Only bothering with this because SX changed the order of their set. All the songs were the same, just different order than every other set I've seen so far.
Shoot to Kill
Living in a Whirlwind
Pretty good, but suffered from "opener sound." I didn't realize how young all those dudes are. Singer looks like he can't be older than 20 or so.
Slave to the Dark
When the Night Falls
Days of Rage
Watching Over Me
Stu was amazing. I was kind of worried, being close to the end of the tour, and I believe the last night of 5 shows in a row, that his voice might be a little ragged, but dude was flawless. Fucking amazing. Dante's Inferno ripped my head off and shit down my neck. Damn.
During Watching Over Me, apparently a girl got smacked in the face or something over on Jon's side of the stage. Don't know details, or if it was accidental or on purpose, but Jon dropped his guitar mid-song and ran over there to see if she was okay. He was pissed. He kept giving someone over there the stinkeye the rest of the show. Stu didn't know what was going on and he walked over where the guitar was and acted like he was going to pick it up and play it, but didn't obviously.
The End of Innocence
Bastards of the Machine
Children of a Faceless God
When All is Lost
Inferno (Unleash the Fire)
Of Sins and Shadows
Eve of Seduction
Set the World on Fire (The Lie of Lies)
They apparently have a day off in Jersey tomorrow, because they mentioned 3 or 4 times that they are home tomorrow. And they played like they couldn't wait to get there. I went to this show mostly to see them, and left more impressed with Iced Earth. Russell was drinking a lot, and his voice was a little off, and the sound wasn't near as good as Iced Earth's. I think they borrowed Lars' St. Anger drum kit for the first half of the set, as that snare overpowered everything, and you couldn't hear Romeo that well. It got better towards the end of the set, but from Bastards until Electric Messiah I was actually kind of bored, and I never thought I'd be bored at a Symphony X show. And a pit actually got started during Electric Messiah. I will never understand moshing at power metal shows. Just doesn't seem like "mosh" type music, but whatever.
Even though SX was a little disappointing, I'm glad I went because IE ripped my fucking face off. I had my doubts when they hired Stu, but I'm a believer now.