What we saw in some of the better shows of 2011 was topped during the first night of Worcester and the herky-jerky style of the NYE run was long forgotten. Very fluid jamming and barely any rushing from Trey, which at this point in time seems like a revelation. Energy in the building was through the roof and I thought the whole show was very enjoyable. I'm listening to the soundboard now and it comes across well on the Hi-Fi. A real fan pleasing show.
What do we want?
-Recurring theme (Buried Alive) throughout the show a la Worcester '98 CHECK
-Deep Funk CHECK
-Type II CHECK
-Bustouts (albeit minor) CHECK
One of the more solid tour openers I've heard. I was thinking of bringing a song request sign that read "JAM," but thankfully I didn't have to. The 2nd night was good too, but will definitely be overshadowed by Thursday. I haven't heard the Bonnaroo show yet, but I am a little alarmed that they repeated 12 songs from the Worcester shows...however, if playing fewer songs per tour is what they need to do at this time to play at the level of 6/7/12, then I'll cautiously accept our phate.
Rating out of 3.0 = *****
Rating out of all time= ***
p.s. I thought there was a Shafty tease in there somewhere...