, attached to 2014-10-25

Review by CameToPlay

CameToPlay This was a successful show by the band, if not by the audience which seemed lackluster a lot of the time. Especially compared to the forum the night before. The Destiny, Timber, Tela segment was a real treat, even if somewhat lost on the crowd. Wingsuit was a very strong closer and I am an official convert after being lukewarm for the last year. Wolfman's won the length contest, but broke no new ground. Halley's remains at the top of my shitlist, and this version did itself no favors.

Other than Jibboo and Carini, which didn't end up going anywhere (not every attempt is going to bear fruit), the rest of the selections mostly fulfilled their potential. Piper was ostensibly the highlight, but I thought the Golden Age and Tweezer jams were quite good. While this show lacked the "it" factor and band-audience energy and buzz, it had plenty of deft execution and is solid upon a re-listen. Trey is still struggling with his chops at times, but he seems suitably engaged and inspired at times. Remember, he is more reliant on external factors than the rest of the band. He is trying to blaze some new ground and style, but he needs our help too. I thought this was the weakest of the California shows so far. I am in the minority that thought SB1 was much better show than it is given credit for. But that is a testament to the strength of the tour so far. Which is also stronger than it is given credit for. You must remember. Where we stood after Glens Falls last fall was not terribly different than where we stand now. A mixed bag, but mostly strong. It was the 2nd half of that tour that gave it it's cachet, and we still have 6 shows to match it. On to SF.


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