, attached to 2017-12-29

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads This night starts off quite a bit more focused than the previous one. Cavern is rare to open a show, and it almost seems like Phish is going for a reiteration of the legendary 4/5/98 Cavern (but not really?) Blaze On and I Always Wanted It This Way are the other highlights I find in the first set. Sand is a nice Set-II opener, but it's not until Chalk Dust Torture that things really get chugging. The jams in this set take a turn towards developing the 2017-standard-issue "Bliss Jam," which Ghost particularly develops into something interesting (only to be curtailed for an early > Backwards Down the Number Line.) I personally love the placement of Split Open and Melt, here. Finally, Julius has some "extra mustard" to complete the show with a rocker of an encore. I think this is more of a 3.5 stars than a 4, but lacking that option, I give it a 4 in the sincere and justified hopes that Phish will deliver an all-timer of a show over the next two nights. I kind of hope that the band either consummates the potential of the aforementioned bliss jam or works it out of their system. The dynamics are getting a bit predictable.


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