This was my 15th DT show. This is also the first time I've only gone to one show on a DT tour, because (A) they aren't rotating the setlists very much; and (B) tickets were $76 this year. (Tickets were $54 in 2006 and $57 in 2008.)
Security was really tight, and they were really strict about cameras. Still, I managed to snap a few pictures.
When LaBrie spoke in between songs, it sounded like he had a cold. But it didn't seem to impact his performance at all. He did mention it was their first time performing at the Merriam Theater, and that they usually performed at the Tower Theater "in the ghetto".
I have mixed feelings about the setlist. On the positive side, I like the new album, so it was nice to see so many new songs. (Especially because if they do re-unite with Portnoy sometime in the future, you have to wonder if these songs will ever be played again.) It was awesome to see The Ytse Jam
and The Silent Man
because I had never seen those songs live before. And I'll never get tired of hearing Endless Sacrifice
or Fatal Tragedy
On the negative side, These Walls
are not very good live songs, and they really drained the energy out of the setlist for me. I understand that they're trying to play some "rarer" songs (rather than playing Panic Attack
and Constant Motion
for the millionth time), and that is definitely appreciated. But there are so many better songs they could have played instead, like 6:00
, Caught in a Web
, The Great Debate
, Sacrificed Sons
, etc. Also, I like Under a Glass Moon
but it doesn't work very well as an encore. Take the Time
or Learning to Live
would have been better.