Isaac Lee wrote:Mangini: "And that helped. To me, what he said meant that they want hear Dream Theater, not some new guy's interpretation of it...ulitmately for the fans sake. It makes sense, because I'm a fan of the band too. And, if I was one of the rabid fans that goes and watches them all the time, I would probqably want to hear things exact. I know that feeling: I'm as big a Rush fan as there is. If Neil doesn't play the parts on the record...youknow, you want to hear the fills from "YYZ" and the fills in "Hemispheres," you want to hear that triangle hit. What if he didn't hit the Triangle?"
And this is the exact same reason I stopped going to Rush concerts or buying the live albums. If I wanted to hear how it sounded on the record, I'd have stayed home and listened to the record.
I've long lost my affinity for Dave Matthews Band, but I know if I end up going to a concert I'm going to get new versions of a lot of familiar songs. Not all of them are refreshing, some of it is just plain ol' stoner wankery, but in general I know I'm going to hear the musicians try to give new life to songs I've heard a thousand times before.