Soundcheck: Walk Away
SET 1: Amazing Grace, Suzy Greenberg > Sparkle > Guelah Papyrus, Divided Sky, Esther > Chalk Dust Torture, Mound, Stash, I Didn't Know, Run Like an Antelope
SET 2: Rift, Fast Enough for You, Reba, Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, The Wedge, Poor Heart, Big Ball Jam > Hold Your Head Up > Bike > Hold Your Head Up, Fee > Llama
The Esther intro contained a Random Note signal. I Didn't Know featured Fish on trombone. Antelope contained All Fall Down and Oom Pa Pa signals and a Yakety Sax tease from Mike. Page and Trey briefly played Love You as Fish announced he was going to perform it before changing his mind to Bike. At the request of taper Matt Heller, Fish ran around the audience and the balcony with his vacuum during Bike. Page teased Purple Haze in Bike. Trey sang some of the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Contact was dedicated to Charlie, the bus driver.
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Review by DollarBill
Finally a new spot for Amazing Grace, the opening spot! Not bad I suppose with lots of shushing, as usual. Ok, then a normal opener with a good Suzy. Trey flubs a little of the intro to a good Sparkle. Guelah was also good and tight. Divided Sky had a few spots, but was otherwise good. Esther was still a little spotty because they don't play it that much. Chalk Dust was rocking as usual. Mound was ok with a few off spots. Stash was really good tonight. Beast Boy Tubbs comes out for IDK's trombone solo and this one has some nice vocal interplay at the end. The intro of Antelope was a little off to my ears, but the jam was awesome. Mike teases his It's Ice bass line at the end. Decent first set with Stash and Antelope as highlights.
Second set begins with more timing problems on Rift. Fishman just plays so fast that the rest of the band doesn't lock in with him. The ending was also a little rough. FEFY was good with really good energy and conviction. Reba was also well played, nice solo section at the end. Mike's was really nice jam, but then somewhere in Hydrogen Mike inexplicably makes an awful noise. Broken string or speaker? I'm thinking speaker, because it sounds like Paul puts him up in the monitors to compensate making it harder for everyone to hear. This makes Weekapaug very dynamic as they keep quieting back down. The Wedge also suffered most likely from the same equipment problems. Poor Heart was played well. Mike was late on the vocals after the solo. Then the balls come out and Trey mentions about getting them up to the balcony, which it sounds like the crowd did. And the Ball Jam finally has a reasonably good ending. Not that it really matters. HYHU brings Fish back out for Love You, no, wait for it, BIKE instead. This is a long one as the show notes say that Fish was running around for a while. Fee was rough as Trey picked up the megaphone for the second verse and had problems with feedback throughout the song. Llama was a surprising closer, which of course rocked. Second set had its problems, but the highlights were FEFY, Reba and Llama for me, maybe Mike's too.
Great encores tonight with the dedication of Contact to Charlie the bus driver. This was reasonably well played and followed by a ripping Fire to send everyone out energized.
I'm going three stars for this one to bring down the average score because of the lackluster parts of the second set. Otherwise this is a good show.