Notes: The Contact opener started before the band took the stage, as they were driven to the front in golf carts and performed the song off stage. Some fans didn’t even realize the show had started until well into Llama, as that song was begun off stage. I Didn't Know featured Fishman on the Madonna washboard. The Horse, the ending of Tweezer and Fluffhead, and the beginning of My Friend featured Trey on acoustic guitar. The Bowie intro contained a Squirming Coil tease from Trey. The show took place in Starwood Amphitheatre's concessions area, which was roped off to accommodate 3,500 though fewer than 1,800 tickets were sold.
THE GOOD: This show features some absolutely frenetic and firey segments which build upon the tour's trend of increasing the speed and intensity of nearly every song. In particular, a lot of the improvisation in this show focuses around DEG-like moments which yield chaotic and intense yet brief jams (e.g. Stash, Tweezer, and Bowie). Trey's work is phenomenal throughout the show - check out Chalkdust (amazing) and Reba (!!!) for spotlights. The result is a show of break-neck type-I songs and shorter yet speedy explosive jams; it's a great combination that really works - this show is wonderful. Stash, Chalkdust, Reba, and Bowie are all worth repeated play.
THE BAD: Probably the worst part about this show is just that the soundboard does not circulate!
ETC: Look for Dave's Energy Guide teases in Stash (8:10) and Bowie (8:25). I Didn't Know was dedicated to the Blokes and there's a reference to the "ancient sounds of England". Tweezer contains inaudible and eerie Trey whispering (a la 12/29/94 Bowie) as well as a heavy-metal jam. Listen to Trey describe Poor Heart as "Vermont Grass" as well as an I Dream of Jeannie tease by Page in Fluffhead (8:23).