Sunday, 24 July 2011

Dream Theater & Edens Curse Wolverhampton Civic Hall

Dream Theater Set List
  • Intro - Dream is Collapsing (Hans Zimmer)
  • Under a Glass Moon
  • These Walls
  • Forsaken
  • Endless Sacrifice
  • Drum Solo
  • The Ytse Jam
  • Peruvian Skies
  • The Great Debate
  • On the Backs of Angels
  • Caught in a Web
  • Through my Words
  • Fatal Tragedy
  • The Count of Tuscany

Metropolis Pt 1:The Miracle and the Sleeper

Yours Truly with Michael Eden of Edens Curse after the gig.

Really enjoyable gig and great performance from Dream Theater. Saw something that you would think could only happen in Spinal Tap. The Edens Curse guitarist flicked his 'plink' or 'plectrum' if you prefer into the crowd. It glanced of my nose and landed in the cleavage of the lady standing behind me. In golfing speak it was 'out of bounds' and unfortunately but quite rightly she claimed ownership.
Worse was to follow when the batteries fell out my camera shortly afterwards. I was on all fours amongst the legs and spilt beer groping in the darkness. Thankfully both were succesfully recovered.

Keyboardist Jordan Rudess

Bassist and founder member John Myung.

New drummer Mike Mangini who joined in April this year replacing the long standing Mike Portnoy. Mangini holds records for being the worlds fastest drummer and beat 6 other top musicians to get the role in Dream Theater.

Guitarist John Petrucci has literally scooped all the guitar awards going. If you have ever watched one of his tuition videos on You Tube you will understand why. In 2009 he was named the No. 2 Best metal guitarist by Joel McIver in his book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists. He was also named as one of the "Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time" by GuitarOne magazine.

Legendary guitarist John Petrucci

James LaBrie lead singer in progressive metal band Dream Theater.

Edens Curse Set List
  • Trinity
  • Fly Away
  • Masquerade Ball
  • No Holy Man
  • Jerusalem Sleeeps
  • Angels and Demons
Lead Guitarist Thorsten Koehne

Bassist and Founder Paul Logue

Edens Curse were formed in 2006 by chief songwriter and Bassist, Scotsman Paul Logue. Very much a multinatiional band, vocals are provided by American Michael Eden pictured below.

This gig was all a bit 'last minute'. In fact I hadn't even planned to go until I won free tickets on Planet Rock Radio. It wasn't until going through the doors that I realised I actually had 4 tickets!But too late to do anything about that unfortunately.

Dream Theater are one of those bands I have a lot of respect for and have several CD's but have never got around to seeing. In fact I probably couldn't even name 3 of their songs for some reason.
Formed in 1985 The band is well known for the technical proficiency of its instrumentalists, who have won many awards from music instruction magazines.

My first visit to the Civic Hal in Wolverhampton and first up were 'Edens Curse'.

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