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For this to be possible, the band prepares to play the majority of its catalogue at any performance, depending on what Portnoy decides to program for that night. This process also requires the employment of a complex lighting system to load pre-configured lighting cues based on the individual songs.
 
For this to be possible, the band prepares to play the majority of its catalogue at any performance, depending on what Portnoy decides to program for that night. This process also requires the employment of a complex lighting system to load pre-configured lighting cues based on the individual songs.
   
The band's full world tours, since "Six Degrees of inner Turbulence", have predominantly been so-called [[An Evening With Dream Theater]] tours, in which the band performs for at least three hours with an intermission and no opening act. The show that was recorded for "Live Scenes From New York" was nearly four hours in length, and resulted in Portnoy almost being hospitalized after a combination of acquiring severe food poisoning from the food he ate after the show and suffering from over-exhaustion of playing such a long show.
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The band's full world tours, since "Six Degrees of inner Turbulence", have predominantly been so-called [[An Evening With Dream Theater]] tours, in which the band performs for at least three hours with an intermission and no opening act. The show that was recorded for "Live Scenes From New York" was nearly four hours in length, and resulted in Portnoy almost being hospitalized after acquiring severe food poisoning from the food he ate after the show.
   
 
There is also a significant amount of humor, casualness, and improvisation attached to a Dream Theater concert. In the midst of "A Change of Seasons" it is quite common for themes such as those for Major League Baseball and "The Simpsons" to be quoted, and Rudess routinely modifies his solo section in the song and others, often playing the ragtime section of [[When the Water Breaks]] from "[[Liquid Tension Experiment 2]]". Several songs included on "Once in a LIVETime" include snippets of others' pieces, such as Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee." Other quotations include "Mary Had a Little Lamb" during "Endless Sacrifice" on the Gigantour, a calliope-inspired break between verses of "Under a Glass Moon", a quote of "Don't Cry for Me", Argentina's main melody played by Petrucci while performing the intro solo of "Through Her Eyes" in Buenos Aires, the Turkish March at a concert in Istanbul, and the opening riff of [[Rush]]'s "A Passage to Bangkok" at a show in Bangkok, Thailand. On the "20th Anniversary World Tour" Rudess has even thrown in a short "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" theme in a break during "Endless Sacrifice".
 
There is also a significant amount of humor, casualness, and improvisation attached to a Dream Theater concert. In the midst of "A Change of Seasons" it is quite common for themes such as those for Major League Baseball and "The Simpsons" to be quoted, and Rudess routinely modifies his solo section in the song and others, often playing the ragtime section of [[When the Water Breaks]] from "[[Liquid Tension Experiment 2]]". Several songs included on "Once in a LIVETime" include snippets of others' pieces, such as Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee." Other quotations include "Mary Had a Little Lamb" during "Endless Sacrifice" on the Gigantour, a calliope-inspired break between verses of "Under a Glass Moon", a quote of "Don't Cry for Me", Argentina's main melody played by Petrucci while performing the intro solo of "Through Her Eyes" in Buenos Aires, the Turkish March at a concert in Istanbul, and the opening riff of [[Rush]]'s "A Passage to Bangkok" at a show in Bangkok, Thailand. On the "20th Anniversary World Tour" Rudess has even thrown in a short "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" theme in a break during "Endless Sacrifice".
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