, attached to 2003-07-23

Review by TheEmu

TheEmu At 3.8 as I'm writing this, I think this show is almost criminally underrated. Well, criminally might be too far, but how about freaking severely.

The first set is obviously anchored by a fantastic Sneakin' Sally that really heads on out and grooves, and has an Eminence Front flavor at one point. Spectacular Sally, but that's not all, as the set opens with a tremendous 20 minute S&SS which releases into a solid Theme. Throw in a tasty Seven Below and you've got a powerhouse first set.

The DwD to open set II is just as great as the S&SS to open set I, and it lands brilliantly in Squirming Coil. Makisupa-> Buffalo Bill brings the lulz, and Antelope is flat-out BLISTERING. Thunderhead (much like Billy Breathes) is one of those songs that I didn't really care for when I first heard it, but since have come to love, and here it is paired expertly with a powerful, set-closing Slave. You could add Waste to the list of songs that has grown on me a lot over the years, so I don't mind the encore at all.

For a 2003 show, there's not even all that much slop, aside from a somewhat butchered Rift. This show is 4 stars at *minimum*, and I personally enjoyed it quite a bit more than the previous night. Even though I think 4 stars or slightly above is a good rating for this one, I'm giving it a 5 to help boost it to where I think it should be.


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