, attached to 2010-08-07

Review by Pitts

Pitts Ok let's do this. First off, I didn't go to nights 1 and 2 (I heard night 2 was the best) but a good show to a very good run.

The venue - the venue is ridiculous and adds a lot of weight to the overall show experience. It is northern california, berkeley, bay area so the weather and the people are extra chill. Also nice to have constant fresh, revitalizing air blowing especially with all the smoke to be found at a phish show. Because the show is on a college campus, it had a youthful nostigic feeling. Liberal Berkeley campus security were very accomodating. Felt fairly intimate with panoramic views, not a bad seat in the house. Beer line short, bathroom line long. Never have I been to a venue where people did not want to leave after the show was over then the greek.

AC/DC Bag (7:35) - eh, could have used a punch you, or something a little more electrifying to open the show...

Foam (9:09) - Ok we know you guys are technically proficient but it's not everybody's favorite song including me. Stop eating the clock and let's get the show on the road....

Gotta Jibboo (11:53) - Now we're talking, nice long drawn out version that I think got the show going...

Reba (12:12)...initially wasn't excited to hear the song but patience leads to rewards. Once Mike's "ba-dah ba-dah ba-dah" gets going and everybody starts bouncing its on...

Sleep Again (6:11) - Unremarkable. Is this new? A Trey song?

Army of One (4:46) - Anything Page touches becomes beautiful and this is no exception. What a strong and confident voice (can we get more half way to the moon please). Does anyone else think this song starts out like it could be the closing theme to Saturday night live?...

Poor Heart (2:10) - Mike's turn and blue grass is Mike's forte...

46 Days (7:48) - Intially wasn't psyched to here it, but it was indeed rockin'

Tube (4:16) - a needed infusion of funk. Trey's voice isn't as fast and spunky as say Hampton comes alive (must stop comparing this song to late 90s funk era), but it's still funky in its own right.

Character Zero (7:42) - a fine closer to the first set

SET TWO

Wilson (4:43) - I need a drawn out crazy improv to start my second set. At first I thought they were going to do to Wilson what they did to Chalk Dust Torture earlier this summer but no such luck.

Light (17:13) - ah, there's my improv, growing brighter with every (well most) versions

Twenty Years Later (7:22) - eh.

Harry Hood (15:05) - good but not epic.

Theme from the Bottom (8:59) - always a welcome addition to most any set, the song is like pizza, good almost any way you have it.

2001 (8:27) - concert offically stamped funky. But I wish they would have transitioned into it from Theme. You shouldn't strike up 2001 from scratch unless you are starting the second set.

Suzy Greenberg (10:42) - it's true what they are saying, one of the best I have ever heard, especially with that powerful encore coming right back at ya.

Slave to the Traffic Light (13:16) - always a welcoming show closer especially when the beauty of the song can be matched by the beauty of the venue.

ENCORE

The Lizards (10:14) - a nice, rare surprise for an encore. Was pretty good, but I am still stuck on last year's Camden version.

First Tube (8:38) - Another nice surprise of a second encore. However, I witnessed 12/4/09 MSG first hand from teh upper section and looking down at that crowd never have you seen waves of energy erupt like that in your life. As much as I was jumping up and down I couldn't make Trey dance more intensly. Still nice to hear.

post script - If you missed Moksha with the chick from Trey band and the guy from Santana's band at Blakes on Telegraph for the after-party show then you missed out. They brought the funk, the intensity, passion... and horns. Check em' out the next time you are in Vegas, I know I will.


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