, attached to 1997-02-16

Review by LizardwithaZ

LizardwithaZ Rating: 7/10 Deutschmarks

Highlights: Crosseyed, free, steep->Bowie, Theme

The energy at these Europe shows continues to be way up there!

Set 1:
Nice start to the show with Beauty of My Dreams. Good way to start a show, and apparently it was the debut!
This is a pretty good Melt, but doesn’t do anything super memorable.

The first highlight of the night comes with this Crosseyed, which is played at the right speed: fast. Fish messes up the lyrics and actually totally restarts, which is rather humorous, and then the jam gets kind of out there. It feels a little but like a turning point of the tour, as it gets pretty weird, but rather than going on as long as I wanted it to, it cuts off early. Still, nice micro jam!

Guelah works in the spot. Nothing wrong with a good Guelah. Ginseng is Ginseng. I like it as the song before a good Tweezer.
Compact Tweezer here that doesn’t go out there, but is perfectly solid.
Waste is nothing special, but if you like Waste (and I do) this is a good spot for it.
And then we’ve got the set ending fake out! Cavern! But instead of ending on Cavern we move straight into Chalk Dust! This is a rocker ending to the set, and the CDT is slightly slower than the one from a few days earlier, but possibly better.

Set break: about 15 minutes.

Set 2:
I love Sample as a set opener, and this one is played well, but CTB kind of throws off the energy.

Free, however, picks it right back up, and this is an excellent Free. The jam is quite good, and not totally typical.
Sparkle is Sparkle. Nice placement.
Simple does some great type 1 before quieting down and -> Circus.

Swept Away> Steep -> Bowie is a fantastic sequence, with Steep dissolving into the hi hat intro. Really great Bowie that feels a lot longer than its 13 minutes.
Loving Cup > Tweeprise works quite well to end the set.

A really well played Theme starts the encore in a spot I wouldn’t expect to see it. Could have ended right there, but Trey’s gotta Trey, so we also get Johnny B Goode as a final farewell before the end of the night.

I quite enjoyed this show, and will probably go back to Crosseyed and Bowie at least a few more times.


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