Just got home from finishing up their stage setup. Mangini's kit is hilariously huge (12 foot pedals!), and it's has the most rad color of probably any kit I've seen. It's this intense blue that changes from almost black to more of a laguna seca depending on the lighting.
Also, the EBMM Majesty doesn't look nearly as wonky in person as it does in pictures, and the shovel/shield doesn't look shitty on the black finished ones. It looks fucking horrendous with any other finish though. I got a chance to talk to Petrucci's tech for a bit and he says that Petrucci nixed the real carbon fiber in favor of the lazer etching because the real stuff affected the tone too adversely. *cut to Darren's face, which undoubtedly looks a bit like right now*
I'm not working the actual show, but I'll probably head back about an hour early to catch some of the set.
Dream Theater is the biggest yawnfest ever.
Not kvlt Shawn.