, attached to 2013-10-23

Review by guyuticacny

guyuticacny Driving into the foothills of the ADKs Mid-Fall Tour was as reminiscent as the evening performance to come. That cool crisp air said welcome home as much as the opening "U.S.S.R" as the crowd exploded to the (come one Im not gonna lie) not so great tune, but very well played and delivered with intense energy to set the pace perfect for the crowd pleasing "Stealing Time" as the air of the dirty cold upstate vibe couldn't have played it better itself.

"Water in the Sky" was a great signal of how happy the band was to be playing in this venue, and played to a "T". The funken "Undermind" to follow set a groove tone with a nasty Trey explosion in the end, definitely worth a listen. I was caught off guard (in a great way) by the 5th song 1st set "Bowie", although short (for a DB), it packed a punch and CK contributed with some vibrant eye trickery toward the end that really sent you to "Bowieland". "Golgi" is sharp and gets the crowd back on it's toes for the highlight of the first set, a Paige monstered "Gumbo" with extra sausage.

The band slows into the rae-grass Mike "Yarmouth Road" which is fun to wind down to chill for a pretty standard "Camel Walk". "Horn" has it together (which isn't easy), "LxL" is placed perfectly, and played perfectly. "IDK" gives us some comedic relief with always welcome stage banter, and an entertaining vacuum solo. "SOAM" follows to end the set, which is a great set ender song pick, but this particular version doesn't really go anywhere special, and spends a little too long looking for it. That being said, I'd rather have it than not.

"Rock & Roll" kicks off the second set with a perfect segue into the Glens Falls bitterly cold deserved "Seven Below" which delivers a jam that is as honorable as it's placement on the set choice, and this jam is where the second set really begins, as it rides a high from here on out!

I wasn't super pumped hearing the opening notes to "Alaska", but.......if you are one of those people that skip over "Alaska" when listening to a show, DONT SKIP THIS ONE!

"Twist" comes out of this surprise jam and exceeds the improv bar of that set by the song before it. Best "Twist" I have seen. "Wading in the Velvet Sea" is as crisp as the LP bringing perma-grin to the audience it was played so well, and a sure sign that the band is winding down if the previous shows were of any reference......

But wait! You can't wind down into "Hood"! Thank you, thank you, thank you Mr. Miner! SIIIIIICK! only to be followed by a surprising high energy set ending "Chalkdust" that still has me high days later.

Trey comes out and addresses the hometown love, and follows by looking at the floor and says it needs sweeping, while his guitar is gently weeping. Perfect end to a near perfect show. Thank you Phish!


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