, attached to 2011-08-10

Review by DistressTube

DistressTube Note, this is an objective review. If you don't like reviews that compare shows to previous ones then you may not enjoy this. This review is more for people who are very familiar with different versions of songs so that if they did not get a chance to view/listen to the show, they can have an idea if they would like to get it. Watched the feed so there is no live bias to the review.

Fun to see Dogs Stole Things opener--kinda fits into the theme of the summer of atypical openers. I would call the first set fairly standard, and at times , a little buzzkilling. Stealing Time and Halley's Comet seemed to be both cut off prematurely with almost no jam sections at all, which frequently leaves you feeling a little hollow. Insert bluegrass tune here (although I wish they would have mixed it up and gone with something else since they just played Poor Heart a few days ago). Alaska takes a lot of flack for being a set killer, but this version seemed to explore its jam a bit and was certainly respectable. After Halley's and a standard Ice came Circus, which seemed out of place, and always fits better after a blistering hot scorcher IMO. Nice to see Ya Mar, although Trey didn't get to explore his floaty, jazzy solo that has made such past versions highly enjoyable. Stash was played well and certainly picked up the energy a bit, which was kept up with a pretty good Funky Bitch. Instant Karma is a fun cover, although fairly standard to past versions. Antelope was predictable as a set closer, and while always a lot of fun at the show, this was a standard version that the band seemed to force out at the end of a set that lacked a definitive flow.

DWD to open second set is always fun despite a fairly standard, non-extended jam. Jim got a little exploratory before a sloppy, abrupt transition into Ghost. Good, standard Ghost went into Golden Age, a cover making more frequent appearances in the rotation as of late. Definitely an energy booster and fun to hear. A predictable and standard 3.0 version of 2001 followed. Next up came Sneakin Sally, which I always love (and crowd as well)....

...btw @robertchampion "the impromptu vocal jam out of Sallie.." --- Vocal jams on Sneakin' Sally are not uncommon. I'm not hating, just noting.

...Guyute came next and is always fun to hear. Wading in the Velvet Sea followed. Good version although fairly standard. YEM finally came back to life (only the 2nd time played in the last 19 shows!) so that was fun to hear. Typical length with a more upbeat jam section, and ending vocal jam.

Show of Life opened the encore and was pretty good. A relatively short, but powerful and rocking version of Good Times Bad Times closed it out.

Overall, the show looks pretty good on paper, but lacks flow and no one song really stood out. After a couple really well played shows at the Gorge last weekend, the band seemed to tone it down a bit this week.

But as always, thanks for playing, Phish!


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