Dream Theater - Yelling At The Stars - 2012-02-21


date:
2012-02-21 (European Tour 2012)
category:
Live Show Bootleg
recording:
AUD (audience recording)
venue:
Mediolanumforum, Milan, Italy
type:
Audio (2 CD)
taper:
Wasteland
taper-notes:
Taped By: Wasteland
Mastered By: BobS
Artwork By: Wasteland

Lineage: Zoom H2N 4 channels recording, 48kHz/16bit > Mastering > 44kHz/16bit >
Format: FLAC
Discs: 2CD

Notes:

Here we have (a little overdue, I'm afraid) the recording of the second italian show of the latest european leg of the DT tour in support of A Dramatic Turn Of Events. Incidentally, it was my first time attending a Dream Theater show, and I honestly have to say that my high expectations were met and even exceeded by a fair deal.
The whole band delivered an extremely strong performance, but a further individual note has been well earned by James LaBrie, who was definitely going through one of his "full on" nights!
The venue was almost sold out, with nearly 10.000 people coming from all over Italy to witness this musical event (the band was even featured on a two pages long article on Italy's leading newspaper).
Lastly, but most importantly, it should be mentioned that the band chose to dedicate the song "The Spirit Carries On" to an italian DT fan, Giuseppe Girolamo, who lost his life in the Costa Concordia tragedy. James's speech before the song, and later the actual song, sang by the biggest part of the crowd, were with no doubts the absolute emotional climax of an already outstanding show.
I hope you will all be able to feel the emotion and the happiness that filled the arena that bright day of February through my recording, and most of all, enjoy a couple of hours of the finest Dream Theater music.

Technical notes:

As you may have guessed, the show was a very loud one, with the distinctive Italian crowd partecipation being evident and prominent throughout most of the recording. At times, especially during Bridges, Spirit and Pull Me Under, you will have to concentrate to tell James's voice from the crowd's. Nonetheless, the singer is almost never drowned by the other instrument.
I was about ten meters away from the stage, dead center, and, despite the awesome "yelling" of the surrounding people (after which the bootleg is named), the recording went out really well. If you understand italian you will enjoy some amusing comments by a nearby group of young men during the Intro!

Set 1
 
Intro (Dream Is Collapsing)
Bridges In The Sky
6:00
Build Me Up, Break Me Down
Surrounded
The Root Of All Evil
Drum Solo
A Fortune In Lies
Outcry
The Silent Man
Beneath The Surface
Set 2
 
On the Backs of Angels
War Inside My Head
The Test That Stumped Them All
The Spirit Carries On
Breaking All Illusions
Pull Me Under
     

 
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