, attached to 2017-07-16

Review by dublindeuce

dublindeuce Holy smokes, what a way to end a tour opening three night run.

Three shows into the summer tour, and Phish are jamming as well as one would expect them to in the middle of a tour.

Last night was very, very good for the second show of the tour with a blissful Simple jam of the ages, and a terrific pairing of Cities > Slave to end the second set.

The bar was set high on Saturday, but tonight they might just have set the bar even higher. Never sleep on a Sunday show.

The first set was very good, with the highlights being excellent readings of Stash, Funky Bitch, and Run Like an Antelope.

Possum was a nice upbeat song to get things going, and I always enjoy hearing a Lawn Boy. "The Line" is a song that people love to hate, but I can't complain with a well played Line slotted (where it should be) in the first set.

The second set was remarkable.

It started with a gnarly 20 minute Carini that went from evil to joyful.

Out of Carini I heard what sounded like the beginning high notes of Piper, but the band settled into Twenty Years Later. I don't remember enjoying Twenty Years Later much when I got it on 12/29/16, but this one rocked. I dug the Zeppelin like riffing by Trey.

Then out of Twenty Years Later came the Piper that I thought I heard coming out of Carini. Piper was mellow and fun.

Bathtub Gin is always a welcome addition to any set, and this one did not disappoint. I wish they jammed it out a bit longer, but it was good none the less.

The 2001 that came out of Gin was funky and excellent from the get go. I bet people were dancing all over the place at Northerly. I definitely was dancing all over my basement floor. Trey threw some very nice James Brown teases in there, which were responded to by gleeful woos from the crowd.

Trey energetically dove into Cavern, which ended the set in a rocking fashion.

Wilson > Character Zero was an interesting choice for an encore, but high energy and fun nonetheless.

Anyway, tonight wrapped up the opening run of this tour terrifically, and I can't wait to hear what else these guys have in store for us.

I think the summer of 2017 is going to be one to remember.


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