, attached to 2017-07-21

Review by pmc2kd

pmc2kd With one day of rest between me and the opening weekend of the Dozen the first show stands out as both a fine run opener and a clear indicator of how the band seems to be approaching the run. All that to say, set I jamming, anything goes song selection, set II jamming, donut theme, and great encores! (basically awesome top tier Phish)

Set I opened with Shake Your Coconuts. I didn't know the tune, but it was a fun and energetic start and set the tone with regards to the theme.

Martian Monster works almost anywhere and it did so in the second spot. Good version with plenty of fun.

Timber Ho! is similarly always welcome and this version is sublime. It's not too long but makes and immediate detour to the upbeat major direction and is really quite stunning. Fantastic first jam of the run.

555 was ordinary. Pigtail was afterward and similarly pretty normal. I did think it had a better than usual solo from Trey, but I can't say that definitively.

Halfway to the Moon completed a bit of an odd run of songs, but this version also had a better than usual solo from Trey in my opinion. Surprisingly strong.

Reba was very welcome with it's coconut reference. The composed section was not perfect but also not terrible. The jam was great and the finale peaked several times. Very strong and emotional playing. One of the best I've heard.

Moonage Daydream carried my favorite guitar solo of the night. Boy did this thing slay. Trey was an absolute monster. Unbelievable. Almost wish he played with that ferociousness more ;)

WOTC was a great choice and closed a very strong opening frame out in style. Fits this spot like a glove.

Set II opened with a Tweezer that took a nice long road to a blissful peak. a very Groovy bliss jam basically carries this 16 minute version all the way home, with a sublime full band peak accompanied by some glorious Trey trilling.

Seven Below emerged and was another fine jam and probably my favorite of the night. Definitely grab that opening 30 minutes!!

Billy breathes and Sparkle was an odd but fun pairing.

Everything's Right was new to me. Bad song. GREAT jam. This one was awesome (after the song part). Probably the second best jam of the night!

Slave emerged from the jam nicely and was very sweet, albeit a bit short to me. Still beautiful and a nice conclusion.

Suzy was a really energetic choice and worked very well. Page was absolutely on fire!

Coconut was a riot. Great job.

Encore of Mango to GTBT was pure inspiration. Both were excellent and GTBT was a clinic from Trey.

Overall an amazing opening show. Great jamming all around in Timber, Reba, Moonage and WOTC; Tweezer -7 Below and Everything's right were all very choice. Great show top to bottom.
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