, attached to 2011-09-14

Review by RunLikeACantelope

RunLikeACantelope This show was way more than a setlist. It was a pilgrimage where phans got to serve a good cause while getting a bonus Phish show in the beautiful state of Vermont (aka home turf).

The parking lot scene and local roads were very convenient for a small town hosting big-time Phish. With the stage right in the middle of the entire parking lot, everyone had a great spot for the AMAZING soundcheck.

Everyone at this show was extremely kind (except for one a$$hole who insisted on standing between me and my girlfriend because he supposedly got their first, but he really didn't). The governor spoke before the band came on stage and it felt like coach was hyping us up before we proverbially ran onto the field. We were all hyped, including Gordo.

The setlist was almost like a Greatest Hits album and didn't offer anything for interpretation but I feel that they executed the songs on this night better than any other show I can recall. NICU, Possum, Wolfmans, Julius, and Slave to the Traffic Light were my personal highlights and I don't normally say that about these songs.

Last but not least...CARINI! What a moment that was. The first thing I saw when I got into the venue was this awesome CARINI sign, I think of it as art more than a song request. Nonetheless, this place was rockin' for CARINI and that's where I'll end this review.

Almost forgot that the lady at the concession stand gave us three free sodas on the way out because we looked like we really needed some hydration (hmm, i wonder why...). But that was just another compassionate gesture in the chain of kindness that this event brought to the people of VT and the phans.


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