the playing-the-same-hits-every-year trap, but nevertheless, the changing setlists was a dimension of a DT show that set them apart from other bands. They're just stripping away another piece of what has made Dream Theater Dream Theater.
Those bands' setlists can be predicted because they do play a lot of the same songs from tour to tour and cycle to cycle and don't really change anything up other than adding 2 or 3 new songs in. If Dream Theater resorts to doing that, then fine, point taken. But if they do what I and what even you think they'll do, which is keep the same setlist for one tour, and then maybe to an overhaul of it for the next tour, it'll become much more difficult to predict.