Jam Chart for Martian Monster (9 entries)

Date City Timing Notes
2014-10-31 Las Vegas, NV 14:00 Debut closes the legendary Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House Halloween set. This version includes extensive use of vocal samples, many of which are tempo and pitch-shifted, sounding at times like a "YEM" vocal jam performed by hamsters. After a crunchy encounter with the hungry landing committee, the longest version so far ends with a four minute fadeout of the spaceship blasting off towards the planet Mars. Your trip is short!
2014-12-31 Miami, FL 8:11 This excellent version focuses less on samples and vocal manipulation, while integrating a more nuanced sense of dynamics. At around 6:00, the band creates a brooding psychedelic mood, which culminates with guitar loops sounding triumphantly over the bass bomb-enriched, final chord repetition. Once again, "Martian Monster" closes out a highly regarded, hose-heavy set.
2015-07-31 Atlanta, GA 10:25 After an improv-heavy, groundbreaking "KDF," the band goes old school with an instrument rotation based jam. Around 2:30, Mike and Trey switch rigs. Then at about 4:30, Trey visits the keyboard station, before moving on to Fish country where he is joined by Mike and Fish (~5:30). At about 6:00, Fish picks up the bass, and after 7:00, the band gets into an interesting, Mike-on-guitar led atonal groove that fizzles into a puddle of chaotic abstraction.
2015-08-11 Philadelphia, PA 4:16 The band neatly -> into the second "Martian Monster" of this show from the ultra rare "Skin It Back." This version seamlessly combines "Skin It Back" themes into the Martian atmosphere, including two separate teases. Proving beyond doubt the presence of water on Mars, the spaceship hovers in a dense atmospheric cloud with an "ASIHTOS"-like quality, before jumping orbit with a loud, sampled scream and revisiting "Skin It Back" on the journey home.
2015-08-23 Watkins Glen, NY 8:32 Although the first half of this version is played in a now predictable manner, the second half breaks orbit and heads into the Exosphere, nearly achieving true outer space exploration. Trey's heavy use of effects play a decisive role, as the band seems more intent on jamming this "Martian Monster" than focusing on funk or comic relief. This strong version eventually drones-out, and slides neatly into "DWD."
2016-12-28 New York, NY 5:32 Starts off slower and funkier than the usual, then unexpectedly -> into "Tweezer Reprise".
2016-12-28 New York, NY 0:32 -> back out of "Tweezer Reprise", with a "Tweezer Reprise tease thrown in at the end for fun. A tremendously fun version.
2021-10-22 Phoenix, AZ 7:03 Makes a surprising move out of the usual funk of "Martian Monster" into a crunchier groove, with Mike in particular doing some cool stuff. Grows more upbeat thanks to Page, then Trey leads them into "Soul Planet" via a nice segue.
2023-08-05 New York, NY 5:57 This Trey-led version has a cool jam that breaks free of the song around 4:15. While not the longest "MM" ever played, it's full of energy and packs a major punch before > "Divided Sky."
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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