, attached to 2003-02-26

Review by Anonymous

(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

I always find it amazing how people can all see the same show and have so many different opinions about it. After reading some of the rave reviews on livephish.com, I thought that maybe I had gone to a different show. For me, I thought the Worcester show was mediocre at best.
It was a great setlist on paper, but I just wasn't feeling any inspiring jams. It seemed to me as if Mike and Fish were playing the lead roles, and Trey was kind of putting some notes on top. Maybe this is Phish's new style, and I just haven't learned to appreciate it yet.
I had seats behind the stage and I watched the front rows to see the "energy". I've been down front in Worcester a bunch of times, and the energy usually is rocking down there. For the most part during this night though, I saw a lot of people just standing around kind of staring aimlessly.
They finished off with a “Golgi”, which was good for the crowd energy. It’s really pretty amazing, how into a song people can get. Every single person in Worcester had their hands in the air singing "I Saw You". It’s one of those moments where you know you're at a Phish show and you're happy to be there.
I will say that I do enjoy Phish more now than I did in 2000. I'm still not sure I enjoy them as much as I did in ’93 to ‘95, but I guess that's just the way it goes.


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