Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Guest post by Darrick Moreno

Progressive Nation 2008 -- A Display of Prog's Finest


Thanks for the post from Darrick Moreno

Progressive Nation 2008. A new tour spearheaded by progressive metal masters Dream Theater that brought together four bands to play on one stage. Aside from Dream Theater headlining the tour, the band lineup consisted of the progressive rock band Three, the extreme progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me, and progressive melodic death metal band Opeth.

I turned on my home security alarm from http://www.securitychoice.com/ before heading out the door with my wife and my best friend to drive the one hour to Columbus, Ohio, where the concert event was taking place. The show starte! d in the late afternoon in a giant outdoor amphitheater called the "Lifestyle Communities Pavilion." The place was full of fans, yet not overly crowded, and everyone was in a good mood, which made for a very pleasant concert environment.

Three and Between the Buried and Me each played half hour setlists which gave way to Opeth playing for an hour as the sun was setting, bathing the outdoor area in blue twilight as they finished up their set. With the sun finally down, the lights came on and Dream Theater proceeded to stun the ground with an incredible hour and a half performance of thunderous progressive metal.

The show was an stunning display of some of the best progressive bands in the world, and one that I will never forget.

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