SET 1: Split Open and Melt, Beauty of My Dreams, Dogs Stole Things, Vultures, Guelah Papyrus, Runaway Jim -> Gypsy Queen -> Runaway Jim, Talk, Free, Prince Caspian > Rocky Top
SET 2: Wolfman's Brother > Reba, NICU, Twist > Piper, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Ghost
ENCORE: Loving Cup
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Review by uctweezer
The better half opens with a funky ass Wolfman's. Were there any tunes more consistently funky than Wolfman's Brother in 1997? I guess BEK was pretty god damn funky every time -- in it's pre-Moma form it was basically a vamp and groove fest -- but BEK was only played a handful of times while Wolfman's was just killing it all year. This Wolfman howls for 17 minutes and contains some Tweeprise like jamming towards the end -- check it out. The jam gets a lot darker towards the end before simmering down, making way for Reba. This Reba has some nice interplay, especially between Trey and Page, and Mike and Fish sort of sit back and let them do their thing until Mike gets sucked in for some great up-beat jamming around the 12 minute mark. NICU, Twist, and Piper are nothing to write home about (short versions of each -- such a shame to have Twist and Piper so late in the second set and not go deep at all, but they were new songs...), and after a soulful Wading, we get one hell a Ghost. I know it's ridiculous to keep saying this, but to this point, this may have been the best Ghost ever. True story. It keeps getting better almost every time they play it, and this time they take it almost 15 minutes deep. Unbelievable to think that two weeks before this show they'd *never* played it live, and now it's blowing the roof off of European venues and closing second sets. They get super YEM-y / Oye Como Va-y with this one and there's some improvisational singing / screaming throughout. Excellent work boys. The only surprise about this Loving Cup encore is that it was the first one on tour. On first listen, I thought I liked this show better than 6/20, but on second listen, 6/20 is a shade better. This one is no slouch, and the build towards Amsterdam has commenced. Bring it!