, attached to 2003-01-02

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1: Chalk Dust Torture: Trey completely skips these lyrics in the opening stanza: I'm bought for the price of a flagon of rice - The wind buffs the cabin - You speak of your life - Or more willingly Locust the Lurker – goes to the second stanza, completes half of it and then comes back to what I quoted just now, ugh. I love the spot they get into early on in this jam, specifically in the 8’s on on – it is sooooo good. Things get into a very cool, quiet headspace in the mid 10’s. Lot’s of cool stuff from Trey. In the mid 11’s Trey is hitting on these big reverb type of sounds (I am sure that is not the technical term for it, but whatever) – this sounds awesome. This was going great until Trey is hit with a sudden surge of ADD and goes into heavy guitar god mode and this is very awkward, the rest of the guys are totally caught off guard but somehow quickly recover. They rip up the ending in fine fashion. >

Bathtub Gin: Wow, can’t believe they would come back with another big jam tune after that long CDT. Cool! Page really brings the funk in the early going in this jam. Trey reaches for that super crunchy tone in the early tens, his fingers are flying all over that fret. Really good jam here! After these two jams, most in attendance had to be thinking that this show would blow New Years out of the water.

It's Ice: Sloppy. Very forgettable version. >

Back on the Train: Page owns this bad boy. Trey eventually takes the lead and throws down some nice lines. Excellent jam here. 4th longest played ever. Some difficulty with the ending.

Round Room: Seems well received by those in attendance. I love the big wall of sound that crops up in the mid 4’s and then the killer effects that come after that in the late 4’s and into the 5’s. I have never quite understood why this tune wasn’t explored more. I love this stuff in here! >

The Horse > Silent in the Morning: Pages vocals seem weak – emo?

Stash: Not too bad all things considered.

Water in the Sky: Quite the energetic solo from Trey, lot’s of trilling, pretty cool!. >

Character Zero: Standard.

SET 2: 46 Days: I love the descending theme Trey hits on at 10:50 and then repeats through 11:46, pure magic. Brilliant, muscular jam. The debut of this song and it’s an all timer! >

Simple: Vocals are thoroughly butchered. Really embarrassing. Solid, little jam though. ->

My Friend, My Friend: Sloppy intro.

Limb By Limb: Good jam.

Thunderhead: Listen to Trey burn this one up, he just kills it. Yet all the flubbing on the older stuff. Shows you they didn’t practice the older stuff. Trey does blow the ending on this one a bit though. >

Run Like an Antelope: This jam is red hot. It’s flawed in the early going but once it gets going – look out. It’s a barnburner for sure! >

Cavern: Trey blows lyrics, funny/not funny listening him mumble into the mic at one point. Ugh.

ENCORE: Mexican Cousin: Trey just rips the hell out of this solo, for real.

Replay Value/Summary: CDT, Gin, BOTT, Round Room, 46 Days, and Antelope. I prefer this show versus the NYE show. They came out swinging. 3.9 out of 4 – I know, I know – but I really like this show!


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