, attached to 2011-05-29

Review by pmc2kd

pmc2kd Night 3 of Bethel. After two stellar shows filled with jamming Phish put on a perfectly rocking closer, without hitting the highs of the previous two shows.

This venue and run remains perhaps my favorite. I hope the go back someday. The previous night was perfection and we headed back to camp and caught Marco Benevento post show....Awesome!

So on to night three.

Set one kicked in with Bag. Nice version, fun opener, and we had a great spot on the lawn to enjoy this one.

Sample was fine here and kept the energy up.

Rift is always fun to hear and this version was half decent, especially considering how they've struggled with it in the 3.0 years.

Ocelot was pleasant for me, sort of fit the semi-tired vibe of the third night of a three day run, and contained some adequate jamming. Not exceptional, but pleasant.

Ya Mar was great although very short. I love this song in the summer, and it fit the breezy vibe.

Timber was fantastic to catch. I love this song, and Fishman banging those toms is always great. Nice version.

OKP>Suzy was rocking. Page was an destroying the keys and from my recollection 2011 Suzy's were all absolutely rocking.

46 Days>20 Years Later were both a nice dose of darkness after the upbeat selections.

Curtis Loew was a nice rare treat. They played this great!

Antelope whipped everyone up and this version brought a pretty energetic finale to a fun set.

Overall set I: Nothing in comparison to the first two nights from a jam standpoint. This was a fun rocking Phish set. No more, no less.
Highlights: Curtis Loew

Set 2 opened with Mike's - so everyone was praying for the second jam (per usual). Not to be, but still a good energetic way to open the set.

They popped into Simple on the back-end and this one managed to get spacey towards the end, but just as it felt as though they were going to open it up they popped into

->'Paug. This one was fun, but unremarkable.

Meatstick was meatstick - no shortage of smiles.

Fluffhead is always a treat and was a good addition to a song based show.

Joy came in for the ballad slot. It's not my favorite.

2001 brought the energy back up and was definitely nice to hear this late into the set.

Light brought back the promise of some improv, but this version didn't really end up doing all that much. They still gave it a good go.

Slave was powerful. I've seen better versions since, but you'll never forget your first. ;)

Encore: Loving Cup>Tweeprise brought the house down and took us full circle from night 1's opening song.

Overall SetII: After the first couple nights I was thinking rock and roll show. They delivered on that front and I thought the song selection was actually pretty good. Mike's Groove, Fluff, 2001, Slave were all welcome albeit standard.
Highlights: The Simple was interesting, but not a must have.

Overall show: This one was a night 3 rock show that had some good energetic playing, nice song choices in both sets, and fit the bill as a send-off from beautiful Bethel. I could complain, but I'd just say standard. After the first two nights though, nary a soul would be frowning.
2.5/5 lower-middle of the road.


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