, attached to 2017-12-29

Review by gratefulphishy

gratefulphishy So this was the only show of the run that I attended. Safe to say that it was definitely the dud of the 4 shows. While this was not a bad Phish show it definitely was not up to par with most of the ones from 2017. IMO 2017 was one of the best years for this band and it was extremely competitive for the what the top show of the year was going to be. Unfortunately I would rank this down in the bottom 3.

After attending MSG for the 7th time I was let down once again. Now I have sat down in the 100s a few times and have had a freakin blast. But now after experiencing how bad the sound/view is from the top of the 200's and anything past row 2 in the 400s I can't say as if I'll go back if I can't sit down in the bowl or the floor. The sky bridge sounds like I'm listening to the music through a muffle and with the extremely loud crowd the past couple of years it makes it hard to be able to hear anything up there.

Cavern was an unusual start to the show. It kind of threw most people off and definitely wasnt what I was wishing for. But none the less a standard cavern and got the crowd going if you're into it. Blaze on was good as usual. It's starting to become a great addition to any show no matter where it's placed in the set. I can never complain about 555, one of my favorite mike songs. I always wanted it this way was the highlight of the first set for me. Some cool effects from page and Trey throughout the whole song. Martian Monster seemed to have some juice on it compared to most versions from this year. Heavy things was it's usual self. Destiny Unbound was cool, it's one of those songs that I can enjoy everytime I hear it. Ocelot wasn't anything special for me. Walls of the Cave was ripping like it always does. Overall the first set was full of chomper hits and wasn't exactly what I wanted but the band was much tighter than Night 1.

Set 2 starts off with a short sand. Not a bad one for only being 10 minutes. Chalkdust was awesome. With about 5 minutes left in the song they go into a 7/10/99 type jam with it. The crowd was going nuts and defininetly the highlight of the night and in the top 3 jams of the run. This version Beats the one from the Bakers Dozen. It may not be a top contender for jam of the year but has lots of replay value for sure. Ghost got weird and super experimental. Trey seemed to become a little more comfortable with his new rig during the second set and it definitely paid off. Then we get a backwards down the number line, a steady bathroom break song for me. After Simple dropped I was thinking, "alright here we go" because simple has a been a staple jam vehicle this year. Ultimately it was super short and was quite the let down. SOAM seemed to be rushed in my opinion. It was a extremely psychodelic jam but the band seemed to have trouble piecing it together at times.

The second I heard the Julius encore I was out of the door.

The show was definitely a good one just a weak one of the year of 2017. I will most likely be returning back to the chalkdust in the future.


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