, attached to 2010-12-30

Review by kidrob

kidrob WHAT A NIGHT!!!! It was my first time at MSG, and I was in the third row. I'm gonna start with the venue itself. MSG, WHOA! THis is by far the best Phish crowd I have ever seen, and this venue is clearly their MEcca.

Now to the show. In Worcester, the band seemed to hold back a bit at times, and tonight would not be the case. Cites opener started a theme to the funk-rock fest that would continue throughout the show. A Driver in between MAze and Bathtub Gin may have been the only time the crowd had a chance to sit back and relax. Coming out of Bathtub was Fat MAn in the Bathtub, I love it. Probably my favorite song from the Little Feat Halloween Costume this year, so I was very pleased. Love Timber as well, and golgi and character zero to close set one is as fun as it gets. The ground was shaking at MSG during Character Zero.

My firend text me during the setbreak and said,"you must be pretty happy right now." Definitely was, but I told him that I wouldve lost it if they closed the first set with an antelope. Nonetheless, that set was as good as it gets. PA goes out during Camel Walk, but it does nothing to stop the raucous MSG crowd from having a good time.

Set Two continues the funk rock fest, and it got real hot. Tweezer opener contains that whole idea. What stood out to me in this set was the Theme>Axilla. The crowd really started to create the set list, and for someone with my point of view at this show it was clearly evident that Trey was carefully choosing songs that played to the crowds energy. My Friend, My Friend>Axilla was a good 10 raging minutes that made me go dizzy I was rocking so hard. The crowd pleaser Fluffhead continued to get us all off. This place was erupting, especially when Trey sings "Fluff came to New York." Boogie> 2001> Suzy contains more of that good funk-rock that capped off a killer set two.

Before the encore, I was praying that it wouldn't be a sleeping monkey>tweeprise, and I was still hoping that maybe they would play an antelope. So when I hear Trey play the first few notes of the encore, I LOST IT! ANTELOPE REALLY. Lets combine my favorite set closer with my favorite show closer, and this is officially my favorite encore that I have ever seen. Sorry Alpine 8/15/10, you had a nice four month run. Looking back at all 5 shows on this run, I still think this is the most complete show, however, if NYE set One was slightly better for me, I think that show could be looked back at as being better than the coveted NYE 95 show. NYE WAS SPECTACULAR!, but this show is very complete from beginning to end.


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