Soundcheck: I Can’t Explain, I Can See For Miles > Sparks, Substitute (brief), L.A. Woman
SET 1: Llama, Foam, Bouncing Around the Room, Stash, It's Ice > Glide, My Friend, My Friend, All Things Reconsidered, Golgi Apparatus, Run Like an Antelope
SET 2: Wilson > Reba, The Landlady > Halley's Comet > You Enjoy Myself, Lifeboy, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg > Hold Your Head Up > Cracklin' Rosie > Hold Your Head Up, Big Ball Jam, The Squirming Coil
ENCORE: Sweet Adeline, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars
My Friend started out with Trey on acoustic guitar and later included an Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da jam. Antelope included Random Note and Simpsons signals and a Gimme Some Lovin' tease from Page. YEM included teases of the closing jam to I Wish. Sweet Adeline was performed without microphones. BBJ featured Trey on drums and Fish on vacuum. BBFCFM included some humorous additional lyrics from Mike, who echoed a fan’s cry that he could “smell [himself] running.” Trey also forgot he was supposed to start part of the song and there was a long, silent pause on stage (which included a Misty tease from Page) until he finally realized that the rest of the band was waiting for him. In the soundcheck, Page teased and quoted Substitute after I Can't Explain.
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Review by kevinAreHollo
The by-the-numbers first set it anything but, with hot versions of Llama, Foam and Stash. Check out Trey's Van Halenesque crescendo in Stash!
Antelope, while getting off to a slow start, is a vicious frenzy by conclusion. Trey in particular seems hell-bent on exploiting his 'Doc, over and over, Gordon increasingly left frustrated by the continual build. It pays off.
I should mention that the sound quality of the recording I've grabbed is pristine, so clear you can hear Trey's weird little mouthing's during Reba. And this Reba wastes no time in blasting the second set right into the stratosphere. The first few minutes of the jam cement this as best of the year, Trey and Mike speaking in tongues from the same mouth, Fish exploding all over his toms and Page, well, being Page.
There's some strange things afoot with the BBFCFM (it clocks in at over 11 minutes long). The ridiculously long pause elicits numerous shouts and requests from the crowd, my favorite being "Free James Brown!" Fish indicates the Trey and Mike are going to start doing something illegal with the microphones, then begins the count-in in the Count's voice (Sesame Street). Brilliant.
When Trey finally realizes he's supposed to count back in, he gives a hilarious laugh and apologizes to everyone. This prompts some great banter.
"You thought that was avant-garde..."
FREE JAMES BROWN!