, attached to 2015-08-15

Review by n00b100

n00b100 I know what you're thinking to yourself - "Self", you're thinking, "this exceptional tour has given us huge bustouts, stone-cold-killer jams, the return of the 2nd jam in Mike's Song, a freakin' *five song second set*, and has gotten tongues wagging in a way few tours of this era have, but one thing we haven't gotten yet is a truly crazy '93 style segue-laden antic-laden gigantic party show, with some sweet jams thrown in to boot. What's up with THAT?" Well, worry no more, hypothetical .net user I just made up for the purpose of this review, because your prayers have been answered with this show, yet another show that will be talked up as one of the best of the summer when all is said and done.

Set 1 is packed with great songs very well performed (Glide, Buried Alive, McGrupp), a nutty song sandwich in BBFCFM > Your Pet Cat > BBFCFM (I originally thought it was audibled when Page hit the wrong sample, but given how well the opening YPC sample fits BBFCFM, I'm not so sure now), and a lovely Antelope that starts off relaxed '98-style, works into a great Trey/Page duet moment, and gives us a nicely extended Rye Rye Rocco portion. Set 2 is one of those sets that has something for everyone - big jams (a 46 Days that works its way from a thicker and nastier take on the usual 46 Days jam into blissful upbeat hose; a Piper that slides from minor to major key without fail and never lets up in skull-pounding intensity from start to finish, thanks to Fish deciding the jam's not over until he says it's over - it's not too far away from the Pipers of 2003 vintage), a really sweet song sandwich (Steam going sparse and nasty, suddenly giving way to What's The Use?, and then returning to Steam with charming ease), nifty segues (quibble about Steam -> Piper if you want, but 46 Days -> Bug and Piper -> Tweezer - the FOURTH segue into Tweezer of the summer, how wild is that? - are both outrageous), a mega-bustout (NO2, of all damn things, making its 7th ever appearance in the midst of Tweezer), a shredfest in Walls of the Cave, and hijinks galore (the aforementioned NO2, where Mike finally really puts that drill to its best possible use as Page goes nuts with the CTSOTHH samples). Hell, even a Sleeping Monkey encore is given a little added fun with Trey bringing up that Spin article we all crapped on a while back. That's a lot to ask for from one evening of music.

Final thoughts: Merriweather Post Pavilion has developed a reputation as one of *the* places to see Phish, and this show will only further burnish that reputation. Buy the ticket, ride the ride.


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