, attached to 2021-08-04

Review by heathen

heathen Set 1: Well, Evolve is yet another lame new song. Putting up with this lame dad rock is really getting tiresome. Halfway to the Moon isn't terrible. Maybe it's just the change of hearing Page singing and taking the lead, but this song is way more tolerable than pretty much every other 3.0 song. It's not amazing, but when put in the same set as crap like Ocelot and Water in the Sky it sure sounds good. I don't remember hearing this song before so I don't have a point of reference, but this version was thoroughly enjoyable. Theme is a fantastic song, but this version is a bit rough around the edges in the composed section. The Type 1 jam is enjoyable enough, though it doesn't cover any ground that hasn't already been covered in the past with this song. By 3.0 standards the Fluffhead was pretty well executed. They definitely didn't nail it though. For better or worse, these days we just can't expect them to nail Fluffhead like they used to. At least they didn't totally botch it though. Overall, I'd say this is a slightly above average first set. There's nothing essential though.

Set 2/e: Though I am not a fan of the song itself, I enjoyed the Mr. Completely jam here. Birds was a little bit sloppy at times. The Ghost jam was really cool, including the weird (in a good way) transition into Bathtub Gin. The weirdness of the Ghost jam carried over nicely into the Gin (listen to Page!). Even though they got quite a head of steam going in the jam I don't mind that Trey brought it back to Gin. They could've been headed to a cookie-cutter 3.0 crescendo, and bringing back the weird Gin vibe that carried over from Ghost was fine by me. 2001 was fine but nothing special. The Split Open and Melt jam takes a very intriguing turn into spaciness right from the start. This Split Open and Melt jam is something special. This set is the first "must hear" of the tour (I've listened through 8/7 as of this writing). It's the first stuff I've heard that I'll definitely listen to again in the future.

Overall, this is probably the best show so far (again, through the 8/7 show at least). The first set is nothing spectacular, but the second set is legitimately good with moments of greatness. This second set (and in particular the Ghost > Gin and SOAM) is what keeps me coming back to the band. Anyone who hasn't heard this second set yet, listen to it now!
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