, attached to 2010-10-12

Review by MrFoot

MrFoot Great venue, great sound and I was in a suite for this night...after the first night my Birthday show(also in the suite) and the second night, raging on the rail Page side...I left this show feeling a little let down...and felt the highlights for me were On Your Way Down(a foretaste of the Halloween show that my wife went to but I did not), Halfway to the Moon, Summer of '89(my wife and I love song heartfelt sentimentality of this one), and Meatstick...

However, I've gone back to this show and think it deserves a good listening to by all...it is unique in it's construction as all Phish shows are but there is something special going on at this show...

Here are my thoughts

SET I
For me, this show had some real downs & ups, down for STFTFP & TTE(But both were tight and placed at the start of Set 1, sent a message that something different was happening on stage)

I was up for Meat, DS & Timber...nice little run with good energy...

There were other Starts & Stops too...the starts continued from the upness of Timber...and On Your Way Down was an unexpected start to a nice run including Heavy Things & Sugar Shack...

...things stopped for me on 46 Days, I just don't dig this song that much but it was a solid way to end the set.

SET II
Had some Highs, Peaks and troughs...Carini>Bowie started things off nicely...solid jamming but nothing too self-indulgent.

Light>Theme>Free>Joy had a purpose I was unaware of at the time(miners and stuff) but took me into musical trough territory. However, listening again I hear solid, heartfelt playing and well sung lyrics and nicely executed jams...

Halfway to the Moon>Bug & Summer of '89 worked well for me at the show and even better on the replay....I love Halfway to the Moon, Page sang nicely & the band played well - squishing Bug in between it and Summer of '89 was an interesting move...I like the thoughtful lyrics in Bug and Summer of '89...maybe that was the reason they were together...

A tight SOAM second set finisher for everyone who felt a little confused by the set.

E: Meatstick - peaked out the show for me...a great way to end my Birthday run and the crowd was left singing as the band left stage...loved it on the night and love it even more on the replay...

Perhaps we, the audience, were thrown by the lack of any serious jams in the second set...TTE and DS ran the longest in Set I...maybe it was the unusual song selections...

Whatever it was...don't judge this show by the set-list, give it a listen, it's an introspective, soulful show....After re-listening I changed my rating from 3 to 4...


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