, attached to 2009-08-02

Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw When I first heard about this show it was a big deal to me. Two of my favorite drummers playing together? And not only that but playing the way Billy K was accustomed to play with Mickey (totally different drummer but I digress). Well after a couple listens my advice is if you get the sit in info beforehand don't get your hopes to high.

Yes this show has excellent moments. Reba has Trey shining the whole way. Waste has an excellent guitar solo by Trey, and Kill Devil Falls is likely the best early version of the song.

The Unexpected Boogie on Opener goes into a nice groove. Then Trey takes the lead with some piercing notes. YEM is fairly standard. Once Billy K comes in things seem to feel slightly off and looser. There are tremendous moments where him and Fish are playing against each other well. And others where they aren't connecting at all. I remember reading in Billy's biography and he says (to paraphrase) that Fish hit the drums a lot lighter than he was used to with Mickey, and that he was used to Mickey smashing the crap out of the drums. Maybe that was an issue, maybe it was just the lack of playing together. Anyways it all comes together fine with Character Zero and the conclusion hits in a thunderous way that hasn't been reached before and is due in fact to both drummers.

The encore feels like a standard one to punch. But then a great Slave ensues.

Overall a decent show and a decent experiment with two drummers. Hopefully they try it again (with a little more rehearsing).


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