, attached to 2016-10-16

Review by billy_croaker

billy_croaker PHISH IN JAX, PETRICHOR, AND TERMINAL NOSTALGIA

I'll spare you the play by play and sum up my impression of tonight's show as well as the two Charleston shows over the weekend.

Phish has proven once again that they are as viable and as important as ever. Petrichor is an opus that encompasses the entire spirit of the band. It confused the shit out of many people when they opened the tour with it. For me, anytime I get to hear a phish song live for the first time I get chills. My buddy and I listened to this version 10 times the next day and marveled at it's brilliance. When they pulled it out again tonight after warming the crowd up with an outstanding first part of the set we were elated!

The entire show tonight was exceptional. The Charleston shows were great, too. I heard some grumbling after the Saturday night show and it really bothered me. I read lukewarm or negative reviews of almost every show on this website.

Here's how I look at it. A Phish show is like a new book by your favorite author. You are excited to open it, get it started, and get the feel of the story. In some cases, the story is so easy to read that you can't put it down. It flows well and time passes very quickly.

Other times the story is more complicated. Factors like hurricanes, personal tragedies,
and new beginnings make the story a bit tougher to digest.

The main difference between a Phish show and a book by your favorite author? PHISH IS WRITING THE BOOK IN FRONT OF 15000 PEOPLE. There is no editor. There are no revisions.

Improvisational music is all about taking chances. No risk, no reward. If your idea of a reward is to hear Phish play the songs that YOU want to hear, you're missing the whole point. If the band lets you down that's on you.

It seems like a large percentage of Phish fans these days are more interested in recreating the past than being in the present. They are fans of the nostalgia, not the band.

Trey, Mike, Page, and Fish has been pushing the limits of what music can be for 3 decades. Why would they stop now?

You can't own Phish anymore than you can own all of the fishes in the sea. Open your mind and support their mission or maybe get off the train?


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