, attached to 2012-08-31

Review by Xpanding_Man

Xpanding_Man As we're staring down the barrel of another Friday night at Dick's, I keep coming back to this Friday night Dick's show from 2012 as the show of 3.0 so far, especially now with a few additional years perspective. Rather than argue if it's THE best, let's just all agree that it's certainly one of them. I don't make it to a lot of shows these days, but I made it to this one, about 50 feet back on the floor.

I think the thing that makes this one really stand out is the process of spelling "FUCK YOU" with the song titles forced them to get outside their comfort zone of how they normally weave songs/setlists together. This could have backfired BIG TIME, and was a definite risk, but wow did it pay off. The jamming here is fluid and inspired, with the highlights already noted in green (but don't overlook that Carini jam!).

As to the "FUN" factor at the show, I thought the crowd was overall very chill and respectful on the floor where I was. I remember meeting some girls who were at their first show (all from West Palm Beach, which I thought was odd being from Miami that I went all the way to Denver to meet people from West Palm). When I tried telling them that the set spelled FUCK YOUR FACE, their reaction was definitely uneasy :) They probably thought I was some drug crazed pervert coming on to them, but then I managed to pull the set list from phish.net (it took a LONG time to load haha) and handed one of them my phone. It was cool to see the look on her face slowly go from anxiety to humor, and she passed my phone to her friends who reacted the same way. Then they actually played Fuck Your Face, and before the encore they started asking me some funny questions, like "Is every show like this?" :) I wish honey, I wish.....


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