Umphrey’s McGee played a recent set opening for STS9. Here’s a good recording, along with a show review.
CLICK HERE to listen from the web page on the Internet Archive.
Here’s the review from that page:
Reviewer: hockeygrossman –
July 14, 2008
Subject: umphrey’s takes the cake on this one
First of all, this is excellent sound quality, and many thanks for getting this on-line so fast.
to bring down the mood, but being a big UM fan, I was disappointed to
hear that they were opening up for sts9 instead of the opposite.
being said, I was EXTREMELY impressed with the UM set, it was the best
I’d seen them play in over a year (granted, I only saw them 4 times in
this last year).
I thought they would be a lot more tranced out
because of spending so much time with bisco and sts9, and I could hear
kris trying to bring in the trance drum beats really heavy, but the
rest of the band didn’t let it get too far. And even when they did drop
the dance beat for a while there was plenty of amazing guitar work to
keep it from getting stale. This show was a rock show, hands down, and
I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Every single song flowed
well. Nothing Too Fancy was brilliantly executed sandwich-style, Jake
tore it up from the beginning and I knew it was going to be a sweet
performance. Breathe from Dub Side of The Moon reminded me that UM
covers pink floyd better than anybody else, and it really floated the
crowd into the warm world of psychedelic beauty. Rocker continued
Jake’s shredding, and brought a taste of the metal flavor that was to
come. Jimmy Stewart was heavy and solid, don’t remember too much about
the jam but it was good. Mail Package was a treat, almost thought it
was zappa for a minute. White Man’s Moccasins progressively rocked my
face off (side note, as one of my friends said: I think Jake might be a
robot). Nemo and The Floor were really weird songs to end the set with,
but then again I didn’t want their set to end either, and they played
them well, so I’m not gonna complain.
Overall it was just great, any and all real UM fans will enjoy this thoroughly.