The Number Of The Beast
Review by Greg Olma
Dream Theater has never been a band that does things without giving 110% effort and value. To beat the bootleggers, Dream Theater has created its own label to release live shows along with studio demos and assorted material otherwise unavailable to the public. Whenever the band has a 2 night stint in a particular city, they cover an album in full on the second night. What makes these shows so special is that Dream Theater covers the album from start to finish in song order. This disk was culled from a show in Paris, France in 2002. The album being covered was Iron Maiden's The Number Of The Beast. Even Maiden did not play all of those songs live. Each member of Dream Theater plays at such a high level of musicianship that the resulting CD could be nothing short of fantastic. Sure, some arrangement had to be made due to Dream Theater having only one guitarist, but none of the power is lost with the addition of keyboards. This disk is a no-brainer for Dream Theater fans but I would also recommend it for any Iron Maiden fan as this is better than most of the tribute CDs out there.