, attached to 2012-06-20

Review by westbrook

westbrook This show was better musically than the previous night. I thought the song selection in the first set was top-notch. Sparkle, Ha Ha Ha, and Bag started the show off on the right foot, and Divided Sky was great, probably one of the top 3.0 versions. I was thrilled to hear Dog Log. Undermind had a short, funky jam led by Page on the clav. The mid-set Mike's Groove packed a wallop. Mike's was powerful, Hydrogen was delicately beautiful, and Weekapaug featured some nice melodic soloing from Trey. Cities was short but had a nice segue into a Ya Mar dominated by Page, but it was a little disappointing that there was no guitar solo. Bold as Love and Julius fit the bill for high energy songs to end the set. I enjoyed the lights during Bold as Love that matched the song's lyrics.

The last few minutes of Rock and Roll included some beautiful ambient playing from which Tweezer emerged. This was a very good version of Tweezer. During the verses Trey played with some effects that made this rendition unique. The jam begins with Page and Mike out front before Trey joins in with smooth leads. Trey then takes the rhythm role while Page funks it up on the clav. Trey returns to the lead role for the conclusion of the jam. After a short spacious interlude, Trey starts up the chords of Free. This Free could have been the first one to be jammed in 3.0, but it was not to be as Trey was the only one to initially throw some extra licks in before the ending chorus. Guyute was played pretty well, but I'm not a fan of the song in the middle of the second set as it was at my last show (12/29/11), as well. While Birds was nothing compared to the great one played at AC, it was very enjoyable. Trey ripped the solo pretty well. Hood->What's the Use? was a highlight of the show. Hood's unusual ambient jam eventually gave way to What's the Use?. The segue into WTU? was not smoothest, but the segment was very creative. Page had a short piano solo at the end of WTU? and I thought for a brief moment that they might be going into Sea and Sand, but it turned out to be Wading. The Possum closer was fun. The encore had something extra on it with the banter from Trey and Tweezer Reprise seemed more raucous and energetic than usual.

Good show overall, but perhaps not the best of the tour so far.


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