, attached to 2016-06-28

Review by ndphanjeff

ndphanjeff Quick review before I listen to the show again on SBD:

First show under a pavilion, the sound was amazing in my section (right behind Kuroda. The energy was pretty high, and Trey told the crowd after one of the first few songs that they loved to play at the Mann (a sign of things to come..?)

Set 1 opened with a high energy Wilson (I finally got an opener call before the show right!). Found some grooving in Funky Bitch / NMINML combo, of which the latter went pretty deep.

Roggae continued the jamming for a bit but they decided to give us some bluegrass with Nellie Kane. Not my favorite bluegrass cover that they do, but it was still fun, and the sky was beginning to darken around this time.

We then got hit with an awesome 1-2 punch in Gumbo > BOAF. Both jammed pretty well but the BOAF in particular got really deep. The guy next to me shouted that they are playing so well right now after that BOAF ended. I had to agree.

Then we got Sleep Again and Things People Do, both of which calmed down the set and led perfectly into LimbXLimb. I love seeing this song in the first set and had a hunch we would see it tonight. It was followed by a solid, dark, Split Open and Melt.

I had thought SOAM would end the set, but instead they went into a song I didn't quite recognize because it hadn't been played in so long and I hardly ever listen to it. But the Oh Kee Pa > Suzy was a sure sign that the set was ending so I decided to beat the mad rush to the bathrooms and get prepared for set 2.

Set 1 highlights: NMINML, BOAF, SOAM
Set 1 rating: 3/5
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Set 2 started with a great Fuego. I've always wanted to get a HUGE Fuego at one of my shows, and this version was pretty deep, but it didn't quite reach that peak that I was hoping for.. however, it shifted perfectly into Runaway Jim and when I heard those opening notes I jumped up and down in excitement. What a great live song! This version didn't jam for too long before Trey brought us Gotta Jibboo, but I'm not one to complain. Jibboo is one of my favorite songs they play and I was dancing my ass off.

Breath and Burning was okay, though Trey started fiddling around during the jam with his echoplex and it got pretty dark. When they shifted into Timber the crowd was super excited. Timber had some cool back-and-forth between Trey and Page.

The Slave peaked like I haven't heard before in 3.0 Slaves, Trey specifically shredded the high notes toward the end of the jam.

I thought, again, that the set would end early with Slave (also thought the curfew was 11pm but I guess it was 1130). The last Phish show I went to was MPP2 2015, and that, too, ended with a set 2 YEM. This one didn't quite jam as much as that one, mostly because as soon as they stopped jumping on the tramps, Trey dismounted his guitar and ran back to the Marimba Lumina. For a time it was just Trey and Fish jamming out "Drums" a la the GD. Soon Mike jumped in and took us out to the vocal jam.

Quinn the Eskimo was a great way to end the show, but I knew it was pretty late so I darted out of there as soon as I heard the opening notes.

Set 2 Highlights: Fuego, Gotta Jibboo, Slave
Set 2 Ratiing: 4/5

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Overall, it was a great summertime show, and I'm happy to have had an amazing seat for once. Unfortunately I won't be seeing any more shows this summer, but I think I'll be sticking around for Couch Tour every night, because they seem to be playing at a very high level.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5 ~ 4/5


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