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1  General Category / General Music Chat / James was spot on last night in Boston! on: April 20, 2016, 10:27:56 am
I was just at the Dream Theater show at the Orpheum Theater in Boston last night, 2nd row center right, and James was absolutely spot on all night! He killed it! This album really puts him front and center, and allows him to really showcase himself live for over 2 hours. My wife and I had the meet and greet experience, always a please to be able to chat a few sentences with the band!
Thanks James and DT for such a killer show!
2  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Autotune used on James' voice in DT on: February 10, 2016, 08:10:22 pm
Wow dude...you MUST be a singer, and can hear those pitch corrections, etc. Because I just can't hear it. I honestly would never know.
I will say, after your descriptions, it makes sense now that I think about it, I have always loved listening to DT's live performances of the yester years on the Images and Words and Awake tours--maybe without ever realizing it, the vocals to the songs sound more natural and not 'fixed' in post-production like today? So naturally I have been drawn to that more raw sound. I am the first to say James is an infinitely more dynamic singer than he was back then, and has grown exponentially. So it always pisses me off beyond belief when I read or hear people knocking him.
3  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: The Astonishing Tour on: February 10, 2016, 08:00:18 pm
I got my VIP package for Boston, the day they went on sale, and have been slowly counting down the days!
4  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: The Astonishing--Album review on: February 02, 2016, 06:49:55 pm
Soooooooo ummmmmm how the heck has there not been at least a dozen people commenting on what they think of the new album?
Is this a bad thing? Are a lot of you staying silent because you respectfully dislike it?
In the past, with each DT release day, it seems by only the end of the day there are 2 or 3 pages of comments.

Did I miss the rapture or something....?? Where is everyone??!
5  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: The Astonishing--Album review on: January 31, 2016, 06:43:52 pm
As ridiculously amazing and complex as the new music is--JLB is most certainly the star of the album! He is the consummate frontman, and with the new double album he is front and center; no doubt that he will steal each and every performance.

I have to add though-- with the NEXT record (obviously a good 2 years away) James, John M., and Mike should write the whole album.  Grin
6  General Category / General Music Chat / The Astonishing--Album review on: January 29, 2016, 07:59:34 pm
So how many times have you all listened to it by now...? I certainly (at least at this time) don't feel I need to make an extensive review. It's over 2hrs of so much to absorb. But here are my first thoughts:
     To say that this is Dream Theater's most ambitious work of all time would be the understatement of the century.
Every time I will continue to listen to this album it will be very hard to not listen to each disc all the way through. In many ways, it does not feel that there are really any separate songs....It's like listening to one 130 minute track. James gives the absolute most stellar performance of his entire career. He sings in the stratosphere it seems the majority of the album, which I could not be happier for--in fact, he really outshines the rest of the band, and each song. The lyrics are so extensive that as I listened and followed through the booklet, I could only constantly think, "wow James probably will not be walking off stage very many times for any instrumentals, since there are not very many at all." I will openly admit, for me personally, the prog metal side of Dream Theater is throughly lacking through out. When I first read 'The Astonishing' would be a prog "rock" (and not labeled metal) opera I was a bit nervous and apprehensive. But James gives us all the most crazy operatic vocal eargasms he has ever unleashed, so the lacking in the head banging department of the overall album is a worthy trade off.

Xander -- What have you done/You murderer/My father's dead/ Your day will come

Seriously??!! I must have skipped the back track 6 times to listen to that again and again before I could continue....I know James is the most humble man anywhere...but...he is just inhuman.
7  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Ayreon's Human Equation Comes to Life on: January 05, 2016, 07:18:01 pm
OMG there BETTER be a DVD release! This show looked like it was amazing....!
8  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Dream Theater "The Astonishing" Tour Dates on: December 18, 2015, 09:20:22 pm
Yep, I bought the VIP package for my wife and I right away at 10am! I can't wait!
9  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Dream Theater "The Astonishing" Tour Dates on: December 17, 2015, 04:11:20 pm
WOO HOO thanks for posting!!
10  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Dream Theater "The Astonishing" Tour Dates on: December 12, 2015, 12:12:08 pm
I don't suppose you have an inside scoop on when the USA tour dates will be?
11  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Autotune used on James' voice in DT on: December 04, 2015, 07:31:10 pm
If or when James uses any kind of auto-tune in the studio, it would be just to fix and tweak some part that (as someone just earlier) was only noticed when they start mixing the album.
Ok to use as an example--I am a fantasy/ sci-fi book cover illustrator. After I have my finished painting it is  pro-shot. But before sending the file to the client I often have to use photoshop to tweak where the camera could not help some slight glare, or the deeps blacks or more saturated color did not pick up in the picture, or often dust fibers collect in areas after 3 weeks of painting. This all needs to be fixed in a photoshop before the final product is in print, so it looks as close to the original painting as possible. They are all minor fixes because a camera is a one-eyed idiot, and cannot capture the essence of a painting; just as recording a voice is PROBABLY never perfect either.
 So for James to use any kind of auto-tune to tweak something makes sense. I really doubt he would have to use it very much since any time I see them play live in person or watch live shows on youtube, his vocals are as close to the studio album more than really any singer out there. I mean seriously---can we really name very many (if any at all) rock/metal singers that can keep up the vocal power and sound the same live as in the studio? Even Fabio Lione can't do it.
12  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: The Path Will Soon Divide -- The Great Northern Empire/ Ravenskill Rebel Militia on: December 04, 2015, 07:02:32 pm
Wow thanks for posting this! January 29th can't come soon enough! Looks like I can only listen to the new Megadetha album 1 week before I start to play the new DT album to dust. If it is 2 hrs and 10 mins of music like Petrucci said, I hope there is plenty of the hard and heavy prog-metal to keeps the metal heads like myself satisfied. The last album was seriously lacking on that 'metal' front. I do really like 'The Gift of Music', and James' soaring vocal are superb! (as always).
I hope they put out the US tour dates sooner rather than later, so we can plan way ahead for buying tickets.

Woa! And good thing I just checked out the official DT website, I had no idea they were taking pre-orders for the deluxe box set edition, and only 4,000 made!
13  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: The Path Will Soon Divide -- The Great Northern Empire/ Ravenskill Rebel Militia on: November 22, 2015, 10:40:52 am
Did you sign up for one of the newsletters? There have been several e-mails sent from each side; and the story has developed with each one a bit more. A shame I really cannot go to one of those opening acts in February!
14  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: The Path Will Soon Divide -- The Great Northern Empire/ Ravenskill Rebel Militia on: November 16, 2015, 06:35:09 pm
Hey let me ask the European fans then-- do many typical Europeans or at least from your countries Martin and Evegret-- just charge a credit card for sometime like this concert, that hypothetically they really can't afford? I have to say it is typically very common for an American to do so.
15  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: The Path Will Soon Divide -- The Great Northern Empire/ Ravenskill Rebel Militia on: November 15, 2015, 06:23:30 pm
Dargor I don't blame you! I just spent $900 on new paints and brushes I needed....so we all have priorities, for sure! I remember the days 15 years ago when a front row ticket VIP package for DT was only like $150.... I am so happy for the band that they have basically become a household name...but YIKES the tickets have skyrocketed!
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