, attached to 2013-07-14

Review by cristilclear

cristilclear I loved seeing Fish with a new instrument. Keeping it fresh. The ML sounds fantastically funky. I noticed toward the end that Mike walked over to Fish (while Trey was throwing the balloon, I guess), took off his bass and held it inside Fish's kit close to the ML. I wondered if Mike did this in reverence or if there was some sort of feedback loop being created by the ML and the bass......any ideas?

Now, at some shows I actually learn something about myself, about the band, about the scene or all three together. This show was one of them. Here is how it happened: During what I believe was YEM, Trey put down his guitar and started dancing like a Phish fan while Mike took a bass solo. Trey often does this and on this particular night he actually spun around like a true spinner. Much to my chagrin, when Trey finished dancing he spit a gigantic loogi onto the stage floor. This loogi was so big that I saw it shimmer as it splattered under the lights. To me, spitting is a sign of disrespect and I wondered if Trey was doing this to diss wildly dancing fans. Most of us groove hard, he was too and then he spits on the ground. It bummed me out.

After the show people in the lot were selling shirts that read, "NO DEAL CUSTIE" with an image of a head full of pins. I did not understand (still don't, really). My friend explained that a custie is a derogatory term for a customer. What? I've been on this scene for a long while and never heard this term? I was slow to catch on to "wookie" as well. Anyway, I pondered this strange shirt, along with Trey's fan-dance-spitting incident and I learn: No one really has any respect for anyone else in this phamily. From band leader to the wookie-custie symbiosis. How sad. I had a fun show dancing with my friends but left feeling sad about the state of affairs.


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