, attached to 2022-12-30

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1: Down with Disease: Love the direction this one takes in the early 8’s. Trey is playing with tons of purpose and Fishman is driving this bus. Late in the 10’s and early 11’s Trey gets that ol’ whale call going a bit. Tastefully though. >

The Moma Dance: Like DWD, every note seems to have a purpose. They came to play tonight.

Pebbles and Marbles: Nice! Interesting to see how DWD and Pebbles so close to one another in a set since both have similar jam structures seemingly. Standard Pebbles, but a welcome sight to a setlist as it was only played two other times this year.

Theme From the Bottom: In the late 5’s, this bad boy is going Type II and the crowd loves the direction. This version is certainly an all timer, no doubt about that. Right up there with the likes of 2.25.03, 6.16.00, 6.7.95, 10.22.14, and 12.31.14. Really strong jamming here. The last few minutes of this one are fantastic, I love all the effects. >

Reba: Wow, can’t believe they follow up that awesome jam with another heavy hitter. Guess they are intent on levelling the joint tonight! Solid Reba right here, thought it sounded really good.

The Howling: Standard. Bet this was a ton of fun to get down to. >

Foam: First thought was, oh that is odd seeing this so deep in the set. Then I checked out ihoz and that the last 7 times they played Foam that 5 times it was played deep in the first set. Huh, the more you know I guess. >

Run Like an Antelope: Oh hell yes. How about that crowd energy when they drop into the jam? That is what it’s all about right there. Reminds me some of the 12.31.02 Piper energy. Crowd giving all the love to the band that they can, letting them know how appreciated they are with the last three sets of really good stuff. Too bad Trey’s playing going into the jam is Marty McFly’d. Doesn’t matter. On nights like this where they give us all they can, it’s about the energy and not the technical prowess. Big, big, big peak. Nicely done! Just a smoking, smoking set. Wow!!!

SET 2: No Men In No Man's Land: Mike sounds awesome in the early 11’s and beyond. Very chill jam. Absolutely electric peak in the early and mid-19’s. Extremely impressive. Ripped HARD.

Golden Age: Cool jam, Trey gives it a Gotta Jibboo vibe in the late 13’s. Big peak in the late 15’s.

Sand: In the early stages of this jam things were a bit disjointed, everyone kind of doing their own thing – check out the 7-minute mark. But once you get into the 9’s they start employing some big, noisy effects and out comes that 99’ish Trey backwards guitar sounding stuff in the late 9’s. In the mid 11 range this thing has evolved into big guitar rips. Very hard rocking. Eventually in the 14’s this has found its way into a dark spot, deep in the muck and mire – nasty, edgy, gritty. Just the way we like it. Sick has hell here! Reentry is a little rough and forced and then into… >

If I Could: I am sorry, I just can’t get over Trey’s vibrato singing. It is corny, distracting, embarrassing. Beautiful jam in the middle. But it just kills me that Trey doesn’t take a solo anymore at the end. It’s just not the same song without it.

I Always Wanted It This Way: Things go the way you would mostly expect here. In the late 8’s it gets a good bit more energized, and this jam is taking off here. Trey goes all rock star mode in the early tens. Backwards guitar stuff is back in the late 11’s! Things from there reach a huge crescendo.

WHAT A SET!!!

ENCORE: Chalk Dust Torture: Great encore! Standard CDT but in the encore, slot just plants a big, fat stamp of approval on this puppy. Incredibly rare placement. Tune has been played 496 times and it has only been the encore 18 times and only once in 3.0 (10.24.10).

Replay value/Summary: Theme (all timer), No Men (all timer), Golden Age, Sand, I Always Wanted It This Way. That first set is just a total smoke show. Complete hell fire! Somehow, they delivered a second set that was even better. Very, very impressive show. I’m all in on this one: 4.5 out of 5. Show is blistering!


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