Monday, July 6, 2009

Review - Pittsburgh 6/18/09

So pretty much every minute of my time EXCEPT for actually being at the show has been accounted for on here as i take my sweet ass time listening to and digesting the shows.

I've previously noted that i really enjoyed the lot scene and thought that the venue was great. The inside crowd was eh..., but we had some good friends to hang with.

06/18/09 Post Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown, PA
Set I: Golgi Apparatus, Chalkdust Torture, Bouncing Around the Room, Wolfman's Brother, The Divided Sky, Heavy Things, Walk Away1, Wilson, Tube, Alaska, David Bowie
Set II: Down With Disease> Free, Guyute, Piper> When the Circus Comes to Town, Harry Hood, The Squirming Coil, You Enjoy Myself
Encore: Grind, Hello My Baby2, HYHU> Bike3> HYHU, Loving Cup

1 Last Played 10/5/2000 (80 Shows)
2 incomplete; there were two false starts; after the first, Trey said that if they messed up again, Fish would sing Bike
3 Last Played 9/12/2000 (95 Shows); Fishman banter included him saying "welcome to the trainwreck portion of the show"

Love the Golgi opener, nice way to start things off. The Chalkdust and Bouncin were standard warmups. Wolfman's was pretty good and started to go places.

Nothing for a while is going to top the D. Sky at JBII, so this one was just OK for me.

I can give or take Heavy Things, but Trey's soloing was good.

BUST OUT! Walk Away! Not sure many people in the crowd knew this one and it took me a minute to figure it out. Great placement and great tune.

Duh duh...Duh duh.

All: "Wiiiiiiilllson!"
CR: "Is everyone shouting? What are they saying?"
All: "Wiiiiiiilllson!"
CR: "What?!??! The volleyball?"
Amy: "No, Wilson, he's a bad man."
CR: "Ok...i'll take your word for it."

Here are your answers CR: Gamehenge

We can discuss further after spending some time in the garden. I've also got a copy of TMWSIY we can listen to.

Good Wilson, and the set started to pick up steam here. As i've previously posted, this TUBE is incredible.

Many have been talking about it as "jam of the tour." i'm not quite there yet (see Camden: Sand, Tweezer; Deer Creek: ASIHTOS>Drowned) and i still have to listen to Alpine, but it was SICK!

Funkalicous Page throughout, and the slide/bends that Trey is doing are just insane. No human should be able to move their fingers like that.

I heard Alaska before this show and haven't really thought to much about it since. It's fine. It will probably grow on me a little bit, but just like many of the new songs, there seems to be little room for exploration. Fine songs but i just don't see the potential as anything other than first set filler.

Side Post:

New Song that i like the most: Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan

I can't even count how long i've been walking around singing "Gotta blank space where my mind should be...i've got memories! i've got memories! i've got memories...memories of being FREE!

New Song that i will reluctantly look forward to: Kill Devil Falls

Unimpressed doesn't describe how i felt at Jones Beach when i heard this the first time, but after hearing the version from 'Roo i get the feeling this one could be a jam monster.

New Song that will never quite grab me: Time Turns Elastic

I'm all for the long composed Trey songs but this one feels slapped together. The sentiment is beautiful, but the execution i feel is lacking. its too herky jerky for me. Every time i turn it on i want to get into it, but it just never happens.

Back to the show...

Now Bowie...Fish suggested that the encore was the train wreck portion of the show. I disagree.

The first set was rounding out, we'd just had some massive energy give way to a bathroom break for most people and all were headed back at the sound of Fish's high hat.

I was one of those people as i literally dragged Amy back over the lawn "hill" and into the crowd so we could be there for the opening Bowie notes.

The composed section was going beautifully and then right before the jam, Trey lost his place and couldn't get back. Disappointing, and more of a train wreck than some 40 somethings trying to sing acapella later in the night.

In fact, upon listening again, the composed sections of many songs were butchered in this show.

The jam was great, but damage was done. the electricity was gone for the moment.

NOTE: This review will remain unfinished. Everything I heard at Red Rocks and Gorge, even the "ok" parts, was far superior to anything on the first leg of tour.

I had a great time in Pittsburgh and look forward to going back.

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