, attached to 2015-09-04

Review by raidcehlalred

raidcehlalred Musically, there is not much to add to what @CreatureoftheNight succinctly states.

We've heard the fiery, condensed, Gins, and 46 in the first is nice. Again, this is nothing against the PLAYING.... I'm sure others will break this down later....

....This said, in this spot, there is a bit of a counter-argument to be made.

To be totally fair, to say 'starting every Labor Day weekend with huge setlist surprises,' is an understatement....

....if not a wild understatement.

In this context only, it seems fair to judge THIS show through the lens of context. I am not discussing the supreme summer tour; nor am I considering the notable MB experience. 'Cooler' heads (intended) will undoubtedly prevail, and the rankings will adjust to reflect, for the most part, the music.

However, the absence of overt surprise (aside: if ANY modern show boasts Henrietta as a notable feature, featuring potty humor no less, ratings will certainly vary), in this spot, is kind of a kick to the gut. But it's a classic Phish - and I'm not attempting a lame pun here - bait and switch.

Or*

10/31/14 was a 'risk,' and created a firestorm. Whatever your opinion at the time, we waited a year, and were rewarded in what may go down as the finest, or final (or both!) costume.

*My suspicion is there will be a quicker turnaround here.


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