, attached to 2013-07-13

Review by pmc2kd

pmc2kd Just before the Fall 2013 peak Summer 2013 was rolling along and the playing was pretty darn good for this tour to be sure.

I hadn't caught a show since the previous year in August, so by the time MPP rolled around I was pretty pumped to dive back in.

We had a nice spot right up front of lawn, which helped since it's not the best shed for lawn viewing.

Set I opened with a peppy KDF. Nothing new, but a fun kickoff.

Destiny was up next. Great tune and I've been fortunate to catch a few of 'em. This was fun.

Taste was awesome. This version had a great and patient jam, with Page and Trey working really well. I REALLY enjoyed this.

Halfway to the Moon and Twenty Years Later brought the 3.0 tunes and paired nicely with some good playing and they kept the darkness coming as they kicked into Maze.

Maze was awesome, like most recent/semi-recent 3.0 versions, Page has played amazing and Trey has contributed really interesting work during the Page solo. He peaked this well.

Yarmouth gave us a new tune, it was fun, and it started absolutely pouring at this point with a crazy orange red sky.

Split Open and Melt kicked in at a perfect time (weather-wise) and they played this one fantastic, with a nice deviation to the major key. Really good version.

Overall Set I: After almost a year since my last show, this set hit a lot of high points for me. Good song selection, some really nice jamming in Taste, Maze & Melt & a good bit of weather made for a memorable set.

The second set opened with DWD, which I am never unhappy to hear. This one was very nice as it hit a couple different jam spaces and they found their way back into the ending verse, which was super cool and kicked the energy way up! Great stuff.

Free was up next (how many times have I been hit with that combo!). This was fine.

Bouncin' took it down a notch. Not the best spot.

BOAF was a very nice version. It didn't break away, but it had some really good interplay and Trey and Page were both doing fine work. I really enjoy this take.

Harry Hood mid-set? This was a nice placement, and the jam on this one was really good. I put this way above many of the 3.0 takes. This was straight ahead but had an actual guitar lead peak. Throw in a tasty divided sky tease. This one is rightly annotated in the setlist.

Architect was kind of an odd call. I don't really know about this tune. Pretty cheesy.

Mike's song popped into the fourth quarter as a great energy boost. This version was good, and to my ears much more interesting than the 2012/2011 versions I had caught. Good playing into Simple.

Simple was awesome and this version could have achieved serious liftoff. They hit a glorious chord sequence at the end (similar in some ways to the 7/18/2016 Bill Graham version, but probably a little better even). It threatened to emerge into a hard rocking Disease reprise, but with impending curfew they kicked into 'Paug. The Simple is a sure highlight.

Weekapaug was also great, with a rhythmic dancing take on the jam and a good finale. This Mike's groove was great.

Encore: Waste>GTBT - I was hoping Waste wouldn't finish us off, and GTBT was just what the doctor ordered. Trey wizardry.

Overall Set II: Good set. A little uneven with Free, Bouncin' & Architect, but no complaints about the rest. This was a very good show.
Highlights: Disease, Hood, Simple (throw in BOAF if you are a fan of that song).

Overall: A good show to come back to after about a year. Good jamming, good songs. Not the most even, but definitely nothing egregiously bad or serious lulls.
3/5 Thoroughly enjoyable show!


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