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1  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Dream Theater: A Dramatic Tour Of Events Schedule on: September 11, 2012, 10:02:04 am
You are all welcome  Smiley
2  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Dream Theater: A Dramatic Tour Of Events Schedule on: August 31, 2012, 10:06:45 am
As promissed: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.546425635383493.133994.100000481842711&type=1
3  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Dream Theater: A Dramatic Tour Of Events Schedule on: August 31, 2012, 09:20:34 am
Hey guys, long time no write here... Don't see many reviews here, hope this is the right place to share my yesterday's DT experience. I'll post a link to my pics as soon as I upload them.

My brother in law and I arrived at the venue 20:50 and the concert was scheduled to 21:30, the place was half full, but when the music began, the house was totally full.

Yesterday was my 4th DT concert, but had this additional surprise component which is called Mike Mangini. Don't know if it was due to the spot from which I was seeing the stage, but I had the impression that his drums are set nearer to the public, this is nice because he has much more iron in his set and, being nearer, we can see his face and movements very well.

The setlist is posted above, but it had some details. When JP was praparing his accoustic guitar, James took his spot next to JP and started talking to us, complaining that they'd have to fly from Rio the next morning and wouldn't be able to enjoy the city. "I don't know who booked this, but I swear I'm gonna shot him!" It was hilarious. JP started to play a melow, a romantic song and James said "hey, stop playng that song" with a very girlish voice, pretending he would cry or something, hahaha very funny. JR run to his keyboards to follow the song and suddenly Mangini took JP's mic and started singing along. The guys are really, really having a good time. Maybe you can find that on youtube today...

Another highlight was Spirit Caries On intro. It started more or less like the SCORE version, but suddenly JP sit in front of the drums, looked to JR and started playing State of Grace, from LTE. It nothing less than beautiful. From that they started improvising, James said some words about our journey on earth and the way we all can relate to the lyrics of this song. The rest you know, SCO is one of that songs that lift one's soul up very high...

What to say about our James...? The man is trully ON FIRE!!! Can easily say that it was his best performance here in Rio. Screaming like hell and now I noticed that his voice's low tunes are increadibly strong, I mean, that guy goes from deep in the seas to high in the skies like no one does. Thank you James! I would mention Surrounded as one of his best moments... but ok, I have a very personal bound to that song, so  Roll Eyes The crowd was singing alog every song like never befor, I could notice that the band was really appreciating that. After some normal ajustment and comparing to the last DT concert I saw, it was the best sound ever. Everything was very balanced, we could hear every instrument and James' voice.

One thing I can't forget is JP's performance. Great as always, but, in James' words: "This is guy is sicker than a dog tonight, and he's still up here on stage". I mean, of course I want him to get better, but man... he was VERY inspired. Trully in a State of Grace.

Well, the concert was a 3 hour proggy-metal-with-no-stop concert. Mangini doesn't get tired, hahaha, the man is from another planet. I met a frind there who said before the show: "His is great, it's not Portnoy, sometimes you feel that MP is missing", and after the show he said "wow, this man is increadible, he just fits this band". Don't want to start another old discussion here, I just can say that the band is missing NOTHING at all!

I want to end with James words (more or less like this...): "We will take a break now and will be back in the studio in the begining of 2013 to write another album. As long as we have here in Brazil this kind of reception like we did in the past have today, we will come back. You guys are great. Keep the Dream alive!" You can bet we will, James! Thank you!
 
4  General Category / General Music Chat / Small bassist, big talent on: January 10, 2012, 01:59:26 pm
Hey my friends, check out this video http://www.xulispa.com.br/video/voce-pode-ate-ser-um-bom-contrabaixista
Does he have a future?  Grin
5  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Dream Theater: A Dramatic Tour Of Events Schedule on: September 29, 2011, 01:04:16 pm
Nice, thanks for the link  Wink
6  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Dream Theater: A Dramatic Tour Of Events Schedule on: September 29, 2011, 09:13:03 am
What a nice photograph!
7  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Favorite Dream Theater instrumental on: September 28, 2011, 10:04:00 am
Erotomania, for me.
8  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Dream Theater: A Dramatic Tour Of Events Schedule on: September 28, 2011, 09:02:57 am
After watching some videos of this first shows on youtube, I must say that those were one of the mosy boring crowds I've seen. I'm from latin america, and its quite striking to watch people just standing there like zombies on a rock concert.
Yeah man, nobody beats us! LA rocks!
9  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Dream Theater: A Dramatic Tour Of Events Schedule on: September 26, 2011, 09:50:11 pm
Since the guys are doing some accoustic stuff, I think the full unplugged thinkg is possible in the future. James talked about it some time ago in an interview. Am I crazy if I ask for, instead of the synth, a harmonica solo in Beneath the surface? I was imagining how it would sound while listening to the song, and I think that would be great! But, who would play it?
10  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Dream Theater: A Dramatic Tour Of Events Schedule on: September 26, 2011, 10:39:00 am
South American Leg South American Leg South American Leg South American Leg South American Leg

Can't wait!!!
11  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Why are there (virtually) no metalheads in Africa? on: September 23, 2011, 02:33:20 pm
wow  Roll Eyes
12  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Why are there (virtually) no metalheads in Africa? on: September 22, 2011, 01:47:05 pm
In one hand, Hprog is right. There are many impositions that go beyond music as such, but have implications on it. On the other hand, we can't assume that they lack metal, as if metal was something every modern or developed society should have. Finally, I would say that, in a sad minority, metal was/is the favorite music of groups which are violent against black people, homesexuals, etc. I have seen this kind of human beings in my country, in fact, I knew one of these fascist guys, living in our "modern world". Well, there is no rule that explains it, and there is no AFRICA as a perfect unity, that's a huge continent with many different people.
13  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: R.E.M. "Call It A Day" on: September 21, 2011, 08:47:12 pm
And their songs? They will be R.E.M.embered Wink

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Yeah... R.E.M. is one of the giants of music who will never die. Wish they have done a last world tour, that would be nice.
14  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: New Dream Theater Album: A Dramatic Turn of Events on: September 21, 2011, 08:42:50 pm
I would definitely recommend Arch Matheos. Probably my favorite release so far followed behind by DT. Keep in mind Fates Warning is probably my 3rd favorite band, but Jim Matheos is my favorite songwriter. This was an automatic buy for me and man, it rocks. Arch rocks on the vocals (although his voice is an acquired taste).

Asianhawk, please listen to some samples. I think you would like this one, if you can stand the vocals.
I've listened to FW in the last months, I like some songs but don't like others... his vocals are nice, but I have some live songs that he is not ok... good band, indeed.
15  General Category / General Music Chat / Re: Legal Issues Regarding DT/MP Split on: September 19, 2011, 06:52:06 pm
I just took a look on MP.com and it just seems surreal. Wey gone... sad. In the meantime this whole mess has turned into a Pandora's Box. Who's gonna close it??
I don't like to judge without knowing the truth and/or more details. It's too complicated. But why did it have to come to this? Somewhere someone lost the meaning of reason and sensibility.

Rich Wilson wrote a book about DT's history. It looks as if all happenings ever since the last release require another 100 pages or so!  Shocked
Agreed! But MP published a press release making it very clear that he was no longer DT's drummer. It happened before the guys used the name of the band in live shows, or whatever. Unless you need the permission of your ex-wife to have dinner and sleep with another girl, this sounds ridiculous. But I'm not a lawyer and have never been divorced, so, who am I to talk about this?!?!?!?!  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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