, attached to 2011-07-02

Review by makisupaman

makisupaman Saturday was my 25th birthday, and my 13th PhiShow. The first set was a mid-day funk fest at times, with the Boogie > Camel Walk, Cities taking the prominent front position there. Monkey Man was really great, a perfect new cover for this band.

Set 2 was fun and the highlights for me were McGrupp, It's Ice, and the Antelope. Mango Song was a struggle for the boys, and they knew the crowd needed a pick me up and thus Rift took care of that. I have heard three or four Antelopes since the band returned to touring in 2009, and this one stands out for me as the best I have seen.

Set 3 was my favorite of the three played on Saturday. Golden Age and the subsequent jam was really smoking hot. An older gentleman near me in the rear of the pit (Page side) called it before they even stepped on stage. Piper > Tweezer was phenomenal. The Number Line was a perfect nod to my birthday (and probably hundreds of other Phish fans' birthdays that were celebrated this weekend). Twist was another really stand-out version, easily the best I have seen/heard in this era.

The Storage set was on a completely different level of awesome. The engineering involved and the set up made for a total auditory/visual/transcendental experience the likes of which I had never experienced with this band or any other. Total chaos as all the spun out fans attempted to come to terms what was happening. I laughed openly at many points due primarily to the enchantment and wonder the band had provided to its faithful.

Needless to say, it was a birthday I will never forget, and I am so very grateful to the band, their crew, all the supporting organizations, and to all of my friends who helped celebrate it. Thanks!


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