, attached to 2012-06-22

Review by JonBaker

JonBaker Once again, another show down at Riverbend next to Coney Island on the Ohio River outside of Cincinnati. This is not one of my favorite venue's at all, just convenient since I live an hour north of there. The new thing this year with this venue, astro turf on the lawn. Yeah that's right, astro turf. What will they do next. Anyway, Phish started off with a great Wolfman's Brother. This song is one I usually don't care that much for, I have to be in the mood for it and when they usually play it. It was great. This is the third time I've seen them start a show with it and it was a great tune to start the show with. They then played a song I've been waiting for for quite some time; Peaches en Regalia which was also a great tune. They went into a Shaggy Dog which I've also never seen them play before. Also good. Then they played a tune which I don't get to hear enough, Runaway Jim. I love this tune and it can get the crowd going real quick like, and it did. Then they played Light Up or Leave Me Alone which I guess I didn't expect. It was alright, nothing fancy. From there, the last seven songs were very good. First came Wilson, then came a good number, Alaska, followed by a standard Stash and going into a great Llama. I can't remember the last time I heard that tune. I was impressed with it too. Then came a tune I'm not that impressed with at all, Buffalo Bill. Then came Saw It Again followed by a great Bowie to end the first set. They started off this set with one of my favorite tunes, DWD. It was good, but not great. It was followed by another tune I don't get to hear that often, Guelah Papyrus. They hit this tune at the right time. It was a great one. Then they turned it up a notch. They went into a great Kill Devils Falls. This is the third time I've seen them play this tune and it gets better and better each time I hear them play it. I love it. Then came a great Twist which I also love, followed by a tune the crowds always love, Halley's Comet. This usually gets the crowd moving around which it did. Then they went into Sand. Nothing fancy, a standard Sand which went well, and then into Roggae. Then came three tunes that spelled out how this show was gonna end (a fantastic finish). Carini followed by Chalkdust Torture and Golgi Apparatus. These three songs really got the crowd fired up leading to a great, great finish, a Fluffhead encore. Phish hasn't done that in years. Fluffhead is another one of my favorites, but so is Carini and Chalkdust Torture. You couldn't ask for a better ending to a show. I liked this show better than last years and I thought that one was great. If this show would have been at Deer Creek, I would have given it even higher marks than I am. I rate this show a 9 out of 10 easily. I can't wait to see the two shows over at Deer Creek next week......


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