, attached to 1999-07-13

Review by desmondthefamilyberzerker

desmondthefamilyberzerker I've never been annoyed at a crowd more than during this Reba jam. Nice, quiet, pulsating groove with Trey and Page going to work on cathartic, serene melodies and the audience just wouldn't stop clapping. It was frustrating and while I might be wrong I believe the abrupt, dark, left turn the jam took into Carini was the bands way of saying they didn't much care for the clapping either.

Anywhoo... This first set is as good as it gets. Sharp playing, high energy, great set list choices and a Halley's jam that was absolutely fantastic. The band goes back and forth between dark and triumphant more than once during this Halley's and then creates a wild sound scape before seguing into Roses. The Roses while is without any extended jam is a high energy version and has a fantastic No2 tacked onto it.

By the time we got through a ripping Funky Bitch to close set one I thought we had a chance at calling this one the show of the tour. But then something disappointing happened. Wolfman's-> Piper really didn't go anywhere. A bit too ambient for my tastes and I don't think I was alone in that opinion as by the time Piper wound down the energy that had been brimming out of the Good Woods in the first set was all but gone.

Then to follow that with what were at the time two new songs in Bug and MITM ( and slow ones)was a risk that didn't pay off. Solid Antelope and a Possum with Scott Murawski and Trey trading licks helped salvage the set somewhat, but I remember leaving the venue on this night opining on what might have been.

I think the band might have gotten a bit too spun at set break.

If you seek this one out, it's for the first set.


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