, attached to 2016-10-14

Review by humalupa

humalupa This was solid for a tour opener, and would be a solid show at any placement within a tour. The first set, especially up through Gin, was engaging, with the well-played debut of Petrichor in the first slot, followed by an enjoyable Ghost that poked at the margins of type-II jamming. Home sounded great live, especially Trey's warm, Brian May-esque lead lines, and I'd welcome this one again, for sure. Gin built to a nice peak as it's wont to do these days. Horn was nicely place, but had some unfortunate sloppiness in the solo. I was hoping for Bowie of the like to close the set, and More seemed like an odd choice. It contains potential for powerful rocking, so we'll see where it goes in the future; maybe it can establish itself as a closer in its own right.

Set II was phenomenal, and I enjoyed every minute of it. To me, the cohesiveness that gelled at Dick's carried through, with the band quickly finding its way into type-II territory early on in DWD, and executing a legitimately great segue into Cities. I wished the jam in Cities extended past Trey's drumming, but Page's playing during this section was the real highlight, as he powered through sticky and nasty clavinet playing. Roggae was above-average (as it has been for a couple years now), with particularly memorable Trey solo peak. Light kicked things up again, and concluded with multiple sections of true hose jamming that were simply top-notch. Free and Boogie kept things moving and maintained the forward momentum, and Hood performed exactly as intended, putting a nice exclamation on a set that was cohesive and of-a-piece moreso than it was a collection of songs.

Winterqueen was a weird choice for the encore, but the Tube that followed quickly erased any doubts regarding Trey's thought process. Check this one out, as it reaches some brief but interesting type-II moments. Rocky Top rounded things out on an energetic note, and sent us smiling toward the exits.

I'm still not sure whether they broke curfew (the following night finished up noticeably earlier), but the result is three solid hours of great, engaging playing, with an inspired setlist. The show is definitely worth a full listen and/or purchase, and to me, it earns an easy four stars, as it was well-above average throughout.


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