, attached to 2000-06-15

Review by n00b100

n00b100 This show doesn't really get started until the AC/DC Bag, which doesn't leave its boundaries but is definitely worth hearing (Trey's minimal notes remind me of the horn hits on "Night of the Living Baseheads" - how random is that?) until Trey takes over and starts machine-gunning everything in his path at the end. Then comes a Ghost that goes into a really airy, pleasant groove, Mike gluing everything together, Page playing some really soaring organ notes, before the jam heads into more upbeat territory and Trey whips off a never-ending array of trills. This is not your typical Ghost jam, which makes it all the cooler a listen. Set 2's opening DWD starts off full of energy, with Mike dropping a C&P-ish baseline halfway through, then floats off into weirder, more spacey realms, which actually works to the jam's detriment. It's Type 2 and it's interesting to listen to, but it's definitely pretty soporific at times and I don't know if I'd listen to it again like I would the Ghost. The Lizards is a nice follow-up, if kinda sloppy, and Bike works as a mid-set palate cleanser (the crowd clapping along to HYHU is kinda sweet). YEM closes out the set, and it's not a great one, with Trey playing really weird notes using an unpleasant guitar tone, like he's deliberately sabotaging the jam or something (although the vocal jam is amusing, if nothing else). It's kind of a shame - the Set 2 setlist is crazy, but the playing doesn't live up to it. But the DWD does have some nice stuff, and the first set is a quite good mix of well-played songs and two super-sweet jams, so that's worth a recommendation in my book.


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