Dream Theater Take 2: Settin’ Sydney on Fire

If Auckland was the theatrical experience, the Sydney stanza of the Dream Theater experience was the arena rock chapter.

The setlist was 1 song shorter than the Auckland show but very much more energetic and powerful, due to the difference in venue style.

Anyway, the Sydney installment of the Dream Theater roadshow was a loud one, though that maybe due in part to standing directly in front of a huge column of speakers on the right side of the stage. Of course, the setlist (below) reveals the mood the band on this tour – they wanted to rock and so they did.

1. A Nightmare To Remember
2. A Rite of Passage
3. Hollow Years (super-extended version)
4. Keyboard Solo
5. Prophets of War
6. The Mirror
7. Lie
8. Wither
9. The Dance of Eternity
10. One Last Time
11. Solitary Shell
12. In the Name of God
13. The Count of Tuscany (encore)

A fairly well-rounded list, with a number of hard and heavy pieces to ensure the neck got a thorough workout.

Perhaps the most euphoric moment for the crowd as one organism occurred upon hearing the first signs of “The Mirror” – those chunky low end chords that have since become staples on DT albums. The next “moment” was discovering that we weren’t just being treated to The Mirror but also it’s sister song Lie. Wicked! I know that this probably doesn’t make sense to the non-Dream Theater disciples among us so if you want to get some idea of what I’m on about, make sure you get a listen to a prog rock classic – the album Awake.

Finishing with In the Name of God and The Count of Tuscany topped of an evening of surprises in a very pleasant way. It seemed an epic show so two songs amounting to 30 minutes was much appreciated.

This was my first show at the Hordern Pavillion and one which I will treasure. How keen am I to head to Melbourne to catch the show tonight and tomorrow? Very.


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