, attached to 2013-11-02

Review by mattyb5000

mattyb5000 In my opinion this was simultaneously the most fun show of the three night AC run and also the weakest (which still means it was an excellent well-above average Phish show.)

Set I highlights: Wilson to kick it off. Who doesn't love a show that starts off with those stutter chords to signal the "Wilson" call? Nobody, that's who! Things got a little sloppy at times -- maybe the boys are a little overexcited to start recording in the next 48 hours? -- but they seemed to take it all in stride and never let it rattle anybody. Next big highlights for me were the insane funkathon with some hysterical jabber from Trey and Fish in Theme (Bush, Busch, and Kush references) - easily making this my favorite Theme of All-Time. And a really sweet Mike's Groove, with a Weekapaug to cap off the set that was a filthy porno cowphunkfest plucked straight out of fall '97. What a fun way to get the show going!

Set II, a typical 2013 slay the dragon version of Down with Disease - they're just decimating the song this year in the best of ways, leaving no survivors in its wake. Piper was fun, and it quickly went into type II territory with a "woo" section before slipping into a wide open Roggae that was given room to breathe - a very nice treat indeed! When Waves started, I think everyone was hoping for a reprise of the Worcester version, but instead what we got was a "merely" excellent one, which was just fine because the Tweezer that followed unleashed more fall '97 style funk that took on a kind of psychedelic trance-funk vibe that the boys appropriately grooved on for a mighty fine while. I didn't want it to end.

After that it was time to coast to the finish line in the form of a raucous rendition of Julius, a late set BDTNL, and ripsnorter version of Character Zero that Trey tore to shreds. Sleeping Monkey > Tweeprise encore and that's a wrap for fall 2013, easily the best overall tour of the 3.0 era, arguably of the 2.0 era as well and in my mind deserving of being in the same conversation as a top 5 tour of all time.

Thanks boys, you've killed it this year! On to MSG!!!


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