, attached to 2015-08-05

Review by ckess22

ckess22 well, good shakedown for a one-off in the Midwest. If you can grab the philly w the cheese wiz at blossom or alpine, I highly recommend it. Security non-existant in the lot...thus the balloons were ubiquitous, if that's your bag.
To the show...if you've been paying attention to tour, you pretty much know the score by now; the band is playing great...trey is playing at his highest level since the comeback. His 'jerry' stint was a success and has influenced his chops. Every show this tour has gotten one or two complete 'Jerry fan downs'. Starlight was no exception.
Okay, since we know the score, it's only a question of what they play and how deep they end up going. This show had all of the elements of the best shows of the 32 (10/31/14 being tops) I've hit; that said, the totality just isn't there for this one. It wasn't bad at all. It was great...just saying it probably isnt in beSt of tour conversation. It wasn't bc of poor playing or a poor scene. Everything was aligned and the band played a great show, front to back. since most of the show is type I, idk that a recap of each song is necessary...so I'll give some cliff notes
Gumbo was a nice opener; divided sky continues to impress as it did in Dallas. Searing stuff by trey. Really nice to hear that song played in such a strong, dynamic fashion; it really hasn't been in recent years.
I was calling a Bowie to end the set; unfortunately that didn't materialize. 46 days is always fun, but a strong Bowie or soam would have been my preference. Oh well.
2nd set was a big party; the band came on for the first much later than recent shows. As a result the second set started way later than previous shows w the result that the crowd was pretty juiced. All songs played were played well. This set (and show) were really about the disease. In person in the moment it went really deep, w trey eventually latching on to a huge, multi-tiered peak that really got after it. Phenomenal full band interplay w trey just hosing us off. Without re listening, it's the kinda jam that would raise the rating on .net by itself if not for the absence of a webcast. Seek it out. It's great. Better in the moment than the other big jams thus far this tour (which I didn't hear live...full disclosure).
Yem had some trey/mike 2015 summer bromance, but it's largely what yem has been for a bit now: yem sans huge trey shred and with trey dancing. I know which I prefer.
Bug is bug, but w some big trey fan action.
There is truly nothing lacking right now, people. We could all nitpick, and I hope we continue to; I enjoy that vibrancy. But this band is SO good right now...so good that I'm *almost* disappointed to be missing alpine in favor of a friends wedding in cancun. I can't wait for dick's. Be there to people; you owe it to yourself.


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