, attached to 2012-06-08

Review by mattyb5000

mattyb5000 Posting this review more than a year after I was at the show, but better late than never, right? I've listened to this show probably a dozen times in the intervening year; I just love it so much.

First off: the sound this night was phenomenal. I've been to two dozen shows at DCU (formerly the Centrum) over the years and it's usually an echo-filled cavern. The Phish sound engineers worked some pure magic though, because I could hear everything perfectly. No echoes, and the volume was perfect. I didn't even need earplugs and this place can get LOUD.

The DWD>Sand>Nellie Kane seque gets all the raves, but you know what my two favorite songs from the whole night are? The Free set I opener and the "2001" from near the end of set II. I'm a bass player, so I'm always cued into what Mike's playing. Let me tell you, he's dropping some BOMBS during his solo segment on Free. I love it! And the way they extend the intro before finally settling into the verses was sweet.

The version of 2001 from the end of the night was pure chill ecstasy. At 9 1/2 minutes, it's a significantly longer version than the 5 minute interludes they typically do. Rather than bridging the gap between more prominent songs, the boys rightfully give this song its moment in the sun. They quickly find a chill-funk "happy zone" and decide to stay there a while, and I'm glad they did. I play this version of 2001 regularly when I'm on my way in to work - it puts me in such a good, relaxed mood. It's the perfect way to start the day.

Overall, this show doesn't get as much love as Worcester night 1, but it's my favorite of the two hands-down. I'll be in the minority when I say this, but I also believe this show belongs in any discussion about best overall shows from 2012. (No, there's no virtuoso jamming like Dick's night 1 or MSG nights 1 and 3, but *every* song is played perfectly. There's no dull moments.)


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