, attached to 2011-06-11

Review by westbrook

westbrook This was my first show, and it was just as great as I imagined it would be. I wasn't too familiar with Daniel Saw the Stone at the time, but it was a fun opener. AC/DC Bag was standard, while the Ocelot that followed it was an above average version. Next, came a couple of uncommon songs, Access Me and Vultures. This may be the best version of Access Me, although it has only been played four times. Vultures was not played perfectly, but it was a crowd pleaser, nonetheless. Wilson>Sand began a great run of songs to end the first set. The energetic Wilson had a psychedelic feel to it, as Trey tapped his way through the solo. There were a lot of great Sands in 2011, and this jazzy one is right up there with the best of them. Roses are Free had an extended ending; while it did not lead to a jammed out version of the song, it did segue into Reba. Reba is one of my favorite songs, and I was very happy to hear it at my first show. The composed section is solid, and I found this jam to be very contemplative and pretty. The first On Your Way Down of 2011 came next, and was teased in the scorching Antelope that closed the first set. I think this first set may be even better than the second set, but the second set has its own highlights.
Birds of a Feather and Tweezer were average, fun versions. Tweezer was followed by The Horse>Silent in the Morning, as it was last year at MPP. Another song that had a very strong year, Waves, came next. Unfortunately, this version did not include the post-lyrics jam, which the other versions of the year had. Despite this, I really like Trey's playing in the first jam section. The transition to Chalkdust Torture was abrupt, but the BOAF infused CDT was very good. The meat of the second set consisted of versions of Rock and Roll and Piper that were given the storage jam treatment. The segue between Rock and Roll and Albuquerque was great. The end of the set had really high energy. Page was all over Suzy Greenberg.


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