, attached to 2019-06-11

Review by JMart

JMart Admittedly my seats were on the couch, and admittedly I'm only going to offer a few thoughts, so here goes:

I'm not sure there's anything that rises to relisten status in this show. Example: Stash. For starters, I could have walked faster than the pace they placed it at. It being the tour opener, one would think that they would have rehearsed this beforehand. It sure as heck didn't sound like it- Trey flubbed basically every line in the instrumental section. Badly. The jam almost immediately detoured into major key territory, far away from most Stash jams, which in and of itself isn't disappointing, it's just that it felt like very familiar territory with not a lot of creative umph behind it. When Trey got tired of this, he abruptly switched back to the D minor and wrapped 'er up. None of the tension and release that marks so many classic versions of this tune.

Example 2: Free. I love this song. I always want to hear it. I will never get tired of it. That having been said, listen to the jam. Just go back and listen to it. Trey just disappears for almost all of it. I'm not joking. It's bizarre. He looked visibly uncomfortable onstage, like none of his neurons were firing or something. Page did his best to save this with some eerie synth stylings. I know this is tour opener and all, but yikes, dude. Yikes.

No Men's had a snappy jam that didn't do much, but at least it put some pop back in the proceedings. Ghost and Piper similarly went nowhere.

I hate to be negative about my favorite band. I really do. But honesty dictates that this was a real bummer of a show. You can never tell the vibe present in the actual auditorium. I hope everyone had fun, but I hope you get something much different and much better tonight.


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