, attached to 2022-02-24

Review by MrPalmers1000DollarQ

MrPalmers1000DollarQ Honestly, I thought this show was pretty damn great. Probably won't be the highlight of the run, but for the first live, public performance since Halloween, they sounded very consistently good. Things sort of fell off around Shade for me, but even those lesser favorite tunes were pretty damn well played. And to all the Dave haters...sorry, but this was a great sit-in (I was surprised how great his voice sounded). This set alone was enough to get me super, super excited for MSG in April.

Setlist Thoughts
- Don't believe what they tell you, 1/29/90 was NOT the last time The Lizards opened a show: it's actually never been done (the .net setlist for that night is incomplete, and what is listed as Set 1 is truly Set 2). It's clear in this performance that there's a bit of rust to shake off, but things clean up pretty quickly.
- Moma Dance keeps the dancing on the beach goin. Fishman and Mike sound pretty sweet in the intro section, and Trey's guitar playing is better than I remember from the fall. A lot of spicy licks. I thought this was a pretty great Moma.
- At least on paper, Peaches en Regalia bustout rounds out a fucking awesome opening three. An imperfect performance, to be sure, but definitely still played well enough to get me amped up for my favorite Zappa tune.
- First newer tune could be a lot worse than I Never Needed You Like This Before. A short, but epic jam lets Trey really let it all out. Fishman is going ballistic on these drums.
- Funky Bitch has some great moments from Page and Mike (whose vocals sound pretty great here, all things considered). Trey's solo employs a nice, drawn out crescendo.
- The talk of the beach, Tweezer continues to hit hard (I don't know if it has failed to do so since 12/30/2019?). Very synth-heavy jam starts out fairly laid back. There's some modulation between a few different keys, a kick into double-time, and an awesome moment of Lizards teases from Trey/Page. Pretty unanimously the highlight of the evening.
- No Sand Piper this year, but this one speaks for itself. Lots of high octane jamming with Page and Trey sharing the spotlight a bunch. Fairly seamless -> Soul Planet with some nice Tweezer quotes to slow the groove down.
- Soul Planet -> Meat is smooth and funky. Meat was probably second highlight of the evening for me. A lot of stanky groove, a cheeky Smoke on the Water tease, and a sort of Willy the Pimp riff groove that I wish were longer.
- The first Sci Fi Soldiers song since debut, The Howling was significantly better than it was on Halloween. This performance was compellingly funky, thought probably still needs a little bit more work. Jam was pretty straightforward.
- Shade was pretty, a nice cool down. Thought Evolve was fine. Nothing to write home about.
- Tube jam is pretty groovy. Honestly was mostly impressed with the crescendo and transition back to the swung section before the final verse.
- Sigma Oasis gets the usual Type I jam outro. Trey's been crushing the guitar this show.
- Ah, here's the Sand. A nice finishing touch to the set.
- Dave fuckin Matthews sitting in! Should've expected such after Trey joined him in Mexico only days earlier. Someone on Twitter put it well pointing out that these first two encore songs sound both like Phish and Dave Matthews, which is exactly what you want. I thought this was super nice, and it was clear that Trey was very happy to have this special buddy onstage with him.
- Tweeprise with Dave might not have hit as hard as usual, but watching it live was special. A fun moment where Trey teaches Dave the riff, and you can tell he's loving the rock jam. Would love to see more special guests join the band this year.


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