More highlights than hiccups for sure! Great end to the tour.
Dangerous Curves is one of the Double Duo/ProjeKct family of Crimso pieces that usually kind of bore me, but it works really well as an opener here. I’ve thought before that these songs would function better earlier in the setlist, we’ll see how Deception of the Thrush goes towards the end of the set…
Grabbed this show thinking that they’d be playing particularly tight at the end of the tour, and it is mostly true. Fripp’s (I think it was Robert anyway) use of harmonics as a fill under Adrian’s vocals during the bridge was so cool I had to rewind and listen twice. All around, everyone in the band seems to be finding more creative fills like that to add here and there, somehow some of Pat’s drum fills are both tough and sprightly at the same time.
It’s interesting here that Adrian messes up the lyrics to ConstruKction (apparently two nights in a row?), because I thought he had a sheet with the lyrics on stage for that song? I remember him getting grief for it. Perhaps he tried going without his safety net as a response to the people giving him a hard time.
The other day I watched a video of Tony doing the intro to Elephant Talk, realizing just how absurdly hard it is, and I made sure to make a note to pay attention the next time I hear the Double Duo do it, so as to see how Trey handles it. Well, I have my answer -- he just skips it! Right to the main riff. Hard to tell, but I think he makes up for it in the “solo” section, adding some crazy sounds along with Adrian’s usual elephantosity.
Some pretty great soloing from Robert on Virtuous Circle, another one that usually bores me. Pat’s section was particularly inspired as well. Really good night for “new” material.
Deception of the Thrush was still pretty boring tho.
I don’t think they meant to take Larks IV at the tempo they did, Fripp’s lead section starts out with a near frantic energy as he realizes the pickle he’s in going at that pace. His superhuman powers quickly kick in tho, and it turns into a performance that shreds so hard I think MY fingers have blisters now. Adrian knows he needs to take his own playing up a notch to match, and he does. Eagerly starting his solo a half a measure earlier than normal, he doesn’t waste any time getting to the mindblowing stuff. His solos here are always pretty mindblowing tho. :)
Larks IV works great as the last song before the encore. Thela, tho, does not work great as the encore itself. Heroes would have maybe worked better as the last song for the year?
In all, solid 4* show for the avid collector, few mistakes, extra bells and whistles, Adrian’s rather unique humor, what more could you want? (That’s a rhetorical question despite the 4* rating -- the qualities that make a show a 5* are largely ineffable and therefore most of the potential answers to that question can’t actually be spoken by human tongues)