, attached to 2013-10-29

Review by mattyb5000

mattyb5000 Live streamed this one so my viewpoint is from the comfort of my home as opposed to having been in the arena. But even so, wow oh wow was this quite a show. With the exception of one little blip in Rochester, this band has been on fire since Hampton III, and especially since Worcester. Fall 2013 is shaping up to be one for the ages.

The first set was full of highlights, but the two songs everyone will be talking about years from now will be the DWD (specifically Trey blowing the lid off the song at the end) and 20YL from set II.

Let's talk about that Twenty Years Later, shall we? Who expected a jam to come out of that one? It was in the perfect "breather" spot for the boys to take a well-earned rest, and right up until the outro, that's exactly the tone and tempo they took. Then something just happened. I don't think they planned a jam on this one at all. To my ears, Trey and Page simultaneously moved toward a "wind down" around the 5 1/2 minute mark as both held onto the same chord. I think Trey was starting to look for something to segue into, and then you can hear the moment of inspiration happen once he goes into those psychedelic chords to move things along into open waters, incorporating sections of dirty funk, blues, and minor chord dissonance into the jam that wrapped up quite nicely with a segue into Piper.

The rest of the show was gravy after that - a slick piper with Page (again) as MVP, then a well-placed #line and finally a great YEM and Grind 1-2 punch to close the set before encore.

Who was expecting a Reba to be part of the encore? Nobody, that's who. A nice quick version and then a Good Times show closer - what more could anybody ask for.

Revel in it folks. In my opinion this is the best playing on a night-to-night basis that we've seen from Phish since the late 90s.


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