Despite loads of distracting personalized equipment and video projections, progressive metal band Dream Theater still managed to put on a great, albeit rather long show at the Palace Theatre in Albany last Saturday night.
While not providing much stage presence, opening act Periphery more than made up for it with musical prowess and power. The crowd didn’t necessarily seem to agree, however, seeing as most of the audience remained seated throughout their performance.
Periphery played seven songs during their 45-minute set, including their two best known tracks, “Jetpacks Was Yes” and “Icarus Lives!” as well as their longest number, “Racecar,” noting that it was inspired by Dream Theater.
With A Dramatic Tour of Events in support of their new album “A Dramatic Turn of Events,” Dream Theater started off their two-hour show with “Bridge in the Sky,” one of the new album’s songs. They also played five other songs from it throughout the rest of the night.
The Palace Theatre in Albany has already announced shows by the Jon Anderson/RicK Wakeman Yes-alum tour, as well as an Australian Pink Floyd tribute band for October.
Now comes the announcement that progressive rockers Dream Theater will be roaring into the theater at 8pm on Saturday, October 15, in support of their upcoming album, “A Dramatic Turn of Events,” due out on September 12. The album and tour marks the debut of new drummer Mike Mangini.
Washington, DC-based prog-metalheads Periphery will open the show, hitting the road in support of their EP, “Icarus Lives,” which was released in the spring.
Tix for the Palace Theatre show – priced at $29.50, $39.50 and $49.50 – go on sale to the general public at 10am on Friday (September 2).
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