, attached to 2009-03-06

Review by adriedupgoliath

adriedupgoliath My first review and it's not going to be very long. I DO believe the star rating for shows should be based on music alone and not one's individual experience but I strayed slightly from that belief for this show because the music was strong but far from great.
I gave this show a 4 based on music and not my individual experience but the importance of the show from the bands standpoint. I won't explain why this show marks a HUGE moment for the band because if you need that explanation then....well, I guess this review isn't for you.

The music: Set I- On paper, this may look like one of the coolest sets of all time. Fluffhead brought the loudest roar I've ever heard at any live event. The crowd hung on each note and lyric and it was absolutely the most appropriate song 3.0 could have started with. Divided followed by Chalkdust marks the one of the best 3 song openers I've ever seen (again, ON PAPER). The playing was clean, it was obvious they took practicing seriously but nothing adventurous. Just playing the songs as they were written. Highlights: Fluff, Divided, Chalkdust, Bowie.

Set II- BDTNL debut. Everyone seemed to be enjoying it. The whole set was average to slightly above minus the flub and restart with YEM, but they get a pass for that one. I know they're Phish but even they had to be nervous on a night like this.

Encore- Grind was fun, Bouncing at first was a bit disappointing but then they started releasing those giant balloons they had hanging from ceiling so that ended out pretty cool. Loving Cup was a nice way to wrap up what was arguably the most anticipated Phish show ever.


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