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Re: Let's talk about music!

Post by Don Alexander » Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:00 am

You are on the right path. The Twelve-step Suite describes Mike Portnoy's successful battle against alcoholism. But not even Wikipedia tells us who this Bill W. is. Maybe a guy from AA??

I've seen both Dream Theater and Iron Maiden live, each twice.

Dream Theater was actually my very first metal concert, in Fall of 1993, on a second tour to Images and Words. This was in a little place named Saarburg not to far from Trier, Germany, where I grew up. Opener was Damn the Machine, a project of Chris Poland, ex-Megadeth. Second time I saw them in Trier itself, on the Metropolis Pt. II tour, with Pocupine Tree as support.

Iron Maiden, first time in 1995 or 96, in Cologne, on the X-Factour - yeah, Blaze Bailey... And last year as the "Night To Remember" headliner of the Wacken Open Air, as part of the "Somewhere Back In Time" tour, featuring almost exclusively songs from Powerslave, Somewhere in Time and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.

Yeah, it was fucking brilliant. One of the best concerts I've ever seen, and not even the best of that Wacken.
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Re: Let's talk about music!

Post by Erebus » Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:08 am

First of all, my boss is a huge fan of Maiden and he saw them in Regina last year for their "Somewhere Back In Time" tour. He said it was the single best concert he had seen. Wish I could have went.

Also, the whole thing about the Twelve Step Suite is very interesting. This is what Wikipedia says of Bill W.
Which makes total sense because of what the songs are all about. Thanks for all that imformation.

Anyway, has anyone ever listened to Coheed and Cambria before? I think they are brilliant. They do concept albums all centered around "The Amory Wars". It is a very confusing sci-fi plot.

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Re: Let's talk about music!

Post by Marque'd » Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:11 am

I want to see Dreamtheatre and Kamelot live.

I admit not to listening to the former much, but they're too impressive to not want to see live. And I just love Kamelot, though I miss their more fantasy themed stuff. I also want to see Epica and Emilie Autumn, though god forbid the latter play a concert in the country she's from. :-w
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Re: Let's talk about music!

Post by MarkMoriquendi » Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:14 am

Don Alexander wrote:I've seen Nightwish live twice at Wacken with Tarja. (yeah, that was more than 5000...) And confess to ignoring them completely when they played with Anette... /:)

Though, if I recall correctly, I went to see "Dream of an Opium Eater" instead, and THAT was a concert I'll never, ever forget!!! :x :x :x
confession: i have been to an Ayreon gig. twice! :o ;)

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Re: Let's talk about music!

Post by Don Alexander » Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:26 am

I've checked out the whole Coheed and Cambria discography. And also read the comics (I know of two, the first one is awesome, the second one I liked less...). I'm a bit conflicted about the band, they are good, but not totally my style, and I don't dig the helium vocals a lot...

I've never been able to see Ayreon, alas. I've been in eastern Germany since a decade, and most established foreign band of "softer" metal genres maybe play in Berlin, and that's it. We get lots of Death and Black, though, so that's good. ;)
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Re: Let's talk about music!

Post by MarkMoriquendi » Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:27 am

well, Ayreon don't do gigs. that's why.
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Re: Let's talk about music!

Post by Don Alexander » Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:34 am

Well, that sure explains it, huh?

Star One did tour, though? After all, there's a live album out...
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Re: Let's talk about music!

Post by Erebus » Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:14 am

Who is part of Star One? I think Chantelle told me Bruce Dickinson was part of it. That would definitely make me wanna listen to them! :D

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Re: Let's talk about music!

Post by Don Alexander » Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:18 am

Ath probably knows this one best... But I assure you Dickinson is not part of it. Dickinson sings a song on Ayreon's Universal Migrator II - Flight of the Migrator album.

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Re: Let's talk about music!

Post by Erebus » Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:22 am

Oh ok then... maybe I was getting mixed up. Thanks for the info. Might look into them sometime soon.

Also, wasn't LaBrie in one of Ayreon's songs?

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Re: Let's talk about music!

Post by Don Alexander » Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:38 am

Yes.

He sings one of the roles in the "The Human Equation" concept album. so he shows up in several of those songs.

Btw, I also like Mullmuzzler and love the James LaBrie solo album (have the latter as an actual CD).
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Re: Let's talk about music!

Post by MarkMoriquendi » Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:42 am

Erebus wrote:Who is part of Star One? I think Chantelle told me Bruce Dickinson was part of it. That would definitely make me wanna listen to them! :D
Star One consisted of:
Sir Russell Allen (Symphony X) -- Vocals
Damian Wilson (Threshold) -- Vocals
Dan Swano (Nightingale) -- Studio Vocals
Robert Soeterboek (Cottam-Soeterboek Band) -- Live Vocals
Floor Jansen (After Forever) -- Backing Vocals
Irene Jansen (ex-Karma) -- Backing Vocals
Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) -- Live Guitars, Studio Bass, Keys and Synth, Drum Programming
Joost Van Den Broek (After Forever) -- Live Keys
Peter Vink (Finch) -- Live Bass
Ed Warby (Gorechild) -- Live Drums

Bruce Dickenson sung on the song "Into The Black Hole" on "The Universal Migrator II: Flight Of The Migrator"

And yes, James LaBrie sung the part of "Me" on Ayreon's (best, imho) album "The Human Equation". If you wanna know, this was the cast of THE:

James LaBrie (Dream Theater) as Me
Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) as Fear
Eric Clayton (Saviour Machine) as Reason
Heather Findlay (Mostly Autumn) as Love
Irene Jansen (ex-Karma) as Passion
Magnus Ekwall (The Quill) as Pride
Devon Graves (Dead Soul Tribe) as Agony
Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion) as Wife
Mike Baker (R.I.P)(Shadow Gallery) as Father
Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon/Stream of Passion/Ambeon/Star One) as Best Friend
Devin Townsend (ex-Strapping Young Lad/ex-The Devin Townsend Band) as Rage
Peter Daltrey (Kaleidoscope) as Forever (uncredited Cameo)

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Re: Let's talk about music!

Post by brnleague99 » Tue Jul 21, 2009 11:49 am

Kamelot rules. Oh yes they do.

But my number one dream show currently?

Blind Guardian/Korpiklaani/Ensiferum/Olympos Mons

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Re: Let's talk about music!

Post by Erebus » Tue Jul 21, 2009 9:37 pm

I should look up that album. I would like to hear James LaBrie on something other than Dream Theater.

Man, I would LOVE to see Blind Guardian live! They sound freaking amazing live!

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Re: Let's talk about music!

Post by Don Alexander » Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:37 pm

Oh, they do, they do...

*thinks back to his three BG shows...*

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