, attached to 2013-07-14

Review by Tripps86

Tripps86 [I originally wrote this review for Phantasy Tour right after I got back from the show.]

I just got back from MPP 2, and I had a blast. Got my first YEM in my fourth show, so this automatically becomes a special one for me. My overall impressions is that this was the best first set of the tour thus far and overall is the best show, along with SPAC 3.

First Set:
Awesome First Tube opener. That song can do no wrong. Moma kept the energy going, although it was a bit short. NICU continued the good flow. Roses>CDT was superb. I really enjoyed Stash and thought the jam went in a nice direction. For me, SOAMule was the highlight of the first set. Fishman's solo on the marimba was fantastic, and Trey obviously enjoyed it. Ice>Tube>Antelope was an excellent finale, although I thought after the last Tube (7/6/13) that the band would continue to extend the jam further. This set rocked.

Second Set:
I like Golden Age, but from what I could tell, Trey pulled the ripcord way too soon into Twist. The latter was strong, as was BDTNL. Light was a second set highlight. The stop-start jamming was very cool, as was the segue into Boogie. Julius was an incredibly high-energy rendition. And YEM. As I mentioned earlier, this was my first, so it's going to hold a special place for me. Spooky vocal jam that put a fine coda on a fun version. Loving Cup encore brought this show to a fitting, energetic conclusion.

I give this one an A-. Strong playing, great jams, and a nice flow, especially in the first set.


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