, attached to 2003-07-30

Review by chooglincharley

chooglincharley this was a solid show. After hopping on at Star Lake, we made our way to the rough areas of Jersey known as Camden prior to heading up to Limestone. This show was just tons of fun. So many kiddies had no idea half of the covers of the first set and the Spock's was acknowledged, but went over most of the noobs' heads (much like Destiny at the 02.28 Nassau show earlier in the year that I caught) and received a joyous welcome from older fans.

The Friend opener was well performed, followed by a wonderful Bill cover to keep the pace. Scents just blew everyone away; for most it was their first Scents experience, but others were aware of the potential from Deer Creek. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere was just from left field and I still to this day believe that it was only used because of the lines
"We’ll climb that hill no matter how steep
When we get up to it"
The ChalkDust was double time and extremely exploratory (akin to the '99 Camden CDT and I will always tie it to the version a couple days later at IT and the 03 NYE run) to bring the tempo back up. The On Your Way Down followed and was well placed to advance the roller coaster ebb and flow of the set. FEFY was also well placed and questioned the audience after a wonderful set, only to lead into a very well performed, high energy Taste to close the first stanza.

The second set, well...we'll just say it was awesome. Not a big fan of the song choices, but the areas explored by the guys that night was blissfully wonderful. I don't know of many folks who weren't turned on by this that night. Even a mother of a young fan (who I would presume was their first show) got into the mix with the YEM and acknowledged that it "must be a fan favorite" by the roar it received upon the opening notes. Monster Twist, a solid Bug, wonderful jam on YEM and Walls. Unfortunately we were given a Secret Smile encore, but the show was stout, as were many shows on this Summer 03 tour, which is severely underrated.


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