Yeah, that Half-Step was pretty sad. It sounded like Bobby was trying to get Foolish Heart started right before it, then somehow it turned into that train wreck. I think they better work on that one at sound checks or something - definitely the low point of the evening. Plus, honestly, the show would have been better off ending with the Playing reprise instead of the quick end on Foolish Heart, but I think they got goofed up somehow.
I have to say, however, that I have listened back to the show again carefully ( bought the cd at the show ), and I am still very impressed away from "the moment", so to speak. Phil was just en feugo all night - that man is an unbelievable inspiration, 69 and still kicking that kind of ass! - and Bobby was playing the best I've heard in many years. I strongly recommend that Bobby never play a whammy bar equipped guitar again, he's so much better without one! Weir and Phil are really driving things, I think, and it sounds good. Chementi did very well, but I'd like to see him get a bit more of a prominent role sometimes - he's got the chops.
I also think that Billy and Mickey were actually a bit more "rock" than they usually are, which is good, imho. One thing that used to bug me sometimes was the lack of a strong, steady pulse - they are a rock band, after all. I thought they weren't nearly as snaky overall as they used to be, which to me is an improvement in some ways.
Out of the loop? I didn't know there was a loop!