, attached to 2012-08-22

Review by Manteca

Manteca Great show last night! Phish delivered a great Wednesday night throw-down that contained a little bit of everything that keeps me returning to Phish shows. Nice Chalkdust opener to get the crowd moving. Skin it back (!) and Moma Dance was a great 1-2 funk punch, check out the Skin it Back. Rift was enjoyable as always, love a Rift. The Gin Stash combo was simply awesome. I personally think the Stash jam was the winner of the two jam vehicles. Curtis Lowe was placed in a great spot coming off of 2 hot jams and was my first Curtis so I soaked up every note. Another first for me came next in KDF. Nothing to write home about with this KDF but definitely worth checking out. Funky Batch brought the energy level back up a few notches and featured some great Page work. Throw in a well played Antelope to close an awesome first set.

Set 2 started off with Tweezer. This Tweezer dug deep and I would say it is the best jam of the night (competing w/ Stash and Hood). Be sure to spin this Tweezer, it has some beautiful cohesion, especially around the 8 minute mark and on. I could have used a few more minutes in this jam before dipping into piper but I loved hearing piper fire up as i haven't had one since '09. Piper has been ripping lately so I was real anxious for this. It didnt quite launch into the stratosphere but they made every second of the jam count and it worked -> Mikes. This mikes sandwich is the most controversial segment of the show it seems. For some, they look at the 4 songs in between Mikes and Paug and immediately write it off and call it a really long piss break, but not in this case.. Bouncin was a fun condiment on the sandwich and was very well played, #line was played extremely well and featured a great delicate solo by Trey. I love this #line. By this point I figured they would start back into the fiery but Heavy Things started and contained a nice little Page led jam. Finally we have If I Could - this song is just great and it was played with a ton of soul. You can tell Trey is putting his all into the vocals and it just sounds great. I think people wish that those 4 songs would have been replaced with 1 big ass jam or 2 but those 4 songs worked as a UNIT and worked damn good! Paug was funky as shit - as always and Hood had a GREAT jam. Fishman was slap happy this evening and it shows during the Hood jam. Suzy with the Stairway tease was killer - especially since I was listening to Stairway as I was parking my car at the venue and haden't listened to the song in ages. I don't know how things like that happen but it is damn cool and Phish is the shit so stop being so damn critical!!!!! Great show on a great tour


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