, attached to 2016-07-06

Review by SolarGarlic505

SolarGarlic505 Couldn't agree more with the sentiments expressed here that something is awry. Overall uninspired playing, choppy setlists, no steam 4th quarters, obvious tension on stage between members, nearly no assertiveness from trey . . . . . . . . all of this truly has me worried for the band we all love. Something isn't right. And I know I am not alone in feeling this way now that we are past the early tour jitters.

I truly love Phish. I have been seeing them since '97 and listening to them avidly since '94. Being a musician myself, I understand how bands grow, develop, and change their sound. It is something I have welcomed with open arms when it comes to Phish, and there are periods where the drive is there! Most of us here have witnessed it first hand. It was there last year in my opinion, some really excellent shows were played. I understand that Phish and ANY band have good and bad shows, and that is part of their beauty. But we need to call a spade a spade here, at this moment, on this tour. This isn't average Phish. This is sub-par at best. Its causing concern. And I am tired of people bashing honest reviews or giving people who comment a hard time saying "you weren't there so you don't know what you are talking about and f*#k off." Strictly speaking in regards to quality of music and setlists, this tour is simply sub-par. Im sorry, but it is the truth, and an alarming one at that. You shouldnt have to be at the show to be able to listen to it and say "this is great!" We have all done it for years listening on tape, at shows we may or may not have been at, whether it was last year or 25 years ago, and be able to judge for ourselves the quality of the music, the flow of setlist, the palpable joy of the band that you can HEAR, and not have to see . . . . . this translates with a pair of headphones, through a live stream, or on the television just as well as it does when you are actually there. I love phish, I love the music, I love our community, but I would only be a liar and fooling myself and anyone else if I said these shows are great and that I have no concern whatsoever for this tour, and more so, the band that I love. I hope this turns around and they can shake off the very thing that seems to be haunting them this tour. To me, it seems they would rather be doing something else, and that joy and unity are missing . . . . . just my two cents.

The beginning lines of "Sleeping Monkey" come to mind, and they have been playing that quite a bit this tour . . . . .


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