I am not going to get into the debate over whether a seated crowd is a good idea, or whether the ticket sales were great.
We were front and center, and my kids loved the whole experience. I was close enough to JP and JL at times to greet them like Trump greets random women. But I am civilized, so I kept my hands to myself. That is, until JP tossed me a pick, and MM got my attention to directly send me two drumsticks. They were for my kids, dressed as Xander and Faythe.
We met a fellow forum Board contributor - and this shirt is hysterical. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153951519165794&l=4755981611
The highlight of our evening was during the very last song, when James reached down to my daughter and pulled her up on the stage. She looked kind of nervous, but thrilled. I coached her to raise a fist, she did - and the crowd responded in kind. It was pretty freaking awesome.
(Violating the no camera rule - hey, my kid was onstage with Dream Theater!)https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153951519170794&l=19e001578c
So for us, the front of the house was a great space, regardless of the lackluster image from the 360 camera that has been criticized on facebook.
We just posted a video on youtube thanking the band for the extra special night. https://youtu.be/zo8e8vW5t6w