Just got back home from Allstate Arena... WOW, what a show! Here's a mini review:
I went to this show with my father, cousins, aunt, and uncle, along with their family friends. They had box seats which included free food and a private bathroom. I was lucky enough to be in the box area even though I didn't have a ticket for it. Sound was incredible. You could really hear Phil's bombs.
I'll add a review of the first set later, but I really want to get to the second set.
First of all let me say that EVERY song of the second set transitioned into each other. There was no stopping. Playin' In The Band was a solid start to the second set. The Jam after the lyrics was really cool, with JK playing some neat chord progressions. This was followed by a seamless transition into Dear Mr. Fantasy, which is always great to hear. After that was a nice spacey Dark Star. Unless I'm mistaken, they only played the first verse, never did the second one. After what seemed like 20 minutes of jamming, you could tell the band was going somewhere else, and it eventually shaped into The Eleven. It was weird... they didn't do the 4/4 intro they usually do, instead going straight to the 11/4 main part of the song. This version was very energetic. After that came Mountains Of The Moon, which was a really surprising treat. Really neat jamming in that song. I happen to love Phil's vocals in it. Next was another surprise: Saint Stephen! The Jam was superb, and segued into a great rendition of Shakedown Street. They gave Jeff Chimenti a really long piano solo in the middle of it, which I believe hasn't been done before. Following this was Wharf Rat, which is always great to hear. This was followed by the Playin' reprise, which wasn't completely unexpected, however I was expecting the 2nd verse of Dark Star to appear at some point. The Liberty encore was great too.
Overall, this show was one to remember. Of the 5 shows I've been to so far, this is in the top 3... not sure where in the top 3 though. Now I just have to wait for tomorrow night at Madison, where I scored two free VIP passes! Can't wait!