, attached to 2017-08-05

Review by ThomasFunkyEdison

ThomasFunkyEdison This show is a perplexing one. I'll start by saying 2017 is my favorite 3.0 Phish and deserves to be in the conversations with the likes of some of their other peak years. Boston/Cream night had all the makings for an all-time Phish show...one of those that go down in history. Alas, the bigger the tree, the harder the fall. The song selections were for the most part excellent in the first set, with lots of folks getting their first Soul Shakedown and (Phish) Plasma, the first jammed out Jiboo in a while, and fierce energy (from both crowd and band) during the Sloth->Sunshine of Your Feeling, and Mule>Fire. Speaking of the Boston/Cream Suite, I don't think I've ever had a bigger smile on my face at a show ever. Frost was a bit of an odd choice afterwards, but it didn't really matter. CK5 brought out some new moves during Plasma. Very cool.

At the end of the first set, there was a palpable feeling that something special was in the works. With Ghost, YEM, Light and Simple left on the table, most folks in my crew were hoping for a big, dirty, funky Ghost. That ghost did not disapoint and in fact may be one of my favorite jams of the run.

Then Petrichor happened. Petrichor is a beautiful song, but to me has NO place in the 2.2 show slot, especially after a ghost like that. They never seemed to be able to recover from it, and the rest of he second set left much to be desired. The Lizards was a treat, but certainly wasn't the song to get the energy back into the room. Horse/Silent, Quinn, Rocky Top again never quite got the energy back to where it was in the first set/Ghost, and the Joy encore sealed the deal. I honestly felt bad, because Joy obviously means a lot to Trey, and after all they gave us this year, it shouldn't really matter what they do. There was an audible groan during the first few notes.

Overall, the highs were very high and the lows were very low...but there were more highs than lows. This is much like the 2016 Bill Graham Night 3 show where the first set is KILLER and the second set falls flat. No worries, still enjoyed myself. 3/5 stars.


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