Nissan 2009 Review
well i must say, everything about yesterday was perfect. we left outside philly around 11 am, and made great timing, with absolutely no traffic on i-95 the whole way down. by the time we got to the venue around 3 o clock, they were just about to open the lots. we got in really quick and set up our beer pong table. people from all over were flocking over to get in a on game. it was an awesome little party. we had SPAC N2 blasting. i saw 41 step running around with his guitar, which was a really nice one. i had a hard time giving it up. i got yelled at a few times by my cousin for taking forever to take my shot. and we couldn't of asked for better weather.
the band rolled out at 8:16, which was somewhat on time.
Why I Am: saw the white curtains up, so i thought it would be bartender. i had originally called proudest monkey, but had bartender and why i am in the back of my mind because of roi. the opener was powerful, and got right to the point of the night. this was about roi and his last venue ever with the band. it was a perfect tribute.
Funny The Way It Is: it was pretty standard. the crowd was electric all around us.
Seven: a 3 BW song run to open the set. ballsy. dont really like this tune that much, but who cares?
You Might Die Trying: my 2 cousins loved it, so i got into it. the best was coming.
Lie In Our Graves: happy to see this coming back into full rotation. sounded amazing and the crowd was going bonkers. no reprise...
Shake Me Like a Monkey: the crowd has clearly taking a loving to this song, the segue from LIOG was pretty awesome. i didnt grab a tape of any of the past segues, so i wasnt sure how it worked coming in. the song itself was standard, but its packed full of energy and the crowd was already roaring.
"this a quiet song"
I'll Back You Up: wowowowow. my 3rd favorite song. i was lucky enough to catch it in vegas in 2007, but had an idea that it may show because of the soundcheck. this was completely out of left field. but then actually, maybe not because as dave said after he song "this is the first song i played for leroi moore" the tributes were amazing. tims solo took me back to winter 1998, and it was perfection. rashawns solo was similar to vegas' and he does it very well. probably my favorite moment of the night.
#41: "roi haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaated this song" and immediately i called it from remembering staples N1 2008. unlike hershey, i wasnt bored at all, in fact i was going absolutely insane. its a tad too long, but 41 is still 41 and when surrounded by great songs, it does not hurt anything at all.
Raven: there would be no setlist change this show. the crowd was smart and understood what would happen if they chanted the everyday outro during #41. virginia is for lovers. much much tighter than the spring tour versions. called this the second i saw the 12 string, remembering a few nights ago.
Burning Down The House: standard. this song is 3 minutes of in your faceness.
Lyin' In The Hands of God: i didnt download any tapes other than the shows i've been to so its evolution wasnt really known to me other than reading reviews. this is the first live version ive listened to since the SPAC N2 version. the song is 10x better IMO. the extended jam is wonderful. this is becoming a gem, if it already isnt one.
Dancing Nancies: pretty standard, boyd disappeared for a minute behind tim. i learned a few minutes ago from the almanac that it was because he had to switch violins after busting a string. the verison was great. i was hoping for warehouse after. BUT
Grey Street: meh, im not a fan of this song that much anymore. but its better than anything on stand up or everyday. i really dislike how the sax rifs go during the verse, IMO its supposed to connect, not be single hits.
You and Me: standard
Crash: standard, great though. i've found new love for this one the past year with tim on board.
Time Bomb: watching sets, i knew this could possibly close the set. i always thought it could work. so when it did close last night, the song is so powerful, it just blew me away. i was hoping for it to segue into two step, so in that aspect i was a bit upset. overall though, the song was powerful enough and it worked.
Squirm: saw the smalll guitar on stage and was sort of hoping for shotgun. this was pretty good.
Watchtower: this sent the crowd into a frenzy, especially all the stairway to heaven improvs. after the no reason to get excited, carter started going nuts. everyone around us including us thought halloween waas coming. it turned out to be a new outro to the song? it was a huge cock tease.
i give this show a solid 4 out of 5. the run from LIOG to Nancies was absolutely ridiculous. IBYU was my favorite of the night, and the crowd was one of the best. i will be going back next year, for sure.