, attached to 1997-12-29

Review by LimestoneBlocks

LimestoneBlocks Great show!
The start is a little rough- Nicu isn't my favorite opener, and this one was nothing special. Trey's vocals are kind of obnoxious (the "play it Leo" scream is pretty painful), and I've heard better soloing from Page. Golgi is fun but messy.
Crossroads, though placed a bit strangely, was a great way to get the energy going. Solid performance. CTB loosened it up and helped set the pace for the rest of the set. It felt a bit soon to be cooling it off with Train Song, but it made way for an excellent Theme- definitely one of my favorite first set jams.
Fun Fluffhead. Gorgeous Dirt. Antelope was solid, with lots of great funk in the rye rye rocco section.
Great first set overall, but it paled in comparison to the second.

Down with Disease was pretty monstrous- it rose pretty suddenly out of some preliminary noodling and then rocked on for about 20 minutes. Great jamming in there! No complaints.
Bowie was just as good. There was a long synth section before the jam started, with that iconic high hat laid over it. Really made you drool for what was coming. When they finally started playing, it was pretty epic- they got so absorbed in the type II that they left out most of the actual tune. They squeezed the final chords into the last minute or so and then went nicely into Possum.
Great Possum. Mike gives us some very loose, country vocals that almost remind me of Elvis. Trey puts a few ninths in his chords that give parts of the tune an interesting feel. Can't Turn You Loose is pulled off excellently, with the band weaving masterfully between the two jams, though I would have liked to have heard more of it. Most of the jam is purely Possum.
Awesome Tube- Trey uses the same loop for almost the entire jam, which works surprisingly well.
YEM- The scream comes at around the 7 minute mark, which leaves us about ten minutes of pure phishy phunk. The band is loose and groovy, with Mike laying down some nicely dirty riffs. It finally ends with a quiet but intense vocal jam that eventually peters out like a hiss of steam. Very satisfying.
GTBT rocked. A nice closer for a great show.


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