, attached to 2017-12-28

Review by salorsino

salorsino Well they are back, and they're sending us a message that they aren't gonna lurk in the shadow of the BD - this NYE run is gonna be one to remember on it's own, not just because it's the follow up to perhaps the greatest run of shows they ever played.

Bag opener, let's get this show on the road eh? Pretty solid, nothing wild here. Wolfmans brother rained down on us next and it was a real tone setter. Might get a few replays but overall pretty standard. Roggae is a good breather, and Tube comes in lay some funk. This might not be a BD or a '97 tube, but hell it packs a punch that is for sure worth a listen, even if they may have flubbed the transition out of the jam just a shmidge.

Bouncin was welcome here as a quick cool down before we hopped Back on the Train, and this one felt extra funky to me, with some hints of Type II emerging but generally never strayed too far from the Train. YPC was a great way to keep every grooving, especially with that little fake out at the end. Waking Up Dead is weird and I love it and that's all about that. Theme was exceptional, I never think of this as a jam until I see it live and remember they just pour emotion out in that song, and though no one expected it as a set closer, it fit well.

Wilson comes out for the second set and gets everyone rockin hard, then we bust into No Man's Land and I'm not sure if any of us have returned yet...I am 95% positive that aliens landed some time in 5-10 minute range of this jam, or perhaps some transformers were having a laser gun battle, either way it was dark, weird, and awesome. This was one of those jams you could tell was sort of fading out, but they didn't want to stop and at those low points someone would take lead and bring em back around. Twist slides out of NMINML and this one gets dark quick too, and when it does Twist back around it comes in a great, heavy hitting fashion that we love about 3.0

Everything's Right was a sit down song for me, but the jam really does get groovy almost reminiscent of some cow funk type stuff IMO. 2001 is always a 4th quarter banger, and this was no exception. Finally, we all felt very, very good about Hood, and properly it served as a perfect cap to an excellent show.

The Wedge encore was just confusing to most, but hey, it was a killer show, we'll take the cool down encore. I check the clock, 11:36, no way there's more? But those opening notes of Slave ring out and we are free'd from the Traffic Light by Trey's emotional and soaring solo.

Overall, great start to the run, can't wait to be back again tonight.


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