, attached to 2013-12-28

Review by KingDisco

KingDisco This was my first MSG run. Woke up Saturday without tickets and decided to go, knowing that this was the warm-up show after a hot Fall tour.

I think this is emerging as one of the most underrated shows of the 3.0 era. The energy in the building really resonated with the boys as they were admittedly less than perfect but a great effort throughout.

First set was pretty average especially for 3.0. The Wedge open was well received by all around me. After a couple of decent playing, the boys really shone brightly during Wolfmans. From the start it felt like an inspired effort and re-listens have held up this hands down first set highlight. If you glance at this show and see the mid-3 star rating, skipping this Wolfmans is your own mistake. The set ended with an always fun Julius.

Set two was a lot of fun. The Sand > Piper and Steam emerge as the highlights here. The Tweezer on its own is not too bad but it is indeed disappointing that a monster 2013 for Tweezer ended on a whimper. Though not an epic on most lists, Steam really has been given solid treatment these past couple of years and I haven't heard a better version yet. This Steam is a must for fans of this song as it seems to get better every time played.

Fun encore Suzy > Reprise.

As you can tell I used "fun" alot. The boys seemed to be loose and really enjoying themselves which bodes well for the future of the group. This show isn't an all timer, it isn't a must listen, but it is a solid start to what turned out to be an excellent weekend. It is not getting the appreciation it deserves.


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