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It's only after the new songs are played, including the album's Shaggy-fied title track, and a move to a much smaller second stage on the back lawns, that the verve picks up. 'Same Old Song And Dance', 'Dream On' and 'Toys In The Attic' start winning the diehards over, while the onstage gadgets - including a superb overhead video screen - compensate for Brad Whitford's and Tom Hamilton's typically inert states.
From there, the show gathers speed, but breathers such as 'Seasons Of Whither' and 'Uncle Salty' look kinda absurd considering nothing is done from their 'Permanent Vacation' album. Meanwhile, a drum solo - oh yes - by Joey Kramer seems much too forced to be passable prior to 'Sweet Emotion'. The encore goes according to plan until Perry smashes his guitar on 'Train Kept A Rollin''. Trying to retrieve his backup only flusters him, leaving the often under-rated Whitford to carry the load home. The band exits, knowing it's time to draw the line.
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