, attached to 2013-08-02

Review by Penn42

Penn42 This is definitely the best first set I've seen this tour. Really inspired song selection and the Sand (first set? Fuck yeah!), Roggae, Vultures, Reba, and Moon jams are all good. Nothing out of this world, but some good straightforward jams for the first set. Unlike @chief_d, I don't remember the beginning of the Vultures jam being bad. I guess I don't specially remember the beginning of that jam at all. What I do remember is the middle and end are better than normal for 3.0. I think the same goes for Roggae; there was some really nice stuff in there.

The second set was up and down. PYITE opener was very much so up. Diseas was predictable, but I wasn't disappointed by that choice. However, I'll say something a bit controversial: 3.0 disease jams rarely do "it" for me. They just seem, for the most part, to be very nondescript and (dare I say) directionless. Most of the time what comes after it is what determines whether or not I really like it. For Example: Gorge Disease -> Undermind is awesome. I still don't particularly care about the disease jam itself, but I very much so care about the segue, setlist flow, and Undermind jam. I really like that segment of 7/27/13. An opposite example: last night. I was raging the Disease jam like everyone else, but I was really just waiting for what was coming next! Unfortunately, it was Caspian. Do I like Caspian? No. Do I like Farmhouse? Yes. Do I like Farmhouse when it follows Caspian in the first half of the second set? No. So that little segment was the low point for me, but the rest of the second set was solid.

I do agree with @chief_d that Trey simply couldnt play Seven Below, which is unfortunate because he has that nice guitar melody. That critique not withstanding, the jam was fun and progressed like this: Type-I build, brief plinko jam that gets a little nasty/funky, reprise of the Tahoe Tweezer "woo" jam*. I think Mike has had enough of the "woos" though, seeing as he semi-forced the Seven Below groove back. Theme was fine, Hood was good (personally, I don't remember any major Trey mishaps in the Hood jam), STFTFP is the most extended version I can think of, and Coil was nice as usual (yeah Page!). WOTC encore was sweet!

I wrote this review without a re-listen, so maybe take it with a grain of salt, but my initial impression is that I got a pretty good bang for my buck at this show. I'm excited for the next two nights!

*Also, you could see the "woos" in Reba coming from a mile away.


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