, attached to 2016-06-29

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads The slow set, haha! I like my Rebas in particular fast and fiery, so I am kind of amused by this set rather than enthralled with it, though the new song Waking Up Dead is great and I enjoyed the setlist construction. The latter part of that comment leads me to ponder the fact that song suites really help to shore up sets, as they did with the Grateful Dead in yesteryears. I think there's something to be said for a sequence where you can expect a certain lineup of songs, but sometimes be pleasantly surprised with Phish switching it up on us. I don't recall ever seeing a Mike's Groove with Horn or Farmhouse before, and that's cool.

The second set opening Crosseyed is a bit undermined for me, but Friends is really interesting... it kind of makes me think of Syd Barrett fronting The Who with maybe a dash of power pop thrown in? The Down with Disease jam is more my speed than the Crosseyed, but we get what? Yes! Another new song: Tide Turns. A truly soulful number that Page is the MVP of, to me. Good to see Dem Bones back, whether I think some of these very special occasional one-timers should remain one-timers or not. Dear Prudence makes its third-ever appearance, giving Trey a chance to go over the ending with 6 strings instead of 5 (see 6/22.) Nice, long, melodic and peaky Hood encore, and that's all she wrote for The Mann this tour. Maybe it's just the fact that SPAC boasts the first 20-min.-plus jam of Summer 2016, but I think 7/1's where this tour's seeing Phish hit their stride (like Vida Blue?) I have high hopes for an excellent next few weeks and then Lockn and Dick's.


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