, attached to 2014-10-18

Review by SoStupendous

SoStupendous Just re-listened to this whole show finally. I was there and had just traveled from Eugene. When I got home, many of my friends who webcasted all informed me how much of a drag the show was. I thought it surprising, I really enjoyed the show, but I was a little mahled out and was rocking the show with a couple cuties, maybe that blurred my judgement. I do recall it lacking the energy of the Eugene show for sure.

OK, so the first set had a lot of solidly played but short and "standard" versions of songs. It lost a lot of steam during The Line, but let's face it, it's the people groaning and running to the bathroom that kill the vibe, it's not the bands fault some people can't patiently wait out a song that isn't their favorite. I would say things could have turned out really different if they went into Also Sprach Zarathustra at this point, but it looks like they weren't in a hurry to go deep this night. It wasn't really until Wolfman's that things picked up, ended on a pretty decent Gin to wrap up first set.

Second set isn't one for the ages, but I think it's very underrated by folks. Pretty good DWD and jam to get things rolling. I'm a big fan of Golden Age, although a little of the cheer was lost when Trey forgot the lyrics/(mic problem?) The Light jam picks things up a little more and that Sand out to put you in a good headspace if you weren't already. One of the better Sands I think I have seen in my limited experience, really. A little BDTNL to piss off the haters, but a pretty good jam comes out of it, Page teases the piano riff to "Sweet Home Alabama" briefly (am I doing that right?) and personally I like when this song gets jammed out. I mean give a little love for the classic G, F, C, progression. Pretty solid encore too. Short and sweet whether you like that or not.

In summary, go ahead and spin the second set if you're doing chores around the house and need something to listen to. I heard people complaining about segues? I don't go to shows to hear the segues, I don't think they were trying anything fancy, I mean can't a band just switch songs really abruptly? Hey, decent show. Hey is this stupid star-rating thing mandatory?....


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