, attached to 2019-06-23

Review by nesta

nesta Tonight’s the night…  Gorgeous evening, smooth ride in, besides the dude who sideswiped that bike chained at the corner, my bud and I found ourselves in a paradise of sweet breeze and spiral clouds that made this a very enjoyable Sunday Phunday. We went in to MPP hoping to score a poster but failed again.  Instead, I was rewarded with a photo op with Mr. Pollock, who graciously doodled on my ticket and posed for a pic.  Enough about me…

Carini.  For starting a show, or for starting a race, or starting a fight, or starting anything for that matter this song is the tops.  Immediate Chad air guitars all over the place.  That note Trey hits and sustains for a short eternity then dissolving it into a crunch, that was cool. They seemed to be in a nice form this time of tour and this jam is not for the faint hearted.  There even was a large inflatable Poop Emoji bouncing around the bowl and heading towards the stage during the perfect lyric parts.  Classic.

Next up My Soul, what a great tune.  Just getting us to remember why we are here, people. Rift, that opening gets everyone up and moving, if you weren’t already.  The chick next to me kept whacking me with her dancing convulsions during this tune.  She couldn’t get enough Rift.  Do you even rift, man?  Then the slinky opening of Gumbo.  I have been waiting to hear this one for a time and wasn’t disappointed.  The groove was hit and ran nicely, then they stopped, conversed, then starting Gumbo jamming again, que crowd explosion.

It’s Ice > Winterqueen.  I love Its Ice and have been chasing it for some time.  Finally, Page gifts me what my soul needs. Nicely played and ivories tickled into a frenzy.  The segue into Winterqueen was smooth as a baby’s behind, maybe too smooth for the audience did not even react when the song started.  I love this song and was a bit sad for Trey.  No one cheered or reacted until the Prince on Guitar line.  Anyway, Yarmouth Road is one of my favorite Mike tunes and they seemed to be hitting the high notes and the middle jam was sweet.  This set was full of songs that had gaps and the boys dusted them off and polished them up for us tonight.  Shade and Halfway Home to slow things down.  My first Shade, I really like the melody and the message.  I had a perfect view of Trey wah-wah and during Halfway Home’s solo he was working the Wah hard.  I would recommend listening to that one with headphones on. 

Ending the set with The Wedge, nice surprise, and Antelope.  Incredibly well received, executed, and pumped the crowd into a dancing symbiotic mass.  Everyone full smile, full dance moves, even had a dude with crutches who wore a helmet.  We all should have worn one, because PHiSH slayed us. 

Set 2 started with two 15-minute jams, Cross-Eyed and Everything’s Right into Ruby Waves is a must listen.  Kick back, put your heady’s on and escape.  The transition into Twist is worth it alone.  Then comes 2001 a short powerful blast off with glowsticks flowing.  Then Blaze-On.  I forgot my phone, so I did not know of time and social media, and I never figured Blaze On would end the show, but the message was clear; Live your life and be kind, Blaze On.  Whenever I start to get anxious regarding issues, these dudes always, and I mean always, remind me to re-center myself and care for my shoes, I mean friends and family.

Encore time.  MAZE, holy… first Maze encore…ever, and did they deliver.  I love this tune and again have not heard one live before.  Then I wish my wife was with me for Waste.  Beautiful song into I lost my mind a couple of times.  WILSON- WILSON- WILSON…. What a treat tonight was.  Thank you PHiSH and Phish.net for allowing us to get all this out, bad grammar and all.


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