, attached to 2003-07-30

Review by Metalphan

Metalphan This is one of my favorite '03 shows. Given the more accessible show of the previous evening, and the accessible show of Camden N2, this surely was a WTF show for those who attended all 3. A somewhat dark MFMF really kicks of the theme of the show, followed by a bust-out of Lonesome Cowboy Bill. After that comes arguably the best SASS of 2.0 (one could argue that the Camden '04 one is better - either way, Camden got both of the best versions of 2.0 SASS). 30 minutes of just solid, bad-ass playing and jamming. The way I know that this version is awesome is by the fact that this SASS doesn't seem to last 30 minutes, but rather, a lot shorter - if you listen to nothing else from this show, listen to this SASS, which is easy to find on youtube. Next comes a debut of Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere". Surely, at this point, the crowd must be really tripping out. Then comes the second bust-out of the night in Spock's Brain. While there was only a 35 show gap, Spock's Brain had been last played about 3 years prior, so maybe it counts as a bust-out, but enough with semantics. Spock's segues into a nice CDT that, like the rest of this show, gets dark in places. Then comes bust-out #3 - On Your Way Down, a nice bluesy number that brings a bit of light into this dark espresso of a show. The FEFY is pretty standard here, with a nice > into Taste. Overall, the first set is a mindf***. Great stuff, though!

If you thought the first set was dark, you're in for a helluva ride in this 2nd set. The Twist to kick this 2nd set off is one of the darkest versions they've done, albeit a damn fine version, if I say so myself. This Twist is a tad futuristic in that the jam sounds VERY much like June '04 - this Twist would not have sounded out of place in any June '04 show, I'll put it that way. Anyways, it's a great version and one of my all-time favorite Twists. The Bug here is pretty standard, but a great song to hear and like On Your Way Down did in the first set, brings some light into an otherwise darkAF set. Now on to this YEM - one of their finest versions, IMO, and my favorite of 2.0 (sorry, 2/26/03, but you're a close 2nd). Kick-ass high energy funk jamming in here, and the band sounds like they're having a great time with this one. Beware of the vocal jam - spooky as hell and DARK - probably freaked out some of the more dosed phans that were in attendance (just an assumption on my part since I'm a sober phan). The set closes out with a nice WOTC, with nice 2.0 style jamming to boot. The encore is the weak spot of this show - I'm just not a big Secret Smile fan, but I also never judge a show by the encore.

All in all, this show is one of the finest 2.0 has to offer. If you don't like 2.0, don't bother with this one - you're better off listening to the night before in Burgettstown or the Camden N2 - since this show will make you hate 2.0 even more if you don't like 2.0 already. If you like the crazy, dark, tripped out stuff 2.0 offers, then snag this one if you haven't already. KILLER SHOW, and highly recommended from me.


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