, attached to 1999-07-13

Review by ColForbin

ColForbin [I was looking back on some 1999 shows I attended but didn't remember much from, so I decided to give them a download and re-listen to figure out if they were any good.]

NICU is always a fun opener that gets everyone in a dancing mood, and this version is no exception. Slightly extended little jam at the end, right when you would think the song would end, might be a tease of some sort. The Curtain was a relative rarity at this point, making only a couple appearances per year, so I remember being pretty psyched to hear this one. The segue into Halley's fairly standard for Curtains without the "With" section, probably more of a ">" than a "->". Things get interesting in the Halley's. The band takes the vocals of the final verse down to a whisper and then immediately launches into a somewhat dark (minor key perhaps?) grooving jam. Trey throws in some delay loops while Page vamps away on the piano. I'm gonna go ahead and call this Type II, for sure. Definitely worth hearing. The segue into Roses is well done, seems to be Fishman leading the way by changing up the drum beat. Roses is fun, devolves into a slow blues jam which then ends up in NO2 land. The White Tape NO2 ending was a huge surprise, which if you haven't heard it is a cool little guitar melody from Trey. The entire Halley's to NO2 sequence is really great stuff for a first set. Lawn Boy starts right up with Page walking around doing the crooner thing if I remember correctly from the show. Reba jam is pretty standard for the era, but still great, goes to some cool places. No whistling, just a stop/start right into a rocking Carini. Funky Bitch closes out a really great first set.

A loping Wolfman's kicks off the 2nd set which immediately launches into a funky jam. The jam starts to get a little spacey 9 minutes in, but still has a Wolfman's feel in the rhythm section. Mike starts to hit his pedal bell and then drops some bass bombs while Trey does some light picking. At about the 16 minute mark, the jam really heads into dark type II territory, and then into a Hood-esque chill jam. Great way to kick off the set. The jam kinda fades out and a very quiet Piper starts up. This builds to a typical but fun Piper climax. Interesting placement for Bug, I've always felt it more of a 1st set or encore song, but still cool. Mountains in the Mist is an ok ballad, but not the highlight of the set. The energy level ticked back up again with a rocking Antelope. Possum with Scott Murawski was excellent, awesome bluesy guitar solo from him, with a more traditional Possum solo from Trey, then some great interplay between them. Would be cooler if Scott was higher in the mix, but still a great Possum. The Tuesday's Gone encore was an amazing bustout, featuring some more great guitar playing from Scott. And of course, playing this late at night on a Tuesday was cool.

Highlights: The Halley's->Roses->NO2, Wolfman's, Possum and Tuesday's Gone.
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