, attached to 2014-07-19

Review by Slinky

Slinky I really have to agree with pretty much everything @solargarlic78 said. While I had an absolute blast on this run, this show will definitely fall by the wayside in my books.

To start off, I have to say that I was battling a headache all day. One of the guys we were staying with forgot to turn off the stove overnight and someone found it like that in the morning. I'm assuming that gas leaked in the apartment all night however...

1. I was the only one that had the headache

2. The apartment did not blow up upon wake n bake

Whatever it was, I was pretty much battling this thing all day even trying put down beers at Reggie's. Anyways, on top of that I was also in attendance at Pine Knob. I had a great time at Pine Knob despite the lack of improv because I had a lot of friends that I took to their first show and they were loving it so I in turn loved it as well. However, after they started up Wolfman's a few people around us started grumbling. One guy even reminded of how I would do a Phish show; let out a slight complaint while still dancing! When Yarmouth Road started up and I looked around the crowd, @mymomadontdance said "You can't tell me this was played at DTE too?!" being well aware of the streak that was happening. We considered that it could be a gag they were pulling, then I realized if that was the case, it would be the worse gag they've done (I may go back on that comment)

Nevertheless, this had sucked whatever energy I was clinging onto while trying to drown my headache with water. I was very happy to hear Bran & Robert as well as the rest of the set, but I have to admit my mood was killed and my mind went elsewhere. During Tube I noticed the girl I met that worked the beer tent last year just grooving 20 feet to my right with a friend. I took Free as my chance to go talk to her and stayed around and smoked with them until the end of Heavy Things and went to rejoin my group for the awesome Antelope closer.

During set break our group wandered around the grounds of the lawn and ended in the psychedelic chill tent in the back. I remember coming back from taking a piss and looking at the monitor in the distance and seeing the band take the stage. I came out running out of that tent to Carini, as I felt this could be the jam of the run! I allowed Waved to cut off what seemed like a typical go-nowhere jam, but was pretty much going through the motions as soon as it was aborted for Fuego. I loved the fireworks from Navy Pier as I didn't get to see them last year. While a lot of people loved that Harry Hood jam, I didn't find anything that amazing. Its another typical jam style that they've been milking since Fall Tour last year (perhaps earlier).

I love to see the band take new direction and do new things that you don't expect. This is why I lost my shit during the Piper -> Halley's Comet -> Wombat from the night before and The Wedge and Ghost jams in the Mike's Groove from the next night. The kind of things that, when its happening, makes you think NO. EFFING. WAY. This night, while I could see it being so much fun to the right person, did nothing to me personally.

Hopefully I'll go on to review the other nights giving them much more credit, I just felt like sharing my feelings about this one right now.


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