, attached to 2013-10-29

Review by whatstheuse324

whatstheuse324 Hello! As we all gear up for what is expected to be an amazing Halloween run in Atlantic City, Phish gave us all an early trick-or-treat with a gem from Reading, Pennsylvania. This show was special to me for several reasons. I had many friends and family in attendance since Reading is within an hour of my home and it was also my 70th show... but that's enough about me...on to the show!

As the band took the stage, Trey leaned over to Page to discuss the opener. The funky organ intro to Cars, Trucks, Buses emerged and got the crowd moving right away. They had some energetic musical dialogue during CTB but had some problems nailing some changes and the ending. Trey immediately let Fish have it and busted into Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan. This version was on fire and attained an excellent type-1 peak before closing out with the last chorus. The set kept rolling with the blue grass guitar riff to open Ginseng Sullivan. The crowd put on their dancing shoes and sang along about their muddy water Mississippi delta home. The first surprise of the night for me occurred next when Page laid down the opening piano chords to Wolfman's Brother. I was definitely expecting this to be played on Halloween in AC, but it was an excellent treat. The interplay between the band was on point and they brought Wolfman's to its usual peak of glory. Sparkle was played flawlessly followed by the powerful rocker, Walk Away. Divided Sky was amazing. Melt took us all down a black hole and back again. I remember telling my friend next to me that this was the kind of black hole that Phish is unafraid to go down, which separates them from any other jam band. Julius was butter on the popcorn.

The second set was full of jaw dropping improv and extended versions of DWD and 20YL. They also played strong versions of Taste, Piper, and Number Line. Trey started YEM before Mike got the memo, but they finished strong. Follow that with a three song encore consisting of Bouncing, Reba, and Good Times, Bad Times and you end up with one of the best shows of an already powerful Fall Tour. Phish is amazing and can do anything right now.


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