, attached to 2014-06-24

Review by FreeGhost82

FreeGhost82 Wow, what a fantastic show! I streamed it online as it was happening, and I could easily feel the excitement from the band and audience (they both were raging!) The audio was also crystal clear on my end.

No one expected the 46 days opener after not hearing it for so long, and it didn't take long for people to start bobbing along, when then led to a very upbeat and bouncy Undermind! At this point, I'm already hearing every note each member is playing. There's so much to listen to from these guys, you can tell they've been playing a lot because it feels like they left straight from MSG. Undermind sped up during its run, either on purpose or from sheer excitement. Either way, Fishman was having fun, just check out his drum fills!

Page introduced Halfway, which was was polished with his strong vocals and jazzy keyboard solo (there was also quite a sparkle in his eye). Then, BAM! CARINI! The audience flipped out! Trey absorbed the energy and gave what some folks on twitter called a late 90s-esque mini-jam. They would have kept playing if they could and it was obvious that they wanted to, but Fishman had to musically tell them to move on, so they brought it down to Devotion. In my opinion, it was a downer from coming out of Carini, but it will find its place in the tour sets.

555 was funky and sung strongly and enthusiastically by Mike. (This is the point where all the females swoon). I got lost in the tune as I did in Carini because it could have gone on for some time with how good and crazy it was getting. Then, finally: Twist. Little plinky moments in the beginning and then followed with exciting audience "Woo's." Trey kept on with the plinky-ness and played with the audience. Mike played some nice arpeggio bits, too. The jam then rose in volume and activity from all and the people danced and cheered. Then, the boys walked said thank you and walked off stage like they usually do, and the audience cheered and danced, I think one girl was crying, and a few people yelled out "Fuego." I thought they were going to play Fuego for the encore, but they did Character Zero instead, which was fine, it's just as fun. Everyone raged.

You could tell the band had such a great time by way they played. Trey was often smiling and jumping up and down as he always does. Even Mike smiled more than usual.

All in all, the show was an accurate representation of the collaborative process that the band has recently gone through for the album, but also for the whole time they've been together. They played as if they hadn't taken a break at all, (which really they haven't, we just haven't seen them so really, its our break) and everyone was happy! They let us know that this summer tour's going to be a fun one!


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