, attached to 1998-12-31

Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw One of the better NYE shows.

1999 out of the gates is a top shelf debut, excellent playing and execution. Mike's song has a very beautiful jam, not your typical evil thrash. Weekapaug has a great climax in it. Ghost comes out an has a very mellow hose jam, the tension picks up a little and gets weirder and weirder till the end. And as dumb as it sounds Ha Ha Ha is actually probably the best version I've ever heard.

Tweezer is a little slower and a little funkier (like it will be for all of 1999). Mike finds a nice groove early and Trey kind of just goes with it, a very mellow jam. Is there ever a bad segue into Cities? I haven't heard any and this one is no exception. Cities is straightforward but very cohesive still, very well held together. Antelope is a little longer than usual and very strong. And who complains about Frankenstien and capping a set?

Jim is very power and strong as it moves to the new year. Simple itself is sloppy but a lot goes down on stage after the balloons drop so I believe that caused a little error and distraction. But it roars into a jam, this continues for a little while and then mellows out for a few minutes before Hood starts. Hood is very noteworthy because I do not believe I've ever heard such a long intro to it, around 7 and a half minutes! Which is very cool and unique, but maybe a little too long at the same time. Hood also has a fantastic triumphant ending. Tweeprise is also pretty noteworthy as it is one of the best sounding ones to my ears. Llama comes in and leaves things on a high note.

While my guitar gently weeps is very well played and a great way to end the show, Trey is really enjoying it.

Overall definitely one of the best NYE shows I've heard (behind 93, 95, and 99)
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