, attached to 2016-07-22

Review by headyburritos

headyburritos Oof. This show was definitely a step back from what the band had established on the Gorge through SF run. With all of the highlights of the previous 5 shows, it's no big surprise that they would eventually have a major off-night. It's nothing too crazy, it seems to happen every tour.

The first set is very pedestrian and very song heavy. They can definitely bring the heat at LA shows, as they have done in the past, but this show certainly fits the bill of an 'LA show.' Lots of fan favorites and rocking songs, but nothing much of substance. The highlights of the first set are my first ever "Paul and Silas" and the closing Antelope. Other than that, even songs that might normally get some decent attention seemed to fall flat. Even "Blaze On" and "Stash" seemed forced and shaky.

The second set wasn't too much of an improvement. The "Axilla>Fuego" opener wasn't anything too special, but I remember enjoying BOTT and "Saw it Again" quite a bit. The middle of the set didn't offer too much to relisten to, and only at YEM did things seem to turn around a bit, although the YEM itself is pretty minimal. It seems that Trey just kind of gave up on even attempting to have some kind of solo..just put his guitar down and danced around before the vocal jam.

The extended encore was pretty cool but nothing exceptional. An off-night is okay once in a while and I was kind of expecting a lower-key show going into it anyway. They definitely redeemed themselves the following night in Chula Vista


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