, attached to 2003-02-15

Review by MrPalmers1000DollarQ

MrPalmers1000DollarQ Though a little less consistently excellent as the shows that sandwich it, 2/15/03 certainly proffers a few highlight jams that are worth hearing for any fan of the 2.0 sound. Immediately obvious is the funk-laden Wolfman's Brother. Though it never strays too far from the blueprint, the band certainly stretches the fabric of the laidback cow funk groove in a few different directions. Mike is especially wet on this one. The Life on Mars? bustout is a fun choice and adds some points for flair to Set 1. Frankie > Antelope is a cool way to end the set, with Frankie taking a bit of a longer walk than usual and Antelope ripping through some high octane, filthy wasteland jamspace. The grit on this Antelope is a large part of what 2.0 is all about; definitely worth listening.

Set 2's 5-song structure is as promising in execution as it appears on paper (as long as you like Bug). Waves and Bug are both pretty standard, with the former getting a fairly standard but nevertheless pretty jam. The first Ghost in 871 days is the peak of the show, in my opinion. I'm not sure I could quite pinpoint one point at which it hits me how great this jam is. Rather, this one needs to be taken as a whole, recognizing the careful patience with which the jam evolves and moves through its paces (though perhaps the segment beginning around 13:15 where Trey/Mike/Page bow in and out of presence every few bars is the coolest). The final minutes of Ghost capture excellently the antithesis to the 2.0 chaos which Antelope highlights: quite, fragile jams. This sets up for an impactful drop into Free. Finally, a multi-sectioned Hood that accomplishes both beauty and nastiness takes us home with grand energy.

Check out Ghost and Wolfman's for sure.


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