First set stars off with good, solid versions of Suzy, Buried Alive and Poor Heart. This was the first Suzy of the New Year. The taper levels and Paul were still settling in during an ok version of Ice. Sparkle was good. Alright! The first Forbin's of the year is great to hear and has an equally great story to go with it. I'm a big fan of this song. Unfortunately the Mockingbird that goes with it isn't that great, right from the transition onward. Rift was also a little rough tonight as Trey had some troubles. IDK sounded like Mike was missing from the mix, but comes in later to say "NO!" in a funny moment. Melt was well played. Fee was good, maybe a little off, and seemed to lack energy. Nice Jim to close up a decent first set.
After the dedication Llama false starts because Trey's amp was on standby, leading to some good laughs. The sloppy song features some good Page playing. FEFY is ok, not quite polished up yet. The Mind of its Own is a nice bust out for Mike and good for another laugh as he forgets parts. Reba gets sloppy from Mike and Trey, which leads to some funny singing parts. Really nice jam at the end of the song. Tweezer is good and pretty standard for this time period. The Ball Jam still doesn't quite have its official ending yet, but it's getting there. Glide was good as was YEM and Coil with a nice Page solo as usual. First Brain of the year brings out Fishman with a great vacuum solo and funny antics, right into a standard Tweeprise. Strange that there is no HYHU tonight.
Great moment as Trey calls out his sister's birthday, and dedicates a pretty good Grace to her, from what I could hear. Always tough to record the songs with no mics. The first Contact of this year is a little rough and maybe unpracticed as the middle section is messy. Mars is always fun and this one has a great count off section from Fishman.
I would give this show three and a half stars if I could, but the sloppy playing brings this one down just enough to my ears.