Dream Theater – Manchester, O2 Apollo – 19 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Luke Appleton   
Saturday, 29 April 2017 04:30

Having been a Dream Theater fan since I was 11 years old, I was very anxious to get to my seat and experience this wonderfully technical, progressive metal band once again, at one of Manchester’s most well-known and iconic venues, the O2 Apollo.


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This tour is a very special tour for Dream Theater, as they are celebrating 25 years since the release of their classic album ‘Images and Words”.


As promised, they would perform two sets at each show. The first set would contain a number of classic songs from a variety of their past albums and also a few tracks off their latest CD ‘The Astonishing’. And then the second set would be the entire ‘Images & Words’ album in its entirety.


An absolute privilege to watch and made the whole atmosphere of the show very enjoyable!


Opening up the set with one of their heaviest songs of the bands catalogue was ‘Dark Eternal Night’ from the ‘Systematic Chaos’ album, really did the trick and got the crowd roaring right from the get go! Other memorable songs are ‘As I Am’, which has always been a favourite of mine, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, ‘The Gift of Music’ and ‘Our New World’.


The set also featured a short bass solo from John Myung paying tribute to one of his bass heroes, Jaco Pastorius, which then led into the ‘ As I Am’. And also a truly remarkable drum solo from Mr Mike Mangini. Mike has truly made his stamp in Dream Theater now since replacing Mike Portnoy a few years back.


The band, as musicians, is an incredible experience! Each member is so technically talented at what they do. It’s amazing to think how anyone can even compete with them. John Petrucci has always been a huge influence of mine as a guitarist, but this night, I was truly mesmerised by his guitar work.




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