, attached to 2012-07-06

Review by DividedSkywalkerNYC

DividedSkywalkerNYC A year later this show holds up - both on the iPod and in memory. SPAC is a challenging arena to drive to and park at (I was a mile from the stage, at least) but the energy in the "building" was outstanding, even if it was a solid 85-degrees and humid as the boys tore into Runaway Jim. I'm not a fan of Fishman's antics (plus he sings off-key) but the Tube > Psycho Killer > Tube transition was seamless and wholly entertaining in a Set 1 that featured a solid BOTT and an up-to-snuff Funky Bitch.

Reviewers on this site and Mr. Miner have (rightfully) heaped more praise on the SF and Dick's shows but IMO the jamming in this Set 2 is just a hair below those stratospheric efforts. It's one thing to playback MP3s on the ride to work the following week and say "Wow, amazing jam" but quite another to experience a live jam and recognize it's excellence in real-time. For me, Sally > Ghost was one of those moments. Trey pivots as the Sally jam is winding down and literally writes a new tune before dissolving into Ghost. Worth a re-listen if you haven't in a year.

Did I mention it was hot though? :) I was totally drenched as I happily trudged back a mile (at least, I think) to my trusty Subaru.


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