Progressive metallers DREAM THEATER kicked off their 2019 North American tour Wednesday night (March 20) at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego. The band's 19-song setlist included several tracks from the latest album, "Distance Over Time", as well as a second act that consisted of a performance of the group's 1999 LP "Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory" to mark its 20th anniversary.
DREAM THEATER's setlist for the San Diego concert was as follows:
01. Untethered Angel (live premiere)
02. A Nightmare To Remember
03. Paralyzed (live premiere)
04. Barstool Warrior (live premiere)
05. In The Presence Of Enemies, Part I
06. Pale Blue Dot (live premiere)
Set 2: "Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory"
08. Overture 1928
09. Strange Deja Vu
10. Through My Words
11. Fatal Tragedy
12. Beyond This Life
13. Through Her Eyes
15. The Dance Of Eternity
16. One Last Time
17. The Spirit Carries On
18. Finally Free
19. Pull Me Under
When DREAM THEATER's "Distance Over Time" tour was first announced, guitarist John Petrucci told Rolling Stone: "The tour is going to be 'An Evening With,' and part of the evening will be playing some of the new record and some older songs in our catalog, and then also playing 'Scenes From A Memory' in its entirety. So it going to be a lot of fun. And that was a really important record for us, speaking of storytelling and all that. Because it was our first concept record."
Petrucci said that "Metropolis Pt. 2" was significant for him because "it was our first album with [keyboardist] Jordan [Rudess], so that was important. And it was the first album where we didn't use an outside producer. I remember back then having a conversation with Mike [original DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy] where we said, 'Let's not do that anymore. Let's produce ourselves.' And we basically have ever since. So in that respect, 'Scenes From A Memory' might have actually been a record that was a reaction to the previous one. And then we also figured that we hadn't done a concept album yet, and we decided that it was time. It was like, let's make our 'Operation: Mindcrime', our 'Tommy', our 'The Wall'. It was definitely a conscious decision to do something bold and new and different."
DREAM THEATER's 14th studio album, "Distance Over Time", was released on February 22. The artwork was created by long-time cover collaborator Hugh Syme (RUSH, IRON MAIDEN, STONE SOUR). The disc was produced by Petrucci, mixed by Ben Grosse and mastered by Tom Baker.
"Distance Over Time" marks DREAM THEATER's first album for Sony Music's progressive imprint InsideOut Music. The group spent the past 25 years recording under various labels in the Warner Music Group system, most recently Roadrunner Records, which released five albums by the band between 2007 and 2016.
The "Distance Over Time" tour of North America will run for seven weeks before wrapping up in Mexico City on May 4.