CD 1 :
1. Intro Tape / The Root of All Evil
CD 2 :
CD 3 :
Recorded by : Peter Kessler
Sign up : 1/22/06
GRADE : B/B-
A bit of bass fuzz throughout the recording due to the sound within the venue. Not enough to be brickwalled but enough to bring down the grade.
General audience noise, some talking around the taper during songs, whistles between songs are a bit sharp on the ear drums. Be warned!!!
TAPERS NOTES :
Since 2002 this was the second time I went to Hamburg to see Dream Theater at “the Docks."
“The Docks” is a small venue for about 1200 people. This would be my first show on the Octavarium tour and there were two more to come within the week. (Grateful Dreams will be releasing the two recordings that were useable.)
All things went good and I arrived in Hamburg about one hour before the show. The show was sold out and everyone was excited to get in.
As it was 3 years before, it was really hot and stifling. You will hear this when James LaBrie says that the venue should be called „The Sauna“ instead of “The Docks“ at the beginning of "Caught In A Web". At the beginning of the second set the ventilation was started and it went a little better.
The show started with two new songs from "Octavarium". The reaction from the audience was great. From the beginning of the show the crowd was very enthusiastic even if the sound was not that good on the first songs. You can’t hear James LaBrie, but we were really blown away by the drum sound of Mike Portnoy and John Myung’s bass overlays everything. Most of these problems were solved after a few songs except the bass problem. I’ve heard this on the other shows too.
After that, they played “Another Won.” I’ve never heard this song live before but knew it from the Majesty Demos and a few bootlegs. As most of Dream Theater’s songs live it is even more powerful then on CD. “Another Won” was followed by A Fortune In Lies, Under A Glass Moon, Caught In A Web and Just Let Me Breath following the concept to play songs from every album of there 20 years career. Home, one of my favorites, was the last song of the first set.
Typically, not only for Germany I assume, the beginning of the Intermission was the signal to run over the beer stands. After 15 minutes the show goes on.
Even if the second set was really good. I liked the first more. The second set started with "The Glass Prison" from 6DOIT, "This Dying Soul" from TOT and was followed by songs from last album, "Never Enough", "Sacrificed Sons" and my favorite track "Octavarium." I’m not a great fan of their last album but to hear it live it is the best way listening to it.
After a short break they started with the encores. It was my personal highlight for this evening. "As I Am" played live is a really killer song but you can’t compare it with "Pull Me Under" and "Metropolis Pt 1". The whole crowd started singing and went absolutely crazy and, even when you think nothing can exceed this, Dream Theater changed to the first notes of Metropolis Pt. 1, and the crowd went crazier then before. It was the perfect ending for a great show.
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