, attached to 2013-10-23

Review by funk_lin

funk_lin Some prodding from the message board to post this (slightly edited) quasi - review (more of a personal impression from my personal attendance) leads me to post this:

The band couldn't help seeing itself in the mirror on that stage in Glens Falls on 10/23/13. They channeled their 1994 then-recently emerged arena rock self with their (more) refined 2013 chops. And they nailed it.

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10/31/94 was a pivotal and defining moment with the grace and rock grandeur of the Halloween costumed defined.

Add into that the fall 94 vibe where the band was consistently playing larger venues culminating in selling out the grandaddy of rock n roll arenas - MSG - on 12/30/94.

Sprinkle in the context of Glens Falls geographically to Burlington and Trey's re-emergence from the darkness on stage playing there with Phil.

The 10/23/13 show started with 10/31/94 and ended with 10/31/94. In between we got a 1994 rock style show with the 2013 Phish chops(note - no funk grooves except two composition pre-dating 1994 - Gumbo and Camel Walk).

The show had an organic feel to me ...culiminating in what might be some of the most sublime playing from Jon Fishman ever in the multi headed Twist > Velvet Sea which to these ears is transcendant.

The band delivered love to the region and their fans in that Velvet Sea with soaring emotion in all four parts. Then to cap it off with as an uplifting Hood as you will hear in 3.0...back to the Chalkdust rock and a core sound of this band going back 20+ years (note, Trey is not really playing Chalk while he's singing for the first many verses...he's riding his band mate's groove and the music likely careening in this head - precursor to the Mike's from Worcester a few nights later)

The journey from note 1 to the end of this show is art. Lucky us.


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