, attached to 2015-06-27

Review by CypressMikes

CypressMikes This was a special show. I am by no means a Dead aficionado. I'll be honest, I went to this show first and foremost to see Trey in one of the biggest moments of his career. I left appreciating the GD even more. Of course the respect was always there.

The first set opened with a nice spacey jam that oozed perfectly into Truckin'. Then game the classic UJB. Alligator > Cumberland Blues segue seemed to get a bit of flack for being sloppy. I have to check it out again because on the floor my ears did not catch it right away. The set ended with a bang with a fantastic Cream Puff War and Viola Lee Blues. In my opinion Trey was the absolute star on those tunes. I knew I was seeing something special.

Then there was the hour set break. I don't know if that is standard for the Dead's set breaks (the GD calls them intermissions for whatever reason. Anyway, way too long for my comfort.

Set II started with a song called Cryptical Envelopment, a tune that I had never heard of. I didn't think much of it to be honest. Dark Star broke in and it was a surreal experience for me. Even though i'm not a big deadhead, seeing Trey shine on this jam was one of the most special musical expereinces of my life. The jam was smooth and well played. When the next song began, St. Stephen, the crowd exploded. I realized that SS is a rare GD tune that they just decided to stop playing. I was shocked to see the last GD show it was played was in 1983! That song also included a lengthy jam.

The remainder of the set was just a filler for me. But regardless this was a special show in music history and I felt honored to be apart of it. I thought it was better than the second night by a lot. One of my gripes was that Trey was not really singing as much as I expected him to sing. Anyway, give it a listen or watch it since it is on YT.


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