|Artist: Dream Theater
Venue: Louisville Palace Theater
Location: Louisville, KY, US
Tour Name: The Astonishing Live Tour
Running Time: 02:19:42
1. Descent Of The NOMACS (Recorded from the back of the theater, great sound!)
2. Dystopian Overture (I start moving up during this tune. Some talkers can also be heard as I near the front. Some slight distortion can be heard, as my levels are still too high. Includes an eight-second patch.)
3. The Gift Of Music (nine-second patch)
4. The Answer (I fix my levels right at the beginning of this track. This is what my recording would have sounded like if I wasn't caught.)
5. A Better Life
6. Lord Nafaryus (I'm caught midway through this track. The remaining 85 seconds is patched.)
7. A Savior In The Square (patched)
8. When Your Time Has Come (First 90 seconds patched, I begin recording before the second verse where my source continues. I slide the Zoom into my jacket pocket. The remainder of act I is taped from there, and has surprisingly good sound considering the location.)
9. Act Of Faythe
10. Three Days
11. The Hovering Sojourn
12. Brother, Can You Hear Me?
13. A Life Left Behind
16. A Tempting Offer
17. Digital Discord
18. The X Aspect
19. A New Beginning
20. The Road To Revolution
Act II (position adjusted, the transition is abrupt but the sound is great):
21. 2285 Entracte
22. Moment Of Betrayal
23. Heaven's Cove
24. Begin Again
25. The Path That Divides
26. Machine Chatter
27. The Walking Shadow
28. My Last Farewell
29. Losing Faythe
30. Whispers On The Wind
31. Hymn Of A Thousand Voices
32. Our New World
34. Power Down
> First, I'd like to apologize for the very late release of this recording. After the complicated happenings of this night, I was very put out and procrastinated on working on the show. It is a cool memory to think back on though, and I'd like to share it here, if that's okay!
My friend Mitchiey and I decided to attend this gig together. I've been a DT fan for years, but he'd never heard of them and I wanted to give him a taste of some delicious progressive rock. I wasn't sure what the Astonishing would be like compared to a typical DT show, but I'd never seen them before either way, so it was bound to be a good night. We met up after classes, and after nearly grabbing the wrong tickets and jumping out of the cab to run inside and retrieve the proper ones, we were on the road! We waited in line a bit in front of the venue, and a kind lady was very intent on me joining the VIP dinner club. I declined (those prices are so high...) and as we neared the front of the line I could hear a security guard shouting. Evidently, Dream Theater had vehemently requested that no pictures or recordings occur this evening, and that security would be on high alert looking for anyone with their phone out. This was turning into a Broadway show! This was also my first time visiting the Palace, and so, with nervousness in my heart we made it inside.
We ran by Guest Services to grab an ALD, and then moved out to our seats, right against the back wall of the theater. Security offered to move us up though, which occurs in the middle of the overture. We got moved up to killer seats just a few rows from the front, and I put my Zoom in a cup holder to catch a good sound angle. It was a song or two later when I realized I'd forgotten to adjust my levels, and that they were far too high. I dropped them, and got another song into the show before Security accosted me. They had seen the Zoom, and one of their people came in and sat on my other side while shouting to one of her agent pals. I told her that I was using the device for hearing, but if it made things easier I would put it away. I did so, foolishly stopping the recording in a panic. I realized this a few minutes later and restarted the Zoom, though keeping it in my jacket pocket for the rest of the evening. Some random screams can be heard from people around me; there's nothing like a Kentucky crowd!
I did some adjusting for act II, which sounds better, though I wouldn't actually consider this a bad recording. It isn't the one show of the tour you want to listen to with your iPod, but it's cool for collectors and for a good straight-through listen. ExVee did some phenomenal mastering work on this last November, and now that I am finally getting around to working on the show, I've gotten permission from Relayerman, a very generous taper who recorded the DT Astonishing set in Chicago. Thanks to them, this is the complete Astonishing show, with two hours and twelve minutes from my Louisville X-Y source, and roughly eight from the patch. Oh yes, about the ALD that I mentioned earlier: the ALD's at the Palace don't work for musical performances, though they work fine for comedians and the like. This is probably an issue with their sound system, and one which I am unfortunately unable to fix. They do not listen to me!
IN regards to the concert itself, it was an incredible evening. James sounded on point, and I have been very impressed with the second leg of the Astonishing tour, as all of the vocal performances seem to be solid there. It is nice getting to listen back on this recording, as I wasn't able to pay as much attention during the show as I would have liked. I was too busy worrying about the recording, honestly. Ultimately, I hope you get less frustration out of this show than I did. It is a fantastic memory, and I am grateful for the audio we have. Enjoy it!