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CONCERT REVIEW: AN EVENING WITH DREAM THEATER

DT-Lightboxv1550First let me say that Dream Theater might be the first band I’ve ever seen that didn’t play a bunch of their singles but still left the crowd completely satisfied. In fact they only played four of their actual singles and didn’t play their biggest song “Pull Me Under” On a music level this band is one of the most talented out there and have been since their first album in 1989.

purpleBilled An Evening With Dream Theater because this was not your typical metal show. They played by themselves with no opener and they played for exactly 3 hours. The show started when the lights went out and an amazing animation video played that featured all of the Dream Theater albums artwork animating into one another, all set to the tune of “A False Awakening Suite.” I can not describe this and do it justice. Once the band hit the 1000 people at this historic theater went nuts as Dream Theater hit the first notes of “The Enemy Inside” from their latest self-titled album. And so it went for the next 180 minutes. People from all walks of life singing ever word, being amazed by John Petrucci’s guitar playing, actually the same could be said for bassist John Myung, keyboardist Jordan Rudess (I mean the guy played 2 keytar solos,) and the newest member of Dream Theater drummer Mike Mangini.

singingThe only spot that let up was a 15 minute video during the intermission that featured fake commercials of Dream Theater action figures, youtube clips of other people playing Dream Theater music on a range of instruments, even triangle guy, plus a very funny voice over’d smackdown by John Petrucci over Joe Satriani. Shortly after they re hit the stage singer James LeBrie talked about how this year their album Awake is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary and the album Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory is celebrating it’s 15th anniversary .

MikeManginiBy far this one of the most amazing concerts I’ve ever seen. It’s not a typical metal show with mosh pits and sweaty dudes, this is a show you get lost in. Almost like seeing a musical but it’s just 5 guys playing some of the most incredible music you’ve ever heard. If you get the chance to see this tour, do it.

Setlist:

  1. False Awakening Suite
    (Intro)
  2. The Enemy Inside
  3. The Shattered Fortress
  4. On the Backs of Angels
  5. The Looking Glass
  6. Trial of Tears
    (with extended intro and instrumental jam)
  7. Enigma Machine
    (with drum solo by Mike Mangini)
  8. Along for the Ride
  9. Breaking All Illusions
  10. The Mirror
  11. Lie
  12. Lifting Shadows Off a Dream
  13. Scarred
  14. Space-Dye Vest
  15. Illumination Theory
  16. Overture 1928
  17. Strange Déjà Vu
  18. The Dance of Eternity
  19. Finally Free

 

 

METALLICA: RONNIE RISING

In one of the more amazing moments on the new Dio tribute album This is Your Life Metallica pulled off another medley of songs. This following their 1998 tribute to Mercyful Fate found on the Garage Inc. album. As we continue to play songs from this album this weekend in the Hangar we’re posting this song just so you can ingest it as much as possible. First here’s Metallica’s statement about why they chose to do this medley.

Throughout the years we’ve made no secret of our deep love and admiration for Ronnie James Dio. Whether it was with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell or Dio, his powerful voice was instantly recognizable and his music inspired and influenced the four of us tremendously. When we were asked to be a part of a tribute album for Ronnie, of course we immediately said “fuck yeah!” Choosing a song to record, however, was a MUCH harder decision . . . so we did four! Our contribution to Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life will include the medley we call “Ronnie Rising, ” comprised of Rainbow’s “A Light In The Black,” “Tarot Woman,” “Stargazer,” and “Kill The King.”

The full album hits the streets and all of your friendly digital outlets on April 1, 2014 and 100% of the proceeds from sales will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org).

 

IN THE VAULT: KILLSWITCH ENGAGE

Killswtich Engage isn’t the most classic of the metal bands, but their cover of Dio’s “Holy Diver” is just  one of many amazing versions of Dio classics featured on the tribute album Ronnie James Dio: This is Your Life. Killswitch is a metal band that has one of the best sense of humors in metal. First watch the video for their version of Holy Diver.

Now watch this interview with them conducted in 2007, and tell me you’re not laughing your ass off.

 

DIO: THIS IS YOUR LIFE

Not since the last tribute album that was Black Sabbath related as a tribute record come out with this much love and this many great songs. The album features both new and old heavy metal heavy weights covering some of Dio’s greatest songs. Everything is covered hear from Rainbow (Metallica “Ronnie Rising”) to Black Sabbath (Anthrax “Neon Nights”) to of course Dio the band. Coming up on the next Hangar 19 we will be playing a bunch of tunes from this album and hearing from the likes of Rob Halford, Matthias Jabs, Corey Taylor, Joey Belladona and more. This record was organized by Ronnie’s wife Wendy Dio and some of the proceeds benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

dio this is your lifeBand: Various Artists

Album: Ronnie James Dio This is Your Life

Release Date: April 1, 2014

Recommended Listening: The entire track list!

(album artwork courtesy of Rhino Records)

  1. Neon Knights - Anthrax
  2. The Last In Line - Tenacious D
  3. The Mob Rules - Adrenaline Mob
  4. Rainbow In The Dark - Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher
  5. Straight Through The Heart - Halestorm
  6. Starstruck - Motörhead with Biff Byford
  7. The Temple Of The King - Scorpions
  8. Egypt (The Chains Are On) - Doro
  9. Holy Diver - Killswitch Engage
  10. Catch The Rainbow - Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren
  11. I - Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy
  12. Man On The Silver Mountain - Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren
  13. Ronnie Rising Medley (Featuring A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill The King) - Metallica
  14. This Is Your Life - Dio

Allmusic.com says:

Tribute albums can prove problematic, especially when they forgo emotional narrative for name recognition, or when participating artists spend too much time trying (too hard) to subvert the songs, but Ronnie James Dio: This is Your Life succeeds by remaining true to its source material. This approach can also backfire by descending into karaoke, but each cut here is delivered via the full-blooded ferocity of friends, family, and (famous) fans, so it never feels phoned in.

 

EXTREME CANADIAN DEATH METAL

katakysmDid that get your attention? This weekend Maurizio Iacono the lead singer for Canadian death metal band Kataklysm. Since 1991 this band has been winning over fans of heavy music all over the world. They aren’t your average death metal band, but don’t listen to me, listen to them. Start with Iron will their career retrospective celebrating their 20th anniversary. Then check out their latest album Waiting for the End to Come that came out in 2013. Of course do that after this weekend’s show.

Then we are going to go In The Vault with the one of the story of one of the greatest guitar riffs the world has ever knows. The Story of Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water”

far beyondThis week’s Power Set is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first “extreme” metal record to debut at number one on the billboard charts. It’s Pantera’s Far Beyond Driven. The re-issue is now out and features the remastered full album and the live disc Far Beyond Bootleg – Live From Donington ’94. 

dh-extremeistThen our Then & Now comes from the Christian Metal Band Demon Hunter who just put out their 7th studio album Extremist. 

Finally this week’s Heavy Metal Soundtrack recommendation is a completion called Thor – Superhero Heavy Metal. Thor is the most heavy metal superhero after all.

This plus 3 hours of classic heavy metal on Hangar 19.