, attached to 2013-08-05

Review by jelleyhead

jelleyhead On paper this show comes across as meh. On record there are some brief flashes but it is clear that this is a band on night 4 of consecutive shows and end of tour at that and it really shows with the searching for grooves in the second set.
It was mentioned that there were some technical issues with Trey's rig and yes there were in the first half of the first set and yes the Lawn Boy placement did allow for some work to be done to handle that.
The drumming segment in Mule was definitely a highlight. Starting off with just Fish using the mallets on Mike's bass then having Trey and Page amble over for some fun was a definite highlight.
Hood in the second set was the other big highlight musically with some inspired Type II jamming that ended way too soon.
The redeeming factor for the entire night however, was CK. His mastery of his rig along with the house lighting in the band shell was the component that really held the night together. Whether it was frantic chaos that is Sparkle, the colors invoked in Golden Age and Birds or the templates used in Hood. CK managed to make an average show musically something special for those of us who were there. (Unfortunately, this being an LA crowd it was too chatty and I think somewhat lost on those who were simply there to catch their only Phish show of tour.)
Has this been a stronger show musically, I would call for its release on DVD immediately. Instead I am calling for this to come out some time in the future, please and thank you.
My grade: music B-/C+ lighting A+ for an overall decent B for the night.


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