, attached to 2014-07-04

Review by JordanThePhisherman

JordanThePhisherman Congrats everyone, we got over that Summer tour hump. After last night's show, we are guaranteed a jam-filled, flowing, and concise summer tour. Every summer it seems as if the first couple shows feature one or two notable jams that tend to be sloppy since the band is just getting started and back to the routine. The jams are good, but never seamless and certainly never flawless. This continues for a bit until the band finally settles in, gets comfortable, and realize that patience is the key to putting on a good show. The summer tour hump jam last year was the 7/14/13 MPP Light, where the band finally settled down and delivered a concise and rhythmic jam that set the standard for the 2013 jamming style filled with stops and starts. Following MPP, most shows packed the punch and brought many noteworthy jams to Phishdom.
And as for this year...the summer tour hump looks like it is gonna be this show: 7/4/14. In return from the lack of covers, we all knew Fuego was going to earn the glorified second set, first song slot sometime soon. As the band worked their way into the jam segment, we knew they were dedicated to delivering a jam of this caliber. After struggling to find a solid foundation (sloppiness and noodling were still avoided), the band reached a point where they could liftoff from there on forward. As soon as we got to this point, we knew this was going to finish off as an uplifting jam. Trey began to play a sequence of notes that needed more umph. In what was somewhat forced (for a great reason), Trey fueled the foundation by fiddling with powerful yet high pitched chords that completed and defined the first Fuego jam ever. The apex of this jam is very much so memorable. The band lifted the crowd off it's feet and delivered a jam that will not be forgotten.

Never breaking the flow of the set, Down With Disease told us that we were in for a another jam. The band was particularly patient in this one. We didn't get much of the typical Trey solo from the start of the jam. This was extremely rhythmic with Fishman filling in all the empty spaces in the jam. Fishman was crisp sounding and always in sync with the band. After Fishman showed us his chops, the band sunk into a spacey but rhythm driven segment complemented by mouth noises from Trey and indulgent drum beats from Mike.

Once again, flow was never lost. Twist came straight out of DWD. Twist was the least noteworthy jam of this show. A classic Twist jam that ended with 3.0 ambience. Nonetheless, if if wasn't in this show, it would probably be praised all around, but this show featured several other jams that deflected attention from this jam.

Next, the band showed us their willingness to jam with Light, a song that has been continuously advocated in 3.0. This Light jam reached some great points in an equal contribution from all band. As Mike dropped bombs, Trey made the jam connect, and Page filled in all the necessary blanks to make this an invoking and serenading jam. This completed one of the most jam packed 3.0 sequences of songs in the second set. Possibly only rivaled by the FYF show with most back to back jams in 3.0. All the jams swayed and featured little to no meandering or grave struggle to brew the jam commonly faced in 3.0.

Theme from the Bottom and BDTNL appropriately made their way into the set with ease. First Tube couldn't have been a better choice for a closer. As the band complemented Trey's beautiful and relentless chops, the band soared into a sequence of pure perfection and joy that outlined the basis of the second set making for an everlasting memory of a Fourth of July.


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