12-18-73 Curtis Hixon Convention Hall, Tampa, Fl. (Tue)
1: Tennessee Jed, Me & My Uncle, Don't Ease, L. L. Rain, TLEO, Bobby McGee, B. E. Women, BIODTL> Peggy-O, El Paso, Deal, Jack Straw, China Cat> I Know You Rider
2: Promised> Bertha> Greatest, Row Jimmy, WRS Prelude> WRS Part 1> Let It Grow> Dark Star> Drums> Eyes> Wharf Rat> Sugar Magnolia E: Uncle John
Jed is an unorthodox opener. SQ is perfect, Keith is ready to play. Good effort.
MAMU is full of energy, keeping things going nicely.
Don't Ease actually loses some steam, which made it doubly annoying.
LLR came in under bad auspices, but was actually musically well done.
TLEO came out next, Jerry's call. It's plenty groovy. Don't know what the bonehead on archive who said the 1st set was lame was on.
McGee starts off as a regression. It's a decent enough version.
BEW starts off after they fix the piano, while Bob tells some absurd story.It's got a great energy.
BIODTL has the energy sustained
Peggy-O in its 3rd voyage. Sounds pretty, they are still feeling it out, you can tell. It's a go, all things considered.
El Paso will ensure we don't lapse into complacence. Noodles begin right off the bat. This one is great, sassy Jerry and Keith.
Deal is short and sweet! Powerful, Jerry is again being tough!
Jack Straw is better than most from this period! Noodles and power playing.
China>Rider is great! This China Cat offers a great jam that I usually consider reserved till the Rider portion. In fact, most of this jam is China Cat, until like 7:15. Unfortunate patch in Rider. Strong final jam!
PLand>Bertha>GSET starts off the 2nd set with all you would expect. Jerry is belting out the Bertha lyrics. The full team attack is going, Bob is a bit low in the mix. GSET is fully awesome and wah wahed out. It has an interesting cascading jam at 3:30 that then goes back into full blown energy. Homerun.
Row Jimmy is decent, I've heard better in this period to be sure.
WRS>LIG>DS>MLB>DS>DRUMS>EYES>WHARF>SUGAR, quite a sequence! Beautiful WRS, and major energy in the LIG, by 11 minutes into it they have really done some good stuff, there is a short reprise, and then they go into hyperspeed! Dark Star has a slightly MLB theme at some point between verses. After the second verse, it goes into feedback while Jer noodles slowly underneath it, almost like watery whale calls at one point. Out of nowhere Jer takes us to a Tiger!!! No one else mentions that, it's short, but nice and powerful out of the space/feedback. This disintegrates into drums...
Out of drums we have Eyes! It comes in with no frills, typical intro jingle. First jam is rather jazzed with Jerry doing some nice leads. Phil has some solo work in one of the later jams of the song, well played, sir. However, Jerry seems to have been out? Maybe he busted a string. Bob and Phil definitely have a bigger role, then Jerry comes back as they head to the quasi-Slipknot theme jam, after which Jerry takes fully charge again.
They turn on a dime to head into Wharf Rat. Beautifully played! Everyone is in the right place on the right tempo. Flawless, other than the AUD patch, which really isn't bad.
Sugarmags to finish up the sequence maintains.
The UJB, seems at a lower volume? Patch? It's not an AUD patch if it is, and Miller didn't note any patch here. The jamming could be a bit faster, though it does get better in the later jam action. This is a great song for an encore, but energy is down... of course... overall...
A high energy show!
SQ is amazing!