, attached to 2017-12-30

Review by ziggybirds

ziggybirds I was going to skip this show, but decided to couch tour it at the last minute. A little nagging voice in my ear reminded me that 12/31 was usually a pretty good date for a show. Not counting side projects, I think this was the 48th show I've attended or couch toured.

The show opens with Mikes>Hydrogen>Groove. The first 30 seconds or so seemed a little 'off' and then wham, off we go. Very nice version. I'm thinking smart move Ziggy, deciding to catch this. Boom: Tweezer. Are you kidding me? Almost twenty minutes of fantastic jamming. Forty minutes in I'm hoping, please don't implode. No, a stanky Ass Handed. Sung and played with gusto. Only 90 seconds or so, butt...... Into a Sweet KIll Devils Falls which flows into a fifteen minute Gin. Not the best of Gins, but a very sweet one. The set continues with another surprise, Brother. Eight minutes of delicious funk. The set ends with More. A personal favorite song. An absolutely fantastic first set.

Second set: Opens with thirty minutes of Down With Disease. Perhaps the finest version I've ever seen. Really impressive. All the band functioning as one. Wow this was a great version. Very very very nice transition (at least I thought so) into Steam. Almost fifteen minutes of an exceptional version of this song. Light emerges from the Steam. Very nice version. I like Light. No idea why. So I'm still really really happy with the set. Farmhouse follows. Not a perfunctory version, but a well executed, well sung version. Solid. The second set ends with a nice twelve minute Antelope. Compared to the rest of the set, almost disappointing. Almost.

Encore is Sleeping Monkey. Another song that tickles my fancy. They are having fun. Tweezer Reprise ends the night.

For me on the couch, I thought this was the best show I'd seen since Watkins Glen a few years back. No apologies. We all experience these shows differently, but this show was SO superior to the night before, it was like watching a different band. So glad I changed my mind. Give this shows many listens. It will not disappoint over time.
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