, attached to 2011-06-12

Review by westbrook

westbrook This was my second show after seeing my first the previous night. I had lawn seats originally, but I checked Ticketmaster the morning of the show and was able to get some nice pavs on a re release. This being a hometown show, I just drove to Merriweather a few hours before showtime, got rid of my lawns, and hung out in the lot. The start of the first set was really fun. Buried Alive is a great opener, and then you get two Fishman songs in Lonesome Cowboy Bill and Ha Ha Ha. I was fortunate enough to catch two bustouts in my first two shows. The day before, I got Daniel Saw the Stone and got Lonesome Cowboy Bill at this show. Sample in a Jar and Divided Sky were flawless. Wolfman's through Gumbo brought the funk. Wolfman's->Boogie On Reggae Woman was a great jam. The slow, funky Wolfman's and the smooth, patient segue into Boogie On was awesome. Mike's playing was amazing in Boogie On, as usual. Halley's Comet had a short jam that slammed into a really good Bathtub Gin. I think this Gin may be a little underrated; Trey plays really well in this one. It was fun to hear Page get down and dirty in Jesus Just Left Chicago. Character Zero brought the house down. Overall, I thought the first set was really solid.
Party Time was good as the set 2 opener. The following Crosseyed and Painless was excellent. Trey tore this one to pieces. After a brief ambient jam at the end of Crosseyed, Steam made its second appearance. I knew of the song but I hadn't heard it yet. The fog that filled the stage and the pavilion was cool. Steam ended with a crescendo of effects and the chords of Light emerged from the wall of sound. Light's jam had its moments, but it was nothing special overall. The Wedge and Alaska were well played, but I think the set lost some steam (pun intended) here with some questionable song placements. Halfway to the Moon is a really nice song, and I was ecstatic to hear Harry Hood, which is my favorite song. Although, I think the jam was cut short by BDTNL. BDTNL did feature some serious playing from Trey though, as did the set-closing Loving Cup. The second set was a 3.0 showcase, with more than half of the songs in the set being from the 3.0 era. A three-song encore is always great. Makisupa Policeman was funny with all the "What!" shouting from the band and also included a bass solo from Mike on his new bass that he used for the the encore the previous night, as well. First Tube ended the show with a bang.
The highlights of the first set were Wolfman's->Boogie On and Bathtub Gin. The second set highlights were Crosseyed>Steam and the encore.


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