Video: DREAM THEATER Kicks Off 'The Astonishing' World Tour In London
February 21, 2016
Progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER kicked off their "The Astonishing" world tour this past Thursday, February 18 at The Palladium in London, England.
The band's setlist was as follows:
01. Dystopian Overture 02. The Gift Of Music 03. The Answer 04. A Better Life 05. Lord Nafaryus 06. A Savior In The Square 07. When Your Time Has Come 08. Act Of Faythe 09. Three Days 10. Brother, Can You Hear Me? 11. A Life Left Behind 12. Ravenskill 13. Chosen 14. A Tempting Offer 15. The X Aspect 16. A New Beginning 17. The Road To Revolution
01. 2285 Entr'acte 02. Moment Of Betrayal 03. Heaven's Cove 04. Begin Again 05. The Path That Divides 06. The Walking Shadow 07. My Last Farewell 08. Losing Faythe 09. Whispers On The Wind 10. Hymn Of A Thousand Voices 11. Our New World 12. Astonishing
Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, DREAM THEATER guitarist and main songwriter John Petrucci was asked if the band was concerned about the reception to its current live show, which features them performing their new concept album, "The Astonishing", in its entirety. He said: "I'm not concerned about it, because we're being very transparent about what we're doing. By very clearly billing this as 'The Astonishing' live, and letting people know that we're playing in very special seated theaters and symphony concert halls, and we're presenting this show as a stand-alone show — that's how we wrote it, that's how we intended it — it's its own special event.
"DREAM THEATER has been touring forever; we've played the different stadiums and arenas, ice halls, gymnasiums and whatever. We wanted to make this different — we wanted to make this special. And so as long as people know that going into it, I don't think anybody is going to show up in a DREAM THEATER shirt, saying, 'Why didn't they play 'Pull Me Under'?' They're going to totally understand what we're doing."
Regarding whether DREAM THEATER will be augmenting the band at all when they play "The Astonishing" live, Petrucci said: "We're not going to be augmenting the band as far as other performers — if we were to film this for a DVD or do a really special location, that would be the instance where we'd have a live orchestra and choir. But we decided to take a lot of time and a lot of care to enlist a company that could create the visuals, so that this is as much of a visual show as it is an aural experience. Because this is character-driven and there are locations, we're going to try to make the stage almost like a transformative stage, an immersive stage, where the settings come to life, and a lot of the artwork is going to be animated. We wanted it to be the closest thing to watching a movie while the band is playing a live score, basically."
"The Astonishing" was released on January 29 via Roadrunner. The CD was made available in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard 2-CD set, 4-LP vinyl box set and a limited-edition deluxe box set.
Recorded at Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove, New York, with John Petrucci producing, studio luminary Richard Chycki (AEROSMITH, RUSH) engineering/mixing and legendary arranger, composer and conductor David Campbell orchestrating, "The Astonishing" paints a tale of a retro-futurist post-apocalyptic dystopia ruled by medieval style feudalism. It's a place aching for a Chosen One to rise above the noise and defeat an Empire defined by the endless drone of noise machines and the illusion of safety in bland conformity.
Great concert premiere of Dream Theater's OperaRock "TheAstonishing" London Palladium 18/02/16. Indeed, astonishing! pic.twitter.com/RZebACdRXl