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Look I'm the first one to jump to the land of THE BIG PICTURE when a day in the life of Phish is not so sunny, but this is a public forum and there's nothing "hateful" about expressing disappointment over unmet expectations.

The tour has been average so far, and has resembled early 2011 more than the last 3-4 years. That's just the facts.

Yes there were some moments, but Phish always has moments in every show.

They sucked last night.

Nothing worked the way it should have. Watching it felt like that moment when you invite your parents to the final night of your leading role in the high school play only to trip on a mike cord as you walk onto the stage and break your nose. It was embarrassing.

It was more than embarrassing, it was cover-your-eyes-awful, go-to-bed-early, lie-awake-thinking-about-the-future-of-humanity embarrassing.

These feelings only happen when you're in love and your girl refuses to kiss you goodnight. That's how it felt.

When Phish wows us we say so, and when they drop a deuce on camera somebody needs to say so. This review was right on. There was nothing else to say about it.
. I haven't listened to this show yet, but embarrassing seems like potentially a bit of an overstatement. We're you at Coventry? Now THAT was embarrassing. A cpl flubbed songs in a show seems like nothing after that musical debacle.
Understand that after Mann1 I was gushing about the band's cohesiveness and the tightness of their playing.

I don't judge shows by the long jams. I'm an execution/flow guy. I love the jams like everyone but if the playing is sloppy and the set construction is clunky and awkward, a single exploratory jam isn't going to save the show for me.

Now, when I have my Phish on shuffle and I can cherry pick that one jam for the mix, then great. But you have to remember the larger context of this show. It was a three-night run. Any three night run in Phish land is a big deal and when it hasn't been very good, you're really rooting for a grand slam to end on a good note. This factor is significant in the evaluation of this performance. It might seem unfair to you, but context is everything.

Besides, like many others on this thread you are reacting to what you think is an overstatement, and yet you didn't listen to it. More importantly, you didn't hear it live. Most of the negative comments, including the review itself, are from people who experienced it in real time. is a non-commercial project run by Phish fans and for Phish fans under the auspices of the all-volunteer, non-profit Mockingbird Foundation.

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