, attached to 2010-10-19

Review by CrabInMyShoeMouth

CrabInMyShoeMouth Awesome second set, sick Reba encore and Manteca tease. End of second set & the encore was best part of the show for me because finally some of the wasted college boys, with no respect for their highs, left to get a jump on traffic back to wherever-the-hell in MA they came from (or get a jump on the tanks, which is their own choice but damn do you have to be so fucking rude inside? I pretty much had 2 completely obliterated kids propped up against my back all night long, it seemed like they were working in shifts) and we could finally stretch out and dance and enjoy the music so much more, maybe that's why Reba is stuck in my head as the best song of the night by a long shot... I couldn't feel my legs at set-break. Was right between Mike and Trey all night, 8-10 heads back. I knew, considering it was an all GA show there would be no room to get down up front - but I wanted to get nice and close to the magic in my "home venue".

Wasn't overwhelmed by Trey's playing til they got a little warmed up but he brought the fire some songs. The first set looks great on paper, and it was great - once they (and the crowd) built up some momentum. Page pretty much owned that building tonight, so did Mike but I kept hoping he'd take it a little bit further (pronounced "funkier").

My musical highlights were pretty much the entire second set, Reba-teca, and Nellie > 46 Days (funny they hadn't played Nellie Kane since last time they were in Maine). Solid Chalk Dust opener. Show really started taking off somewhere between Gin and Divided Sky. Golgi then A Day in the Life was the perfect closer to the 2nd set. Low points for me were a kind of "meh" Hood, but I always have high expectations for that song (doesn't help that everyone around seems to want to talk my or their friend's ear off the second the deep, spacey jam after "thank you Mr. Hood" starts up), and what I thought was a really weak Possum because it lacked the kind of tension and release my ears kept waiting for.

My only regret for the night was being so antsy to get as close as possible, the mood just struck me, and it was my girlfriend's first Phish show so we just wanted to get right in the heart of the fiasco. But, for me, more dancing space translates directly into a better experience - and I'm not the kind of dick who will impose on anyone else's space to have more of my own. We still had an awesome night, still glowing.

The whole band seemed really into it, can't wait to hear what else comes out of this fall run.


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