, attached to 2018-08-07

Review by 3twenty6

3twenty6 My fourth show ever. Previous three were Jimmies, Boston Cream, and 12/30/17. So it stands to reason that I'd eventually hit a less than perfect show.

But name another band that, 30+ years into their career could have an "less than perfect" night that hit the peaks of this show? I'll wait....

Still waiting....
Still waiting....

Yeah. I thought so.

I like Crowd Control and was happy to catch it as the opener, but it wasn't blazing or mind blowing. Same with NMINML and Blaze On. Passable, good, not great... The band was finding their groove. Lawn Boy was still Lawn Boy (not Lawn Man). Infinite was good, and being the second performance, you can see its potential. Then we got the obligatory Wilson a few miles away from King of Prussia, PA was welcome, and after that came the first "moment" of the night. Lately, each outing of Roggae has been outstanding. This was no different. Maybe this won't rank as an all time great, but there's no question, the band is feeling this song every time, and it's always a treat these days.

Rift has seen better days, but I boogied nonetheless.

That 46 Days??
Yeah. We're gonna be talking about it for a while. Mark it in yellow on phish dot net and so the world will know its value. Check it out. Great Great Great Great performance. One of the tunes that BENEFITS from Trey's current pet effects and dirtier tones.

Sparkle was Sparkle, and Bowie was smokin'. And the first set ended on a high note....

Set 2...
DwD. We'll talk about it at the end of the year with the "Jam of the Year" discussions. It went deeeep and found some glorious spots, and it got weird and it got dark and it got funky and it got spacy and it got Number Lined, which was alright, which went into IAWITW, which is growing and evolving, and it kinda felt like things were going off the rails and Miss You sucked the wind outta the joint, but except, it didn't. Somewhere near the end, Trey found It and them sweet dirty tones lit up that song, and there was no place else to go but into the Light (a song I've caught in my last 3 shows) and this one went places. Beautiful, weird, type two(?) types of places... If not official Type II, definitely far out Type I.

Mike's Groove was fun but sloppy. The "You Sexy Thing" thing was a cool thing, but it was evident that they weren't all playing as one. But it was fun. Always always fun.

And Show of Life, the only remotely rare song of the night, sent us home, and all was well...

This is probably my only show of 2018 (unless an NYE run in NYC is happening), and while, on the whole, it wasn't the mind blowing experience of my first three shows, it was mighty fine to be there.

This is still the best damn band on the planet... By a longshot


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