, attached to 2011-08-06

Review by JMart

JMart I attended these shows and remembered thinking they were AMAZING. Then I listened to them a year or so later and remembered thinking "it must have been the drugs." Having give each show a recent listen, I decided the previous me is an idiot. There are parts in each of these shows that absolutely rage.
The first night's Rock 'n Roll->Meatstick->Boogie on is essential Phish listening. Add one of the baddest bands in the world to a premier concert venue in the middle of nowhere and this is what you get. The bottom of the world dropped out. LISTEN. NOW.
The entire second set of the second night is one of the most well constructed sets of music in their career, and I'm not saying that because I have a serious Tweezer problem (although I do). Trey really digs in and raises some raucous ruckus during several peaks during Sand. This is the perfect placement for Birds. Really emotional peak during Waste that comes as close to rivaling the 12/11/97 version as I've ever heard. Cap it all off with an Antelope that teased most of the songs that preceded it...listening to it again, it still feels like too much to ask for.
If you're on the fence about going through the hassle of going to the Gorge, do yourself a favor and listen to these shows. They are very compelling evidence.


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