, attached to 2016-07-22

Review by jessPHenry

jessPHenry For the love of Rock n' Roll! I think that's a great way to sum up this show, and for that reason I found the night to be full of smiles, positive energy, good ideas, and precision in play. I think sometimes music becomes over-complicated and we come to expect it, but rock n' roll is best played simply and honestly and this is what I saw here tonight...a good ol' fashioned rock show that was a helluvalotta of fun!
We tuned in via webcast in the eastern time zone, but we had been enjoying the new local brewery in our town earlier in the evening with wonderful, intelligent company so we were down to party even at the late 11:30pm-ish start time.
Great handful of opening numbers..."Kill Devil Falls" has made many appearances this tour, but it always seems to lend a great dance opportunity, even for those in their living rooms. Then we got the Triple H..."Horn", "Halfway to the Moon", and "Heavy Things".
I mentioned accuracy earlier, and in "Stash" there was a little flub, but who cares? It was endearingly laughed off and the band played on.
Upon entering "Cavern", a feeling bubbled up in me that said, 'this feels like tour.' This show was giving me a totally different vibe than towards the beginning of the summer, lights too. Maybe I felt that way because it was such a rockin' show, as we've noted...
Regardless, this was a really groovin' song, so much so that I thought it might be the set closer... but then..."Run Like an Antelope"! Yes! This song really had that 'crackle' to it, and I can only imagine the energy in the live room at that moment. The white lights used at the crescendo right before the "Miko Esquandolas" were insane!!! I saw pure happiness in Trey's face when they closed the set, it was palpable through the tv box, even Fishman was grinning ear to ear!

Set break had me feeling a little sleepy, but they tore back in with "Axilla" as if to say ' wake up all you EST people!' I finally got to see the top screen split into tiles in real time -- thanks for showing that, camera person! The energy stayed pretty high for the next few songs, but then it got a little softer with "Prince Caspian" afloat upon the > "Waves"....nice.
Unfortunately, I could not hold my eyes open any longer after "Rock and Roll" (ha, there it is again), but this morning "You Enjoy Myself" was where my stashed on demand replay started. I thought the 'duel' between Trey & Mike was cool, it was almost like they were looking into a mirror parallel universe at eachother, or something cool like that. The vocal jam was extra psychedelic with all the droning, melodic, ancient guttural sounds...and the lights!!! It was like a quick jaunt to the holy mountain!


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