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Review by myers33
STFTFP was definitely not expected by anyone to open the show, and it was done fairly well. After that, everything up to Waiting All Night was mediocre, although NICU was cool to hear. The Cities jam grew stale after a bit, and Trey cut David Bowie short, which was pretty annoying as it was really starting to build. HTTM is a lame song in general and the new song sounds like it came straight from the Disney Channel.
This is in my opinion the turning point of the show. Liked hearing Waiting All Night, even tho it was kinda cheesy being in the same set as HTTM. Bathtub Gin was a decent jam, nothing crazy. One of the highlights was Golgi, which was really well done, and Page's call for The Squirming Coil was what really saved the set, as Page played a fantastic piano solo to conclude the set.
So after acquiring a bag of kettle corn to satisfy my munchies and get me over a painful first set, the band headed into Set 2 with a grooving rendition of Sand, which was followed by a great Carini and a real cool jam. Loved hearing Chalk Dust and the jam was built very well, but in my opinion the jam shouldve ended after the peak, not after Trey cut the groove by slamming his dick on the marimba a few times. Prince Caspian was short and sweet, and Bug was decent. Shine a Light was a great song to pull out, and I finally got to hear a My Sweet One (with a drum solo!!!!!!). The Sleeping Monkey that followed was totally epic, and showcased Fishman's hilarious sense of humor, definitely one of the best performances of that song in its history. The 2001 that followed, while a bit shorter than i was expecting, was absolutely grooving and the band was spot on throughout the whole thing. Was not expecting Fire to end the set, but loved hearing it live and felt it was very well done. Character Zero was a typical encore.
All in all, this is a show that started out slow and built itself into a decent show. Here's to days two and three, hopefully they're both a bit drier this time around!