, attached to 2000-09-22

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround Down with Disease: The band thanks the crowd for their intense energy leading up to the first notes and rip the first 9.5 minutes of this one. The next 8 minutes are…boring. If you are feeling generous you may refer to it as groove based but Trey just strums here and there while the rest of the band does what they can to drive more action where they can. This crowd is so amped that they get into full throat when Trey strums a little bit harder here and there as they trey and urge him on.

Meat, Poor Heart, Wilson: All standard. Wilson gets the fans as riled up as possible.

Slave to the Traffic Light: Unique placement, pretty cool. Never quiet gets ‘there’ though.

Dogs Stole Things: Standard.

Bathtub Gin: This version has the rage, rock and roll and length and with the crowd energy this makes for a fun listen. Definitely blew the roof off, at least I think it did, have never found a source that is not muddy. Really good Gin!

Heavy Things: Standard. Folks love to hate on this back then and it gets mostly golf claps.

You Enjoy Myself: Upon hearing the first notes, Allstate Arena spontaneously combusts. There are some a couple of really loud, sustained cheers leading up to the note. Glow stick war? The jam is extremely funky with Mike and Fish leading the way. Decent YEM if you are into the groove/funk versus the shred. Personally, I prefer the shred. This was fun though.

First set summary: On paper, this one just jumps off the page. Really good first set but just a bit deceiving seeing an 18-minute DWD to open the show, but it did not deliver the goods.

Tube: Excellent Tube, Trey’s effects are great in the latter part of the jam and definitely add to the greater good.

Reba: Quick little Stash tease at 10:12. Solid composed section. The jam is like the Energizer bunny, it just keeps going and going. Initial peak is around 13:20 and is great, they come off of that and keep jamming right along for another minute and end it – into the whistling. This is a super solid Reba. Would be happy to recommend this.

Ghost: Straight ahead rocker, just under 12 minutes. Not much here to revisit.

The Wedge: Standard, good placement – time for a little breather after the first three tunes smoked.

When the Circus Comes: Standard

Meatstick: Standard

Antelope: Other than the Meatstick stuff, standard. Spliff. Compact version – 11:25. The place goes berserk during the encore break; you can hear a glowstick hit Fishman’s kit at one point.

Encore: Bold as Love – what a great tune to encore with, I would take this every time. This one rocks as they all seem to do.

Second set summary: That set rocked although it’s a bit short coming in at 70 minutes. Tube/Reba/Ghost really light the place on fire. The set does lose momentum from there until Antelope, but it can’t all be fire I suppose. I remember hanging out with friends, watching the Matrix, and checking the setlist late this night and we couldn’t believe how great it looked. I mean, on paper this show really is a throwdown. For the most part it is, but there are times throughout this show and certainly the tour where you can just tell the band is tired and kind of out of ideas and creativity. They were ready for hiatus. Anyway, I would rate this show a solid 4.2 out of five. For my ears, Gin, Tube and Reba all have replay value. Your mileage may vary. Cheers and thanks for reading!
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