, attached to 2013-07-12

Review by Dividedsky333

Dividedsky333 Top 5 Phish shows I've ever been to. Front row top balcony view made the venue look like a large tug boat plowing through a hurricane in the middle of the Atlantic. Watching the band meander through Set one, I was reminded of the string quartet in Titanic who calmly perform their work as chaos reigns all around them.

Musically Set one was a mixed bag. Trey needs to spend a month before tours obsessively practicing the composed sections of songs like Reba, and Bowie. The brilliantly improvised sections of both these tunes were bookended by Trey's reluctant attack and inability to own the composed sections. Trey makes magic when he owns the composed and free form parts of songs. Still it felt like a gift to have Reba and Bowie close this first set.

Intermission was a shit show in the venue. Nobody stayed in their seats. The wind was blowing 30-40 mph. Everyone was soaked through all layers. Tons of people hanging out in the bathrooms because it was 10 degrees warmer than the concession hallways. Kinda like a airport terminal of phans stranded from their flight. People looked like they were on break from a survival contest. It was awesome and unique.

Second set began when the rain ended. "...and it was alright." Fabulous patient jamming from RnR to Wedge. Wading was perfect and Trey's solo made me realize that if he is bringing anything back to Phish from his work with Broadway orchestra's it's his patient approach to phrasing, which was perfectly demonstrated in his Wading solo.

Tweezer Reprise was the required catharsis after the 3 hour event that will always be remembered as the wettest Phish show anyone's been to since Coventry.

.....at least there was no mud!


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