, attached to 2010-10-23

Review by NoHayBanda

NoHayBanda What a show! Kept me on my toes, with two very different but very good sets.

They were clearly in a silly mood set one and it showed in the music and in the setlist. Meatstick as an opener is great, gets people smiling and dancing. Partytime served the same purpose, appropriate for a college show! Golgi was standard, I liked its placement in the set not closing a set like it usually does. Kill Devil was a bit of a letdown, I am open to this show and know they can jam hard on it, but this version was a little flat. Tweezer on the other hand was GREAT. They took the jam to some very cool places and if anything I think they cut it short, I think the song had 5 or 7 more minutes in the tank. Then right back to the sillyness! Chairman of the boards took over for Lawn Boy which was great since I was first row Page Side, Rage Side. They brought Sparkle up to a frenzied pace with its depressing deliriousness. BBFCFM was ripping, mike screaming, treys guitar straight from a metal band. Fishman had his moment in the spotlight which I think he loves, good Electrolux solo, and he remembered all the words to Love you even though he warned us he might forget some! Possum is overplayed but still enjoyable. When Trey started into the Tweezer Reprise in the FIRST I saw page mouth "REALLY?!" which they slid meatstick lyrics into. Absolutely fun and silly first set.

Set 2 was very serious and very good. I was a little disappointed they came out with DWD since i heard it the night before, but this version was 10 times better, heavy, heavy jam. DWD went unfinished into My Friend, My Friend. Price Caspian was solid, good sing along, unfortunately that was also unfinished (its got such a great ending!) I was pleased with Halfway to the Moon, it doesn't feel like a lot of their new songs do, harkens back to another period. Boogie On was owned by Page on his organ. Maze was undoubtedly the highlight of the show to me, this song live is nothing but power. Wading is always a great change of pace song, I think they nailed the vocals. They came into Piper too hot and fast which didn't leave them anywhere to go, but it was still great to hear, didn't think we would get one this weekend. Harry Hood was tight, moreso than in Augusta. I was paying very close attention to the YEM and I don't think trey or mike missed a single note. Spot on.

Shine a Light is a great song with a great message to end the show on a positive note.

Overall this was just great blend of great sillyness and serious serious bombs.


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