, attached to 2016-12-28

Review by JoeyRamon

JoeyRamon I think a 4.27 is pretty spot on. The show was an (almost) perfect tone-setter for the NYEMSG run. The first set was chock full of some early run gems, and reminded me of the NYE runs of yore (notably, the 2012 run).

I think that Trey's bold move to switch from 3 cups of pre-show black tea to 2 cups really paid off, as he was able to maintain composure, empathy and leadership on the more mellow tunes, but still pack enough punch to hit some really energetic Type I and Type II peaks. Highlights included Roggae, which i'm sure you guys would agree, topped the epic Roggae from Norfolk '98, and Chalkdust, which was kiiiiiiinda reminiscent of the famed Vegas Chalkdust from 2009 (sidenote...IMHO, this would have topped Vegas Chalkdust if not for Tray's flubbing of the Dsus4 during the Type I peak comedown).

As usual, Trey wandered off the path at times, especially during MM > Tweeprise > MM and then again during Wolfman, but Mike, in classic mid-run form, ever so elegantly picked him back up and asserted a more aggressive rhythmic pattern. I think this is probably due in part to his re-reading of Art of War last fall, which has really brought out a whole new side of Mike we haven't seen since Lemonwheel.

Fish and Page were solid...not at their best, but solid nonetheless. I'm interested to see if Page continues to mess around with the CS-80 during this run...usually he doesn't break that out until night 3, although he did something similar at Magnaball when he couldn't get his Baby Grand in tune (i wonder if he was having the same issues).

Overall, a solid show.


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