, attached to 1997-07-10

Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw An unbelievably fun show.

I have come to realize, after listening to this tour in it's entirety that the guys had a very different approach to a lot of these shows. First and foremost was injecting new songs into the air and feeling them out live, shuffling them around, and learning about them. But another big thing I've noticed (especially towards the end) is that a lot of these shows are total experiments. Shows like 6/25, the famous 7/2 Wormtown show, and this show are some of the most bizarre shows I've ever heard. But out of those 3 named they are all utterly fantastic shows. I guess what I'm getting at is this tour was kind of the ultimate warmup for the year. Get out the new and rough songs and shake off some of the rust. Screw around with your creativity with setlists. These are things that I believe set the tone for the heights of the summer tour. And of course the most famous tour of all the 1997 Fall Tour.

They start out with some new tunes that are very tightly played (because they play them every night) but things really kick off when Gin shows up. The jam starts out pretty vicious. It simmers into a nice funky jam with the siren in the background. The jam itself is pretty straightforward compared to the weirdness to come. Llama itself is absolutely solid and inspired. It jumps into a fast paced funk jam with Mike smacking the crap out of the bass. And it just goes further and further down the Rabbit hole. The jam is fantastic and just so out there. It goes perfectly into Wading. The Llama -> Jam > Wading sequence already took place a few days previous in Amsterdam so it's curious to see it again. No complaints both sequences are fantastic! The set gets even more bizarre with the Lizards theme jam which is also top notch and out of left field. Likely one of the most experimental 1st sets they've ever played. And it totally paid off.

2001 features a lot of fun banter at the beginning. Julius is very well played an stretched out with some great work by Trey. The segue into Magilla is just fantastic, and as usual they nail it. Yamar has some hilarious vampire banter from Trey and is just an extremely fun version. The segue into Ghost is really great and it features a very fluid nice rocking jam. The experimentation doesn't end quite yet. Take me to the River comes out of nowhere. And let me tell you it is weird as hell too. Very very experimental jam.

And you get an encore with special guests.

One of the best shows of this tour.

Would do again.


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