, attached to 2009-08-11

Review by phearless

phearless Well well well, my phirst show :) As it has been noted, this was not the best Phish show ever, nor was it the worst! Or even half as bad as soom people make it seem. The first set has its highlights which include in a awe-inspiring version of the Curtain With, the bustout of Paul and Silas, and Windy City. I wish they'd play that tune again, I really dug that one. But anyway, yes the "flow" of the first set is not the best, but the second set here is a completely different story. The first truly jammed out BDTNL was very well received by just about everyone there. That was a fucking sick jam... which segued -> into Carini if I'm not mistaken. This was the first Carini since Coventry, and the whole crowd went apeshit as soon as Trey struck those opening chords. I had never ever heard Carini before this moment (I was only listening to Phish since the previous winter and started my live collection when they released the Hampton Reunion run for free) so you have to put my shock value into consideration. So this song made me and most of my extremely spun out friends go fucking nuts. Definitely the highlight of the show for me personally. It just sounded so damn evil... so new... so clean! I loved it, I was officially hooked once that happened. The Jibboo that followed was alright, I really really liked Theme though, 2001 was a fucking dance party to the fullest. Side note: I was tripping really really hard at this show (me and my friends all dropped our first 10-strips!) but point being, the Phish logo's that were moving around the venue from the light show during 2001, were still moving around my walls in my bedroom when I got home! Haha another story for another day. The rest of the show was standard-fare, but great stuff for a n00b like me and my friends at the time. Page's solo after Coil going into the encore break I remember was really really beautiful at the time, officially sealing the deal in my mind that this band is the best thing in the world! I truly will never forget this day, it was so great. My whole crew of my friends and my older brother's friends went up there, and for almost all of us this was our first Phish show. Overall, yeah the music was pretty mediocre, but I still had the time of my life. I'll go with a 3 star rating out of 5.


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