, attached to 2016-07-20

Review by User_35223_

User_35223_ FIRST SET:

Like ''Live in Brooklyn'' and Sunday of Super Ball IX, the first set is this show's highlight. Demand, the first since NYE 2009, opened and from there on out it was bust out city: Alumni Blues, FYF, Walk Away and for the first time since Hampton '98, Cry Baby Cry.

They also busted out one of my all time favorite Phish songs, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, and Bowie closed out the set. Anyway, onto the Second Set...

SECOND SET:

NMINML kicked things off and while it didn't go anywhere really, it's fairly common for the band not to find their groove in the first song and jump ship onto another, in this case, Mike's which... same as NMINML, not a lot really. But then, we got Fee and Seven Below and Waiting all Night, and my face was in my hands by this point, because this just stunk of a fourth quarter and while they did jam Jibboo out a bit, this was the name of the game.

Miss You came next, and to finish off the Groove, Weekapaug kicked in and nothing happened except a rotation jam, which quite frankly I'm sick to death of: It gets nothing done, and while it was funny the first few times, this shtick has gotten old.

To finish off the set, it's Oh Kee Pah > Suzy > Julius and Wading and Zero for the encore.

OVERALL: This show would be standard underwhelming fare at the start of the tour, but when put in front of two incredibly adventurous and brilliant shows, it makes it look that much worse. The first set is cool, but I don't think I'll really listen to it again.

All I hope is that this is an anomaly like Gorge Night 2 was, and I'm fairly sure it is. But it'll still be the stain on the beautiful cloth woven by Trey, Mike , Fish and Page on the first two nights.

RATING: 2.5-3/5


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