Two of my buddies and I were sitting patiently in front of the stage before the first set. We were about twenty or so feet away from the stage and man, am I glad that we were. The band opened up with a great Tube and the crowd returned the favor by spewing forth a massive cloud of balls. The next track that caught my attention was the Boogie On. They always do a great job with it but with the sun blazing in the sky, mike really let loose and got the phans moving. 46 Days was pretty sweet and a bunch of people were happy to hear it. Then came, suzy and monkey man. At first a bunch of phans, including myself, were a bit upset that they had not waited until sunset for Suzy but then the band quickly took the words right out of our mouths. They rocked it... Finally came a reall cool Monkey Man and page nailed it.
Alright, we all know it. The 2nd set was pretty weak aside from a pretty solid Its Ice, a surprisingly enjoyable scents/sounds and a classic antelope. Considering this, I understand the potentially low rating this day might receive. But the reason this show is really WORTH downloading, is thanks to what the band did in the 3rd set.
They kicked things off with a real pleasant Golden Age which put smiles on the faces of phans all over the crowd. They then nicely faded into a caspian which was followed by a pretty good piper. THEN, things got wild. They ripped right into a glorious tweezer. The crowd went absolutely beserk when they completely cut the music and then thundered back into the jam. Just before I could wipe the sweat off my face and catch a breath... they jumped into Julius. Wow, those 2 songs might as well be related. The way the band transitioned and played them made the combination epic. Then came an unusually mellow Numberline which gave us a couple minutes to cool off before they went into a fun and delightful Twist. At this point the energy was higher than it had been all week. Then came probably one of the most enjoyable 2001's I have ever heard. It was placed perfectly in the set and was simply awesome. I had been hoping for a Hood all evening and I am sure I was not the only one. But I was not prepared for it when it dropped. The band killed it, at which point the audience was roaring with excitement. Cavern was rocked, as always and golgi set the mood just right for what the band had in store next. Page starts going off when the crowd realizes that they were in for yet another treat... I had to sit down for Day in the Life because It was simply too perfect to close the set. Finally, they left us with a brilliant Loving Cup followed by a vibrant Reprise.
The 3rd set was really something special and in my opinion one of the best sets of 3.0. If it were not for that third set, I truly believe that Sunday would not have turned out as well as it did. Saturday night was wonderful and it without a doubt set the bar high for the next night to come.