, attached to 2012-06-19

Review by westbrook

westbrook Not the best show musically, although it did have several highlights, but being at this show was really fun. If you judge a show by its jamming, this show is probably a 3, but if you judge a show by how much fun you had, this show is a 5. Party Time, Tube, Gin, STFTFP, and Antelope were solid in the first set. Once Fishman accelerated the beat in Gin, it was ON. Stealing Time has been getting stretched out nicely in recent versions, and this was a good example of that.

Back on the Train was extended to open the second set. SOAM had an out-there, dissonant jam, but I'll have to re-listen to it get a better feel for the jam. Mango Song was a nice treat, but not a particularly tight version. BDTNL in the middle of the second set wasn't the best song choice and it was a typical rendition. Limb by Limb was good, but I thought the following Shine a Light was also placed unusually. It was played well though. Lengthwise->Maze was great fun, as you can see in the video with Trey being a jedi and Fish calling people up on stage. The band was very chatty tonight and there was a lot of funny banter. I cracked up many times from my spot in front of the soundboard. Cavern and Fire ended the set well and the encore was nice too. Trey ripped in Maze and Fire. Trey and Mike came out with huge sombreros for the obvious Mexican Cousin, and I was very pleased with the Slave to close it down.

Overall, a much better show to be at or watch than to listen to on a recording.


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