, attached to 2017-08-05

Review by sol4rg4rlic

sol4rg4rlic This was my first Baker's Dozen show and first time seeing the band in MSG. As a native New Yorker, I was pumped because my last show at the Garden was The Other Ones in 2002 with Jimmy Herring on lead guitar. Amazing show in its own right but worth mentioning here because my two buddies and I sat down next to a father and high school aged son in Section 115. When I learned that it was the kid's first Phish show, I felt all the feels because that Other Ones show was my first as well, and my dad brought me. An auspicious beginning to what I hoped would be another epic show based on what I had been reading and following online.

As for the music, it did not disappoint. Sunshine of Your Feeling was truly incredible to witness in person and to realize afterwards that the interview with Page where he mentioned THIS SPECIFIC JOKE was coming true was something special.

Any show with The Lizards is one to take a second look at, and this night lived up to my expectations. Aside from the Sunshine of Your Feeling, Gotta Jibboo was in top form, as was Mike who stepped up with two bluegrass numbers in the first set, Uncle Pen and Scent of a Mule. Bookending the second set with Rocky Top was also a treat for those of us who enjoy the picking arts.

A final reflection on this band and how remarkable this Baker's Dozen run was. Look no further than the first four songs of the first set to demonstrate the breadth of Phish's musical range. Bob Marley cover, bluegrass standard, original plot-oriented rock opera rager, original groove jam vehicle. The fact that they can play each of these four songs so well at this point in their career is why I keep coming back. Glaze on!
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