A drum set getting applause? That’s got to be a first. But that’s just what happened last night (16 October), minutes before Dream Theater took the stage at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Openers Periphery had just walked off and their logo-bearing banner was rolled up, revealing Mike Mangini’s awe-inspiring, massive Pearl Reference Pure kit. The crowd roared at the sight, erasing all doubts that the imminent presence of “the new guy” would be met by jeers and boos. (Quite the contrary would be true, in fact.)
After a delightful and extremely well-done animation intro, the much-pedigreed and chops-a-plenty-packing quintet powered into their opening number, Bridges In The Sky, bringing the super-charged, adoring crowd to its feet, where they stayed during the entire 15-song set.
Head over to MusicRadar by clicking this link to read the full review on their website. You can find UK DREAM THEATER tour dates over on our tour page, which includes support from label mates, PERIPHERY.