, attached to 2014-10-25

Review by ThomasFunkyEdison

ThomasFunkyEdison Well let's start off by saying that everyone is subject to their own thoughts and opinions surrounding shows. One mans favorite show is the others least favorite. I personally loved SB1 while it seems like a lot thought it was sloppy and uninspired. This is my opinion of the show, take it or leave it. I've personally loved this tour so far: there have been many many highlights and great sets. I'm doing the whole tour, so this review is from the.perspective of someone at the show, not streaming.

Set one starts off with a new song, which I enjoy but not in the opening slot. ACDC bag is a crowd pleaser but I've been waiting for that song to get the ol' jam treatment, and having heard so many of these before it wasn't anything that amped me up after DTAD. My Sweet One is always fun, a nice medium-rare song. The next stretch of music from Moma > Funky Bitch is your standard first set songs. They were well-executed and I love the funk in Moma, and WB had a cool little stretch there too...but I'm still really neutral about all of those back to back. I've been to a lot of shows since the return, and it seems like I've gotten that combo way too many times. It's not that I don't appreciate the songs, I do, it's more that Halleys, MD, and WB have a lot of potential that hasn't been seen in a while. The set closers in Tela, Destiny Unbound, and Timber are always great. I love to hear some songs thrown in there that haven't been played in a while.

Second set starts off with Free. First free second set opener since 98, and a song that has a ton of funk and jam potential, and being in the 2.1 spot I figured it might, but this is as standard as it can get for Free. I'm a fan of GA and there was a flicker of funk, ambience and staccato, but it was more truncated than usual. Still cool and worth a listen. Jibboo is next, and a fun one taboot. So I maintain that carini is the one song that has consistently been played at a higher level now than ever before. 2012-13 carinis are my favorite of all time. This carini starts of rockin but the jam never really comes around. Has some cool playing by the band and a very silky transition into Piper. Piper was the main event, and the jam was sweet. They didn't take long to get into spacey type 2 territory, and they stayed there for some time with some smooth interplay between all 4 members. Caspian is caspian. tweezer...STOP THE WOOING. Rock n Roll was standard. YEM was nice and the vocal jam was SWEET!!! Really cool. Suzy>reprise needs to be earned, so to speak, for me to rock it. It felt more like forced energy.

All in all it was my least favorite show that I've seen in 2014. Not a BAD show, but to me it seemed like they couldn't link up for jams. And I hate wooing. See you in SF!


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