, attached to 2002-06-23

Review by Xpanding_Man

Xpanding_Man How in the hell has nobody reviewed this show yet on phish.net? A recurring theme of this show is that each song is thoroughly jammed out. Thanks my friend Sean Y, I had access to a beautiful recording a few days after the show. The show still stands up today, and there is now a great pro-shot video available if you can find it.

Words can't do this show justice, but I'll try anyway :) Push on seems appropriate, given the week Trey had building up to this night (7 nights in a row!) $ and Cayman are both solid, with Cayman's solo offering up some fun chaos before a strong close. Sand...wow, to have been there with the moon and stars above, I might have died and gone to heaven so perhaps it's best I wasn't there. Last Tube, the definitive TAB song closes out a strong set.

Night Speaks is just long and meandering, essentially dissolving into Gazebo, which seems like a funeral dirge by contract. Mr. Completely gets things going again one more time before Trey comes out and gives a sneak peak of things to come YEARS later by doing some phish songs acoustic. Man, does he sound tired, fried, and in need of a break. Alive Again closes out the gig, the festival, and raised the bar for future fests. This one was hard to live up to; most have failed.


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