, attached to 2013-07-05

Review by GeerShift

GeerShift Webcasted it tonight. Fantastic 2nd set of phish it was. A few quick thoughts.

First thing I notice: the dudes look in shape this tour (except, appropriately, Fish). Don't underestimate the importance of this over the next few years. Keep in mind The Dead only made it 30 years, at which point Mickey Hart famously said Jerry was the most unhealthy person he ever saw still alive. Here's to many more years of the phish.

Mike looks like Egon Spengler with his short hair.

Page interestingly enough over the last few shows has become the bands spokesperson. Appropriate since he is the one who looks most like Benjamin Franklin. How many bands make references to a tape from 25 year ago with dogs barking? Reminds you of the unique relationship of this band and audience.

The whale call is back and already you can hear fans bitching for the next 2 months. Roses isn't jammed and already I am thinking Worcester 2012 is more interesting than SPAC 2013. Cities isn't jammed long enough although it sounds GREAT. I know, I know...length doesn't matter. Although it does. Phish fans want to get lost in the music...sometimes a few extra minutes does it. A long first set, people often forget that 3.0 plays SIGNIFICANTLY longer shows than the previous incarnations of Phish, and for this we are grateful.

Set 2. Loving the two debuts tonight of Yarmouth and Energy. Breathing new life into the whole thing....they sound new yet still undeniably Phishy. Both have promise.

And then, The SPAC Light. Like the Dicks Light, the BGCA Light, the (fill in the blank) Light this is now undeniably THE song to hear at a show. Remarkable playing, patient, subtle, powerful, virtuoso playing. And Mango is the perfect bed to land on, an awesome segue. Steam continues the newer song trend, and you can already see this set has most likely 3 songs which wil be on the next album. The best Steam to date.

Drowned late set, continuing the 3.0 tradition of the "mini 3rd set". A rocker perhaps tipping its cap to the recent Ventura release.

All in all loved the show, hence the instant reaction to it. See you all in person tomorrow.


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