, attached to 2015-07-25

Review by n00b100

n00b100 In lieu of an actual review (this is basically a 1992-1993 show, from the killer segues to the fun instrument-switching antics to Trey ripping up every solo to - lest we forget - not exactly the longest jams in the band's live catalog, so if 92-93 isn't your bag, I'd direct your attention back to the Shoreline show), I'll present you with a few thoughts and observations from the live experience:

1. Saw Bill Walton right by the barrier between the floor and the backstage a half hour before showtime. Sadly, he wandered off before I could tell him how great the '76-'77 Blazers were.

2. The place was PACKED tonight. Very few open seats, just about all of them in the very tippy-top of the upper bowl. Given that this was actually the largest venue of the West Coast leg, that makes some sense.

3. Obviously very chuffed they played Martian Monster - if they're going to discard all but a few Halloween songs (as with every non-Wingsuit set), I'm glad MM stuck around. It sounded fantastic, too.

4. Trey DESTROYED the Heavy Things solo. Absolutely murdered it. Walls of the Cave was a nasty shredfest, too. Oh, and just in case you needed to know, he tore up Number Line, too. If you're gonna go Type I, go Type I with style.

5. No Men in No Man's Land is not going anywhere.

6. If you're not going to play big jams (and note that both Carini and Tweezer had very fine interplay), play great segues instead. Carini -> Tweezer -> My Friend, My Friend are all great segues.

7. Man, does this band have a good handle on Roggae, or what?

8. Slave is *wonderful* live. I get it more now.

9. I went to go get a soda during setbreak, and next to the register I saw a note about set times, with the show to end at 11:30 PM. When the band walked off stage, I looked at my phone and saw it was 11:09. So either the encore was going to be 2-3 songs in the "worst"-case scenario, or Fluffhead/YEM in the best-case scenario. And we got one heck of a big YEM - one that peaked *twice* (Mike and Trey should switch instruments more often if we get that kind of raging peak) and matched up nicely with Vegas' exceptional version. Now that's how you close a show!

10. I'm thinking of a "darn good Phish shows" coin. One side has the Shoreline show on it. The other one has last night's. 2015 continues to roll on.


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