, attached to 2012-08-15

Review by DreadBeast

DreadBeast Since I moved to Cali I only really get one show a year, but man, this was a great one. The first set was unbelievable. Opening with Suzy and Cities was a lot of fun, both got us all going having an awesome time, then they laid down an amazing Kill Devil Falls. This KDF was so far superior to last year at the Hollywood Bowl that it's not even worth talking about. The growing power in this jam was something really special. I was super pumped to get a Guelah right after this, as was everyone else (or so it seemed to me). The Cool It Down bustout was totally unexpected, but good. If we only knew they were just giving us a little break! The Rift / Stash back-to-backer had me furiously dancing and rocking out. There was an amazing vibe in the arena that you just had to feel to know (you guys know what I mean). Solid Bouncing (short as always) followed by the always crowd-pleasing Bathtub and a satisfying Quinn. Overall, this is one of the best sets I've ever seen live.

My buddies were a little disappointed with the second set, but I really dug the jams after the high-energy first set. RnR was a great way to kick things off, and then they settled into a really groovy Ghost. Limb also surprised me, pleasantly, and meshed well with the Guyute follow-up. Dirt for some people isn't what they want to hear live, but I love that song and I was happy to see it, especially in that part of the show. Of course, as with Cool It Down, we were just getting a break before a nasty, funktastic Hood and a solid GTBT closer.

It's my first review, so I don't want to create a rep as a whiner. I'm not one of those people as I think you see above. But I have to say that the Julius encore was a bit of a downer, if only because I've literally heard Julius live more than any other song. It's fun, it was a fun encore, don't get me wrong. Maybe they just know I'm in the house and think I love Julius :) I guess I should appreciate the awesome show instead of saying I wished they would have given us a second song or a YEM encore, right?

Seriously, this show rocked in a big way. I'm glad to be here with what seems like a really good group of fans.


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