, attached to 2011-08-16

Review by kidrob

kidrob UIC Night 2....Because 1 and 3 get the most attention, it makes this show a major sleeper. Really fun opening sequence of songs with Dinner and a Movie, Ha Ha Ha, and Chalkdust. However, the transition into Ha Ha Ha could have been better, but then a really good Chalkdust to cap off a great fun beginning to night two.

Say what you want about Mexican Cousin, but it is played well. Walls, Runaway, Foam, IDK, Ocelot and Gineseng all played great and kept up with the fun vibe of the first set. Wedge and Limb by Limb were both played really well. Limb by Limb features a Trey plinko jam.

AND THEN LET IT LOOSE to close the set. Never would have guest Phish would pull this song out ever again, especially without the horns and backup singers, but they truly nail this cover. Page sings so beautifully and the rest of the band hits every backup part at the climax. IMO, it is a major bustout, and it is one of my favorite songs, so I was real happy. A guy on the concourse during set break was saying to is phriends that you could clearly tell Phish was enjoying themselves on stage again and thaT they were real loose, and I shouted to him "Let it Loose." He turns and says, "Yeah, exactly!"

Set Two starts with a DWD monster. For those wanting real long jams, they get one and it is very good. Twist is played really great , as they continued to make any version of this song great this summer. BDTNL next. Some people don;t like this song. Hopefully here is another version that can change peoples minds. Such a fun and beautiful song. And hey, this and Ocelot will not be leaving rotation any time soon so phans who don't might as well give them a chance. (I personally thought Ocelot blossom rocked this summer, Jon Fishman was a beat master there)

Theme from the Bottom is always a song I personally like live and seems to always be played well. It fits very nicely in the set. Golden Age > Day in the Life...WOW!!!! Here are two covers I was personally chasing, and I expected to get a Golden Age as it is in heavy rotation, but this back to back combo was about as good as it gets for me. Also, would not have expected Day in the life coming out Golden Age. Phish nailed me personally with a killer combo, and as stated the Let it Loose are three covers that make this night unforgettable to me.

YEM, Before the Boy MAn part the guy next to me says this place is gonna erupt. It did, but not like what I saw at MSG over NYE this year. That was incredible. If you don't like YEM, then you don't like Phish, so it always makes for a great show, and they really have not played it a whole lot this summer.

Quick point about the Walk this Way Tease in Yem. I'm not buying it. The tease is merely the notes from the chorus in Walk this Way. And I think Trey is merely playing his guitar and happens to run over these notes that sound like said chorus from Walk this Way. A Walk this Way tease would and Should be the opening Rift to this tune, and it is not near that at all. I'm sure it would have gotten the crowd into more of a frenzie if that happened. Nonetheless, I doubt many people at the show noticed that Trey ran over the Walk this Way chorus with his guitar. I didn't, and it took me a few listens post show to hear it.

Finally, a Triple encore (11 for the run, WOW!). This show started around 805 again. The UIC phans were treated to some really long shows over the run. I was so happy at this point, I'll take the Heavy Things start followed up by SLAVE and Rocky Top. Awesome show here that is played very well and contains a very fun first set and another stellar second set. Waves>Undermind night One is just insanely good. This band is just as tight as ever and they are LETTIN IT LOOSE UP ON STAGE!!!!!


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