, attached to 2009-05-31

Review by waxbanks

waxbanks On paper this looks like a visit from chocolate-covered Jesus on a pony (that second set songlist is ridiculous, and doesn't even include the first-frame Destiny Unbound!); at the show it was like your grandma returning from heaven with home-baked cookies and your blankie; on tape it's an effervescent rock show with a single (excellent) segue and not a single *deep sea* cut from the band. The Fenway show was a celebration, and was (appropriately) about the moment, not the tapes. That's a mighty fine Stash in the first set, and that second set's a goddamn party (plus every encore song's a closer). But the band wouldn't really go deep for another week, with the Jones Beach Hood, Camden Sand, Asheville Ghost, and Knoxville Waves > Ocean > Bowie.

Having done all that bitching, we can admit that this is about as good a straight-up rock concert as a normal human could possibly want, and you'd be a fool to skip it for lack of that single transcendent jam. This is pure pop-music uplift, and well worth the LivePhish purchase (or trusty complimentary download).


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