, attached to 2016-09-02

Review by SkyTrainWand

SkyTrainWand This was my first show at the legendary Dick's venue, so needless to say I was REALLY pumped to be there. It seemed like everyone was pumped to be there, honestly... I'm not sure I can accurately describe how I felt upon entering the stadium for the first time, wow. It was breathtaking, the weather was nice, the people were nice, and I had a pretty good view from my spot in the bleachers. Everything just seemed to fall effortlessly into place.

SET 1

The first set of this night is no slouch. Ghost opener = HELL YES. Then they play one of the best versions of No Men that I've heard since 12/31/15. Trey was using an effect at one point that made his guitar sound like screeching violin or a cast of angry hawks; very reminiscent of something from a Godspeed You! Black Emperor album, it sounded kind of evil but I loved it! Breath and Burning was a good choice after that craziness; I've talked about that song on the forum before in a not so positive light but now I enjoy it, haha. Easy to dance to, really mellow.

Stash was fun, but a pretty average version in my book. The Wedge was nothing special, although Trey sounded exceptionally good on it. Same deal for Alaska. I really dug 46 Days to close, this is a fairly unique version and still packs a punch for only being 9 minutes long.

First set rating: 3.5/5 plenty of good moments but song selection could have been better

SET 2

This was the second time I went to a show and was treated to an Antelope opening set 2. Pretty cool right? Decent version taboot. Not amazing, but decent. Mercury is one of my favorite songs so I got pretty loud (WOOOO!) when I heard the first few notes. Mercury is the TRUTH and if you don't like it that's fine but trust me you'll learn to dig it eventually. This version is quite nice. Seven Below turned out to be a blissful, energetic jam much like the 46 Days it was just 9 minutes long but had some great moments!

The next awesome part of the show is obviously the Tweezer. Not your average run of the mill Tweezer at all... it's actually kind of laid-back, dynamically smooth, groovy and a perfect showcase of the well-oiled music machine that is Phish. Mike does some serious WORK in this one too, he's so good at forming melodic ideas at a moment's notice it just boggles my mind. Suzy, Bug, and Tweeprise to end the show... not bad at all.

set 2 rating: 4/5 a good amount of jamming, awesome energy, playing Wombat = bonus points, 16 minute Tweezer

Overall... 3.75 but I don't think we can use decimal values yet, lol

My first night at Dick's was a great success


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