, attached to 2018-10-20

Review by Skeets

Skeets My 14th show. And I saw seven (7) first timers. This show was incredible. Prior to making the trip to the Mother Ship, I texted my son and phellow Phish phan and said: "I'd be happy for ONE of Runaway Jim, Fluffhead, or Gotta Jibboo." Imagine my delight to hear ALL THREE!!!

I took a friend and it was his first Phish show. We were on the floor all night. There were incredible peaks in several songs. The energy was off the charts. By the time Set 1 was nearing an end, a raging 46 Days was just the perfect tonic for what came next -- FLUFFHEAD!!!! Yes! After missing it by one show several times, and what a superb version. It was a full, epic Fluffhead with credible playing and a full on rock 'n roll "big finish". Loved it!!

What was also unique and special to me was after this FIRST set, the band members bowed for at least 1-2 minutes -- soaking up the fan support. It was incredible to witness.

Set 2 picked up where they ended with a rocking First Tube. Gordon killed it. Tweezer got the house rockin' -- happy Phish fans everywhere. This version deserves a deep listen. Some BEAUTIFUL jamming after the main composition. They really took this jam to some special places. The next three songs were really well-placed in my opinion. Dirt, BDTNL and NMINML were VERY well-played. Then Cavern -- which is always fun, wherever it lands in the sequence. I couldn't believe my ears when the first strains of Jibboo crossed over the expanses of the Mother Ship interior -- lifting my spirits higher and higher -- the jam on this took a while to develop and whether Trey was trying to "find it" or whether it was intentional "tension and release" is irrelevant. The jam caught fire and my first Jibboo ended STRONG. I thought that might close the set. Oh Kee Pa came nest and set up a sizzling Suzy Greenberg to end an incredible set. I was a bit surprised that there was no double encore. Shine a Light was going into Tweezer Reprise, right? Wrong! But the crowd was so appreciative. This concert was a blast start to finish. I loved every minute of it.

5/5


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