DREAM THEATER – Live At Luna Park - DVD
Having enjoyed Dream Theater’s music occasionally, I must admit that I was quite impressed with this DVD from the prog metal quintet. “Live At Luna Park” took place at two sold out shows in Buenos Aires, with 16 HD cameras capturing the band in all its glory live, in front of 50,000 diehard fans wanting quality heavy rock music with a progressive edge. The production of this 2 DVD set is excellent, from its interesting animated screens, breathtaking stage production, superb sound and picture quality for a DVD, (I’m pretty sure the Blu-Ray version of this is even better.) overall this 2 DVD set package comes with a nice 18-page color booklet. You also get a documentary regarding this concert at Luna Park, which also shows the band during a night out on the town/dinner, sound checking for the live gig, and their drummer audition process, where they choose their drummer Mike Mangini, who is now a part of the band, and all of these features make this a complete package.
With 16 different camera angles used in the production of this DVD, the band is captured in its true stage glory, and the diehard/crazy audience too is given a nice part here as well as they’re all on this video as well. These guys really know how to work an audience of 50,000 members all the while giving a very energetic and intriguing performance.
Newest member, Mike Mangini (drums) who replaced long time drummer, founding member and collaborator Mike Portnoy, is a solid addition to Dream Theater’s progressive rock/metal style and sound. He delivers a very diverse performance to the band’s musical complexities and tight musicianship. I love the fact that Mangini brings with him a different style of playing, which is interesting, yet colorful with his unique odd time signatures and colorful accents of his cymbal usage. All of these attributes fused together along with Dream Theater’s style of playing and songwriting gives them a very unique approach in their playing and execution of their complex song structures.
Watching these guys perform live for almost a wicked two and a half to three hours is very entertaining as they mix up their set with songs of different emotions and varying challenges posed by their diverse songwriting. They’ve also featured a string quartet during the performances of two of their songs during these two shows, which also shows the quintet’s ability to rock out with classically trained musicians along side.
Live At Luna Park is an excellent DVD release from one of prog metal’s greats, Dream Theater, and I’ve a become a fan of their’s after this concert in Buenos Aires as they’ve won me over with their heavy metal rock music.
[Eagle Vision] Sarjoo Devani