, attached to 2015-07-25

Review by RunawayJim4180

RunawayJim4180 The Scene: Made it over to the Forum around 6:30, so I missed the .net meetup (again!), but someday I will make it to see all of you great phans. Shakedown was cool, hung out with some vendors and snagged a Fall 2014 t-shirt with the California Bear on the front. I was surprised at how full the lot was, a big difference from last year.
Was on the floor in front of Mike for the first set of this one, right next to Bill Walton for most the second set, then snuck right behind the stage for the YEM encore and snapped some amazing photos.

The Good: For a show that would count Number Line as one of the main highlights, you may scratch your head at why such strong reviews, but there was some serious heat throughout.
Martian Monster: I was Halloween in Vegas and will maintain that was the best Martian likely to ever be played, but this one really got the crowd moving to kick it off.
DWD: No time wasted in this one, straight to the point and a little uplifting groove to continue the momentum.
Heavy Things: This one is a keeper. Trey had a strong solo here and the rest of the set took off from there.
Axilla: Head banging fun!
555: Funkdafied!
Limb: This was awesome, reggae dance party eruption in the Forum. I looked around and was floored by the sea of groovy appreciation.
Ya Mar: I loved this song selection to keep the vibe going. Solid take and some fun antics from Trey and Mike (windmill kicks on the floor)
Fuego: Nice lead up into>
Walls of the Cave: This was the first time in a while I've seen the head banging Trey that we all know and love. This version absolutely smoked and was the clear highlight of the first set for me. Wow!

The entire second set. Every note is worth a listen, but standout versions of No Men, Number Line, and the Slave/YEM combo to close the show was beautifully played. Tremendous peak in the YEM and the crowd went ballistic during the Trey/Mike "duel" (if you could call it that).

The Bad: Some over zealous security were annoying, but the worst was the spun out blonde chick next to me throwing glowsticks directly at Mike, and hitting him square in the neck with one during Walls (and subsequently high fiving her friends like it some sort of accomplishment) I laid into her, only to be intercepted by her boyfriend (who looked like Odd Job from James Bond) telling me "Its her first show, relax dude" as if that's any reason to forgive her for being an idiot. I made my peace with him after he apparently told her to stop, only to see her fire another glow stick (big one this time, not one of those small numbers) which hit Mike in the foot. I stared into his eyes and said "I hope this show is her last" and walked away fuming. Friends, don't let shit like this happen and let it go. Its not funny or cool to throw things at the band, ever, Noob or not.

Finally: This was a smoking hot show full of the sharp, precision playing of yesteryear (someone pointed out 92-93, which sounds about right). Come for the first set Martian and Walls and stay for the entire second set. Thanks Phish!


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