, attached to 2016-01-02

Review by User_33009_

User_33009_ Not counting "special" shows, this is the best show, front to back, since the turn of the century. I know what you're saying, "how could you forget Fukoka, 2/26-2/28/03, IT, 8/15/11, Dicks '12, 10/20/13, 12/29/13, 7/13/14, Magnaball, and a host of other 2.0 and 3.0 shows?" 10/20/13 had this crown for a long time with me, but I now award it to 1/2/16.

There is nothing wrong with this show, even if you might not prefer LxL popping up after the 1-2 punch of Tweezer>Sand in the second set. It provides a nice cool down. Tweezer is one of the most beautiful versions I've heard. It is essential listening. The band is interlocked with each other the entire time. Dare I say, he return of start-stop jamming, in fine fashion, and no WOOs to be found :)

Hood and YEM to close out the set. Hood is nice, we get another type II monster, while not the famous 7/1/14 version, it is still enjoyable nonetheless; and damn, YEM is nasty. Everyone nails it, pretty clean version for the most part. A nice extended ambient section early on in the song, to the point of almost complete silence (for the music, not the crowd, which erupts because they love it), and the jam is funky, oh, why can't they just keep laying down on that funk a little longer? Mike slayed the drum 'n bass section, a part I'm not usually too much into. Talk about 'slappin da bass maan'. I don't care much about vocal jams most of the time in 3.0 YEM's, but this one is crazy, thanks in part to Mike, again, and it ends on a nice major chord. YEM has slowly been making a 'quiet' comeback, what with SPAC 14, MPP 14, Vegas 14, Forum 15, and now this one.

Lizards > Tweezer Reprise encore. Needs no explanation, but I do want to note that Lizards was tighter than most (few) recent 3.0 versions there have been. Trey nailed his parts, which made it all even more amazing. Wonderful show.

Oh, and the first set was fantastic all the way through, especially the 1-2 of Your Pet Cat and Bag, and nice little funky jam in It's Ice, a souring Divided Sky, though not as great as Magnaball, still great, and a ferocious Maze, definitely in line with the Magnaball version (which is my favorite since 1.0) Always nice to get Train Song when I'm at MSG, as I take the train right in every time.


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