, attached to 2009-12-04

Review by RunawayJim4180

RunawayJim4180 Friday night throwdown in one of the best indoor venues in the world. The energy in this room was palpable, and there were a few times (notably during First Tube) that the PA system was drowned out by the crowd noise. Just surreal!

As for the music, we missed Heavy Things (no loss from what I hear), and started rocking immediately with a fairly standard Possum. Wilson took the energy level up a notch, and the KDF that followed was solid. The Glide was a real highlight of the first set, especially considering the fact that it was the first time Phish had played the song since the infamous Coventry butcher job. They nailed this one, and there was a real sense of redemption in the air. From here the show took off, steadily ramping in excellence to the peak of the frenzied First Tube. Absolutely explosive version, check the YouTube videos on this one.

As for the second set, the real keepers are the Rock and Roll-> Seven Below, the Mikes Song (best of 3.0 IMO, serious heat and crunching riffs galore) and the YEM (which foreshadowed some of the staccato funk we see later in 2010, a la 12.28.10 "Hood").

Overall, huge energy throughout, probably one of those shows that is solid on tape, otherworldly in person due to the MSG crowd losing their collective minds as one unit at several points throughout.

Keepers: Glide, Maze, First Tube, Rock n' Roll->Seven Below, Mike's, and YEM.


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