, attached to 2016-06-24

Review by kyleindeed

kyleindeed Awesome show!

Set one: Sample was a solid opener per usual. I know not everyone is a phan of placing jam machines like CDT,Martian Monster and Sand in S1, but they do work here for a raucus Wrigley crowd. Sure they are going to be condensed versions by comparison that don't rip into type 2 land before the sun goes down... but the crowd was digging it (Sand especially). Only real flub-ski in set 1 was trey fighting his guitar on Rift. Bend N1 and Blossom last year were much worse tho. I like Yarmouth Road and appreciate when they band gives it a little more grit and grime. Trey and Mike are usually good for this. Love Paige's work on the Hammond B3 each time they play it. I would honestly take Shade over Miss You every day of the week. Not that it was a bad ballad, it just isn't romantic enough for the high level of sappiness. The Wedge, Free and Blaze On give us the appropriate amount of funkiness to finish out a solid set. And yes, Blaze On works very well as a S1 closer. That's not to say they need to pigeon hole it away from an extended S2 jam vehicle... but if they have to play it S1, go for the closing spot more often than not.

S2. DWD.... nailed it. Fishman deserves the most credit on this because if not for him then Paige, Mike and Trey would not be able to drop the napalm that they did. It felt like it could be our first 20 minute jam but it's worth remembering that it's only the 2nd show of the tour. Fuego was an appropriate transition to keep fire in the set without allowing a flat-line after the incredible DWD. Is it just me, or when Paige switches from the piano to the organ approx 2:19 that he usually brain farts? The first couple organ chords have been hit or miss since the song came out (see NYE 2013, but maybe that's the confetti's fault).
Twist is also killer and surprisingly hits a more badass peak than the aforementioned DWD (How? No clue... it just does). It almost seemed like they were teasing a DWD-prise, which I have been asking for the last couple months.
There may be a tendency to shite on the rest of S2 because they don't stay in jam mode after Twist. I don't think that's a fair assessment (esp. at later spots in that 2001, which was blazing hot). 20 Years Later, Waste and #Line were all solid and well place. Loving Cup was just a joy and very well received from the crowd. Smiles abound.

Space Oddity (A'Cappella taboot!) was a blast and completely unexpected. Chicago's art scene has an extreme appreciation for David Bowie and this could not have been received any better. Antelope takes us home in fine fashion to put the finishing touches on a great N1.

Will this show be the best of summer 2016? No. Will it be worth a listen next year and in year's to follow? Oh phuck yeah...

N1 gave 2 Hose in this area code. More to come tonight...

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