, attached to 2010-08-15

Review by CanadianPhan

CanadianPhan My day was already made before the show even started when I saw Gordon cruising around the lot with his daughter on a golf cart. He drove right down our aisle pretty fast but I said "hey Mike" and he returned a quick "hey". He then stopped to check out a bluegrass band that was playing over by the bus parking. Quite a crowd formed but nobody was harassing him since he had his small daughter with him.

Tweezer opener (albeit a short one) was a sign of how great this show was gonna be. My buddy that came down to these shows with me is a HUGE Little Feat fan and named his dog Lowell. I am a fan of them too and I just love On Your Way Down. I watched the YouTube version from Albany '09 a few days before this and I was not expecting to see this song and we flipped when they played it. It was funny as well because no one near us on the lawn seemed to know what it was and 2 people asked us what song it was. For me, anything they did after that was gonna be a bonus. And boy it was a bonus. Divided Sky was sweet and I really like the blues soaked Stealing Time. Bowie closer is always awesome to see.

Second set Ghost was off the hook even if it was only 11 minutes or so. Tons of energy. Theme is always great and I got my first BBFCFM in 23 shows. I never thought I would headbang at a Phish show but there's a first for everything. The YEM>Piper>2001 speaks for itself. They just nailed it and the fun these guys are having just permeates the whole crowd. When Mike laid that fat bass solo during YEM, Trey was grooving and dancing on stage as hard as everyone else in that place. Guitar Gently Weeps is a classic and a rousing Character Zero got everyone singing and dancing more than ever.

The encore was one of the more unique ones I have seen in 23 shows. From a nice mellow Oh Sweet Nuthin (which i admit I did not know at the time) to a nice rockin Cavern, then back to mellow with Joy and then rocking with Tweeprise, the song selection was pretty unique. I totally agree with Waxbanks and others on the booing thing. I did not hear any boos when they played Joy from where I was on the lawn but people need to respect that tune as it clearly has some insightful lyrics that really stir up some emotions.


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