Completely agree. I had heard recorded songs prior to the tour and the recordings were much better.
EDIT: After reading other comments, I understand that you mean first to play. They were second in San Francisco.
They're a mediocre band. I'm surprised Thrice asked them to join their farewell tour. They should have picked Touche Amore. That would have been too epic.
OHMYGOSH Touche Amore on that tour would have been too great
Even though Thrice are my favorite band, I wouldn't say that any of their tours would rank on my favorite-tours-ever list because I am usually not very fond of the people they tour with
THAT SAID, I really really really wish I would have been able to see Thrice, TREOS, and Norma Jean tour together. That would have been 100% life-fulfillment