, attached to 2011-06-01

Review by pmc2kd

pmc2kd After the quick jaunt back to Holmdel on to Set I:

First Tube opened in fine form. Great way to start!

Stealing Time was rocking, and is a pretty good tune off of Joy.

Camel Walk! Nice. Great spot, great song.

Heavy Things was ok. Nothing much to say.

Jibboo was nice. I was bobbing around to this one. Always has a fun little jam.

Wilson was rocking and this was my first version. Awesome fun.

>Seven Below was an interesting choice in the first set. I like the placement considering its straightforward but fiery jam. Good stuff.

KDF was ok, just paled in comparison to the tour opening version...

Axilla was high energy and appreciated.

Split Open and Melt was one I had been hoping to catch for a while. This version definitely got out there. I don't know how they scotch tape this jam together, but someone kept it stuck together enough to collapse into the ending. Highlight.

Suzy took as back into Page's realm (house). Good closer.

Overall Set I: Like last night, a strong first set with lots of good songs and a couple nice jams. Melt was deeeep.
Highlights: Camel Walk Jibboo Wilson>Seven Below Melt

Set II reads like an erotic Phish novel, full of all the sexiest of second set vehicles you'd hope to see over the course of 3 or 4 shows!
Alas....

Set II opens with a Tweezer that paired with a colossal warm spring downpour. This was a lot of fun on the lawn! Energy was absolutely crazy as the skies opened for the jam. Good version, but nothing amazing, until they wound into ->

No Quarter!!! Someone on lot said they sound-checked Houses of the Holy - so this is what he meant. This was amazing particularly with the huge energy on the lawn. Such an awesome cover (I've since seen a couple more versions and this one holds up- second only to SBIX for me).

After that opening pairing I thought this was going to be magic, especially when they kicked into Carini!

This one stayed short though and the jam got beheaded in favor of...

Piper, which held some promise for more jamming but was similarly guillotined for ...

Twist. Twist actually contained a beautiful outro solo section that could have gone for ages, but I think 8 minutes or so was about as long as Trey was willing to go in this one so he chopped into Ghost with the requisite awkwardness of the previous transitions.

Ghost was downright bad! I mean literally this might be the only bad version in the history of the band. It starts to cook at like 7 minutes and poof! Trey goes Numberline all over us.

Numberline was actually the best out and out jam of set II. It was a great peaking version (but not as good as Bethel II). That wasn't enough to wipe away the bad taste of the previous sequence of ripchords.

Encore: Show of Life kind of fit in a bad way.
Tweeprise was awesome as usual!

Overall Set II: It's better than I am going to give it credit for. Tweezer>No Quarter was absolutely awesome.(although the Tweezer jam was ordinary). Twist had an interesting minute or two at the end. Numberline was ripping. But the bad outweighs the good when it comes down to Carini>Piper and Ghost having absolutely no replay value. The ripchord was simply in full effect on this evening.
Highlights: Tweezer>No Quarter, #line

Overall: This was an average/good show. It could have been a great show. Above average set 1, promising (unfulfilled) set II. Still listen to that Tweezer > No Quarter...what a moment.
2.5/5 I won't be too harsh.


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