DREAM THEATER performed the entire "The Number Of The Beast" album by IRON MAIDEN during their appearance at the London Astoria last night (Oct. 21).The legendary progressive rock heavyweights played the material exactly as per the original album, with the exception of "Gangland", which was done in a jazz style. D.T., who feature a sole guitarist in the shape of the very-capable John Petrucci, reproduced the second-guitar parts by having keyboardist Jordan Rudess play them on the keys, including the solos. Following an intermission in the regular set, DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy took the stage wearing a MAIDEN shirt, after which the classic "The Number Of The Beast" spoken intro kicked in. "The Number of The Beast" album cover was projected behind the group, but with DREAM THEATER in the style of the IRON MAIDEN logo. Back in February, DREAM THEATER performed the entire METALLICA "Master Of Puppets" CD at a show in Barcelona, Spain while donning METALLICA T-shirts and sporting an improvised DREAM THEATER-logo'd "Master of Puppets" backdrop. Billed on DREAM THEATER's official web site as a "VERY SPECIAL SHOW", the gig featured no opening act and was the second of DREAM THEATER's two-night stint at the venue.
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