As I listened to this album a total of 6 times in a row, numerous things jumped out at men. For starters, John Petrucci is on top of his game. Not that he has been anything other than amazing prior, his playing is on fire on Dream Theater. Between incredibly smoking solo’s to heavy, in-your-face riffs he covers all the bases. The other John of the band, bassist John Myung, is more upfront with his playing than in recent years.
Bottom line here is the performance by Shenker and all the pro players he decided to bring on board this tour, not only invigorating the axeman but inspiring new wave of fans old and new. A great comeback record topped even better by a great live tour and now a nice package all put together by the folks over at Inakustik, a must have for Schenker holics!!!
Interview with Delila Paz and Edgey Pires (The Last Internationale)