, attached to 2018-09-01

Review by justbecuz

justbecuz Another solid show. A not so typical set one opener Sand kicked us off. DWD had a great jam that built to a proper crescendo and delivered a proper ending of the song. Shade cooled it down and was the first balled of the weekend. Up next was Home. I really hope that the band explores the possibilities that the end of this song offers for jamming in the future. It always ends too soon for me when they play it. Wolfman's was up next, and had some excellent playing by all involved. Towards the end of the jam I could have swore that Page was trying to steer them towards Sneaking Sally but we would have to wait... Wombat was tight and didn't really get exploratory but is always fun. Bathtub Gin had a great ascending jam till Trey played the familiar riff we all know and brought set one to a close. To me the band seemed to be getting more hyped as the set went on and the way Trey looked at the crowd, I figured set two would be rocking and I was right.

Set Your Soul Free works very well as a second set opener and the transition into Fuego worked very well. Fuego has become one of my favorite 3.0 songs and when placed early in the second set is an indicator of good things to come. CDT is when the band really came alive. Trey was jumping around and adding blues licks at the intro of CDT and you could feel the energy, like touching a spark plug. CDT segued into a rather short Twist with nice work from Mike and Page. Piper has always been a jam vehicle for the band and although this one was short, it contained some nice moments before the transition into The Wedge which was nicely delivered. The pause that followed was pulsated by Fishman's beat indicating 2001. This version had some thick funk layered throughout it and did not disappoint. A surprise Sneaking Sally arose from 2001 and immediately brought a smile to my face. Short but sweet it had some vocal jamming before the first chords of Slave could be heard. I am a sucker for Slave and this was a pretty good one and the perfect way to close the set.

I was expecting an encore along the lines of Friday night but instead we were treated to More. And that is how Phish always leaves me, wanting more. So well played gentlemen, well played.... Best advice, never miss a Sunday show... Ever.

Also, anyone else a little confused by the lack of Mike songs the past two nights?


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