utah what a trip, beautiful scenery, we got to the venue a few hours early, barely anybody in the parking lot..hung out, cleaned out the RV, talked to local law enforcement (who were surprisingly cool)..one side of our view was beautiful mountains, the other was an interstate, the best of both worlds heheh...barely any scene before the show..the venue was interesting appeared to be a nice small AHL hockey arena...sound was pretty decent, but not optimal, phils bass seemed to be bass heavy again, and i couldn't hear weirs guitar as well as i could in the past few shows..
i saw jk pick up the slide and mess around i was expecting a passenger opener so the cosmic caught me off guard but it was awesome, great way to open a show, awesome crowd energy..loose lucy was very well played bob was right on with the vocals and the jams were nice and funky..alligator, was waitin for it, pretty solid, i love the way jk handles the vocals to this sound, he gets all mean and starts grumbling, its great...i was expecting a friend of the devil because of the utah reference and was not let down, it was fantastic, crowd going nuts during the utah line, but the song as a whole was given a great spin, seemed like bob was ready to end the tune and phil jumps in with his extra verse, the place again going bonkers...good placement for deal, had the place building up everybody rockin, jk again just soaring..big railroad blues was another tune i wasn't expecting even though they infrequently play it, was cool, great to see them continuing to dig thru the catalog into the 5th show of the tour...doin that rag is one of my favorite songs furthur does that GD dropped from their repertoire..i think john really enjoys playing it..and there is the passenger i was expecting an hour ago, a good way to leave us for setbreak, electric...
the venue was not very big but the crowd size even for the venue was tiny...barely anyone in the seats, and a spacious floor..smoking section was the entire front area of the arena, a nice change from the previous nights closet space in missoula, the smoke free campus...i asked several security guards there where the smokers section was during break and they kept telling me there wasn't one but a fellow roadtripper guided me in the right direction
here comes sunshine was a nice laid back way to open the set, really fluid like playing, john twisting things up, weir doing some great rhythm work..john was hinting at the foolish heart that would follow pretty heavily and they flew right into it, doing a great job him and jeff just beautifully working that jam, phil was thumping, hitting those beautiful runs, as russo kept everything in check..they've come a long way since first spearheading that tune..lovelight kept the place moving bobby yelping and all as they deconstructed into a poetic colors of the rain..i love this tune, so happy hunter is still writing lyrics for these musicians..watchtower was kind of a snore, i'm not the biggest fan of it so maybe it is me, but bob was spacing the lyrics too much it was just dragging..terrapin was beautiful, i called it, and no one believed me.."no man they are saving it for red rocks blah blah" no sorry they are saving it for the few of us who came out to utah..comes a time to follow was awesome, i think jk puts the necessary emotion into this song..an interestingly scary we love you was a nice nod to utah ..i was feeling a not fade away encore but they just flew into it, leaving the place in smiles..us blues was one of the better versions, but still a little slow in my opinion..
overall this show kicked ass it was my personal favorite of the tour in terms of playing..venue sound was not perfect but it was good where i was down in the center floor...i feel bad for anyone who skipped this show
who else is gonna bring you, a broken arrow?