, attached to 2018-07-25

Review by gingerphish

gingerphish While set one was more or less a let down, don't miss out on the few diamonds in the rough. Roggae had a solid jam even though it was a weird way to start a show. Runaway Jim peaks nicely and has some great playing by Page. Ocelot takes another dark turn. I really hope that Ocelot gets the type 2 treatment at some point this summer as they're really pushing the boundaries on what this song could be. BTTNL gets a lot of hate, but this song consistently has a good solo. Nothing above average here, just Trey rocking out.

Set your soul free had a great start at the Gorge and you could feel it coming. I said before that it was only a matter of time before the new songs got a huge jam, but I didn't think it would be so soon. The jam takes a deep dive right away for some dark, murky space. Around the 9 minute mark, we get a subtle major key shift and a mellow ambient jam pursues. Page starts driving this jam towards more upbeat waters and the rest of the band follows in suit. Rather than opt for a full of peak, Trey takes a funkier path and things really get dancy. The jam leading up to the 20 minute mark is just pure space funk at it's finest. This is definitely my jam of the tour so far. Twist is a great fit in this slot, but doesn't go anywhere too crazy of unheard of. Clearly some audio troubles in this Makisupa that gets even more ridiculous than usually in a funny way. I'll never complain about S&S in this spot. This song is just beautiful every time, unless it gets the treat (8/4/17), but even that version ended with a serene-ish jam. Weird spot for the Wedge but this Possum is straight ripping. You can hear Trey's smile as they break back into the song.

Too bad this first set isn't better or this would have been almost as solid as the night before. Expectations are clearly high when we are expecting the first set to contain jamming. Consider that a testament to how strong this tour has been so early on.


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