, attached to 2003-12-02

Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw This show to me is definitely on the very low end of the good/bad spectrum for me. This is one of those shows that I feel has absolutely nothing to deliver in future listens. The joy brought to my ears in hearing an extremely rare Hood opener was quickly destroyed by incredibly bizarre setlist choices and poor playing. It almost feels like half the songs in this show start with a stutter or fumble of some sort.

The 2nd set may even do less for me than the first. The whole Weekapaug -> Tweeprise portion is so poorly though out and executed that I wish they never attempted it. The Frankenstein -> Kung -> Frankenstein is also pretty poorly executed and is pretty flubby, you can't even hear half of the lyrics to Kung. It feels like a lot of this stuff was decided on the fly and little effort was put it. All of these Dreams comes in to completely screw up the flow of the set as usual. Even Cities, the one song you can almost always count on for a buttery segue is abruptly started. The segue could be worse, but it isn't all that pretty either! Maze, although getting a little stretch like others from this year, has a jam that IMO isn't very inspired and really doesn't do anything for me at all.

As crazy as it sounds, Bug might be the most well played song of the whole show. It has far more power and inspiration behind it than most of the songs from this show.

I know unpopular opinion, luckily they made it to the 30th Anniversary NYE show in 2013 which was superb.


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