, attached to 2014-07-12

Review by EthanP

EthanP As this is my 20th anniversary year I find myself having many retrospective moments. It's never going to be Sugarbush 94' again. But that’s ok. I also know that Sat night was full of all the dummies that have helped disconnect the band from the real fans. That being said it was a pretty good show. And frankly as easy as it is to be critical, no one ever sets out to play a bad show. Sometimes it hits sometimes it doesn’t, and this band deserves some respect and room to do what they do. That’s why they aren't your typical band. Also if all you "fakers" would shut the f-ck up and appreciate what's going on you wouldn’t get a "predictable" Antelope. This is an epic song, each movement of it amazing in its own right. Instead of talking for the first ten minutes maybe you should enjoy each note. They are building blocks. If you just want songs that explode on impact you don't belong at a Phish concert. And believe me. If the audience gave the energy and respect this band deserved, that Antelope could have gone into the stratosphere, like it always used to. Show this song some frickin respect. An Antelope should be cherished not scoffed at. Shame on you. And yes this show had its ups and downs. But its time you take a long look at yourself and the fans around you.
PYITE opens the second set and despite many joyous fans, I saw tons of kids just chatting away or wondering off. During a Punch. Are you serious? Take some responsibility and ask your neighbor to do the same. Otherwise just get spun in the lot and go to the after party. Don’t you think a band that once created secret signals for their core fans, might live and die by the energy and attention the audience throws back to them. After Trey joked about his screw-ups, perhaps if the audience showed him the love and encouragement he has earned he would have turned the screw up into a mind blowing BBFCFM, (see Sugarbush 95,after Lizards debacle). It's time for old fans and new to reconnect and to teach the kids who don’t know that this band is all about the give and take. You show them the respect and attention that makes this band an experience every night, instead of just a regular concert and I promise great things will happen. Hoping tonight will bring out the core fan base and will show Phish that we come first for the music, and the party comes second. That’s the way it was back in the day and those set lists prove that’s how you get Phish at their best. Nuff said....


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