, attached to 2017-01-14

Review by beovaldi

beovaldi Listening to this whole show many many times since I listened to it live 4 and 1/2 months ago brings back good memories. With that said, it's somewhat disappointing to me that this show is rated as low as it is. I honestly listen to this show more than the 1/15/17 show (which I also thought was spectacular). I think it's because of the setlist imho.

The Curtain With opener was really solid, and who doesn't like a Bag to follow to get the show on the road? Breath is Breath, and Poor Heart is Poor Heart. I love Page singing Halfway to the Moon, and The Line was ok. There were some good moments in Waking up Dead. But then things get started. A solid Tube and then Fast Enough. It isn't nearly fast enough for you? Hmmm. That seemed to be the theme of the show...second night of a three night set. It's as if they were telling the crowd that this isn't fast enough for you, because you're here to rage, but we're going to play a chill show...and that's what they did. Ocelots are fast and they played a good one, but not as fast as a leopard, which is what the Phans wanted. Then a must hear CDT to close the set. This was the peak of the show.

Second set was pure musicianship. (Except Trey's flub in Winterqueen.) Excellent Crosseyed opener, then an excellent run of songs from here to the close. I just wish they would have > or -> the songs together. Blaze on blazed, Meatstick. Meatstick went crazy with exploration and some spacey jamming, then Winterqueen was just sublime. Mercury was an excellent version with some great percussion by Fish and great guitar color from Trey. Light got super intense and jammed and then a closing Wading. I know this gets a lot of criticism, but it fit with the laid back theme of the show. It's not fast enough for most Phans, and, trust me, after the show I was like..."eh, that was ok." But listen again. There's a theme here and some great music that is all tied together. Like Phish was just telling us "relax, you're in Mexico...ocelot speed is ok for one night." Then of course they go full leopard speed and melt faces the next night. But they set us up for that!

The encore was the encore.

If you listened before or were there, relisten and rerate accordingly.

P.S. When is Mexico 2018 getting announced?
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