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Permalink Posted by phearless on , attached to 2011-12-29
phearlessSo now that I have almost a few days to recover from the madness that was the NYE run, I figured I'll limit myself to reviewing only one night of this pretty good run of shows. I still can't believe they played Pebbles and Marbles the only night I was there... especially since that's the one song I've been calling since last year BUT ANYWAY haha here's the review.

Set 1
Sloth: Wow this was an awesome opener that caught me and my crew off guard, nicely played and high energy opener.

YEM: The opening notes of YEM had me almost jumping off the balcony of section 413, haha I mean we went nuts! Great YEM that had a nice mainly Page and Mike led jam except for a short Trey solo. Really funky YEM jam.

BOTT: I thought things were gonna get crazier after YEM but Back On the Train was played and played pretty well. Standard

Moma: Alriiight, nice and funky Moma, I'll take it. Good pick and great way to get the energy back up.

Funky Bitch: good high energy song that honestly raged, but yet again it seems like this song rages every single time I see it. Page was all over this one with Trey just shredding over him. Awesome jam.

Maze: Me and my friends actually called this one on the way up to our seats (section 413 row a) which just happened to be on the 9th floor and took forever to get to. Anyway, pretty good rockin Maze, yet almost rockin in a completely "standard" way because Maze always kills. Yet another Trey and Page jam combo that was awesome as always.

Roses: Hell yeah, great pick. It kinda felt like a 25,000 person sing-along... don't know how much I like that but it still was awesome, seem like they put a little extra energy into this one tonight. Good Roses.

Haleys: As soon was this was started I pulled out my phone to see what time it was; it was a standard run through the song itself but then once the jam came, they started slowin down the groove a little bit and not gostraight into something I got pretty damn excited. But just as soon as this jam was truly starting to gel (complete with Streets of Cairo tease from Trey!) it segued weirdly into

>Antelope: Good really REALLY high energy Antelope that honestly Fish was the MVP of, he was just on for this Antelope! Great set closer.

Set 2

Crosseyed: Yet another one that we called, but this time I specifically called it at setbreak right before it happened. Good high energy opener and great way to get the crowd back up and groovin right away. It had a nice jam that started to kinda get spacey really fast but then all of a sudden Trey and Fish pick this Crosseyed back up to a straight rock-jam. It eventually did space out into

>Simple: Another good pick to keep the energy up. During the "We got, skyscraperrrrrs" verse, I just had this amazing feeling come across me. Great Simple jam too that was akin to most Simple jams as of late. Which means it was a very nice and soft, melodic jam that went straight into

->Lifeboy: I honestly thought for a split second at first that it was Lizards, but then realized I was gloriously wrong! HUGE BUSTOUT!! This is one I've been chasing for a while, and it was absolutely beautifully played. Great choice for a cool down which was followed by

Guyute: Good call to keep the energy up, they really nailed this Guyute too.

Mikes: Honestly, Mike's haven't really varied from version to version all that much in recent years, however, this Mike's honestly reminded me of the ones I listen to from the 90's. Trey straight shredded this one, the whole band was backing him up very nicely too with some nice fills by everybody. This died down into

>Chalkdust: I guess it was a good pick, but the jam had a very distinct I Am Hydrogen tease from Trey, which did eventually lead the band directly into

->I Am Hydrogen: This is just such a beautiful song and it's pretty rare nowadays, it was my first one and I loved it. Beautifully played and it was nice cause PEOPLE WERE ACTUALLY QUIET DURING THIS SONG!

>Weekapaug: This one started off with an extremely funky bass solo from Mike, but then was standard until the jam started. It started off with some "plinko" style jamming but then Trey started to change that with some nice bluesy licks which Mike and Page were right behind him helping the jam sustain a really amazing groove with Fish being the ultimate backbone of keeping the groove. They took this one out a little way before Trey and Page really really hammer out some melodic playing, then Trey ultimately shreds this one before they wrap it up, extremely above average Weekapaug and a total highlight of the show for sure.

Show of Life: I really like this song, the lyrics hit me pretty personally on this one, but I do have to say that it was damn-near perfectly placed. Standard version though.

Character 0: sort of killed the energy that this set had alot of, but it was well-played version. Trey really went to town on this one, he really killed his solo.

Encore:

Loving Cup: Well played, standard encore.

Overall this was a pretty good show that kind of had a few problems with establishing a steady "flow" but when they did boy were they killin it. I'd probably give this one a 4.1 out of 5.

Highlights
Set one: sloth>yem, maze, antelope.
Set two: crosseyed>simple->lifeboy(must-hear), mike's, WEEKAPAUG!!! (must-hear for 3.0)
Score: 1

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