, attached to 2013-07-31

Review by mattyb5000

mattyb5000 THIS is the reason why people go to Phish shows, and the reason they keep coming back for more.

When I give a show 5 stars I want it to be one where every song from the opening note to the final encore is through the roof. Then there are shows that come along which merit 5 stars for specific moments of euphoria that trump anything else from the rest of the show, which will ultimately be forgotten. This is one of those shows.

Years from now, when we're all in the old folks' home for Phans, nobody's going to be reminiscing about anything out of the first set. Nobody's going be talking about the excellent 2nd set renditions of Antelope (one of the best of 3.0,) Bouncing around the Room, or the rare appearance of Tela. Those were all great, but will ultimately fade with time.

But oh, that Tweezer!

That Tweezer is what we'll be talking about with Uncle Ebenezer and his geriatric compadres as we play bingo or gin rummy.

There are too many moments to point out, but I'll just say that the final 10 minutes are the apex of creativity and truly blew my mind. It represents everything Phish is about. Starting with the first "woo" segment, this jam takes the musical experience into a realm where the band and audience are literally playing as one. It's a religious experience.

The other thing I'll point out is how this Tweezer separates itself from nearly all other all-time jams in that it's made up of what to my ears sound like 5 or 6 completely new songs made up on the spot. It's not like they just play with one riff for 30 seconds before moving on to the next idea, as they usually do in a jam. Not this one. They are listening to each other and playing out ideas for the length of what would normally be a full song, with bridges, crescendos, choruses and the like. I kept thinking to myself "what SONG is that? That's so good!" And then a few minutes later, the same thing. And then again. They're just so locked in during this jam it's insane. It's like they're reading each other's minds.

I'll stop there. Please, just give this Tweezer a listen. It's going to be on your all-time playlist FOREVER and will never cease to leave you grinning ear to ear by the end.
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