, attached to 2014-07-13

Review by arghdos

arghdos Set 1: Great music hampered somewhat by lack of any discernible flow, still probably one of the top few set one's of the tour so far though... Sand opener was fun, Winterqueen slowed things wayyyyy down (just the way things were last night). Reba's always welcome, and the Possum > Jim was a good time, but the real highlight of this set was the closing Maze and Melt.... Maze just dripped ominous from the first note, and Melt was a clear indication of what was to come; the second half jam saw the band gel in a way that they haven't really since the SPAC LxL, reaching that sublimely communicating, hyper-dimensional musical state where you just might believe your friend if they told you the band had pulled a Power Ranger and morphed into one giant being...

and then...

and then...

Chalk Dust > Light > Tweezer was most likely the best hour of music they've played since Dicks in 2012... 100% prime Phish. Wading brought everything to a halt but as usual it picked up somewhere near the halfway point. I would have preferred they skipped it and just did Monica, which continues to surprise me with how much fun it actually is, but at that point I was content with whatever the band wanted to throw at us. Slave was typically strong, reaching some excellent heights as the crowd basked in the glow of what was sure to be the set closer.

Encore was pretty typical, but I think I'll give them a pass...

Excellent weekend, can't wait to see what comes next


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