, attached to 2011-07-01

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads In some ways, this show is "A Tale of Two Sets," IMO. The first begins auspiciously with Possum, which, if I remember correctly, was nearly omnipresent at this time in Phishtory. Moma gets extended a bit, but in a Type-I way. Gin goes out some, and Wolfman's is probably *the* jam of the first set. The tale of the first set is that it's more ragery than the second, for the most part: read on to see what the codicil means. Set II opens with a legitimate "Jam," rare for 3.0 and all of Phishtory AFAIK. I'm not a huge Crosseyed fan, so I'll let the current reviews address that one. The most exciting thing about Set II, for me, is Simple > Bug, immortalized in perpetuity by an HD video on Phish's YouTube channel (and, previously, their Vimeo channel.) Simple explores some comfortable, even pointillist, space, before Bug returns to the ragery of Set I. Weekapaug also clambers along with its vintage Vermont cowfunk and virtuosic displays from all four heads of the Hydra. Show of Life encores kind of bum me out, when there're so many other "better" choices, but Trey really seems to love the tune, if we're assuming Trey mostly picks the songs, so... Average-great show, and a good beginning to Superball IX.


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