, attached to 2009-08-08

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads The two most notable aspects of this show to me are the Phish debut of Middle of the Road--a Mike song that I like a lot more than his recent songwriting efforts, such as 555 or Crazy Sometimes, and that seems to hearken back to his 2.0 songs a lot more than those two songs do, for good or ill, I say good--and the huge jam out of Rock and Roll. The segue into Makisupa Policeman from Rock and Roll appears to me led by Fish, which is not always the case, and which I prefer much to the segues where he peters out, dissolving into cymbal rushes or stopping playing altogether. The Rock and Roll is long, for sure, but it's pretty typical of the 2009 and for that matter early 3.0 as a whole jamming style which Phish still relies upon to this day, to some extent, which has been at the very least expanded and enriched by elements gathered from previous years' jams' directions or new paradigm shifts like the "Plinko," "Storage jams," or "bliss jams." I do like the previous night's show at the Gorge better than this one, primarily because the jamming was buttered a bit more evenly across the songs, but I distinctly remember upon listening along to the summer tour that year that this show promised better things to come, if not at least a thrilling plateau.


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