, attached to 2014-12-31

Review by jadedforbin

jadedforbin Where to start? Well, sadly Set I is/was absolute garbage as far as song choices. Given the band's first set plowdown on 10/31 this was initially very disappointing. I won't even talk about it more because I hated it so much, but I actually stalked right outside during KDF. I never leave during a set but this was pissing me off so much. Absolute shit. Thank GOD that was all about to change.

Set II starts off with a short Birds. At this point, I'm like "goddammit, is this NYE or are they just gonna completely lay an egg?" Phish then proceeds to bring out the GOLDEN HOSE, starting with Ghost and persisting throughout the second set. While the Ghost was hot, it is the Birds jam at the end of Theme and the transition to/performance of Cities that really got people screaming for the first time that night. Martian Monster is not as monstrous as it's debut version but DAMN was it well received!! At this point I had basically lost my voice from screaming already, and this after not screaming once during Set I.

Set III started with the same energy with the Suck/Blow Gag > Dogs > Tweezer. And it was quite a Tweezer, which Trey did not ripchord until almost 17 minutes in, thank god. Best I've seen since 1.0. While well played, the rest of Set III is nothing too super insane, and a couple too many slow songs to be called a classic. But by the end, Phish had brought IT to the table, leaving us wanting more. Fortunately, we would get it, as there were three more nights to make up for that garbage Set I. :) Really good show overall but somewhat uneven and not necessarily a super classic as far as NYE shows go. It still gets a 4 because when it brought the heat, it really brought it. Onward to 2015!


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