, attached to 2015-07-31

Review by Maverick

Maverick Starting thirt minutes early, the unusual choice of Caspian was a harbenger of the great things to come. For the show opener, I think it serves well to play a song like Caspian as a warm up, easing onto stage and into the set. Although i know it's no one's favorite, that song still has a place in my heart from the early days, specifically '96 Hampton.

An early highlight came next with No Men. I think most people are enjoying this one, you can tell the band is. And I wonder, when Trey switches on the new Mutron is everone pumped because it sounds killer or is everyone pumped because it's a nod to the Deads days?

Song after song, evrything worked flawlessly. Even my least favorite of the bunch, The Wedge, was place appropriately early in the first set (never should this be a part of Mike's again, please). And speaking of Mike's....how about a classic full Groove to close things out?! This Mike's aso featured many hillarious false starts. Would we get reggae Mike's? How about swing Mike's...Fuck it lets just do normal aweome Mike's. 2,3,4..

Kill Devil Falls is one of those songs like Ghost that can be a great first set nailer of second set blast off. Tonight we got the latter in a big, big way...I remembered they opened with this back in 2012, a set that would also bring us an awesome Chalkdust->What's The Use...this KDF did all of that ... on it's own!

Martian Monster! And it's a perfect coupling of a funky jam that also allows them to completely fuck off. I mean, one minute Trey and Mike are on the floor doing what must be this century's Landlady dance (bizarre) and the next thing you know Fish is dropping bombs and Mike is playing the Doc?!

Twist and Train were both very good.

And then...REBA!!! Always welcome in the second set. This was a very solid version that instead of ending, turned on it's belly for Bathtub Gin! Before singing began, Trey gave us the whistling end of Reba. And instead of Rhapsody in Blue, Page's pounding was all Reba themed. Simply fantastic!!! This back and forth reminded me of Orange Beach last Summer and the Boogie On Antelope.

I was hoping for Wilson as the encore. Also, I figured that after the show we had just seen ANY song would be awesome...Farmhouse was an odd choice (hence the four instead of five stars) and definitely not what I would have picked. But fine, it still worked and it aslo signaled (along with the early showtime) we would get a double encore. I think we all knew Zero was coming...And MAN....that song just gets more explosive the further back in the show it's placed. As a first set closer, it's an awesome way to say "we will be back". As a second set closer to say "no one can touch us, we are the greatest in the land!". But saved for the encore, Character Zero says "ARE YOU NOT SATISFIED?!?!? HERE IS THE THUNDER!!!"

It's a great time to be a Phish fan. And like Trey said, we get to do it again tonight.


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