, attached to 2015-08-11

Review by hughie46

hughie46 A solid 4 star show in Phish's new era. I was dead center on the upper rim of the pav, and the sound was loud and great. The venue is spacious, clean, and really a beautiful place overall. The bands enthusiasm was definitely apparent from the get go, with trey putting a fliers jersey on stage in the interest of local support.

This tour especially, there has been a noticable tightness in the bands performance of compositions (new and old). This show was no different, every song played seemed to be draped in the same level of average-great quality of playing. That made it a really nice experience, no bumps or cringe moments whatsoever.

As other people have said, the first said is probably the more rousing of the two in hindsight. They played a few rarities that felt like treats, Martian monster was heavily funky and really ramped up the crowd early. Vultures was nice but didn't soar as cleanly or highly as some others. Bowie was my highlight of the set, with a really murky sounding composed section with crunchy trey, then an expert level but brief jam with great balanced interplay. But on the note of balanced jamming, that was my one slight gripe with their playing. Not exactly bothersome but something I noticed was happening tonight, during jams (specifically ghost, diego, rnr) the band minus trey would lock in to sick grooves, sort of in the style of the late ninties. Although trey would come on top with chords opposed to soloing, his guitar sounds deliberately louder and sharper than everyone else and he seemed to purposely be chopping up and breaking up a groove the band had just neatly set up. Obviously he doesn't always do this, maybe he just felt like playing songs and jamming in a particular way tonight. regardless it was something I felt compelled to include. Interestingly enough, the band went on to play a tight, groovy, downright sick 2001-> sand. maybe it was the rest of the bands call to groove out the second set?

This was a very fun show to attend, with clean playing, cool song choices, and a highly reccomended Bowie and if you have a few extra minutes, fuego through sand.


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