, attached to 2016-07-10

Review by Donkenshtein

Donkenshtein Very enjoyable show on a Sunday. Partially because I liked the venue so much. It was really cool! Right on the water so you're literally watching the sun set over the horizon as the band plays their first set. And it was a beautiful night. Also, the stage is relatively small, so the band members are closer together and it seems to make for a more intimate setting. I got some great photos, which doesn't always happen.

Cuse was not quite the rager that Hartford was the night before, but still great. I was with a large pham at the Hartford show and we all had a great time. But it was just me and my two best Phish buddies who took Monday off and drove up to Cuse. Last show of the tour for me, Fishman's hometown, last show of the east coast leg, brand new amphitheater and my tenth show overall - I was feeling great and expectations were high.

Consensus among my friend and me was that we were a little more impressed with the first set than the second. The Landlady opener was really sweet, very happy I got to see Trey and Mike bust out the dance moves. Blaze On was good, then the band jumped into the Fishman medley and it seemed like they were having a lot of fun up there. My Friend, My Friend absolutely rocked, definitely a S1 highlight, and there was a big cheer when they went into the Mango Song. For me, the best part of the first set was the Timber > Timber > Timber medley. That was awesome. Most of the crowd looked around confused at the Halloween narration coming over the PA, since Phish hasn't played this one since Vegas. But everyone cheered when Trey's Timber riff came in. I was stoked because this is one of my favorite songs and I've never seen it live. I'm surprised it took the band this long to do this medley - it was really cool. I'm also a huge fan of Curtis Loew, so that was a treat. A lot of covers at this show. Stealing Time was groovy, Mound is a sweet song. They threw a jam on Winterqueen in an attempt to legitimize the song. A lot of piss breaks during this one but the jam was pretty good. Trey was on. Then Page says they're going to play a song from one of their favorite 'composers'. Bold As Love drops, CK5 coordinated the light colors with the song lyrics and Trey absolutely shredded the solo as the daylight disappeared.

With such an enjoyable, energetic first set, expectations were high going into the second. Opening with Drowned was awesome, they really rock that song and it was a good setting with the water right behind the band. It seems like they're playing Twist a lot, which is fine, it's a fun song. This particular Twist was really mellow and low volume but not in a bad way - I was hanging on to every note Trey played. I had a feeling they would play Waste, cool cool what's next. Piper. Not a typical Piper though. Trey went straight to the lyrics with the band playing low. Usually we expect a long, kinda psychedelic jam to build up to the verse but not this time. They didn't really blow up Piper like you hope they would, but they did go into a sweet Simple. That was a real good Simple - the crowd was into it. Breath and Burning, yeah they're really pushing that one. It's ok...what's next. Frickin' Rocky Top! I think Trey wanted this one; he walked over to each of his band mates and then started playing the intro riff by himself. Martian Monster always makes for a cool jam. They let it hang for just a moment and went right into Golgi which rocked. Again, the 'sea' setting was nice. Page had gotten on a little keytar jam earlier in the show but I think they had some technical difficulties or they just didn't gel on it. So I had a feeling they'd come back to it on some Frankenstein. Page quickly took his seat at his normal keyboard though. But the song absolutely rocked, as you would expect. Character Zero encore seems like a bit of a cop-out. There's no way they're going to end their east coast tour with just a Zero, right? Wrong. It was a rockin' Zero, but still...give us a little more.

Overall good show - I hope Phish plays there again. I love the venue!


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