Tsquare, Main was NOT unique? I have every show and Main was off the hook. Incredable shows both nights BUT look at Main's setlist again and tell me that isn't the most unique whacked out set list of ALL times.
the maine setlist is about as run of the mill as they come. the one thing i will give it is the placement of feel like a stranger and brown eyed women. were they swapped from the actual setlist? even then, they've closed a set with brown eyed. nothing new or out of the ordinary played
Not meaning to disagree but Main Setlist run of the mill? Just listened to the board. Let me preface my statistics by stating that I could care less if this band did nothing but play the same song for 3 hours every night! It makes me cry, laugh, and get angry at some of the comments I read about from people who claim they know when a show is good. Everyone who knows anything about judging the band knows that unless you are sober, with your ears to the sound ONLY - the true test comes when you can listen to the musicians themselves with out the drunk a-hole yelling Jack Straw after EVERY song of the first set at Manchester! (Funny thing is the boys played it in the second set - probably to shut this guy up )
Lets just talk about song selection/set list before we get into the actual insanity of how this show was played….Ok, enough said - look at this info:
Last time they played Passenger, I was front row and it SMOKED and CLOSED the set! They have never done a Passenger>Cosmic Charlie to open a show or anywhere
Last time they did Come Together was during Phil’s last birthday run – Abbey Road Album on the east coast. That was 55 shows ago. (2nd EVER)
A first set Born Cross-Eyed only comes from CRAZY first sets. Played in first set only 6 times – vs- second set 17 times (almost 3 times more likely to see this song in second set)
The last deal, stranger combo? How about ONLY one time EVER in 2009 and that was the first Deal breakout of Furthur…..
Brown Eyed Women has NEVER closed a first set. Considering the CRAZY weather on the east coast – and the snow threats pretty cool closer! “Snowed so hard made the roof came in”…(Reminds me of the Cleveland GD show that I was at after the famous missed snowed-out show… I fought the law breakout)
Second set China Cat opener? ONLY done 3 times out of the 33 times this band has played!!! Also, skip ahead to have Rider close the 2nd set? A CHINA / RIDER second set SANDWICH, only been done 1 time before….
When is the last time you heard an early second set Stephen cut short by a 15 minute Dark Start with JK going nuts on a midi… Then to go back into a Stephen with Phil thundering like it had never been played and wont ever again (ya right?)
They have ONLY played Other One out of Stephen>Eleven> ONE TIME (I was there and it was off the hook)
They have NEVER played a complete Dark Star, A Stephen/Eleven and an Unbroken in the same set or the same show for that matter. Those three songs can hold their OWN on any second set during the tour. This would be more of a greatest hits combo then seeing them together!
They have NEVER done a Stella out of UNBROKEN CHAIN. And never gone straight into a Rider out of Stella.(They did a stop and go ONLY once)
11/4/2011 Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, ME
I: Passenger > Cosmic Charlie, Born Cross-Eyed > Crazy Fingers > Come Together, Deal, Feel Like a Stranger, Brown-Eyed Women
II: China Cat Sunflower > The Mountain Song > St. Stephen > Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven > The Other One > Unbroken Chain, Stella Blue > I Know You Rider
E: Touch of Grey