, attached to 2013-07-12

Review by ProfJibboo

ProfJibboo This show is why I love Phish.

As the rain poured on us all, they played throughout - almost as if they were determined to outlast the storm. They kept the energy high and made us forget about the weather, generating a warmth you'd never believe was possible from music as Page worked magic on Cars Trucks Buses. When the rain came harder, they played harder. The result was the best overall first set of the tour so far...nearly an hour and a half, with fan pleasers, bustouts, rare treats, songs we've been longing for, all punctuated by a beautiful Reba that had a little extra jamming in there to warm the soul. The rain got most intense just before the set break and was met by an equally intense Bowie.

The second set included a simple and almost hypnotic Rock and Roll, with a jam that seemed to tell a beautiful story of progressing out of the storm and made that much more powerful by the welcome break from rain and CK5's amazing new light rig, which is adding a whole new dimensions to these summer stage shows with the backdrop.

But the real story for me was the set list mix up, with Cities and Wedge serving as the aftershocks of another strong Tweezer. The unexpected placement in the heart of set two and the masterful sequeways between them remind you that beauty comes in the most unexpected places and at anytime with this band.

A great show with a bit of everything: first set jams, bust outs, freshened set list...a great show. They are really sounding special right now and its a glorious time to be a fan.


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