, attached to 2016-01-02

Review by pabalive

pabalive I should start by stating that this was my 150th show. There is no doubt that this played an impact on my experience last night. One can't help but think back to first experiences with such an old school set. Bag, Horn, D-sky and Maze had me reliving shows past in '93 or '94. Classic song pairings were everywhere and I lapped it up during this high energy set culled from the archives of a spring '94 show.

Tweezer loomed over this whole run like a storm that promises feet of snow for children just waiting for that snow day. Well, we certainly got our snow day. When they chose to open the second set with Tweezer I knew we were in for one for the ages. The band wasted zero time getting into deep territory. This jam grabs you from the get-go and then the band did what they have been doing all year long, they crafted a seemingly brand new song out of midair with a whole new melody and everything smack dab in the middle of this beast. A gorgeous monumental jam develops around the 11 minute mark and carries on til it peters out around the 18 minute mark only to give way to the other song we all were waiting to hear and that is where we land in Sand. The Sand is fun and tempts to go very deep, which had this yelling "keep going" only to see them return to the song structure. Now, a half hour into the set and we are ear to ear grins after devouring a truly sumptuous new year's feast!

The setlist wrote itself as we were predicting pretty much everything after the Suzy. Hood was a sideways Hood where we did not get the typical build up, my personal favorite type of Hood, I was loving every second of this Hood and it dropped predictably into a YEM that would prove to be the capper of this show, save for one last surprise.

Fully expecting a typical encore at this point with a tweeprise to finish, we were not expecting Lizards. Lizards, a song that has not been played often in 3.0, but, is a song that has only been in the encore role even less. Only ten times in its complete history(30 years?). Suffice to say, we were ecstatic. Nothing I could have thought of better for my 150th show than a final trip to Gamehendge before I said good night to the band on this evening.

Thank you Phish, this has been one helluva ride!!!


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