, attached to 2013-12-28

Review by ndphanjeff

ndphanjeff This was my second show and first in MSG. Unfortunately I was only able to snag tickets for one of the 4 shows, but I'm very grateful to be able to see the boys at all!

The first set was pretty standard with a few surprising highlights.

The Wedge was a solid opener, jammed out for a solid 9 minutes. STFTFP was red hot with a few peaks from Trey. It definitely warmed the crowd up.

Mound was standard despite a few flubs, and Axilla > BoaF definitely warmed up the crowd for a MONSTER Wolfman's Brother. Something about 12/28 and Wolfman's Brother jams..

Monica was awesome to hear, especially on electric. It's probably one of my favorite tunes off Wingsuit, and I definitely am looking forward to seeing where they take it in the future. Also I'm proud to say that as a 3.0 noob I caught the Simpson's secret language and proudly proclaimed "Doh!" - I was pretty excited.

-7 > Tube > Free didn't contain any stand-out jams, but were all solid versions of great songs. Free particularly had some awesome grooves from Mike.

Julius capped off the first set, and it definitely seems like a high energy song to experience live.

Set 1: 3/5

Set 2 wasn't anything extraordinary nor did it excel like many of the Fall Tour second sets. I think they just needed to warm up.

I was behind stage, and during the peak in Sand (And later Steam), CK5 shined these strong lights at us and my mind was just exploding. I haven't experienced that much joy in a long time.

Sand segued into Piper, one of my favorite tunes, and I enjoyed this one a lot. Back on the Train kept up the second set flame, despite not being a song I'd expect to hear second set.

I was hyped to hear Tweezer after it had such a big year, but unfortunately this one got spacey and then fizzled out before Trey pulled a BDTNL ripcord. Still, BDTNL was an above average version that I really enjoyed.

Steam was mind-blowing. My brother said to me as the song started "eh I don't like that song placement, its just not typically a well jammed out song." Well he sure ate his words. It blew us away.

SitM and WaN were both interesting song choices, but I can't really complain. Antelope raged, and I even called it just before the opening riff so I was pretty hyped.

Set 2: 3.5/5

Suzy was also awesome to experience live. The Guitar Wars between Trey and Mike was certainly goofy but I thought it was awesome to see them having so much fun.

Tweezer Reprise was expected, and very intense. The confetti really surprised me.. is that commonplace?

Encore: 3.5/5

Overall, I'd say this was an average, 3/5 show for the 3.0 era, but I'm going to rate it 4/5 for my first experience in the Garden. It was magical.


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