, attached to 2013-10-19

Review by ProfessorFrink

ProfessorFrink Well, I feel a little badly to be the first negative reviewer, but...did nobody else feel like Fish was off his game? Moma and Ghost both had some weird hiccups, and I just generally didn't feel like he brought the fire he was showcasing during summer tour. Everybody has off nights though--we all know he'll bring it back.

Other than Gin and the Mike's Groove (which was absolutely BURNING hot), set one felt a little stiff to me, especially as compared to night one. Crowd energy was great though, seemed like the Mothership was ready to party from well before night one, and the celebration as Weekapaug began was the icing on the proverbial cake.

Set two was definitely an improvement; Ghost through Caspian was a fun stretch, nothing too off the charts in the jamming, but definitely some good stuff to sink your teeth into. Floor was PACKED for most of the set. Boogie On didn't really do it for me, but was fine if you're a fan of the tune. Theme was gorgeous, as it is wont to be; Wedge felt a bit sloppy (maybe just my vantage point in relation to the speakers, hard to say), SITM did what it does, but Hood! Short intro, but that was just fine, because the rest of it was smoking. Moments of beauty juxtaposed with the harsh darkness that tune brings out for just the right amount of time, tight composed sections, harmonies felt dead on, crowd loving it, that's how you end a set.

Loved seeing Trey saying, "Wow," over and over again as he looked at all the lighters out for encore--nice to know they can still be impressed by fan participation! Standard reading of Quinn, which is to say, a blast to be a part of.

All in all, nothing to write home about, but definitely not a waste of time either. Can't be too unhappy at a Phish show! It's been touched on elsewhere, but Mike's cold was definitely a bit of a hindrance--somebody get the Cactus some Emergen-C and get that cleared up, we'll be good to go for the Mothership closer.


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