, attached to 2018-10-24

Review by vinsanity46

vinsanity46 I really enjoyed this show from the couch, so I must be missing something regarding why this show is so underrated. Maybe it's due to the smoking full set groove from Tuesday night, but I digress. I heard this show as very similar to 7/26/17, hear me out: both shows had disjointed and arguably less-than-stellar play in their first sets but some nice individual song selection. Both shows had a nice first set ending jam (tube for 7/26/17, Gin here) and both shows had a 6-song second set full of jams with nice flow (yet some sloppy transitions). Now let's dig in:

I think it is easy to say this Gin is nicer than most. Very exploratory, type II stuff only to wind back to Gin and peak for a single note before dropping back in to the song proper. Not the best first set, but the Gin seemed to signal something else was coming...

...and it did. Opening with the first Disease of the fall tour, this rendition gets dark and spooky rather quickly and develops a nice rhythm toward the end before Trey calls for Crosseyed. Not the smoothest transition, but it's Crosseyed, it's always welcome, and it's a fine version. The Scents transition was forced and came on too quick (kind of like the Carini > Mr Completely from 7/26/17) but the song itself is again, always welcome, and I think placed well here, if not for the slop transish. The jam starts by breaking itself down to an erie quiet and then builds up a quick, rocky jam that leads to both a Run Through the Jungle (CCR - maybe hinting at Halloween? ) and a Party Time quote/jam that was definitely fun but I would've preferred a straight Scents jam - mainly because the jam that did develop after the Party Time segment had some nice funk/blues elements to it and I wanted more. No Mans is a nice choice to keep the crowd moving, and is a fine-good version, with Trey's dancing on stage being the highlight. Boogie On brought some reggae to the fall tour and is always a nice tune deep in th second set. Mike has been particularly excellent this whole year and this short Boogie On bolsters my conclusion. Hood rounding out the set was another welcome choice and I really liked this version. It had a few discernible sections in the jam and then gave the Nashville crowd the only BIG peak of the show. But it was still early, so a big jam song must be coming in the encore...

...and Antelope delivers. One reviewer once likened Antelope to pizza - even when it's bad, it's good. This version definitely functions as the pizza-on-top of what was a great Nashville run - and having to wait 7 shows to get it must've made it that much sweeter for those there.

Overall, good-great show in which I think the sloppy playing/ transitions should be overlooked for the replay value of the Gin and the whole second set. This show didn't have many peaks or directed-jamming, but it did have a super lose and type II flow that was very enjoyable to hear from the couch.

With Halloween around the corner, the boys are getting spookier and spookier....


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