, attached to 2018-07-24

Review by pmc2kd

pmc2kd Overall SF night one night proved a very solid show. Ample jamming and mighty fine song selection make this a strong relistenable affair.

46 Days works well as an opening - both surprising and well jammed. Trey made use of the Leslie and a good full band groove ensued eventually yielding to some Trey solo theatrics.

McGrupp in the two slot was an inspired choice and kept up the momentum. Always a fantastic tune.

Pigtail wasn’t really what I was looking for l, but was perhaps the lone misfit of the show.

A very enjoyable Cities ratcheted the dance party back up and Page’s synthy stylings made it worthy of another spin. Side note - lots of new tones and textures to be found this tour.

Nellie Kane was fun and Gumbo even more so.

Guyute is a song I very much enjoy, however from my spot Mike side Trey seemed to struggle a lot and completely drop out at times, but also could have been the acoustics in the room. Fun none the less.

Axilla and the Dogs were as hard charging as you’d expect and kept the energy level cranking.

A well placed Dirt was welcome albeit flubbed a bit and the set closing Bowie put an emphatic ribbon on a very solid set 1.

Highlights for me were the opening pairing and Cities.

Set II was basically a masterclass. Moma opened up and I figured since the past couple outings (remember the BD version!) this might be a jammer. It stayed in the box in spite of Mike trying to pull them major at one point (from what I recall), but definitely a good way to kick off the set.

Things then got real with ASIHTOS delivering the first truly wild full band jamming of the night. They covered a lot of ground without ever really peaking the jam to hard. Full band was the name of the game and count me among the supporters of this type of jamming. Probably neared 15 minutes and the band actually came to a full return to lyrics (cool ending) following the jam.

Mercury did not let up and was my first time hearing the tune. I didn’t love all of it, but I loved most and the jam was equally fantastic with more full band playing and just inspired work all around. Different dynamic then previous and also awesome.

Carini was the standout highlight of the night even with the previous two tunes monster jams. It wasted no time getting serious and simply must be sought out. They could easily have slid back into Moma during the jam as well - at least to my ears. Just grab this one! Monster!

Maze provided the bookend exclamation point and Boogie On kept things going. Hood capped the show off in style. A memorable set indeed.

Coil is welcome by this fan and was a pretty encore choice.

Overall great show but set II has three extremely good centerpiece jams with Carini being truly exceptional.


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