well we got into town the night before, band members being sighted just about everywhere, got good sleep, woke up early went and raged a buffet nearby, came back and vaped the day away met taper t square and tmgolf..i was down eating a burger at a restaurant here on site and afterward saw jeff chimenti and got to say hello, and thanks for everything...anyways...lot of drunk fucked up people, line getting it was outrageously long, walked into china cat about 60 seconds late...found some space down front
china cat was fun, nothing out of this world but well played, bobby seemed a little tipsy..decent segue to minglewood, bob was looking strong up there but he seemed quiet..maggies farm started and he starting to sing "born in a desert"...not only did you have to play 2 songs i could do without in a row but they had to sound exactly the same and you had to start singing the first tune during the second...cosmic charlie was another repeat, not bad, crowd was really enjoying it the vocals sounded great...the next tune turned off 85% of the crowd, welcome to the dance..i like it, phils music is always really complicated and all over the place..this is one they've only played a handful of times (it was shelved for quite a while) and are still working on finding their groove..i really love the catchy backend jam on it, the beginning is dark and strange, yet still fun to listen to both the music and lyrics..what follows was one of the highlights of the night for me, china doll...john did a good job, although this lady wouldn't shut the fuck up in front of me talking about how she walked out on phil singing it once in 99 and eventually i just asked her to quiet down while the band was playing, she actually did...long pause until rolling stone and it seems each time it's played weir and john need to figure out how they're gonna do it right there on stage beforehand..it was better than some previous versions, they really did a good job, i kept laughing at us staying at hard rock and them playing like a rolling stone...the tranisiton to casey jones was sloppy, john was charging the lead but everybody else was almost resting or something, and this never even really peaked...the end only got a few levels up in speed..really disappointing repeat..
overall this first set ranks as one of the worst sets of the tour in my opinion..the jams weren't very great, bob seemed drunk, and the crowd energy sucked
great thing about this place is that you can leave and go anywhere during setbreak...i ran back to my room for beers and a vape...
sorry folks unfortunately we are leaving for LA right now and i can't finish the review, maybe on the RV, maybe tomorow, see ya'll from the PIT tonight
edit: here is the 2nd half of my review
2nd set kicked off with a nice golden road, jk was really tearing it up he sounded good, but that was all that stuck out, rest of the band seemed to be lagging behind or just not on the same level as john...viola was a nice choice the joint was jumping they played around the first verse i figured we'd get a sandwich..the transition to midnight hour was a trainwreck, phils face was priceless, just like "whatever, let's get through it"...midnight hour was standard, better than some other versions, but still dragged a little..back to viola for a little while, this jam seemed to have 2 different peaks if i remember correctly, and a sloppy segue into WDWDIITR..the beginning of this was pretty bad, missed vocals really sloppy playing..it picked up some steam but remained funny for novelty, and that is about all i can give it..and to round things off the last verse of viola..as they wound down they found themselves queuing up WRS...the intro was butchered by bob, multiple times..to the point where a restart seemed like the better option...jk's sweet tone made it tolerable and the let it grow was pretty good, but it didn't pack the punch if needed with a properly played prelude/pt 1...stella blue was a highlight of the night for me, jk taking it head on in the right direction..phils bass was pure bliss during this one, carefully scuttling around that fretboard..scarlet fire to cap the set was good, not great...jk didn't take a 3rd solo, is this happening more and more?? the fire was not where it could have been...
the liberty encore was another highlight of the night for me, it was played well lyrics were sung right and bob was killin it, best shape he was in all night
overall the show was probably my least favorite of the tour..the scene was neat to be back in the casino, staying on site, and seeing band members (i met chimenti during the day, and my friends saw everyone else)..sound wasn't excellent inside but not terrible...crowd energy was strange, lots of talkers and people most likely unaware who they were even seeing..like someone else mentioned it is not terrible considering the great 3 nights at red rocks..i just hope they kick it up a notch for these last 4..
see ya guys in the PIT tonight look for t he headband and the pouch