By Shuvam DasGupta, Rock At Night Philadelphia
Live Review: Dream Theater-Live at The Met, Philadelphia (3/8/2022)
It was a night of musical excellence at The Met on March 8th, 2022. Dream Theater was back in Philly as a part of their “2022 Top Of The World Tour” with Arch Echo. Rock at Night was present to witness one of the greatest Progressive Metal bands of all time.
The night started sharply at 8 PM with Arch Echo – a comparatively newer band in the Progressive Metal scene. I have to admit all the members of the band are immensely talented. It was a 30 minutes compact setlist – all-instrumental pure Progressive Metal music. Though the main drummer of the band was not present for the show, they were able to pull off a great show mainly concentrating on creating some amazing music.
At 8:45 at the center stage, Mike Mangini came and took the seat with his drum sets. Then one by one John Myung, Jordan Rudess, and John Petrucci came and started playing the first song “The Alien”. After a spell-binding intro, James LaBrie came to the front stage to kick off the vocals and the crowd roared. What happened for the next 2 hours is just musical excellence which is hard to put into words – something one has to experience. All five of them are legends in their own terms – Rudess playing with the keys and moving the whole platform in different angles, Mangini creating magic with his enormous drum set, Myung in his calm and composed demeanor playing some amazing tunes on the bass, LaBrie with his almost flawless vocals ruling the stage and finally Petrucci showing dominance with his guitar to prove why he is among the best ever.
The evening was composed of 10-song setlist including songs like – “Awaken the Master”, “Endless Sacrifice”, “Invisible Monster”, “A View from the Top of the World.” Though it was an all-sitting show, everyone gave a standing ovation to the musical geniuses. Finally, I have to mention the visuals of the screen in the back – it just takes the whole show to the next level by giving it another dimension.
Overall, it was a mind-blowing show at a fantastic venue – The ‘legendary’ Met. It was really well-managed and organized, which we appreciate.
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