, attached to 2016-09-03

Review by n00b100

n00b100 Set 1: Slave as the opener??!? Yep, Slave as the opener, and the rest of the set keeps up with that very cool start, peaking with a propulsive DWD (that finishes!) and Page ripping up shit on the clavinet in Wolfman's before Trey takes over and leads the band to a pretty sweet little peak. Nothing quite at the level of the previous night's NMINML, but there's no shame in that game, and it's clear that the musical strength of the previous night is still carrying over.

Set 2: Fuego starts off the proceedings, and it's a typically nice extended affair, never quite breaking the boundaries of Fuego but sounding really nice nevertheless (like an opening Shakedown Street or something). A fireball Sand comes next, and then the band gets down to business with a Blaze On that Trey pushes into a gnarly, dissonant take on the usual Blaze On jam, kicking into some cool repeating motorized riffing near the end on top. Pretty good stuff, if nothing groundbreaking.

Simple pops in next, and rather than travail the paths walked down by the famous 8/29/14 version, the band opts for something different, with Trey moving to the Marimba Lumina as the jam turns warmer and more ambient (shades of the famous Hampton Comes Alive version). The notes that he plays actually works with the haziness of the jam, and Page offers very sympathetic accompaniment on top as Mike flips on one of his trusty filters to add to the delicate nature of the jam. Mike actually takes over and hits on a really nifty bassline as things pick up steam, and Trey finally heads back to guitar to close out proceedings and (seemingly) head into Piper, but instead we get Twist (good thing, too, considering...), and the rest of the set plays out in perfectly good fashion, with a well-peaked Hood at the end (what a good year Hood has had without ever stepping out 7/1/14 style!). The Coil at the end, with Mike taking his bass solo, is a truly heartwarming moment; watch the video of it and just look at how touched and happy Mike is when he bows to the crowd.

Final thoughts: My third favorite show of the run, but *one* of them has to be, and the entire second set (most especially Simple and Hood) is worth your time, as well as the quite good Set 1.


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