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Dream Theater at Palais Theatre, Melbourne - live review

Live Review

Venue: Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia

Dream Theater head Down Under with their Images And Words anniversary show

The grand old masters of prog rock and metal take the stage in the grand old dame of Melbourne’s live music scene. A crescendo of orchestral music heralds Dream Theater’s return to Australian shores for the first time in three years on a night of celebration. It’s 25 years since the release of the album that truly broke the band worldwide, the soaring Images And Words, and both the band and the almost-capacity crowd are in a festive mood.

Before revisiting their classic album, the five-piece build a little tension with an hour-long set of tracks from their back catalogue. There’s monstrous opener The Dark Eternal Night, As I Am (which includes a snippet from Metallica’s Enter Sandman), the excellent instrumental track Hell’s Kitchen and the epic Breaking All Illusions, plus a rather discordant John Myung tribute to classic jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius, namely Portrait Of Tracy.

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