, attached to 2015-08-11

Review by 12ozMouse

12ozMouse Night 1 - just a party from start to finish. MM got the dance party started and it just kept rolling from there. Skin It Back had great early placement and the back and forth with Martian Monster had the crowd roaring in approval.

Also, did anyone, even if only for a split-second, think that Axilla II was gonna bust out after it opened Mann1 last year? No? Well, Axilla is never a song that I'll be unhappy to get.

Vultures and Dog Faced Boy came out of left field and was an awesome treat.

For as standard as Bowie has been in recent years, they really had something to say in this version. Very tight playing by the guys.

Mule quietly had an all-star year in 2014 and has really been a bright spot wherever played as of late. This one brought the goods with Page really going to town on this one. Fish showed us the tricks he's been learning on the Marimba Lumina; it's a shame it doesn't get incorporated into more songs as it's clear he loves showing off what the Marimba is capable of. Very space-y, psychedelic effects in this version.

More MM quotes throughout the set plus a sound-effect-laden composed section of Ghost was just a great way to keep the energy going all set long. And just want to take this time to laugh at the "phans" running off to restrooms/concessions as Ghost wound down; being treated to a surprise Grind was/is awesome and in that moment it felt like a demonstration of how much fun the guys were having.

Both nights of the Mann were jam-packed with noteworthy versions of songs that Fuego is almost forgotten despite how great it was. I've never been big on the lyrics, despite how much I enjoy the instrumentals. The Philly Phuego struck again, this time with a very warm, uplifting and celebratory jam in contrast with last year's (7/8) which was very pensive and almost jazz-like in the later portion. RnR was fun with Page providing the crowd with a little hometown flavor in Philadelphia Station. RnR seemed longer than what the official time shows. They fit a lot of music into the sub-10 minute rendition. Don't miss it. 46 Days>Taste was perfect. Nice to get a little flavor on the back-end of 46. 2001>Sand was great. trey has some fun during the 2001 jam, Mike gets down on it right away and gets the groove pumpin. Sand was reminiscent of the 1/3/15 version....pretty straightforward but kept the party going and the crowd dancing. Cavern good; BDTNL was just a victory lap. Julius encore was just awesome. Great way to end the night.

Final notes:

- Trey was very aggressive throughout the first set. He was attacking the songs and did not seem to "sit back" in any of the jams. His presence was felt in a great way.

- Lawn sound was out until halfway through part 1 of MM. The unison chants of "Turn It Up" we're met with rapturous cheering and an immediate transition from protesting to dance party (Crowd Control really ended up being the perfect opener then, right?).

- While CTSOTHH seems to be firmly entrenched in the arsenal at this point, the MM quotes throughout Set I and the Effect-laden intro to Ghost gave the feeling that Halloween came early this year.

- All in all, that N1 will be considered an average Summer 15 show speaks to the testament of the strength of this tour. Set II demonstrated that you don't need huge jams to make a great show but if you just let each song breathe a little, it can all still flow with the same effect.

- When you have a show like Mann N2, the prior shows in the same city seem to get forgotten (I'm looking at you 7/12/14). Mann N1 may very well get lost in this category but don't miss it.


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