Chris Loomis

Dream Theater @ City National Grove of Anaheim 12/2/2011

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Grammy nominated Dream Theater brought their signature progressive metal to The City National Grove in Anaheim Friday night December 3. This was the second of two southern California shows on this leg of their A Dramatic Tour of Events 2011. Dream Theater is well known for all their members being very technically proficient with their instruments and this show did not disappoint. Between the musicianship, the elaborate stage setup, the lighting, the amazing setlist and the members of the band obviously having fun this show was one of the best shows of 2011. New drummer Mike Mangini put on a phenomenal drumming performance throughout the night especially seeing that he was a bit under the weather with flu like symptoms. Mangini highlighted his drumming skills on his mammoth drum-kit with a brief drum solo four songs into the set.

Dream Theater is known for not playing the same setlist twice in a row and varying the setlist rotating different songs.  The highlight of the night was an amazing encore of one of their most popular songs “Pull Me Under” which the band has not played on every date in recent times.  Acoustic guitar soloist Andy Mckee opened the show with a 30 minute set.

Dream Theater Setlist:

Bridges in the Sky
These Walls
Build Me Up, Break Me Down
Endless Sacrifice
Drum Solo
The Ytse Jam
Outcry
Wait for Sleep
Far from Heaven
On the Backs of Angels
Caught In A Web
Through My Words
Fatal Tragedy
Breaking All Illusions

Encore:
Pull Me Under
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