Stopped in traffic because of hail and high winds was not a good omen from the get-go. The rain let up long enough to tease us into thinking it might pass as we walked into the venue. With its "lightning crashed and the thunder roared" poking a big stick in the eye of the storm, I felt like, oh no, we are gonna get it again for sure. That happened soon enough. Back on the Train brought out the groove into the damp crowd and was totally phun. Foam is my favorite song and actually made me forget the nastiness before the show--my girlfriend was more thrilled than I was to get the song b/c she knew I was stoked.
The rain started again and lightning interplayed around and within (it seemed) the music. It was dumping buckets when Timber was in its ragiest of raging moments and I was watching a street light outside the venue as the lighting was striking all around the sky.
Fast forward past the nastiness back to the music--Tweezer took the cold and wet crowd to another universe--drying our souls out with a serious groove. I knew it wasn't over but was like "screw it, lets boogie!" Julius came on like a life raft and had everyone screaming again! During Bowie, the lightning was getting stronger again and seemed to be matching Fish's drum kicks in its flashing and subsequent thunder rolls. Awesome. Totally awesome. A great mid set Suzy went into Jibboo which I totally loved. Harry out of Jibboo was totally well placed and played. it seemed each song in the second set was trying to outdo itself and its predecessor as one full of heat to dry out the soaked and cold crowd.
Now, you may laugh at this. In 113 shows I have seen 31 Character Zero's and hated that song. Up until this night. When it started after a mindmelting Hood, I was floored. Could not fathom how they would do that to us after the rain, the one-up after one-up in the post rain set. I think Character Zero was finally played like it should be. Finally. The crowd was going completely insane and the band picked up on it. I really didn't want it to end before it was over. I am still tripping on the fact that I am admitting that. I don't really know what else to say except my mind has changed and Mr Mulcahey and I are now phriends after fighting for 15 years. ((OK--Brian and Robert or Frankie Sez are the only two holdouts in my "sh*tty PHiSH tunes" category and I don't think that any amount of rain, people, or epic show will change that opinion. Speak up if you have an opinion about that!! hahahaa))
Walking into the show talking to my posse about what I wanted to hear, I looked at my girlfriend and said, well I brought my funky bitch. That really made her jump and twirl!
I don't have a rating for this one b/c in my opinion it can't be graded. I have no idea what the band felt like, what they thought WE felt like, but the idea that they didn't call the show, waited patiently like we did, and came back out during a deluge and ripped up a greatest hits show like that puts it over the top, in my opinion--regardless of the song durations or not reaching moments like previous shows. EACH show is EPIC in my opinion. After seeing them grow over the past 18 years its hard not to think that EACH time I see them might be the last, and I just try to make the best of it. Like laughing along with Trey and Fish when they all messed up Birdwatcher.
I love this band and will not stop until they do. Again. It will happen. See them as many times as you can. Rain, sleet, snow or shine. GO TO THE SHOW.