Dream Theater | Texas Review | Ralph Arvesen
Dream Theater performing during the Dreamsonic 2023 at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, Texas on June 16, 2023, with John Myung, John Petrucci, James LaBrie, Jordan Rudess, and Mike Mangini. (Photo: Ralph Arvesen)

Even after hundreds of shows, 15 million records sold, three GRAMMY® Award nominations including one GRAMMY® Award win for Best Metal Performance in 2022, and almost four decades together, Dream Theater continue to look ahead. Their collective gaze never wavers from the future.

Instead, the progressive metal trailblazers - James LaBrie (Vocals), John Petrucci (Guitars), Jordan Rudess (Keyboards), John Myung (Bass), and Mike Mangini (Drums)—consistently explore uncharted territory with the same spirit of sonic adventurousness. On their fifteenth album, A View from the Top of the World [Inside Out Music/Sony Music], the New York quintet rush forward at full speed again with seven tracks equally steeped in articulate arrangements, groove-laden guitars, and skyscraping melodies.

The 1992 opus Images & Words received a gold certification and landed on Rolling Stone’s coveted “100 Greatest Metal Albums of All-Time.” Guitar World placed the follow-up Awake at #1 on “Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994.” 1996’s A Change of Seasons notably soundtracked NBC’s coverage of Downhill Skiing at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Fans voted the 1999 Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory the “Number One All-Time Progressive Rock Album” in a 2012 Rolling Stone poll.

Not to mention, it ranked as the “15th Greatest Concept Album” by Classic Rock. 2009 saw Black Clouds & Silver Linings crash the Billboard Top 200 at #6 as A Dramatic Turn of Events [2011] and Dream Theater [2013] maintained a three-peat in the chart’s Top 10. Consequence of Sound dubbed 2016’s The Astonishing, “An absolutely unique experience.” Beyond three platinum and two gold videos, the group was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2019, the band continued to expand its audience when they released Distance Over Time to critical and commercial acclaim.
Fan reviews:

What a fantastic show! Dream Theater are still truly amazing after all of these years. The sound was awesome and the visuals added to the experience well.

Great seeing Dream Theater again. Was great getting to see Dream Theater again. Dream Theater came out with songs from their newest album and also played many fan favorites during the show. This group is simply fantastic. Lyrics and music are great and the fans are always on their feet for this great band. I will be going again.

Awesome setlist unbelievable sound. Set the stage well for Dream Theater. The guys came out on-point with every note. Sound was amazing and the crowd was so pumped to hear the new songs as well as some great ones we don't hear live often. Every song was perfect, just such a fitting end to a amazing night.

Dream Theater came out quickly thereafter, I love when a band considers the audience and doesn't make us wait a hour or more. I know of Dream Theater having been to a previous concert but my son is a huge fan. Being so close there was lots of interaction with everyone on stage, especially John Petrucci. My son was thrilled with the set list and loved every note of the concert. He got a pick at the end of the show and told me that it was one of the greatest nights of his young 15 year old life.
Setlist for the show at the HEB Center
  • The Alien
  • Sleeping Giant
  • Caught in a Web
  • Answering the Call
  • Solitary Shell
  • About to Crash (Reprise)
  • Losing Time/Grand Finale
  • Pull Me Under
  • The Count of Tuscany
  • Act II: Scene Eight: The Spirit Carries On

Dream Theater was the main act at the HEB Center with guests Devin Townsend and Animals As Leaders. They continue across the United States and Canada with the last stop at the Arizona Financial Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona on July 26, 2023.

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