Soundcheck: Your Pet Cat
SET 1: AC/DC Bag > Free, Ya Mar, Sample in a Jar, Cities, Stash, Birds of a Feather, The Line, It's Ice > Character Zero
SET 2: Bathtub Gin, No Men In No Man's Land > Twist, Scents and Subtle Sounds, Harry Hood
ENCORE: Loving Cup
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Review by n00b100
Set 2 will draw a lot of attention for its number of songs, and even setting aside its opening duo (a Gin that goes Classic Gin and really lets Trey cook, a NMINML that explodes out of its funk trappings into something more rock-based Wolfman's style and hints at CYHMK at certain points) there's enough meat to get excited about the set beyond its five songs. Twist makes an almost immediate dive for the darkness as Mike turns on his envelope filter and things puddle into ambiance, pushes towards warmer pastures as the effects come in (much like the end of the fabled 5/26/11 Waves soundcheck, actually), snaps into a relaxed take on the usual Twist jam (note that Fish has gone back to the Twist drumbeat briefly, until he realizes that they're not closing things out), gets low-key and growly as Page moves to his elvish notes, then bursts into a triumphant peak as Fish takes control and Trey rips off a blistering solo, before returning home in nifty fashion. Putting all of that together, you've got yet another very strong contender for jam of the tour so far. Scents and Subtle Sounds makes its return, with its beloved intro intact for the first time since Superball, and it drops into a dark and churning jam space, then Page moves the band into a brighter space with some damn fine piano work and they build to another superb peak. Hood, as always, is a gorgeous way to end a fantastic set.
Final thoughts: this show would have absolutely blown people away in 2009 (maybe 2012; shit, maybe 2000 or 1999), and the fact that it's not even the clear-cut show of the tour should tell you a lot about the tour in which it resides. Ho hum, another Summer 2015 show that absolutely and unequivocally delivers the goods.