, attached to 2019-07-05

Review by desert_spaceman

desert_spaceman Night 1 was solid, awesome peaks and highlights sprinkled throughout the night. Sound was less than stellar, Trey dipped in and out of the mix quite a bit. Glad we got Brian and Robert, Axilla, Ocelot, and Tube, those were a ton of fun. Free opener after Fourth of July was awesome. Got my second Sand, Everything’s Right, Blaze On, Rift, Sand, Fuego, AND Character Zero closer. I swear I’m a magnet for some of these songs, same happens at Dead and Co I get Stella Blue every show I go to. Say it to me Santos and Mercury proved Phish may be older, but that only means their songwriting and jamming has gotten more mature. Loved Mercury and have loved it for the past year, it’s grown on me a ton to the point of one of my favorites. Glad I got to hear it in person, it’s an exploratory composition that leaves space for jamming and exploring infinite sonic crevices and intergalactic sound caverns. Santos is just a total blast that mixes the best of high energy rock Phish, groovy Phish, and trekking giant peaks Phish all in a song. Phenway certainly learned what space smells like, it’s stanky and delicious. Got that Squirming Coil (And bug but less exciting, still great though) encore to close the night! What an amazing way to end a good show. Beautiful composition and easily in my top 5 phish songs, felt special to get that song. Lights zeroed in on Page as he knit a beautiful sonic tapestry; it was just him and us. Phish means a lot to me for many reasons. One is that Trey’s life has some parallels to mine, and he inspired me to pursue music after giving up on it and gave me a new lease/perspective on life. But even though I owe that to Trey in particular, Page holds a deep and special place in my heart. He’s one of my favorite instrumentalists and my favorite keyboard player in music, so sharing those intimate moments with him brought me to tears (I’m not crying, you’re crying!). What a good show, overall lots of ups and downs which is to be expected, but some insanely special moments too and lots of love for the phamily. I’d give it a 3.6-3.8/5! Extra points for Trey throwing that kid in the pit a guitar pick or shirt (what was it?), that was insanely cute


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