, attached to 2010-08-15

Review by Hydrogen

Hydrogen Set 1:

Tweezer: Solid opener. Nice tight version, with Mike nailing the bass. Nothing unusual here.

AC/DC Bag: Let's get this show on the road! Flawless version, really got the crowd going.

On Your Way Down: Nice rarity that hasn't been played much. Some would say a momentum killer, but it was great to hear nonetheless. Page is just awesome on the vocals.

The Divided Sky: Also flawless, shows they can play the intricately composed songs as good as ever.

Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan: Crowd seems to be getting into this song compared to others from Joy album. I like it, and it

Water in the Sky: Faster tempo version. I like the late 90s (Walnut Creek DVD) pace better, but at least they're doing new things.

The Moma Dance: Great energy! A couple missteps at the beginning, but otherwise

Farmhouse: Pretty standard, I liked finally hearing it live, but I'm not sure everyone else felt the same way.

David Bowie: Great way to close a set! Awesome outro, as usual. Tight in the composed sections, and nice jam in the middle.

Set 2:

Ghost: Slow, funky in the beginning, the way it should be! I think they used to speed this one up too much. Nice transition at the end into...

Theme From the Bottom: One of my favorites. CK5 had some pretty cool blue/green underwater effect lights on this one.

Big Black Furry Creature from Mars: Not a huge fan of this one, but still is awesome to hear live. The band is clearly having fun with this one, which is great to see. Cactus weirdness at its best.

You Enjoy Myself: A+ on the more structured parts of this song. They are just playing these flawlessly on these. Nothing too interesting with the jam at the beginning but it progressed into a rocker in short time. Mike and Fish were on top of it at the close, with Trey having a good time dancing around. Vocal jam to close it out, seque into:

Piper: Piper seems to be where they are most comfortable jamming lately. Great slower paced start, no hurry to speed it up. The jam turned ambient and then spacey for about five minutes. Seemed like they could be heading for a dead end, but with the lights and spacey feel, it would have just been a waste not to transition into:

Also Sprach Zarathustra: Crowd went nuts, stellar performance of this, with awesome lights by CK5.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps: Crowd didn't seem crazy about it, but I thought it was perfect here. Trey nailed this one, and actually hit the high vocals.

Character Zero: Unbelievable energy on this closer. Trey is in the zone and you can tell. Might have been a short set but every minute of it was quality.


Oh! Sweet Nuthin': One of my favorite covers, and you don't hear this one every day either. Same as On Your Way Down, Page delivers a soulful performance on the vocals. Nice twangy guitar from Trey on a nice summer night.

Cavern: Always lots of fun, and Trey remembered 99.9% of the lyrics! No small feat with this song. Thought they would get to Tweeprise, but Trey hits the opening notes to...

Joy: Unfortunately a lot of people booed when they started playing this. I'm really liking this song, and clearly it's special to Trey. I always like the solo at the end.

Tweezer Reprise: Can't beat the energy on this one. I thought for the encore they would just come out and play this one by itself, but the four song encore was a nice surprise.


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