, attached to 2012-06-22

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads Wolfman's Brother opens the show with its post-rework pointillist funk fully on point. There're lots of rarities in the first set: Peaches en Regalia, Shaggy Dog, Light Up Or Leave Me Alone, and to a lesser extent Buffalo Bill and Saw It Again have all become rare in contemporary Phishtory. Peaches is given a faithful rendering, and there's some phunny banter surrounding the closing tetraptych regarding Fishman being more capable of playing songs that he starts on the drums. This is a kind of lackluster version of David Bowie, I'd say, but the set was more about novelty than that, so it's fair. Kill Devil Falls in the second set ends with a really neat synthy type of outro, and the Twist jam that follows is rooted in the Jesus Christ Superstar tune "Heaven on Their Minds..." it's my absolute favorite version of Twist to date. To follow, you get a mostly legitimate -> from Sand -> Roggae (Fishman does drop out for a second or so to change up the rhythm) and then probably the shortest-ever version of Carini, LOL. A Fluffhead encore is a great send-off and perhaps somewhat of a victory lap, but in typically Phishy style, an ambitious one. (Personal note: I feel about Alaska and much more about Ocelot the way @Icculus is on record about Dogs Stole Things circa 1997, to wit, "Dogs Stole valuable playing time in the setlist." Let's get some jams out of these Joy-era tunes that heretofore have only ever exhibited Type-I tendencies!)


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