, attached to 2022-08-03

Review by kipmat

kipmat Many will say that Trey was MVP of this show, and it’s a fair argument. In addition to his impeccable guitar playing, he sang lead on almost all of the songs, and led the others through a fast-paced, tightly-packed setlist. Delays can easily have a negative effect on a performance, and Trey’s personality and leadership skills were crucial to the success of this show.

But Fishman’s playing is what propels this set for me, both at the show and while relistening. During the jam out of Kill Devil Falls, his right hand is accenting every third sixteenth-note beat, similar to Trey’s melody in First Tube. This beat is so steady and unobtrusive, it’s easy to miss unless you’re listening for it. But Trey clearly was listening and basing his playing on this beat, resulting in a longer, more satisfying jam. This may have also prompted Trey to call for Stash, MFMF, and Bowie later in the set, all of which feature Fishman playing similar polyrhythms.

By the time they played Twist, we were feeling exhausted and shoulders were sagging. The four guys on stage must have been wiped out after playing a 129-minute set, but they didn’t show it!


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