, attached to 2012-12-30

Review by Palmer

Palmer Sitting at home enjoying tonight's show. Runaway Jim was short and sweet seemed to move the crowd before Cities began which is a nice cover that I have always missed. The Divided Sky was good, I felt it was a bit rushed and that caused some of Trey's minor mistakes but hell, it is a difficult song to perform and they did so without hacking it to death so success. Back on the Train was awesome, I use to think this song was a good time to hit the bathroom during the 90's when it came to light but they seemed to extended this number for sometime and loved how improvisational they stretch this song these days. Ride Captain Ride, a rare but wonderful cover, it is all Page in this one. Ocelot had a good groove going, Mike seemed to hold this one down for the duration. Ya Mar is another rare treat that Mike and Page seemed to duel out for the long haul, Horn is a good miss off Rift, one of the simple tracks that is always loved by a majority of the fans and a solid version was performed this evening as well. My Friend My Friend is another Rift tune which gets the solid A+, they didn't keep the traditional ending but it segwayed perfrectly out into the open which allowed Trey to begin ANTELOPE! I love Antelope in the First Set because it closes the set rather than the show, as a Set 2 closer.
SET 1- 3/5

Down with Disease in Set 2 got things going quickly, a beyond amazing version in my opinion, lots of improvisational jamming and unique playing with some ties of Ambient circa 1998 style noodling from Trey and the boys. A unique version and one of the best in 2012. Twenty years later, eh. Carini started strong and then again faded into a improvisational Dark ambient goo which was awesome! One of my favorite versions performed by Phish. Backwards down the Numberline had a good Trey Solo in it which seemed to keep things upbeat and not just a filler between the setlist. Julius was sick, a great version of the song, Trey again shredding the hell out of the version and fading into Slave. Slave was a good closer for the Show. I was thinking Guyute or Show of Life for the Encore.
Encore- Hood, this Hood was above average. This is my favorite Phish song so I am a firm Hood lover and expect a decent if not stellar version when i hear those drums and reggae beat being laid down. It was, a solid Hood with some moments of the past mixed into Type 2 playing (a majority of the show this evening) Show of life to cap things off. I knew it was coming one of these nights, I like this song it's like Heavy Things back in 1999, not my favorite but I do not dislike it either, Trey seemed to put his heart into this one and enjoys playing it.

Overall I liked the show this evening. I am hoping to catch the NYE stream tomorrow night or at least some of it, NYE is always a crazy time of the year and best wishes to all who are at the MSG tomorrow or those watching from home. Have a great NYE and be safe.

Highlights: SET 1- Ride Capt Ride, Antelope
SET 2- DWD, Carini, *encore Hood.


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