, attached to 1999-12-18

Review by JMart

JMart Simply put, this Hampton run wasn't that good at all. To be fair, the anticipation surrounding these shows was out of control. They could have torn the roof off and most people (myself included) would have been like, "well, I mean, it was okay I guess. It certainly wasn't '97. Remember '97? That shit was crazy." The direction the music was taking, the new songs, song selection in general (they played Mike's at Hampton three years in a row. Why?), their body language and energy at this show and in 1999 as a whole...it just seems like they were OVER the whole thing and needed a rest.

I'm always thrilled to hear a second set-opening 2001, but when they followed it up with Sand, it felt like all the air just got sucked out of Hampton Coliseum. They had JUST played Sand in the second set two days earlier and 150 miles away. It seemed like a pretty tone deaf call at the time and I still feel that way.

The weekapaugh was slamming. I remember thinking it always feels as though this band could do anything on any given night (isn't that why we all come?) and then BAM they drop into Buffalo Bill.

If you're going to do any sampling from this show, do the Hood, YEM, and Weekapaugh. That's not a very enthusiastic review for a TOUR CLOSER at Hampton, but it's exactly the level of enthusiasm it deserves.


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