, attached to 2016-01-02

Review by n00b100

n00b100 Set 1: Maybe my favorite Set 1 of the run, even without a tease-laden Undermind second jam or beautiful Reba. Your Pet Cat makes a great opener (well-rehearsed, too); the slow AC/DC Bag works as well as Raleigh's Llama did; Divided Sky is a very fine version; Maze rips super hard (one of the big beneficiaries of Trey's 2015 FTW boot camp). Lots to like.

Set 2: You knew Tweezer wasn't gonna sit idly by and let other pretenders to its jam vehicle crown steal its thunder, and after appearing in the opening show of the last 5 NYE runs (check and see), the Granddaddy of Them All comes in for the closing show and shows all the young whippersnappers how it's done. The opening half of the jam is Type I, but it is ferocious Type I, Trey and Page blending together wonderfully well. Some plinko notes enter the edges of the jam, Mike opens the door to D major (h/t to Mike Hamad on Twitter for that one), and Trey hits on a warm repeating guitar lick as we kick into a very nice groove. We enter the beloved terrain of 8/1/98 and 10/27/13's Tweezers, a magical bliss jam that patiently builds and builds until Trey moves to chords, Fish starts firing away, and the jam breaks down into (woo-less, even) stop-start action. And when the band explodes right back to life and closes out the jam with a glorious near-reprisal of the Dick's Disease, we get the heartiest moment of the whole MSG run. Sand makes for a perfect sidecar to that superstar jam, and this is a meaty and super-tight version that helps keep the energy up sky high.

A delicate LxL comes next, then Suzy, and I figured that that was to keep the fires stoked before Hood could pop in and add some more improv to the proceedings. And Hood came in just as I expected (a tension-laden version that traverses some dark and even slightly funky territory before blooming bright and then shoehorning in Hood's climax in slightly abrupt fashion), but what I was not expecting was YEM to close out the show, and this is a tremendous YEM worthy of the chart. And the main reason I'm saying that is because of ol' Henrietta, who practically sprouts two new arms during the jam, tapping away on the woodblock, and hammering down the beat with the almost primal energy of 1995; Mike, as well, really brings it all throughout, especially in his showcase at the end. Lizards > Reprise is a classy encore to a glorious, superb show.

Final thoughts: Maybe the top show of the run from start to finish; in particular, the YEM and especially that mega-watt Tweezer demand listening. A tremendous close to a run absolutely lousy with riches.


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