Dream Theater Mesmerized Denver

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American progressive metal rockers, Dream Theater, brought their Distance Over Time + Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory tour to Denver on March 26th. They performed at the Paramount Theater.

Before the band got started there was a line that went all the way upstairs where fans were waiting to get merchandise. As the time approached start time the fans started piling in and the Paramount was at max capacity. The lights dimmed and on came the intro video. The video was like an animated Ridley Scott movie with scenes of a dystopian future. There were robots, computers, and various other things that got the fans cheering. Seriously, the fans went crazy over this.

As the video was coming to an end, out came Dream Theater. The first part of the concert was mostly songs from their recent album, Distance Over Time. The new album came out on February 22, 2019. The band meticulously performed their songs while fans sang along and put their devil horns in the air. Towards the beginning of the set John Myung broke a string on his bass guitar. Another guitar was brought out to him within a few seconds, great job guitar tech!

After the first act there was a brief intermission. The fans went straight back to the merchandise line.

For the second act the crowd was loosened up and so was the band. As the band came back on stage, they all had smiles on their faces and were ready to continue their onslaught of amazing musicianship and showmanship. Part of the tour was a 20-year anniversary of their 1999 album, Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory. They played the album in it’s entirety with a surprise encore at the end of the fan favorite, Pull Me Under.

The fans all seemed to have had a great time. Some comments from the crowd:

“A friend of mine is really into this thing. He brought me with him, and I ended up having an awesome time. Clearly they are on point with the musical scales and know what they’re doing”.-Jon

“Man, I watched the show from the 6th row no disappointments whatsoever.”- David

“Avoid the dogs on 16th street, I just got bit. Phenomenal musicianship. I brought my Mom with me and we are loving it!” – Vince

Act 1:

  1. Untethered Angel
  2. A Nightmare to Remember
  3. Fall Into the Light
  4. Barstool Warrior
  5. In the Presence of Enemies, Part I
  6. Pale Blue Dot

Act 2:

  1. Regression
  2. Overture 1928
  3. Strange Déjà Vu
  4. Through My Words
  5. Fatal Tragedy
  6. Beyond This Life
  7. Through Her Eyes
  8. Home
  9. The Dance of Eternity
  10. One Last Time
  11. The Spirit Carries On
  12. Finally Free

Encore:

  1. Pull Me Under

Photos and review by Brandon Thrift