, attached to 2013-07-05

Review by CentralScrutinizer

CentralScrutinizer More like a 4.5-4.75 but really an amazing show. Hot Moma. Nice Roses, "The land of the brave and free" getting some extra, post independence day love here on the 5th of July. A good, turned great towards the end Bathtub Gin, awesome Light and Steam. I'm not Steam's #1 fan but this is some hot Steam! I think I got burnt. Loved it.

Liked the Army of One Cities and Bowie a lot. First set was very good and flowed right over several potential momentum stoppers like Sample, the unfamiliar debut of Yarmouth, Nellie and Army of 1. But it all flowed very nicely and had a lot to get excited about in very good versions of Moma, Gin, Cities, Bowie and in my opinion a very good version of Army of One that I enjoyed tremendously. The Birds was short but sweet. I enjoyed Yarmouth.Page was great in Cities and they all jumped on beautifully and turned out a very sweet and mellow Cities that was a ton of fun and felt fresh and unique. The Gin was far better to see live, the lights added a lot to the intensity of the moment which felt pretty special to me and all those around me by the end of that Gin. This David Bowie is the first version I've seen since I recently turned 40 on 4-20-13 and it was great with precision passion and creativity on brilliant display from all 4 members throughout the entire version. A great Bowie, but with an only average climax. All together a very fine opening SPAC frame.

Second set started with more unfamiliar territory, with Energy, a far more...energetic debut than Yarmouth. Actually a good place for the debut of Energy, because the anticipation of what must be coming after it, in the second song of second set slot, added a lot of...energy to it, even though it was unfamiliar to most. I enjoyed my first Energy. The Light was awesome and funkier than most lights, with Mike and Page turning it up and getting down, a lot of fun culminating in some phine philthy phunky phun, but not as amazing and uplifting as many Lights of the last 3 years when it got to it's soft n purdy parts. Steam was wonderful as previously mentioned. The other five songs were pretty well done although nothing super.

4th row center aisle. A few jerks really pushing the ushers to have to enforce stricter aisles and rows and get backup. Great view but crowded vibe. Awesome time at the SPAC opener.


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