, attached to 2009-06-18

Review by waxbanks

waxbanks Calamitous Bowie - the first time I've seen the band *botch* a song that way. Disease and Piper both lost heart just when they were threatening to transcend their usual structures (though the final five minutes of Disease are lovely). The same thing happened at Hartford: the band patiently worked its way to that familiar cliffside, and Trey refused to jump. In fact this happened time and again this summer. Oh well. The reward would be meaningless without the risk.

The highlights get high though: fiery best-of-tour Wolfman's Brother and joyous Tube (go Page!), rib-tickling encore, and a YEM that dropped *bombs* on western PA. Can't complain about Loving Cup either.

On balance this is a fine mid-tour show, and an effective prologue to the transformative tour-closing shows at Deer Creek and Alpine.


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