, attached to 2013-08-03

Review by TheSilentTrees

TheSilentTrees This was a tremendous show, and anyone who says otherwise has too much time on their hands. Page has been killing it... I personally think his work with the Metermen has given him all sorts of new funky groove-time energy. It's nice to see the balance between Trey and Page, it's a real give-and-take out there in the jamscape.

Okay, first set highlights: Maze, Timber, playing Driver on a particularly emotional request (because that's how dedicated this band is to their fans), and First Tube (watch this one on YouTube if you want to see Trey pretending to be a rock star... it's awesome). I thought Bug was a weird choice, kinda dropped all the frantic energy after Axilla, but it's a nice song and, by the end, I was happy to see it. Was it just me, or did this set feel really long? In a good way, of course.

The whole second set was one big highlight for me. RnR was the big type-II jammer of the night, getting deep into space before bringing it back down for some funky Steam. I'm personally thankful that this song is back in the rotation for this summer tour, because it rocks! Other highlights: Hydrogen, Fluffhead>2001>Slave. It was my first Mike's Groove and Fluffhead of the summer (this was my 5th show of the tour), definitely nice to hear the classic I Am Hydrogen in that trio of tunes. And Slave was just brilliant. The tension and release in that final progression is a force of unstoppable sonic power.

I could brood about hearing Backwards Down the Number Line for the umpteenth time, but my dad put it best. "It may be overplayed, but, when it comes down to it, it's still fucking Phish." I'll leave it at that.

Encore was great, definitely not expecting either of those tunes. I love Waste (I'm pretty sure every guitarist loves this song). Neurologist? AAAAAAAAAAAAH!

I had a great time. See you there tonight!


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