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Dream Theater ~ Awake in Japan ~ Concert (Rare) (1995) [DVD]

This video is a recording of Dream Theater’s live concert at Urawa-shi Bunka Center in the city of Urawa, Japan on January 24, 1995. This is an unofficial release, and the DVD is pretty difficult to find as it is an unofficial bootleg. Unfortunately, the source material is not of the best quality, and I have adjusted the contrast in order to take out artifacts that are distracting. In doing this, much of the detail is lost, but looks better overall in my opinion.

Even though this was shortly after James LaBrie’s vocal injury in December 1994 and his voice cracks frequently, I feel this is an important concert because it’s the only professionally shot full concert footage from the “Waking Up The World” Tour excluding the MTV special on the Uncovered Gig (which wasn’t really part of the normal tour, as DT just played covers), and some partial clips from Burbank, California and Munich, Germany, also aired on MTV.

This concert was held one week after The Great Hanshin earthquake, or Kobe earthquake, that occurred on January 17, 1995 at 05:46:53 JST in the southern part of Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, including the region known as Hanshin. It measured 6.9 on the moment magnitude scale and had a maximum intensity of 7 on the JMA Seismic Intensity Scale. Casualties were: 5,502–6,434 killed; 36,896–43,792 injured; 251,301–310,000 displaced. There was approximately $200 billion in damage. During the concert, a prayer/moment of silence was held in memorial of the victims.

All of the songs for this concert are represented in this video, with the exception of Derek Sherinian’s keyboard solo right before “A Crack in the Mirror” and “A Crack in the Mirror”. YouTube mistakenly tagged these as part of a Documentary and prevented the video from being released. Interestingly, those very songs released as an individual video had no copyright issues. (The vid can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKAn3JttO9Q&feature=youtu.be)

James LaBrie – Vocals
John Petrucci – Electric & Acoustic Guitar
Mike Portnoy – Drums & Percussion
John Myung – Bass
Derek Sherinian – Keyboards

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