, attached to 2014-11-02

Review by Scott

Scott This show has it all. Classic opening of Jim-Foam including a well executed Foam. The detestable Mexican Cousin aside, the remainder of the set was great including particularly tight and rocking versions ASIHTOS and HTTM. Page was super creative all night and you might have thought that there was a PLP (people for a louder Page) movement as his piano was nice and up in the mix. The type 1.5 Bathtub was top notch, 12-14 minutes with lots of interplay with the Bathtub melody itself in the reconstruction phase of the jam. The crowd went nuts for the Martian Monster quotes in Free, which should be on the short list of best versions of Free ever played. The Chalkdust and Piper had longer exploratory improv, a good 25 minutes between them. The always welcome Theme was followed by a tasty run through Wombat, which ought to be saved for funky occasions such as this one. Bowie didn't break any new ground so far as I remember but Kuroda brought in the chandelier lights to good effect. The Line was an odd choice of breather but whatever, the YEM that followed was absolutely epic, far better than the San Diego version on this tour and I'd predict on the the top versions in the past decade. The crowd for these Vegas shows, while talkative at times, was also very appreciative and loud, the band totally loved it, what an incredible atmosphere. I hope phish plays here again, despite the crazy ticketing, the venue itself -- GA vibe, few poor seats, ample concessions and bathroom, good acoustics, not to small or big, rooms available on site -- was outstanding. A magical weekend. This was the best 2 set show of this tour and a no-brainer 5 star show. Thank you phish.


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