, attached to 2014-07-01

Review by Fathership

Fathership A very strong outing for tour opener, this show has some nice highlights and a few surprises tucked away. The first lies in the heavy attendance of Fuego tunes, mostly in the first set (5 total, half the album!) that is a testament to Trey's honesty about loving the new material. Of those 5, Wingsuit is undoubtedly the heavyweight champion with a very spirited, gorgeous, Gilmour-esque solo to close the set. A nice (though brief) 555 jam, some major/minor tension in Stash, and a blazing fast Birds also make this set worth revisiting.

Set two opens with a high energy, funky Mike's Song that had everyone on the edge of their seat. As of late, speculation of the "second jam" returning has everyone waiting for THE 3.0 Mike's jam, but tonight was not the night. Instead we are treated to a nice Simple > Free that caused some confusion in the transition (Fish definitely wanted to play Hydrogen). This listener thought they were going to take Free all the way this time, but Trey wasn't having it.

After a painfully long period of "dead air", Waiting All Night is played, the fifth and last Fuego song of the night. It has a solid jam but I can't help but feel that this was an odd placement, especially with no segues in or out. Regardless, a nice spacey Ghost follows and features some melodic soloing and trilling reminiscent of the great 12/31/10 version, before Fish increases the tempo in a HUGE way, and we're in Weekapaug. The first real highlight of the night, this Paug is fuuuunky. Think Hartford Golden Age cowbell groove. Some classic out of control tension -> back to grooving. Really sweet version with a nice peak.

What most people are taking away from this show though is the Hood. The "Wood Hood." The intro here is particularly funky and the composed section is generally nailed. The jam is dark right out of the gate, but Page really plays some beautiful piano over the gloom. From couch tour lots of people felt this would transition into Light, but I'm glad it didn't. The groove is sublime. Really spacey with some funk thrown in. Trey plays a NASTY riff around 13:38 and the jam just accelerates from there to a huge, rocking groove that somehow resolves itself into the Hood ending. Outstanding jam, and in the last quarter to boot! Cavern closes the set well, and an awesome, jazzy Julius fills the encore slot.

Overall this is a rock solid show, and bodes well for the tour ahead. Catch Wingsuit, Ghost -> Weekapaug, and Hood if you have any doubt that this summer will be hot.


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