, attached to 2014-07-01

Review by mattyb5000

mattyb5000 A very nice start to the summer, folks! The boys came out swinging last night. Hardly any cobwebs to brush off, that's for sure!

Set I was about as good as it gets for Phish 3.0, with everything being played well. Although there were no segues, everything got some room to breathe. It was nice to see so many Wingsuit songs played early on--this stuff has definitely helped breathe new life into the Phish setlist rotation. That being said, Halfway to the Moon was an odd choice as the 4th song of the night, especially as a follow up to Fuego and Back on the Train, which seemed to indicate the set would continue gaining momentum. That was the only hiccup of the 1st set for me. Stash was the first true jam of the summer (as was the case last year in Bangor) but I have to say the jam segment at the end of Wingsuit was the set I highlight for me. I'm looking forward to seeing where this song goes...I have a feeling we may get an epic jam on this song later this summer.

Set II is the real story here, and it's worth listening to all the way through. They played a high-energy Mike's Song, which settled into a sinister rock groove that had EVERYONE dancing like there's no tomorrow. Despite Trey awkwardly transitioning into Simple--the only jarring moment of the set to my ears--this version is one worth listening to. It's ~9 minutes long and we get a short taste of type II jamming that brilliantly segues into Free, a song choice I dare say NOBODY was expecting. It seemed like they were ready to blast off when they chose to go with Waiting all Night in the cleanup spot--another odd choice which put the brakes on the momentum they'd been developing. Fortunately, it was a breather for them before the meat of the show occurred at the tail end of the set: I'll be listening to that Ghost>Weekapaug, Hood segment over & over! All three were wonderful versions, but that Hood was the highlight of the show in my opinion. Instead of going into the laid back beautiful soundscape that Trey so often favors on that song, they immediately move into a kind of psychedelic, ambient groove and do lots of playing around with dissonance and minor-key jamming, interspersed with funk and rock grooves that were infectious. Overall though, this Hood was very different from what most would expect. Certainly a version worth considering as a top-5 all time Hood, IMHO.

Cavern finished off the set, and we got a nice encore version of Julius, which is a great song to close out a show. All in all, a great way to kick of summer tour 2014!

I'd also like to note that this was a really great audience. No nitrous mobs and not too many folks who overdid it with other substances from what I saw. Everyone in my section was really into it and we were all dancing up a storm. So much fun!


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