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Scott I've reviewed the reviewer from time to time but this time I'm with @Bertoletdown. I'm not going to care and probably won't remember one or two flubs/quick recoveries as they are part of performing, but at this point the band needs to rehearse more or shorten up the playlist. Maybe don't schedule side project gigs immediately before Phish tour?

In the past, I pushed back on the 3.0 v. 1.0 comparisons IRT flubbing. 1.0 had its fair share. 12/31/95 has a majorly botched Reba; at the pre-Thanksgiving DC area show in 1995 they botched Rift and aborted it entirely in favor of a boring 30 minute Free. That being said, from 1991 through most of 3.0 I would basically never catch Fishman out like I did a few times recently, and overt mistakes by Mike were super-rare (he's AWOL from his highlight line --twice! -- in the Forum Fuego.) On Saturday night even the outro to Maze was dodgy. ATL3 and Tahoe1 are about the worst in all of phish history and getting to be borderline unprofessional.

Remembering lyrics is harder when you get to be 55 -- so get a teleprompter operation going! This isn't American Idol. Would anyone care? Jazzers have 'the book' -- it wouldn't be hard for Phish to establish a one page file for every song in the catalog to have available on stage while they play or for a 30 second overview between songs.

There have been many choice improvisations this tour, and I'm warming to Trey's new sonic toolkit. Petrichor certainly must have taken some rehearsal time since they've been on the road. Obv. we don't want soulless studio musicians but methinks a little more prep time would go a long way and improve the experience of the phans. I'm sure Trey is sincere when he speaks to trying to make their show something worth traveling to get to. Being tighter is part of that.

The 1993 NYE run had repeats. We lived. Last night had tons of potential but it just didn't come together despite the promise at the outset.


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