, attached to 2015-07-22

Review by phrench

phrench Listening to the second set again last night has prompted me to register and leave my first review here. Despite including only one true jam (and not a big one actually), this set is awesome. The opening ASIHTOS/Waves/Wingsuit combo is top-notch, a melancholy trip to remind us that the band plays great tunes, not just great jams, and they play them with style (Fish in particular is great here). The ">" between Waves and Wingsuit feels so good I think it should count as a true "->", even though the two songs are clearly demarcated. The eerie opening to Wingsuit emerges beautifully from the dissolution of the preceding Waves.

Farmhouse lifts the mood a bit, but still retains (at least to me) a nostalgic tone that suits this second set very well. Then who can resist Simple, especially a jammed-out Simple? It has already been remarked upon, and rightly so. A high-energy First Tube propels the set to a screaming end, and good night. Oh no, here comes Bathtub Gin as an encore; the band exsudes confidence, Page is having quite some fun, as does the audience singing along.

If you're mostly interested in titanic jams, the next show at Shoreline will probably best suit you, but this second set is extremely coherent and could stand on its own as some kind of concept album by some progressive band (and of course there is no lack of solos by Trey and rich interplay between the boys). I have played the first set only once, but it has already been noted that it is quite unique in its song selection. So, as a whole, this concert should be remembered as a high-density performance by four awesome musicians. I find its current rating of 3.85 or so quite unjustifiably low.


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