, attached to 2003-03-01

Review by waxbanks

waxbanks A well-liked second set and encore, for obvious reasons, but the 2/26 and 2/28 shows are far stronger - and to be honest, the second set is cooler on paper than on tape. Trey's chording in Piper recalls the awesome 2/16 version, but Page and Mike lend the proceedings a bit of a hoedown feel. Trey's just along for the ride, honestly; the jam never quite takes off. Maybe it's not supposed to. Low-key 2001 to follow. Wolfman's gets right down and stays there, neither catching fire nor failing to entertain, and Mike's segue into Boogie On is welcome. But let's be honest: the song (in this incarnation and most recent versions) is just a goofy bass solo. Mike rocks it, but it's a dance-party song and nought else. Trey's fully present for Antelope. Skip the Carolina. First Tube is its usual self, but the crowd's roar of appreciation at the opening notes of YEM is something to hear.

The YEM is a party version - hell, it's a party set - but the YEM isn't interesting in itself, except for the a capella take on Proud Mary, down in the basement of the boys' vocal range and a bit of a weird way to kick off a four-month touring break.

This was probably the concert experience of a lifetime for many of the fans, but at seven years' remove you can exercise some discretion and guiltlessly pass on this show in favour of the previous week's.


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