, attached to 2012-12-30

Review by WarnerMC

WarnerMC Amazing show. Couch toured this and the first two nights, and this was head and shoulders better than the other two. Jim was short, but played very well (This seems to be a 2012 theme at times), Back on the Train was super funky, as it is known to do from time to time. Ocelot bores me, but this one was played pretty damn well. Ya Mar is when I took my smoke break, so I can't comment on that, but Horn, My Friend, and Antelope to end the set gave me hop for a super hot second set. I got turned on to Phish with the Rift album so hearing two Rift songs back to back that aren't Horse > Silent was a treat for me.

Second set. Holy shit. What else can I say? Kind of surprised me with Disease, and I had pretty much pegged this one for the post-Auld Lang Syne spot on NYE. But I'm glad they didn't hold on to it. One of the best versions I've ever heard. In my opinion, it belongs right up there with the best of them. Twenty Years Later has always been a song I liked, just not live. This one, however, was great. And then, Carini. Thank god I wasn't there with a head full of drugs for this one. It got creepy, and nasty, and fucking great. Go listen to this right now if you haven't by now. Number Line was super out of place, but again, played very well. Julius is a killer tune just about everytime it appears, and a great, great Slave to end it.

When they dropped into Hood for the encore, I told my roommate that it could prolly get pretty interesting, and it did. Pretty much right away, too. Show of Life is not one of my favorite songs, but I know alot of people love it, so I'm not even going to comment on it.

One last thought. Some of y'all can't be pleased. Ever. You always want to compare what Phish is doing in 2012 to what they did in 1997, or 94, or whatever. Stop. Appreciate what they're making in the now. What they are creating now is amazing. They're the best live band in the world, and some of you should open your minds and listen to what they're doing on this run. I believe you're seeing the birth of a new Phish. Possibly the birth of the best Phish we've heard yet. That's just my opinion.

Happy New Year's everybody. Stay safe. One love.


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