This was my 9th show of the 2008 tour, and 34th overall. This was also my first time ever sitting in the 1st row. Seeing the band that close is something else. My girlfriend got a Carter stick, so I was happy for her. The other girl on the opposite side of me, also got a Carter stick. It's cool because it had his name printed on it, with his signature above it.
Don't Drink the Water -
I could see the band behind the screen before they raised it. After they went through the motions, and Tim through in some space ship noises. They got ready to start, but someone said something funny to Rashawn. This delayed thing for about a minute. Because everytime he'd raise the trumpet to his mouth to start the song. He'd start cracking up again. Overall a solid and standard 08' performance of the song.
One Sweet World -
This was a song where you really have to appreciate how big it is for the band to have Rashawn. Jeff wouldn't be doing so well without him. More then once Rashawn cut off Jeff's playing, and had to show him the correct way to play the song. Throughout the show, after Rashawn would show him things. Jeff would occasionally make some notations on his sheet music. I never noticed his stand with the sheet music on stage before, but I've also never been this close. Again the standard with this song.
You Might Die Trying -
Dave's voice has been great this year. This is a song that kind of shows off that what he gained in touch, he lost in power. The yells during the kick ass outro always seem like a struggle. Again the standard, and in 08' that's a good thing.
So Damn Lucky -
When Tim leaves, I can't imagine the band keeping this song around. Which is unfortunate because this song sounds like a DMB classic. I know some people on these boards complain, and hate it. I seriously have to doubt they've experianced this song live. I also think it just gets better with each performance[SIZE=10].[/SIZE]
Dreaming Tree -
I think this is the band's best song, and it's improved leaps and bounds since I first saw it in 2006. Everytime I see it live, I'm just amazed. I really like Coffin's flute solo. Though I do miss what Roi did with the penny whistle (i.e. SPAC N2).
Crash Into Me -
The crowd loves it, and I don't mind it. I do enjoy hearing Tim's fills on this.
When the World Ends -
I forgot this song existed, and I'd like to go back to that. Tim kind of mimicked some Butch noises. Sounds about the same.
Two Step -
The way it's being played this tour is FANTASTIC. Not to mention Carter's solo is great. Tim tears it up as always.
Best cover of 2008, at least in my opinion. I think of all the covers, this is the one the crowd really responds to aside from Thank You.
The Maker -
Surprised to see this pop up. Tim's solo was good, but I wasn't really feeling this.
Eh Hee -
So much better this year. I hope it doesn't stick around without Tim though. The 07' versions, aside from Alpine N2, sound empty.
Water/Wine Jam >> -
Saw this at Deer Creek, and it started in a similar fashion. After Dave did a second verse I was like "Oh cool, a little longer then Deer Creek." Then when the band joined in, and Dave did a third verse, I was kind of like
I wonder if this is #40 all over again. Do a one time really solid version of it, and make it seem like it's been worked on. You get your hopes up it will be at more shows, and then it's not. Because I don't see Columbus being a LT anytime soon. EVERYONE needs to vote this for the LT2008 comp. I can't wait to hear everyones reaction to the tapes of this. Bottom line, I loved it.
Was surprised to see this go into Cornbread. Otherwise just the usual.
Jimi Thing -
When it came time for Dave to scat. It seemed like Tim started to mimic Dave's scat. Before finally just taking over, and Dave let him solo. I thought it was pretty funny. Eventually Dave did scat though.
Not even Tim and Coffin can save this song.
Anyone Seen the Bridge >> -
Not the usual drawn out long intro with the light. They still did it, but much shorter then usual.
Too Much (Fake) >> -
Knew about the soundcheck.
Tripping Billies -
The usual, but I prefer this song midset.
Little Thing (Tease) >> -
Not sure when you'll be able to hear it on the tapes. But Dave was playing this chords really lightly at first. I knew what it was instantly. I've seen him tease it before, so didn't think much. Then I heard Tim jump in, and I was getting pretty excited. Then the spotlight went on Dave while he played it. I started thinking D&T or a full band Little Thing.
I was dissapointed when he played the end, and started up Gravedigger. After how things went with Water/Wine I thought anything was possible tonight. Oh well, maybe at Alpine.
Again, just the standard. Funny thing though was during the chorus where the horns kick in. Rashawn and Jeff play the first time around. Right after they were suppose to Rashawn got a "OH SHIT!" look on his face. Then he gave Jeff a knowing look, and then realized it as well. They started laughing about it. The next chorus they actually played on.
Ants Marching -
Carter did the snare intro, before giving a Halloween-esque semi solo. He was really rocking out the drums before they finally started into Ants. Worth a download and listen.
Overall the show was a standard and average 2008 show. In years past that wasn't always a good thing. This year they perform the hell out of everything. Water/Wine was a nice surprise, and I'm glad I drove down from the Chicagoland area. Hopefully most DMB fans get a chance to see a show this tour.
This also ends my run of consecutive shows. Since we came back from the break I've been to: Denver, Omaha, Deer Creek, and now Columbus. I will say they need to play Drive In Drive Out more, it should be a 2nd leg staple.