, attached to 2014-11-01

Review by n00b100

n00b100 Set 1: Quite nice indeed; while lacking in exploration, the band decided to dust off some of their less-played tunes, played very nice versions of Fuego and Roggae, called back The Birds in BOAF (a thrilling moment that possibly suggests Phish isn't done with 10/31/14 II quite yet, and not the last!), and rip up Wingsuit as per usual now. Lots to like here for a Set 1.

Set 2: After getting the crowd going with Possum, C&P pops up for the 2nd time in the tour, and out of the typical Crosseyed jam the band drops to a low boil, Page and Trey melding with bubbling notes from each, Mike doing some fine work. Trey switches to stabbing chords as spaciness builds up and Fish switches up his beat, and out of the jam-ending fog Trey picks out the chords to Light, and instead of the usual jarring intro Light quietly builds out of that fog instead; if it's not a ->, it's darn close.

Light rocks along in the usual fine fashion, then they move to a dancier, bouncier rhythm, with Page clanking away on the piano and Mike flipping on the envelope filter while Trey goes to weird notes. It sounds like it might be revisiting the terrain of 10/29's version, but they quickly rebuild to usual Light territory...then a switch flips on somewhere, Trey and Fish start howling, and the band drops right into The Dogs, taken at a peppier tempo than on Halloween, for a few glorious minutes in a beautifully organic and thrilling segment. The jam then collapses into a wonderfully spooky space, and Fish clearly wants to keep jamming, but instead Trey coaxes him into Lengthwise, and we get a very charming version as the previous jam fades away behind them.

Twist pops up next, with some Lengthwise quotes for fun, and they sneakily wind into Manteca so smoothly I expected a full rendition (we only got a few repetitions of "crab in my shoe mouth", sadly), then rip through a nice version of the typical Twist jam before another fog creeps over everything (via Mike, I think) and the jam moves into a more deliberate pace before coming to a relaxed close via Page and moving into Velvet Sea. A pretty nice Hood, Golgi, and #L (the band having a victory lap, as Hood easily could have closed the set) wrap things up, and the encore is the encore (though the crowd was very excited for the Fuego songs, it needs to be said).

Final thoughts: a very fine show, with bustouts galore and a superb Crosseyed > Light -> Lengthwise > Twist sequence that stacks up with the best of this year (and some of last year, too...). Fall 2014 has really hit a new gear these last four shows, and here's hoping it stays in that gear for the grand finale.


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