, attached to 2015-08-04

Review by andrewrose

andrewrose I'm not huge into webcasts for some reason but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. No Men in No Man's Land continues to impress (though I'd love to see it in the second set again) and the Wolfman's is certainly interesting. Mike seems to having a lot of fun up there (they all do), which is especially nice to see. Great start to the show. Enjoyed Trey's very deliberate and emotionally dynamic vocal take on Circus, too. Haven't heard him sing like that before, really.

The story of this show is really an old-school Mike's Groove anchoring the second set, but I'll comment on the whole second frame start to finish.

The band seemed to be in the 'let's kick down a a bunch of tour firsts tonight" mood. Trey seemed a bit nervous or tentative at times (new venue, big industry music town, webcast factor?) flubbing the Golden Age lyrics considerably. Took a while to find his footing in the jam as did the rest of the band but once he did it hit some sweet hose territory, with an incredible stretch of notes towards the end. I thought it was just getting going when the Light came along. Unlike @n00b100 I didn't enjoy the Light jam much, reminded me of a lot of flat earlier versions of the song that don't take off. Settled into some nice ambience towards the end but again that was cut short and made way for Shade, a song I don't like much. It was brief though.

From Mike's onward things were pretty butter. First of all we apparently have Tuba player Drew Hitz to thank for the extended Mike's. His campaigning for it over the past couple years directly with the band culminated last night (after playing Trey the 7/14/00 version). The actual transition to said jam wasn't exactly traditional or perfectly executed (Simply fake-out?), and I'll leave speculation about whether this was THE second jam to more qualified scholars (who care), but the jam that followed was pretty sweet. Not tour highlight sweet, but a lovely sequence. I thought the Piper jam was spectacular, though! I don't think it echoes early Pipers as much as some of the more thoughtful 99 versions with a kind of millennial groove to it. It has a fast pace but is pretty delicate too. Again Trey's playing is so on point this tour. This jam was my highlight of the show.

C&P tour bustout was a pretty welcome treat in the following slot, brief as it was. And Weekapaug got weird! Haunted House / Black Sabbath weird. Can't complain about that.

Absolutely beautiful Slave encore (even if the lead in was a bit soft). Trey didn't want it to end and kept the peak rolling to much satisfaction. Solid Tuesday night one off in Nashville.

What's next folks? Loving this tour.


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