, attached to 2010-08-10

Review by MiguelSanchez

MiguelSanchez I liked the first night of this run in the this beautiful city, but the second night is right up my alley. there are some weird parts, rocking parts, and of course, some lovely rarities. did i mention some good jams taboot. also, they had a good mix of infrequently played tunes, and more common tunes in some unusual spots.

they started right off the bat with the coil opener. this is only the second time i'd seen coil in a "non closing" slot, and it was the first time i'd seen it as an opener. i was hoping they would use page's solo as an opportunity to take off into some sort of interesting jam, but they jumped into faulty plan instead. this song has a nice dreary feel that seemed to fit interestingly between coil and yamar. yamar was played well. it is one of my summer time favorites, and i was happy to see it pop up here. i was really hoping to catch timber ho!, and the boys really nailed this one. while it is not the longest most exploratory version, trey did lay on a nice focused solo here. let me lie provided a nice breather before the boys laid down a beautiful, thoughtful divided sky that rang through the mountains at sun down. this was one of the more inspired versions i've heard. the boys picked it up another peg with an ultra rowdy walk away. this song seems to follow me around a bit. this is a good problem to have. they cooled things off with a solid roses>limb combo. roses was appropriate to the situation and i was happy to see limb land in the first set. batr was ok...not my favorite. then they dropped a killer antelope down. this might be my favorite that i've seen in the 3.0 era. trey, like in timber, was very focused, and he controlled this jam brillaintly. nice climax before dropping it down here.

i was not a big fan of party time until i finally caught one. this was a nice lively opener. of course, it was not actually party time until they cranked into this firey mike's song. mike steered the ship on this one as they slowly dipped into a more ambient jam. they slowly veered away from hydrogen and they drove into a nice cross eyed that seemed to pick up steam as it went along. finally, hydrogen was found in the depths of this whirl wind cross eyed jam. gordon cranked up weekapaugh, and this was a real send up version. unlike the night before, phish opted to keep rocking straight through the set. kudos to their decision; i got my first destiny unbound!! this was a great version and page and trey lit up the middle section. carini pushed the rocking vibe even further and they tacked up some fairly dark jamming on the back end of this one. eventually, they twisted into a gordon heavy free. he took a nice solo in the middle section, but they quickly brought this one back home. heavy things was somewhat of a surprise here. this is not my favorite tune, but it worked well here. then they destroyed everyone with what is, in my opinion, the best 3.0 yem, at least up to this point. they nailed the composed section, and then gordo and trey steered the jam to glorious peaks. this one just rang through the mountains. this is must hear. personally, i'm not a big stones/exile fan, so this encore doesn't really tickle my fancy. either way, it was well-executed and well-received by the masses. after a show like that, who can complain about a shine a light encore. great second set.

highlights:
set 1:
yamar, timber, divided sky!, roses, antelope

set 2:
mike's>cross eyed>hydrogen>paugh, destiny, carini, yem (must hear)


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