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Old February 1st, 2012, 08:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A few thoughts after watching the Symphony X / Iced Earth tour kickoff...

The SX/Iced Earth tour started last night in Hartford, CT. Nice to see close to 600 people (according to the venue) show up to see the bands on a Tuesday night considering how bad things are these days (when it comes to tours, that is)...

Iced Earth and Symphony X played equal-length sets. I don't know if it's just Hartford, but the crowd seemed to be there to see Iced Earth. It was Stu's first USA show with the band, and they were on. As always, Stu oscillated a bit throughout the set, but he's as comfortable as one can be with the new band. Nice variety with the setlist, too:

Angels Holocaust
Slave to the Dark
Stand Alone
When the Night Falls
Dark City
Declaration Day
Days of Rage
Watching Over Me
Dante's Inferno
Iced Earth

Symphony X played a very solid and very heavy set consisting of mainly Iconoclast songs. It took me a while to get into the new album, but I finally get it. However, I think playing 7 new songs in a row right off the bat turned off a lot of people. The songs work very well live, regardless. Russel Allen is in a league of his own. I don't think there are many metal singers nowadays who can touch him (at least live). Oh, and Mike Romeo lost quite a bit of weight too!

The End of Innocence
Bastards of the Machine
When All is Lost
Electric Messiah
Children of a Faceless God
Inferno (Unleash the Fire)
Of Sins and Shadows
Eve of Seduction
Serpent's Kiss
Set the World on Fire (The Lie of Lies)
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