, attached to 2010-08-07

Review by milesoleo

milesoleo This is the best phish show I have seen since 7/20/98. An absolute stunner of a show. Top to bottom great flow & energy. The Greek is a beautiful venue, perfect size and INCREDIBLE sound. Up top you have a view of San Francisco Bay in the distance. I think by night 3 Phish had this place dialed in. The interplay between band members was incredible. Everyone listening and playing off eachother's riffs all night long in EVERY song. The ACDC Bag opener was played more ferociously than any other version since the comeback. Listen to the height that Trey takes his solo, just kicking it up notch after notch until he is about to pop a string then bam - FOAM. Awesome version with nice extended full band improve in the later half. Boy they were loose and sounding great already. The interplay between Trey & Page in Jibboo was awesome, copying eachother's riffs, taking them further. Everyone erupts when Trey let loose the delay loop, ahhh that sound. Why retire it Trey? Bring it back! Best Reba of 3.0 with a soaring jam this time Mike & Trey are dancing around each other. Killer build! It should be said that Trey busted out a new guitar for these shows and I think by night 3 he was in love and it shows throughout this show. Sleep Again & Army of One were both well played, enjoyable and a perfect couple of chill tunes after the build of the first 4 songs of the set. Poor Hear got everyone up then 46 Days > Tube > Character Zero blasted us into setbreak with a wonderful force and energy. Positive vibes all around the Greek, no tweakers. Seemed like most everyone there was for the music, lots of laughs, high fives and loooong lines for the bathroom. City lights in the background the entire time. Set two opened with a well played Wilson into Light. Light went deep (for 3.0 phish) into Type II jam territory with full band deconstruction of the jam before what is the best piece of musical improvisation I have ever witnessed and possibly ever heard. Up there with the 4/3/98 Roses are Free jam IMO this piece of improv took off where the 8/7/09 Sally > Jam at the Gorge left off. A summer jam of such beauty it needs to be heard over and over again. It is something I will return to until the day I die, just like those other phish jams that have become part of who I am. Light landed in 20 years later which I thought was perfectly placed both musically & lyrically. Then the most soaring heartfelt Hood I have ever seen. Listen to the note trey sustains for over a minute, then loops then solos over the loop he created. It was incredible live and it holds up 100% on tape. Killer Trey solo in Theme which was also perfectly placed in the set & then a funky & patient 2001 before the hottest Suzy I have ever heard. Even better than the Festival 8 version. Page's 2nd solo fired up the band so much that when they closed the song Trey started strumming his guitar hard demanding a solo, band heard it and started the jam again and Trey absolutely shredded his new guitar like it was '93. Then Slave, again the best build in any 3.0 Slave so far. HUGE show. Then Lizards my favorite phish tune in the world as an encore. HAHA! You kidding me?! First tube too. YES. I've seen this band since 1992. 18 years. This show my friends is what it is all about. Why we track setlists, why we record (and traded) shows, why we care how the band is doing personally - because they can make music like this. Music that fuels the soul.


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