Dream Theater ‘Images and Words’ in Albany [Review]
Dream Theater brought their 'Images and Words' 25th anniversary tour to The Palace Tuesday night (Nov. 14) and Q103 was there.
I remember first seeing the video for Dream Theater's "Pull Me Under" on MTV's Headbanger's Ball and having to run out and pick up the 1992 release Images and Words. I was in junior high at the time and I fell in love with the album. It's a masterpiece from beginning to end in my opinion and shortly after the album came out I got to see Dream Theater play at a small rock club called Tickets in Amenia, NY. It was an amazing show that I got to see with great friends and I'll never forget it. I've seen Dream Theater many other times over the years but sadly the material from the great Images and Words album has been seriously ignored over the years in the band's setlists. I can't tell you how excited I was to be able to see the band performing the classic album in its entirety, but we didn't get to hear it immediately. The 3-hour show started off with an hour set of material from many albums. Highlights from the first set included a bass solo from John Myung and the track "As I Am" (with the band going into Metallica's "Enter Sandman") off the band's 2003 Train of Thought album. It was then time for what everybody was waiting for: Images and Words in its entirety from start to finish. The album is a classic and it was great to hear all the material performed live again. Every song is a gem including "Pull Me Under", "Take the Time", "Another Day", "Surrounded", and "Metropolis". After this second amazing set in the show, the band kicked into a 25-minute encore featuring the title cut from their 1995 EP A Change of Seasons.
Overall it was a great night out and it was worth every minute of it. James Labrie on vocals, John Petrucci on guitar, John Myung on bass, Jordan Rudess on keyboards, and drummer Mike Mangini are all incredible musicians that constantly deliver at every show. I will admit that when this anniversary tour was announced, I was hoping that maybe original drummer Mike Portnoy would be invited back for the shows, but that didn't happen for whatever reason. Still a fantastic show. It brought me back to being that 16-year-old in junior high, being in that small rock club back when I first saw the band perform. Check out the full setlist from setlist.fm here. See photos from last night's show at the Palace below.