Dream Theater Bring Epic Three-Hour Performance to New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom
With over 25 years of music and twelve studio albums under their belt, it’s no surprise that Dream Theater headlined New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom without the need of an opening act. The influential rockers used the extra time to provide fans with a three-hour set.
They kicked off their massive show with ‘The Enemy Inside’ off of their latest self-titled record. Other newer songs like ‘The Looking Glass’ and ‘Illumination Theory’ also found their way into the set early on. One of the coolest parts of the night, especially for percussion nerds, was the performance of ‘Enigma Machine,’ which led into a mind altering drum solo by Mike Mangini.
Dream Theater’s set was layered with theatrics and force as well as a dreamy and atmospheric ambiance. For old school fans they performed favorites such as ‘Lie’ and ‘Space-Dye Vest’ off of their 1994 record ‘Awake’ as well as the notable ‘Breaking All Illusions’ off of ‘A Dramatic Turn of Events.’
Whether the band played older or newer songs one thing is evident, each member are masters at their craft. Frontman James LaBrie’s vocals soared and his range exceeded the height of Hammerstein Ballroom. Guitarist John Petrucci knows just how to speak through his guitar. His technicality and precision while playing live is unmatched and he continues to influence fans and other guitarists.
Bassist John Myung plays it cool onstage but keeps those deep bass lines smooth and rhythmic. Keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist Jordan Rudess is a true gem with his playful and engaging nature. He not only plays his rotating keyboards but he is a killer keytar player. And anyone and everyone who sees the monstrous drumset played by Mike Mangini is nothing short of overwhelmed. Mangini is completely comfortable and surrounded in the percussive contraption.
After their “two acts” which consisted of 14 songs, along with a 10-minute intermission, the night was coming to an end. Dream Theater’s encore included performances of ‘Overture 1928,’ ‘Strange Déjà Vu,’ The Dance of Eternity’ and ‘Finally Free.’ Go here to see a list of dates to see where you can experience Dream Theater live.
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