, attached to 2017-07-25

Review by indecisivepizza

indecisivepizza I don't tend to review these shows; I both don't consider myself enough of a Phish scholar to be insightful, nor do I consider myself much of a writer. But in the wake of this show I have to let out some of the pent up excitement I have over how mind blowing this performance was.

In my limited number of Phish shows, the first set was undoubtedly the best single set of music I've ever heard, and is probably the best set of live music I've ever heard across every artist I've ever seen. Sample started with an incredible energy, and then the jam on Lawn Boy was mind blowing. Even despite a few bumps in the first verse of My Friend, My Friend, the band still was rocking, and the jamming (in the theme of the night's donut) was outstanding.

But Stash had to be the highlight of the first set. The energy just kept building and the entire crowd was feeling it. They'd captured the energy of the room in a way that was impressive even for them. Ending with Bathtub Gin was inspired, and Paige nailed it on that track.

(Side note: while all of them played out of their minds, Paige was the hero of the night. He was incredibly funky all night, and his work on Lawn Boy, Makisupa Policeman, and C&P was unparalleled).

The 2nd set was also phenomenal, but really it boils down to C&P. I am no Phish historian, but that C&P had to be an all-time C&P. The jam would not stop, and just when they brought the energy down to potentially jump into another tune, they came back strong into the C&P groove, and Trey was lighting it up on guitar. While the first set may have been the best cumulative set of Phish I've heard, if there's one track you get from this show, it's C&P.

The Tuesday>Cavern set finale was incredibly high energy and high tempo, and was a great way to climax the set without trying to eclipse what was a once in a lifetime performance of C&P (although if there were ever a night where they could have pulled that off, it would've been tonight). The Julius encore was also phenomenally rocking, and the Lawn Boy reprise was both hilarious and a phenomenal way to end the night.

I cannot recommend this show enough. It probably was the best show I've ever seen, rivaled only by the 5/28/11 and 10/27/13 shows (right now this was clearly the best of the three, but I still think I'm riding a high from the show, so I'm trying to be unbiased). An incredible night of music in every conceivable way.


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