, attached to 2009-11-18

Review by Jackaroe

Jackaroe To answer the question from the person going to Philly: they were on at 7:57, as usual. Also, you are in for a treat if you haven't seen the band in awhile, like myself. I loved these guys from early/mid 90s to the turn of the milennium, but found myself walking away from 2000 and 2004 shows feeling let down, maybe a little to old for the scene or maybe the boys just didn't have it anymore.

Those days are over my friend!! This was the best I've heard them since '98. I saw no struggle to get through complex tunes, no ambient jam that took up a half hour of my time thinking to myself "this would be a lot better in my living room at home", and a crowd that seemed energetic but not stupid, if you know what I mean.

Highlights for me:
-the near-flawless performances of Foam and Ice
-a great 46 Days with some supra-funk thrown in
-a Bowie that was strong and to the point, in which case I had no problem that it wasn't clocking in at 20 minutes
-DWD->Free was great. They really explored some different modalities on the way to Free without losing touch
-Taste was epic
-a beautiful and flawless H20
-Character Zero, believe it or not, brought the house down

Moral of the story: if you left Phish 5-10 years ago because you thought they had left themselves, come on back and you won't be dissapointed!


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