, attached to 2009-08-11

Review by jthomeskillet

jthomeskillet this was my first show since 2000, I was in a different place post hiatus as they say. But a stroke of luck brought me out of slumber to feel Phish again. I wasn't familiar with any new tunes, but really dug killdevil falls. Real strong blues groove. Sample, a rocker. Ocelot, a swingier number. Then ol' Paul & Silas, classic tune, a request says Trey from a fella he met walkin yesterday. Reminded me of the old acoustic setup in '94, though I don't recall them actually doin Paul & Silas on it. I could definitely see some of the newer stuff coming on acoustic. Maybe 20 years later? Backwards down would be nice too.Anyway -
Windy City debuted here. Nice song,definitely Pages number. Curtain was sweeeeet and rolled into Train song. A short Gumbo got the jams out momentarily, then Heavy Things,I vaguely remembered this one from somewhere, sometime, but basically a new one for me and was very glad to dig it. Time turns elastic. This song is paradigm, live, it didn't sit well. seemed to break up the flow, but after further listening it is an interesting and complex composition. Now that I've heard it done with an orchestra I see it in a whole new light I guess. I appreciate it nonetheless, even if I don't quite get it.
Second set started off with another new one for me, and it was real nice, followed by some intense dark & thick licks from all as it careened into Carini. This song is thick and heavy, strong with no cream, if ya know what I mean. It curved into a boppy Gotta Jibboo.Theme was another solid tune into Wilson, seemed short but jammed thoroughly straight through 2001 into Chalkdust.Hood was sick and Scirming Squoil was beautiful! Thank you Page! A Lovin' Cup encore left me with a smile and that old itch, CAN'T WAIT TO SEE 'EM AGAIN.


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