, attached to 2015-08-09

Review by n00b100

n00b100 Some scattered thoughts:

1. Good to see a third CTSOTHH song in the rotation. I'd assumed that the introduction of several new songs meant they'd fall by the wayside, and I'm happy that they're still enthusiastic about playing them (and that crowds are still enthusiastic about hearing them.)

2. Hard to beat Forbin's > Mockingbird for the "huge explosion", am I right? Also hard to beat Trey giving us a legit narration, too (although the heartfelt mini-narration at 12/31/13 II is still a heart-tugging moment).

3. My take on this Set 1: sure, I'd probably prefer jamming in a Set 1 over a bunch of bustouts, too, and it's not like I go back and listen to Summer 2012 first sets very often, but the fact that something like *this* - where the *average* song gap runs in the forties - happens so infrequently (the last such was probably 7/29/03) deserves some extra consideration. And when everything is played this well (or, at least, sans egregious botches), that makes for a very pleasant listening experience. Nice Melt at the end, too.

4. Standard or not, a set that kicks off with Antelope is always going to get extra points from me.

5. That should probably be Carini -> Waves, as it felt like Trey was angling towards Waves about 2-3 minutes before actually going into it (one wonders what the equipment problems someone was mentioning had anything to do with it), and the resulting Waves is both tightly played and dissolves into an ambient stew that somehow, insanely, shapes itself into the *third* -> Tweezer of the tour.

6. And that Tweezer ends up the highlight of the night, and the third big-time Tweezer from August 2015 (not a bad month for Phish's Dark Star - tm @waxbanks), with Trey letting his MuTron take the regular Tweezer jam to some spacey and psychedelic places before Page takes things in a more upbeat direction and the band bursts into an *absolutely goddamn gigantic* blissful hose jam that soars through the clouds (and touches on Dear Prudence and Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again, as @pzerbo noted in his recap). Damn good stuff, sir.

7. Still not 100% convinced the 2nd Mike's jam is back to stay, which means that it continues to remain thrilling when a jam DOES emerge from Mike's once again, this time funky and dirty whereas the Nashville version was beautiful. Probably a -> into Blaze On, as well, but what do I know.

8. We're now 13 shows into Summer 2015, and it really feels like this one might be one we'll be wagging our tongues about 20 years after. Seek this bad boy out - you'll find that it scratches a *lot* of your Phish fan itches.


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