, attached to 2010-07-04

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads Here's a show whereby the adjective "epic" wouldn't be entirely hyperbolical, although that doesn't mean I think it's an all-timer. The setlist is stacked, though, even if Colonel Forbin's Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird doesn't really have any narration. Heavy Things is played without Trey's pointillist little loop--you know, the beeping sound that pretty much defines that song for me--but I still love the song. David Bowie, Gotta Jibboo is a strong way to close a first set, and overall the playing in this set is tight but interactive, with some excellent listening by all four band members. The second set is likewise chock-full, with Down with Disease and Piper both heading out into some similar jamming territory in their respective renderings, while Ghost has a little "extra mustard," as they say. I'm a huge fan of Rage Against the Machine, but I admit I liked the frame around Killing in the Name better than the actual recital of the song, which felt somewhat imprecise and not-to-be-compared with the original album version from their 1992 eponymous debut. It's still quite a gesture, though, and I always smile when I'm reminded of this night if only for that reason. I definitely feel like this second night of the two-night run in Alpharetta in 2010 was the better of the two, and how fortunate is Georgia to get two (2!) Independence Days? The other was at Lakewood in 1999... highly recommended run there as well.


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