Jam Chart for Backwards Down the Number Line (25 entries)

Date City Timing Notes
2009-03-06 Hampton, VA 6:05 Debut.
2009-06-09 Asheville, NC 8:53 "Type I" version with great strumming by Trey and a short outro jam that > to "Ghost."
2009-07-31 Morrison, CO 7:24 The jam has an interesting section from 4:05 - 5:10 where Trey deviates from the standard melody line.
2009-08-11 Bridgeview, IL 13:32 First "BDTNL" to go "Type II" in a big way. The jam begins with a dark undertone, but then gets more upbeat and rocking. A settled section with building energy follows and > to "Carini."
2009-08-16 Saratoga Springs, NY 20:02 Exploratory "Type II" jam which starts to peel away from "BDTNL" around 6:00. Rocking at first, it grows somewhat dark and dissonant, brightens again, and ends in a repetitive and spacey groove which -> to "Twenty Years Later."
2009-10-31 Indio, CA 11:46 Standard "BDTNL" concludes and the band breaks into an upbeat and rocking outro jam that > to "Fluffhead."
2010-06-12 Cuyahoga Falls, OH 13:39 Excellent "Type II" version which starts to break away from "BDTNL" at 5:30 in a rocking and upbeat direction. At 8:30, the jam shifts into an ominous, dark Mike-led groove with great playing by Fish and Page as well as Mike.
2010-08-17 Wantagh, NY 14:14 Very good, multi-section "Type II" jam which starts off rocking, quiets down, then rebuilds with an upbeat sense.
2011-05-28 Bethel, NY 12:10 The band incorporates a lot of "DEG" teasing/jamming into the standard format. The mood shifts back and forth from bright to dark several times, with "DEG"-like playing at various times throughout, before returning to "BDTNL." A very cool version.
2011-06-01 Holmdel, NJ 9:50 Fiery and rocking "Type I" version with a nice big peak.
2013-07-03 Bangor, ME 8:12 Excellent "Type I" version with great variation and playing by Trey, and no flat notes taboot!
2013-10-25 Worcester, MA 7:40 High quality "Type I" version with spirited soloing by Trey and strong Page backing. > to "Ghost."
2014-07-30 Portsmouth, VA 9:10 A very solid straightforward version with deft playing by Trey and great Page near the end.
2014-10-18 Seattle, WA 9:01 A very solid in-the-box version, with strong Page in particular. At moments, it even sounds like Page teases the piano outro from "Sweet Home Alabama."
2015-08-01 Atlanta, GA 7:41 Not the longest straightforward version, nor does it have the biggest peak. But Trey's playing is so spot on, just excellent.
2016-06-29 Philadelphia, PA 8:40 An inspired version showcasing full-band interplay. Trey truly shines, working his line in a number of directions, sprinkling notes and modulating intensity to shape this shimmering summertime stunner.
2016-07-09 Hartford, CT 8:36 A strong version which features contemplative, quiet, and delicate playing, unusual for "BDTNL." Ultimately, this warm, restrained playing gives way to a traditional shredding and trilling peak.
2017-07-19 Pittsburgh, PA 9:36 With Trey's struck notes skipping like stones atop bedrock Fish, a change leads to more by way of melodic soloing which, effortlessly, Trey whips into a blast of huge, clock-watcher sustain, play which separates this version from most others (see 10/20/21 for similar, inspired, jamming).
2017-07-28 New York, NY 9:34 Finds its footing on the outset by way of near-telepathic melodic interplay from Trey and Mike, spring boarding a ride that takes us from warm-breeze chill-mode play to inspired, spirited classic rock riffing to close.
2019-06-22 Columbia, MD 8:03 While the jam section begins typically, Trey's confidence seems to grow as he proceeds, with fancy finger work and cohesive play leading to a rousing conclusion.
2021-10-20 Eugene, OR 9:38 The jam cultivates an initially understated yet ebullient space. Candy-coated, fleet-fingered play from Trey is supported by Page's nuanced comping and Fishman's passionately defined melodic drumming. This jam's defining "moment" then comes in the form of a cathartic, extended sustained note from Trey before breaking for an energized conclusion.
2022-06-01 Charleston, SC 7:23 Great versions produce different points to view. Be it 7/8/14's summertime "Line"d up shimmery shake; Pitt 17's huge, crazed sustain; or 10/20/21's incendiary take; this here jam features what the best "BDNTLS" have in common: Fire Trey. Largely straightforward guitar whose inspired improvisation, offset by impassioned Fish, is the best of its type, carrying you not so much backwards, as away.
2022-08-13 East Troy, WI 13:39 A reminder of why we fell in love with Trey in the first place. Trace this play, marked by his incredibly warm tone, backwards or forwards, through rhythmic shifts and offset variation - of course accompanied by his best bud Fish (whose fills are outrageous) - through a passage of surprisingly stately improv, accented by Page on his piano and on-point Mike. Cerebral. Surprising. An awesome Alpine-II opener whose late-patterned play bleeds into "Maze."
2023-02-26 Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico 9:48 A strong collective effort results in an ideal "Type I" version. Trey opts for chordal riffing at times, giving Page room to lead, before bringing it all home with a spirited, high-wire peak.
2023-07-26 Philadelphia, PA 7:30 Distinguished for its mid-jam breakdown from 4:30-6:00, and then rebuilds itself in the traditional manner.
Jam chart versions are selected because of improvisational and other characteristics that distinguish these from typical versions of the song.
The jam chart team has highlighted some versions with a yellow background; these are the versions the team believes to be especially improvisational, or otherwise notable.
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