, attached to 2013-08-04

Review by cristilclear

cristilclear Apparently my last review was too short to be allowed.
So, I'll just say that this BGCA run was something special to behold. I believe they played each and every song as long as needed for in depth precision. Because depth is where they are at in San Fran.

This show: The transitions were exquisite. Couch tour is being kicked up a notch because the camera director is blending each camera angle in a most professional manner reminiscent of some of the best GD filming. I suppose there were not screens at the BGCA but for Dick's, the video work is going to blow your shoes off (take care).

Crowd Control is a nice opener. Divided Sky and Bowie in the same show is a gift. Trey had a good time holding the Sky note extra long tonight. Mike performed a consistent echo tonight at the end of three songs: My Soul ("Soul!"), Pebbles and Marbles ("Mind!) and, oh, the third wasn't Mike. The third fantasmo ending was Fishman to end Sanity with the super devilish mumbles. That was one of the best Sanity's I've heard. I am purchasing this show. The Sanity and YEM vocals are two reasons why.

It was Trey's grandpa, we learned during Yamar. Maybe we already knew that.. The Army of One isn't my favorite Page song but I thought he completely nailed it tonight in a way that Velvet Sea disbelievers believe after Phish nails Velvet Sea. I always forget what Taste is. I remember Waste, I remember Strange Design and Limb x Limb but I always ask, "How does Taste go?" I won't ever do that again after tonight's Taste. I learned a lyric that I never knew tonight. The last chorus Fishman says, "Obstacles are stepping stones". I could never figure that out. I love the feeling of figuring stuff out. Don't you? ( I don't look lyrics up online. I prefer to grow into them).

The second set, indeed, had some seriously heavy (Type 3, or what-have-you) jams. Energy is coming together well. Page pulling out that Frankensteinian organ has threaded many of the best sets this tour. It was good placement for Energy. The Energy transition was great. Somewhere in the depths of that second set Fishman performed a clomping, like a horse clomping, that served as the Horse before the SitM. It wasn't out of Light though, it preceded Wedge or Light. Then later, I think during YEM or Bold as Love, Page made a mimicking clomping which, at first sounded like Fishman's clomp but clearly became Page's. Fishman responded to it. During YEM Fishman's cymbal intro was a double syncpation. That was really cool. He went back to the regular three-time rhythm and then blended it with the stepped up sync. It felt good.
Bold as love is one of my fav encores. Sanity? Well, speaks for itself, right? (Woooooo, I hope this is long enough..)


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