Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
Soundcheck: I Been Around, Middle Of The Road, Sugar Shack
Set 1: Crowd Control, KDFKill Devil Falls, SlothThe Sloth, Beauty of a Broken Heart, Axilla, Foam, Esther, Ha Ha Ha, Party Time, Tube, STFTFPStealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Strange Design, TTETime Turns Elastic
Average Song Gap: 15
Notes: Before Ha Ha Ha, Trey chided Fish saying, “You should know this song, Fish, because you wrote this song.” After Ha Ha Ha, Trey said that he loved that song so much, that the time had come for the debut of Party Time, another Fish original that he loves even more. Before Tube, Trey said that he couldn’t hear what song a group of fans were shouting for, saying that it sounded like “Snoop.” Trey then joked, “You said ‘Snoop’? He’s right back here, Snoop Dogg, everyone!” Finally, he started Tube, saying that he thought that was the song they were requesting. After Alaska, Trey offered some kind words for his guitar tech, Brian Brown, adding, “No Brian, no guitar.”
Songs by Debut Year:
I was preparing myself for a letdown. Got it.
c'mon boys I waited 15 years for this!!
definitely a solo HR and the rest of the 1st set was so/so.
the last few songs of the 1st set were a huge bathroom break. I felt so unsatified.
Tweezer opener really didn't do it for me, sorry.
I was really wondering when this show was going to get good.
15 years people, 15 freaking years and they give me...
I was getting restless.
(when did the audience start yelling HOOD? Not sure how much I like that).
a lackluster show
****** I hate to say anything negative,
Had to give some shit for that.
This show was '09, so still a tiny bit of rust, but a vn effort from the boys.
Set 1 - KDF was a personal highlight as one I was really looking forward to hearing & did not disappoint, always love Sloth & Ester, Axilla, Foam. Debut of Party Time so much fun, and quite a few newbies - wish I could go back & relive the Stealing Time.
Set 2 - Alaska, 46, Hood stand on their heads.
E - GDBT had the joint shaking.
Emu, thanks for the smackdown. I am personally grateful to be living in the era of this band, one of the greatest musical experiences ever presented to ears & souls. Whatever you do, take care of your shoes.
The set list was somewhat odd, but i didnt care....the boys are back and the show must go on...
I know this is one of the least favorite shows of 2009, but still worth a listen if you never heard it.
Sounds like they forgot the ending to the Crowd Control opener, which was a good song choice to me but not great. KDF is one of my favorite new Joy songs and this one rocks! No complaints from me on this one. Fish does show some weakness on Sloth but overall its good. Beauty is probably not totally loved by the community but this one is pretty solid if you give it a chance. Axilla rocks plain and simple, not the tightest one Iíve heard but good. Then a double shot of more old school songs, which I love, with a decent Foam and a rare Esther. Both songs are what I would call rusty gold, rusty playing on golden songs. Trey has some minor problems in Foam and Mike in Esther. A double shot of Fishman songs! ?? Complete with stage banter from Trey and Fish, which I love to hear. Ha Ha Ha is funny and rocking, and then you get the high-energy debut of Party Time. It sounds like the boys are having fun. More funny stage banter as a decent Tube is played by request as you can hear the crowd yelling for it as far back as Esther. Again, itís good but not great. Now I think my favorite new Joy era song is Stealing Time and this one doesnít disappoint, it just rocks! A second Page song in the first set is kind of rare with a solid Strange Design. Not bad and I donít mind hearing this one. The following complaining is just me being a jaded vet, but getting TTEíd to end your first set is cruel at best, and it happened to me a couple of times in 2009. I openly donít like this song. Even from a purely musical standpoint, this version is sloppy all over the middle. BUT! It doesnít diminish how solid I thought the first set actually was, at least to my ears anyways...
I do concede that this is a loose, lackluster Tweezer to open the second set. It was not very tight at all to me. Taste was ok, again not great but a pretty good jam. Trey repeats the lyrics to open an average Alaska. And you can hear Page say, ďSing it a third time!Ē Then even more stage banter from Trey afterwards. Another song I openly dislike is Let Me Lie, and now Iím feeling a little more sympathy for the other reviewers, especially for those who were there. Blah! 46 Days is a good redemption song after that. This one has a good long jam that goes through a few different phases but kind of ends abruptly. Another lead vocal part for Page tonight as he croons a rare Sweet Nuthiní which was pretty well played. I have not been impressed by 2009 Hoodís and this one is no exception. The playing is not that tight through the composed middle section but the jam is nice at the end and itís been a good, solid set closer for years.
GTBT gets the encore spot tonight and this one has some messy parts from Trey but Page gets one more chance to shine on the last lead vocal, overall it rocks, as usual. The expected Tweeprise follows to send everyone home with a smile.
Iím going to give this show four stars, only to up the average score, but in my heart I know it should only get three stars at best. Itís a very controlled Page and Trey heavy show. Fish is pretty solid, as usual, and Mike just seems like heís along for the ride tonight.
I would like to expand the highlights list to include: KDF, Beauty, Party Timeís debut, and Stealing Time to go along with the aforementioned 46 Days.