, attached to 2009-12-04

Review by jwelsh8

jwelsh8 After the fourth row middle Wednesday and fourth row Page on Thursday, I was further back tonight, in line with the front "railing" of Front of House. While you don't get to see the guys' expressions, it was nice to be able to fully take in the lights (and then glance back at Kuroda working his magic, with Warren Haynes looking on).

First set seemed one dimensional to me -- lots of rock and pedal-down kind of songs with really only Reba to add some "beauty" (I guess Glide could be thrown in there). The first four songs actually felt like four openers. Not to say that songs were not played well, or that they didn't excite the crowd (as both were true); I just wasn't as excited as maybe some others. Dinner and a Movie was a nice treat. And I liked First Tube, but not the Sand that I was hoping for.

Observed that Guyute was pretty much in the same slot as Time Turns Elastic was last night.

The second set was a completely different story. Just about perfect, imo. (I was told that tonight was actually a setlist; the previous two were "songlists.") Enjoyed everything -- the songs flowed well, from Scents up to the New York-centered Rock & Roll back down to 7 Below (with memories of seven years ago) up with the woos of Twist and then the goodness known as Mike's Groove. Horse Silent to breathe, and the YEM to wrap it up. Capped off with a fitting Stones cover.

Certainly a great three nights. So happy to have been able to see these shows to cap off my Phish 2009.


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