, attached to 2011-06-03

Review by CanadianPhan

CanadianPhan First show since Alpine Valley last summer and the lot scene was a pleasant surprise b/c we had a shakedown for a change. The venue is pretty nice too and they do a great job of traffic control b/c we cruised right in and right out after with no wait at all.

Wolfman's opener was tight. Trey rocked it out and Mike, Page and Fish laid down the nice funky groove. Funky, Sample and NICU were all short and sweet. Great start to the show.

I was calling for a Mike's groove and once I found out it was his birthday I knew we would get it. First set though.......sweet. Thought we would get a Simple out of Mike's but Hydrogen was alright and seems to be a rarity these days. Mike's and Weekapaug bookends were tight and high energy. Great versions of these classic tune's.

Tela was a real nice treat. I think someone had written it on a beach ball that Trey was passing around stage before Mike hoofed it back to the crowd. Chalkdust was different with a bit of space in the jam segment. Very cool version. I was surprised at the Wedge closer but it was different and I have not seen that song live since Lemonwheel so it was a nice treat.

Out in the lot, I called the DwD second set opener b/c it had not been played for a few nights and this song follows me around. I see it every 3rd show and I don't tour with the band. Just cherry pick shows close to home. I have to admit that this is a mixed bag for me b/c I enjoy DwD but I see it so often that sometimes I find myself longing for something different. However, on this night, they really smoked this version and jammed the shit out of it. Great peaks and valleys and some really nice interplay b/w all band members on this one. Go watch the video on the Vimeo site and you'll see what i'm talking about. This version goes right to the top of the list of DwD's for me along with the galactic Great Went version. The transition into Fluffhead was absolutely seamless and they just nailed Fluffhead. Bowie (listening to it now) was also epic with them nailing all of the composed segments and then featuring a nice spacey jam before the high octane outro.

You knew we were going to get a breather after those three barn burners and Waste was a welcome treat. Definitely one of my favorite ballads. 2001 is my most seen song (9 times in 24 shows) so, again, not surprised to see this. It was a nice tight funky version. I notice they don't take this out there as much as they used too (Great Went version and MSG 12/29/98 are two versions i've seen that were just epic, loooong and funky). Cavern and GTBT were great finishers.

All in all, very impressive show with some amazing jamming. I found out yesterday that the DwD was the longest jam of 3.0. Didn't realize this at the time but DwD>Fluff>Bowie were easily the highlight of the night.
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