, attached to 2013-12-28

Review by PhishGame

PhishGame FUNKY!!!!

This is a hot show, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Everyone is on their A-game. The energy coming off the band is unlike anything else from 3.0 and while this show doesn't have a 20 minute jam, there are plenty of jams, and there is a lot of excellent 10-12 minute ones. But the jams themselves are so good. They have heavy groove, mixed with this almost psychedelic sound.

First set is possibly the most enjoyable first set of the whole MSG '13 run. Stealing Time rocks hard after The Wedge opener, and Mound gets real tight after the first minute or so. Axilla kept the high energy going.

Birds of a Feather and Wolfman's are the 2 big highlights of the first set, Birds brings the funk early, with that clavinet from Page. Jam is tight. Real tight. Everyone is playing with such ferociousness.
Wolfman's Brother is next and they keep the funk going. Aw yea! This is a jam I can always return to. Thick grooves all around. Things get trippy, but yet the groove sticks around. Love Mike on this one. This jam is bad-ass. I like Monica so this was cool to hear, and 7Below into Tube and Free just keep the funk rollin, with a high energy Julius to close it out.

Second set Sand opener is a great one. Just groovin. Piper rocks hard and goes into BOTT, and then into Tweezer. That's a great combo, as each song is jammed out with high energy jamsis a short but sweet jam, but not too short. Steam is obviously the best jam of the night, and top 5 best jams of the run. Steam in 2014 should be real interesting. I enjoyed the Silent in the Morning, Waiting All Night, Antelope run to close the set, SITM is a Rift song, and I'll always take a Rift song, I've been warming up to Waiting, and Antelope is always good.

Suzy and Tweezer Reprise encore, and just a great way to end the show. This show isn't comparable to 12/29 II, and doesn't have that one super epic jam, or the awesomeness of 12/31, but this show is on par with Fall '13 tour. And that's saying something. What's more amazing is that this show is that good, and they were only going to get better from here.

Don't sleep on this show. This is a great start to NYE run.


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