, attached to 2017-07-25

Review by Philbombs77

Philbombs77 By the end of Summer '17 Tour, I swear 5 of the Top 10 3.0 jams will be sandwiched between the Northerly Simple and something ridiculous on the last night of Dick's. I know that sounds insane, but at the rate we're going, it's entirely possible. The aforementioned Simple and MSG Lawn Boy are already there. Honestly, I don't even know why I have to limit myself to a finite period like "3.0" anymore. I guess it's not so much to put things into perspective (as we all know it used to be), but to avoid the absurdly overwhelming nature of trying to compile a best jams list. Narrowing the scope eases that burden. Realistically, I think we're so bombarded with all sorts of Top 10 lists that we artificially limit ourselves without even realizing it (or at least I do). It needs to be a Top 23 List or Top 35. If we could do something like the Top 48 Phish Jams of All-Time, my brain wouldn't short-circuit trying to figure out why on earth I would exclude the Tweezerpants or Randall's Chalkdust, or to justify nixing all four of the monumental Diseases that have been played between '11 - '15.
Same goes for entire shows. It's just too hard to work it with just 10: Baker's Dozen #4, Magnaball #2, Dick's FYF, Halloween '14, Dick's Sunday '16, NYE '15 would all get included in my Top 31 Phish shows of all-time, whereas just the first two on that list would make my Top 10.

I'm just so happy for the younger Phish generation - the kids who were turned on to the band in middle or high school late last decade or sometime earlier in this one. For the past 3-4 years, they've gotten to experience super high quality Phish. And if they were lucky enough to be in attendance at MSG last night, they were exposed to the best that this band has to offer, no caveats or qualifications necessary. This show will match up with any two-setter from the golden era. I was 1,800 miles away in Colorado, yet even through my computer screen and HE-1000s (which are obviously no substitute to being enveloped by the sound, lights, and crowd energy in MSG), it was a sight to behold. And we still have 9 left, plus 3 shows at Dick's!!!
Name another band that can play as well as they did 20 years after their supposed "peak" (a.k.a. Phish Destroys America). Hell...just name a band that is still playing 20 years after their supposed peak with the same lineup. There are a few that can satisfy the latter requirement, but I can't think of a single one that still performs like its members are all 32 years old and in the prime of their existence.


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