[We would like to thank user Suzy Barros (@SuzyDrano) for recapping last night's show. -Ed.]
Well! What a couple nights that was, I’m glad I wasn’t tasked with recapping Friday night because I would have overfluffed (or fluffed just the right amount depending on who you ask, Best "Fluffhead" ever amirite???). Anyhoo, Friday was perfection for me, as was the only other show I’ve seen this summer (3rd night Alpharetta) and though I’ve only listened to the highlights of the other shows, it’s enough to know something special has been happening in their playing, even besting the already excellent playing they did during the spring tour.
"Loving Cup"!!! Summer terr debut and the last time it opened a show unless I’m mistaken is all the way back in the cursed year of our lord 2004. I assume the reason being primarily because of its normal usage as a raging encore but there is really no good reason to not set the stage for the evening with a rager as end it with one, now is there??? Plus, when I turned around to give my dear old friend Marnie who joined me for these two shows a huge hug she was having a meltdown, I hadn’t realized it was her favorite song so that made it even better.
Typically lovely "Divided Sky" gave everyone all the blissed out blissiness before PERFECT TIMING I HAD TO PEE ANYWAY! And get a refreshing beverage. All joking aside, it’s always been one of my least favorites and it’s better for me to use those few initial intro minutes of the song to get shit done than harsh anybody’s buzz by looking less than ecstatic. And guess what it worked out perfectly cause by the time I got back to my seat, I realized "Fuckerpants" had elevated himself to his royal title. This is definitely jamchart worthy (right guys???), I’m pretty sure it’s the longest version ever. Goes many places and is one version that I am going to be listening to a bunch which is something I never thought I would say. Crazy peak and super wacky spacey ending that led straight into "NICU" which was just normal wonderful NICU.
Great "Steam" to follow and I apologize for giving short shrift to any of these jams and not doing any deep diving but this version definitely deserves your attention. I’m not going to sugarcoat it, "Drift While You’re Sleeping" is my least favorite song in the rotation by a humongous margin so I spent the majority of it trying to stay positive by thinking what they were going to follow it with as a set closer. Silly Suzy. Anyhoo……
Everybody and their mother knew this night would entail a monster "Tweezer" so when "SYSF" kicked 2nd set off I thought there was a momentary blip in the simulation since it obviously holds its own as a powerhouse yam vehicle but then I remembered how things work these days (10 minute set opener followed by the mega jam). Annnnnnnnnd after a little bit of a trainwrecky how the hell does this song end moment, on came Uncle Ebeneezer and the whole eezer crew. Time to settle in for a 30 minuter right? Wellllllllllllllllll, that is until a little disrupter by the name of "GUY FORGET" raised his dormant head. I didn’t know jack shit about "Guy Forget" until 2011 Dick’s and didn’t really think much about seeing or hearing him again. I can say a few things without question, Mike kicks it off with the bass at about 6:26 of "Tweezer" with Trey close on his heels. Then 20 seconds later Fishman starts singing it. They sing it for about a minute and then start a jam and what a jam it is!!! Best "Guy Forget" jam ever without question. I’m pretty sure everyone I knew thought it was "Guy Forget" and the jam that followed was "Tweezer" but there seems to be a lot of debate on it and I’m just here to report the facts as I understand them. In any case the last two minutes of the 17 minute “Guy Forget jam” reach a really blissy peak and then boom it’s back into Tweezeville. So we have 6ish more minutes of a Tweezer jam that gets pretty spacey at the end before shape-shifting into "What’s The Use?" The Use in this case presumably being to remind Trey how much I love "Scents and Subtle Sounds." It was way too short for my liking but at least I got a little bit of S&SS sugar before Trey segued back into Tweezetown.
Then I don’t know what happened, given Trey’s pretty emotional thank you speech at the end of the set I feel like he started feeling the end of the show coming because both "Everything’s Right" and "Number Line" were two of the best (not longest obviously or anything but just so much great energy) versions of those songs I’ve ever seen. End of "Number Line" is just total shredathon and then Trey makes everyone cry before ripping their faces off with one of the highest energy "Tweeprises" I’ve seen in recent memory and that’s saying something.
I have a PSA now, I realize the glowsticks and the balloons got a little out of control at one point but now there’s absolutely none and you can’t have fucking "Harry Hood" without glowsticks so let’s get back on track people. It was a truly stellar "Hood" and a perfect encore.
Overall, just two fantastic days in NYC, beautiful weather, great friends, mellow vibe, the always phenomenal staff at MSG, I’m so glad I came for these two and very happy for everybody who got to catch some of these absolutely killer summer shows. See y’all in the fall.
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