If you hate DT (probably due to the singer?), check out Liquid Tension Experiment. all instrumental.[/quote]
Nah what gets me about Dream Theatre is that they’re essentially a Rush rip-off that could never get it right. Technical for the sake of being technical, with no cohesion whatsoever between members - it’s like a band of soloists. Insanely good drummer, bassist, and guitarist…but the combined together it just doesn’t work IMO.
Now a band that was “heavily inspired” by Rush that DID get it right was Porcupine Tree
Excellent choice, except I would say they morphed into prog after starting out sounding more like Pink Floyd. One of my current favorites, I saw them last spring. And I agree about DT, amazing musicians but they just don’t grab me.
My all time favorite is probably Jeff Beck, I’ve seen him four times, which is an accomplishment considering he used to only tour every five years or so.