, attached to 2011-01-01

Review by ObviousFool

ObviousFool Absolutely ridiculous show, and coming on night 3 of a New Year's run and already having played their NYE show, I expected something of a lower energy show. NOPE!!! The energy level in MSG was as high as ever, and you knew it as soon as Page started ticklin' the clav on Tube, one of the funkier versions of 3.0. They no longer jam Jim the way they used to, but this one was tight and super fun. Divided Sky was one of the best I've ever heard, and I've never loved hearing it live simply because it doesn't tend to vary much each time the play it, but this one was PERFECT. They nailed the elaborate composed parts yet maintained an undertone of jam, and kept the energy level RAGING throughout. Round Room provided a much needed break in the dancing without making us tolerate "Dirt" or "If I Could". Then came Walk Away. BLEW MY FUCKIN' MIND!!!! Again, I'd never been a HUGE fan of this song, as I never saw them really take the jam anywhere all that interesting, until now. This version may very well be the best ever, though I'll have to do a bit of research before actually making that claim, but playing the chord changes throughout Trey's solo and Mike just thumping along like a boisterous little boy truly peaked the energy level in the room. This was definitely my highlight of the first set, so much so that I kinda "ho-hummed" the Jibboo->Reba, which really was anything but "ho-hum". Walls of the Cave was a fun bust out and a good way to send us into setbreak knowing we were in store for something special.

And then the second set began....I have a bit of a hard time differentiating between all of the amazingness in the second set, as they flowed so seamlessly in and out of phenomenal tunes, nailing the compositions and shredding the jams. C&P was truly epic, but Twist floored me. What a start to the set! And the Simple was again, one of the best of 3.0 if not the absolute best. Sneakin' Sally was very funky, and the vocal jam out of it had the room reeling with excitement as they segued into the laid back Makisupa groove. Bowie definitely tested Trey at the end of a run, but the boys did NOT disappoint. There were low points of the jam, for sure, but all in all it absolutely killed, and by the time they found their way back to the arpeggios the crowd was again raging, and the boys delivered a very high energy close to the set. Fee was fun, uninteresting, but totally fun, and Frankenstein was the perfect way to send us off into the city, grinning from ear to ear at our favorite band and their continued ability to surprise and impress.


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