, attached to 2013-08-04

Review by mattyb5000

mattyb5000 Best second set of the entire tour in my opinion, including a Runaway Jim that now belongs in any discussion of all-time "Jim's." Starting with a blistering Energy>RJ>Carini segue all the way through to Bowie, the band was like four fire-breathing dragons.

We got a respite with Silent in the Morning, Meatstick, and a rocking version of Quinn the Eskimo. Then, an album-perfect YEM to close out the set pre-encore. I loved Sanity and Bold as Love as the encore - nice to get a couplet of unexpected show-closers!

The first set was a typically good-not-great one, save for excellent versions of Divided Sky and Gumbo (which had me dancing like crazy). It was nice to get a first set full of songs we haven't seen much of lately, plus the first 2013 appearances of Foam and Train Song. No complaints here.

Despite some issues at the beginning of tour (like when Trey had issues remembering parts of certain songs, and his "ripcording" of several notable jams,) all that was gone by the time West Coast tour started. Each show improved upon the previous one in some way. All in all, summer 2013 has given us an entire highlight reel of all-time moments. And everyone's going to be talking about the Tahoe Tweezer for, like, ever.

Here's hoping the momentum they built in California carries over to Dick's at the end of the month!


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