, attached to 2014-07-16

Review by Pinhead_Larry

Pinhead_Larry Well after not seeing the boys since 2012, I was finally back to seeing them. Even if only one time this Summer. I don't have any time now to do an in-depth song-by-song review, so I'll just recount my thoughts at the time and things that stood out.

The Wolfman's opener was sweet. Got the energy going really fast and had a super high energy peak to a relatively short jam. Really, the only other noteworthy jam in Set I is the absolutely INSANE It's Ice. As soon as Trey started the lick, I was like ,"oh shit. Things are getting real up in DTE." If nothing else, you at least must hear this Ice. Page brought the heat.

Second Set: I think the reason this show has a low rating is because of all the missed opportunities of what looks like an opportunistic second set. But I digress:

My first ever Mike's Groove, and an extended one at that. The Mikes was heavy high energy and super cool to see with CK5 working the lights. Up next is my second ever Ghost. Only this Ghost almost immediately leaves the song proper for a blissful soundscape before a quasi-ripchord to Caspian. Fwiw, I love fuckerpants. Ghost could have gone on another couple minutes (could have even maybe been the jam of the show) but Caspian's entrance was at least not *too* forced.

And then from an unfinished Caspian comes # Line. Roaring guitar solos make this # Line particularly fun. This was Trey's song and he nailed this one, not to mention the > to Weekapaug was organic and brought the energy back up to 11 and had me back to dancing my ass off after a short breather. Now this is no ordinary Paug, or so it seems. No there were not a lot of high-flying solos, but this Paug was nasty, funky, almost-goes-typeII at the end, fun. Besides the Ghost this was probably the major highlight for me.

When Tweezer dropped I knew if was too late for a major 20-minute jam, but we did get another nice soundscape of bliss in this one, despite its short length. Fuego then Tweeprise next. And a particularly cool encore 2001>Possum. Both super fun and Possum comes recommended with some nice downbeat blues Trey solos.

If you're looking for a 30 min. chalk dust here, you won't find it. Part of me is actually kind of glad about that. If Phish always did an early set II mega-jam, then their shows become predictable. And we wouldn't want that I'd think. Also we should remember that a 3-star show for Phish probably equates to a 4.5 show for any other band going through Pine Knob. I'd say this show is a solid 3.5, but I couldn't do 1/2 stars, so I just rounded up to 4.

I for one enjoyed myself big time at the show, so there's probably a bias there. Never before had I just danced the night away like I did last night (which is a big accomishmenf for me cus I'm pretty introverted to be honest). I'll always go back to this show and think about what an awesome time I had with my family (my Mom's first show!) and the awesome neighbors I had. There's nothing quite like a Phish show on the lawn on a cool Summer day.

But still, definitely check out it he Ice, Ghost, Weekapaug, and 2001>Possum.


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