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Dream Theater

Discussion in 'Music Discussion' started by Anonymous, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    BTW can we still keep setlist stuff in spoiler tags? It's probably obvious to everyone at this point that ACOS is being played, but the rest of the set is unknown to me and I'd like to keep it that way until the show.
     
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  2. Collin

    Collin Jambi

    The band is receiving a lot of backlash for their choice of US shows this year. 1 Canada show, lack of Southeast and Pacific Northwest shows. Seriously, I've never even heard of Peoria!!! It's mind-boggling they couldn't even throw in a Seattle or Portland show. Their management has to be fired after this tour. The past couple years have been very odd for them IMO.
     
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  3. Detective Beauregard

    Detective Beauregard Barrels of Rum! Black Powder!

    Peoria is a relatively small city about 2 hours southwest of Chicago, and it makes zero sense why they'd book a show there and in Chicago. I completely agree with you -- on a tour like this that will draw many fans, they shouldn't be leaving any major US city out.
     
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  4. Black Wizard

    Black Wizard Out of the Silent Planet

  5. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    This is true. To be fair, Illinois is a big ass state and having 2 Illinois shows isn't crazy, but Peoria makes no sense considering they aren't doing an Iowa or St. Louis show. If you're gonna do a "southern Illinois" show you should do Champaign/Urbana or just say fuck it and do St. Louis. Their itinerary for the Midwest is very silly, take a look:

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    Why wouldn't you go Wichita > St. Louis OR Des Moines > Chicago > Cincinnati? The way they're doing it has them driving Northeast to Chicago just to go IMMEDIATELY BACK the way they came to get to Peoria. It just doesn't make any damn sense.
     

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  6. jazz from hell

    jazz from hell Ancient Mariner

  7. terrell39

    terrell39 Ancient Mariner

    Since this is the first show from DT since 2011 in Houston, I would have to agree.
     
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  8. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    That's where the Peoria Rivermen play hockey. Hockey is important in Canada. Speaking of Canada, I really would have liked them to consider playing Montreal as well as Toronto. Friggin sucks.
     
  9. Saapanael

    Saapanael "My hair sets the trend of tmrw by doing it today"

    Cool bootleg for fans of Black Clouds. Best footage of A Nightmare to Remember that I've seen. Count is great as well.

     
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  10. Collin

    Collin Jambi

    I have a question for the musicians here. Can anyone here play an entire DT song start to finish, note for note? I'm close on Caught in a Web for guitar.
     
  11. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    I can do a few of them. I don't know if a lot of what Petrucci plays is especially difficult as much as it just takes a lot of practice. It isn't like Tosin Abasi type stuff where you really need to work the techniques required to play it. Petrucci has a fairly standard playing style.
     
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  12. Collin

    Collin Jambi

    It's definitely a bit difficult. I mostly played just Iron Maiden and Metallica stuff for the longest time, so this is a bit of a step up. I can play bits and pieces of DT's stuff, but not a full song yet. I just need to nail the middle section of Caught in a Web and then I'll be able to play the whole thing note for note. Learning to Live is pretty easy too, but that has stuff that's very Maidenish.
     
  13. Saapanael

    Saapanael "My hair sets the trend of tmrw by doing it today"

    It's hard to learn a DT song from beginning to end as there is usually a difficult solo or rhythm section to overcome. The one I'm proudest of learning is The Count of Tuscany, which I can play note for note except for the ending of the third and last solo because I can't sweep for crap. Strange Deja Vu and The Looking Glass are also playable although the latter has a similar problem in the solo.
     
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  14. Collin

    Collin Jambi

    Now that I think of it TCOT might be one of the easier ones to learn as there's nothing that's absolutely near impossible, that last solo definitely sounds pretty insane though. Another easy few are probably The Bigger Picture, Pull Me Under, Endless Sacrifice (apart from the solos), Most songs from The Astonishing.
     
  15. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    The way I see it, most DT songs only have a few of those sections. Obviously there are songs like The Dance of Eternity or Dark Eternal Night which are filled with them, but the majority of their material isn't that way. Take a song like Octavarium for example. It's very long but the only particularly challenging part (IMO) is the instrumental section, and even that isn't among their more difficult instrumentals.

    I've actually had more difficulties attempting music by Symphony X. Romeo's guitar parts are way more involved and are a constant barrage of technical riffing and shredding. Also lots of tapping and sweep picking, which I'm not very good at. I'm more of an alternate picker which gives me an advantage with DT because Petrucci alt picks a lot.
     
  16. Detective Beauregard

    Detective Beauregard Barrels of Rum! Black Powder!

    I can probably play about 25% to one-third of their entire catalog on bass... meaning mostly the ballads and stuff. However, I've never really tried. I can play 99% of Train of Thought, though (minus the stupid circus crap in the middle of Endless Sacrifice). I learned the entire album back in the mid-2000s because I was obsessed with it. Those runs in Honor Thy Father and In the Name of God took forever to learn.

    Congrats on Caught in a Web, by the way. That middle chromatic section is insanely fun and one of the catchiest sections on Awake.

    Romeo is insane. I still can't figure out how he does "easy" patterned stuff like the Sea of Lies interlude, yet alone throwing it willy-nilly into solos. Although I do think that my favorite solo of his (Accolade II) is relatively "easy."

    Props to LePond, too. That dude is a criminally underrated bassist in a band where everyone primarily worships the vocals and guitar playing.

    Overall I think that Symphony X is more difficult to play a consistent basis than Dream Theater because their crazy parts are spread throughout their entire songs whereas Dream Theater gets insane for the big instrumental sections but keeps it pretty straightforward for the other parts.
     
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  17. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Exactly the point I was making. When learning a DT song, I end up zeroing in on tiny fragments. With Symphony X I hardly know where to start because it's all stuff I need to slow down and work on.
     
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  18. Collin

    Collin Jambi

    In other news Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian will be unveiling a project together. It's supposed to be really proggy. This might actually be really cool!
     
  19. jazz from hell

    jazz from hell Ancient Mariner

    Source? And is this the prog metal thing he hinted at some time ago?
     
  20. Black Bart

    Black Bart Ancient Mariner

    "You Not Me" and "Peruvian Skies" are relatively easy too.
     

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