, attached to 2009-06-20

Review by NICU4LIFE

NICU4LIFE I would like to tell a brief story of why this show is my favorite Phish show of all time. I first got into Phish in the summer 2004, right after Coventry. I was in High School so I was too young to even know about the band before I heard them. I immediately fell in love. As soon as my love affair began, I realized the grim reality that I would probably never see the band live. Years went by and I regulated myself to acceptance of no Phish until the fall of 2008 when it was announced that the boys would reunite at Hampton. My jubilation grew even more when the 2009 Summer Tour was announced and I was able to attend the first night at Alpine. I will confess, I don’t think that most of the shows in 2009 were that good. Not to say they were not memorable, but when I listen again to this show, Phish just does not sound super tight. And I do not blame them since they were coming back from 5-year hiatus. Still I listen to the jams in this show, I hear a bit of tepidness and awkwardness in the delivery. However, as a young Phish Phan going my first show, didn’t know better or care. Plus, this setlist for a first-time show is like Christmas and your Birthday combined. PYINTE, Stash, Antelope, Maksisupa, Lizards and YEM! I mean that’s a treat! But the song that made this first show super special for me was NICU. NICU is my favorite song as you can see from my Username. When YEM moved into NICU, I was frozen in time. In that movement, all I could think about was how lucky I was to see my favorite band in the world playing my favorite song by them. It’s hard to believe now the power of that moment. But that’s the magic of Phish and that is why this show is my favorite show of all time.


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