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Re: In Defense of James LaBrie: A Manifesto
« Reply #245 on: May 24, 2024, 08:54:54 PM »
I was watching a live video of the last half of 6DOIT from the DreamSonic tour. It made realize how much the background vocals of both JP and MP helped JLBs vocals in a live setting.

I am now realizing how much of a task was put on JLB in the vocal department when MP left.

JLBs vocals are amazing and he is doing his best to fill in for the lost aspects. But, when I was listening to that video, all I could think was, if MPs vocals where there, just how much better that live performance would be.
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Re: In Defense of James LaBrie: A Manifesto
« Reply #246 on: May 24, 2024, 08:58:56 PM »

+1000. JP’s ego needs to take a major step back. I’d like to hear all the instruments. There’s no reason at all for them to crank it that high, it’s not a death metal show.  :tdwn There’s no way the loudness complaints haven’t reached their ears, no pun intended.

Do you really think it's an ego thing? Petrucci always seems so humble and shit in all the interviews I've seen him in.

I was watching a live video of the last half of 6DOIT from the DreamSonic tour. It made realize how much the background vocals of both JP and MP helped JLBs vocals in a live setting.

I am now realizing how much of a task was put on JLB in the vocal department when MP left.

JLBs vocals are amazing and he is doing his best to fill in for the lost aspects. But, when I was listening to that video, all I could think was, if MPs vocals where there, just how much better that live performance would be.

What about all the parts where LaBrie is the only one singing? That makes up the vast majority of the vocals.
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Re: In Defense of James LaBrie: A Manifesto
« Reply #247 on: May 24, 2024, 09:07:32 PM »
It baffles me when I can go see HAKEN and Symphony X and ‘smaller’ bands like that and thier mix is spot on where everyone is featured……then go to a DT show and get crushed with nothing but guitar and a hint of keyboard.
I blame the guy running the in house mix on the soundboard. He's either completely deaf (likely) or just mixing it the way JP wants it (also likely) or they are both deaf (another possibility).
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Re: In Defense of James LaBrie: A Manifesto
« Reply #248 on: May 26, 2024, 12:54:41 PM »
I just assume as musicians get older and can't hear anymore their sound (both live and in studio) will get worse. I imagine hearing loss plays a role in James' pitch struggles as well.

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Re: In Defense of James LaBrie: A Manifesto
« Reply #249 on: May 26, 2024, 03:59:06 PM »
I blame the guy running the in house mix on the soundboard. He's either completely deaf (likely) or just mixing it the way JP wants it (also likely) or they are both deaf (another possibility).

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Re: In Defense of James LaBrie: A Manifesto
« Reply #250 on: May 28, 2024, 11:31:45 AM »
I've seen DT 9 times and have never had the problems others are describing with volume or mix.  When I saw them on the D/T tour, Myung was really audible.

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Re: In Defense of James LaBrie: A Manifesto
« Reply #251 on: May 28, 2024, 01:51:59 PM »
I've seen DT 9 times and have never had the problems others are describing with volume or mix.  When I saw them on the D/T tour, Myung was really audible.


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Re: In Defense of James LaBrie: A Manifesto
« Reply #252 on: May 28, 2024, 05:36:46 PM »
I've seen DT 9 times and have never had the problems others are describing with volume or mix.  When I saw them on the D/T tour, Myung was really audible.

Same. I thought the live mixes were great...heard every note clearly which cant be said for some of the bands they toured with.
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