, attached to 1999-09-29

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1: Runaway Jim: Great opener. To me, this one is a great example of machine gun Trey. He just shreds this one to pieces. Outstanding Jim. >

Free: This is my kind of Free, nice, and slow with Cactus leading and big loops to accompany it all. Similar to my favorite Free, 7.9.99. This one here is a great version!

Driver: Standard.

Taste: Trey and Page do a great job of building tension and then Trey unleashes the machine gun again. Good Taste.

Dirt: Standard, love this tune so much.

Nellie Kane: Standard, Stash tease.

Stash: What’s that brief vocal from Trey at 2:10? Love the tension building breakdown that starts in the mid 7’s. Everyone plays a significant part, but I especially love Fish on the wood blocks. What this out of nowhere? ->

I Can't Turn You Loose Jam: First I Can’t Turn You Loose since December 29,1997 (108 shows), when it also appeared as a jam. Cool I guess but would have preferred to have heard what that Stash could have done as it had all the earmarks of a good version. Trey announced a contest where the winner would receive four tickets and backstage passes to any show in the next year and, jokingly, a date with Fish. The question centered on what all of the songs played in the first set, with the exception of Driver, had in common. The answer was that all songs were in the Key of D. Happy Birthday was also played (for Trey) during the contest announcement.

Theme From the Bottom: Standard, sounded great. >

Tweezer Reprise: Well, this came out of nowhere. Guess they loved playing it so much the night before that they had to break it out again this night Or finally reprising the Tweezer from New Orleans?

First set summary: Great one, two punch to open this show with the Jim > Free. Taste was very solid too. Kind of a lull with Dirt and Nellie, but that is fine and well earned. Tons of fun but outside of Jim > Free not much to revisit here.

SET 2: Gotta Jibboo: Based on how slow this is out of the gate and into the jam, I would wonder how big the party was at set break? >

Also Sprach Zarathustra: DIE DIE DIE. Total jam fest. All timer for sure. First jam doesn’t even hit until 12 minutes in! Mike’s bass is LIQUID after the first jam. Trey comes in behind him and it sounds like Hendrix is up on that stage. Super sick. >

Down with Disease: This rips so unbelievably hard, Trey is a rock god. Check him out at 7:50 and tell me that doesn’t remind you of the DwD from 12.11.97 / Bittersweet Motel? This version is finish, outstanding DwD, would highly recommend.

Billy Breathes: Breather is needed here. Good placement.

Back on the Train: Standard. Long pause before the next song.

Mike's Song: What is the theme that Trey is messing around with as the jam gets going? Jam sort of plods along redundantly when suddenly… >

Catapult: Mike’s slams right into Catapult… >

Mike's Song: Funky for 40 seconds then slams into… >

Kung: Does it’s Kung thing and then slams back into… >

Mike's Song: Right back into the funk but only momentarily before another slam into… >

I Didn't Know: Vacuum

Weekapaug Groove: Smoking but short.

ENCORE: Cities[1] They had to play this and had some fun with the lyrics.

Second set summary: One of the best 2001’s you will every hear, extended beyond belief. They summoned aliens on this night with this version. The DwD that follows will blister your behind, a phenomenal version. Tons or replay value there. The crazy stuff that happens with the Mike’s fest that happens is a ton of fun and must have been a blast in person. That Mike’s jam is super funky and it’s too bad that couldn’t have been explored a bit more, but I get it. I would rate this show as 4.3 out of 5. Jim, Free, 2001, DwD and the Mike’s fest have tons of replay value. Trey certainly had fun on his birthday in Memphis.

[1] Altered lyrics.

Stash ended with the first I Can’t Turn You Loose since December 29,1997 (108 shows), when it also appeared as a jam. Before Theme From the Bottom, Trey announced a contest where the winner would receive four tickets and backstage passes to any show in the next year and, jokingly, a date with Fish. The question centered on what all of the songs played in the first set, with the exception of Driver, had in common. The answer was that all songs were in the Key of D. Happy Birthday was also played (for Trey) during the contest announcement. Cities was an appropriate choice as an encore for Memphis, and Trey altered the lyrics a bit for the occasion.


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