, attached to 2018-07-25

Review by doctorabe

doctorabe Sometimes, you think you know wine. Then, you speak to an oenophile, and you are almost embarrassed you had an opinion. So, too, with this show. Sure, I have only been to 12 shows, (spread out over 24 years). But, then, over the past five years, this band got a hold of me in a big way. I have since listened to countless gone phishin' shows. Plus, I have the Live.Phish app, which I use daily. I have even been to some impressive shows like 8/06/17. So, it was with confidence, when I turned to my daughter/phellow-phan right after the show and said "Wow! Wasn't that the best Phish you have ever heard?!" In fact, I said "Wow" countless times throughout the second set, and, mind-you, I am a pretty sedate phan. Set one wasn't bad, and set two was mind-blowing. "Set your soul Free, has all the familiar ingredients of a good Phish show, and they already launched it into a dark jam, and pretty much kept going. Everyone on stage look energetic and happy. Wonderful, extended jams. Songs melding one into another. I could really see Trey being one with his guitar...Then, I excitedly get back to the hotel-room and log on to Phish.net, eager to see if this show will be in the vaunted 4.7 territory. Then came the early results. It's like a stock going public, opening at a disappointment 3.7! Yeah, it briefly ranged into 4.0 territory but I knew that these early returns were dismal, and here we are. Today, it's holding steady at around a 3.6. So, in short, what I thought was one of my best shows is a 3.6. I better stick with grape juice.


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