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Permalink Posted by drgef on , attached to 2011-08-09
drgefWell, I am not sure this review will be about the music as much as it was about my experience. I drove up from the bowl leaving LA at about 11pm and making a sleep stop in kettleman city, the first problem was the on ramp back on to the hwy was closed and it took me literally a full hour to get back on the hwy, adding to an already long drive. The last 60 or so miles also into Tahoe proved to be a slow crawl on lazy back country one way roads... but when finally arriving around 4pm I was able to chill a bit in the room. Wow, I have been going to concerts since I saw queen in 1979. What is so special about this place? When you can crawl from the Harvey's hotel to the show in 5 minutes and be back in your room again 5 minutes after the without having to drive, allows for some tremendous recreation freedoms if you get my drift, make a 450 mile slog drive well worth it. I can summerize this show and the simply: Phish Tahoe 2011 is the new Grateful Dead Frost Cal Expo 1985-6. It was just so laid back, you could easily walk to the side front and be very very close to the stage. The stands in this place scared the shit out of me, I was comfortable sitting in the back stands when the show started and the entire structure was moving so hard I just could not stand it and quickly found my way to the floor. Having the entire seating area moving massively just lifted up my paranoia about it crashing down and I am never a fear based guy.. I saw all these people with lime green phishies on sticks walking around and I felt left out, where is my lime green phishy on a stick? what was the point of them aways I wondered ??? This venue was just beautiful, tall trees and lovely sky.

the show:
I love having a party time opener. It just sets the perfect mood !
I am not a song by song critical analysis guy in fact on some of it seems to stick long in my mind but I can say I was not bored at all at any of these shows, that is saying a lot because I am 46 and have seen soooo many concerts that I do easily lose interest. I loved the mellow mood and punch you in the was a blast. I dont really care so much for ac/dc but it was fine.. meat I have not heard before so that was cool and the bowie bouncing was fun as hell, the horn had nice audience participation but water - 46 days was great stuff. During the break I scored me a lime green phishy on a stick and was happily bringing it with me...
Second set.. Gotta Jibboo was really smokin and we were dancin up a storm, I dont know what the hell it means to Jibbo but I think I was doing it... the light was no where near what it was when I first heard it at the Greek last summer, but it was fine.. I was really happy to hear slave, I just love this complex tune... Then it happened, all those lime green phishies... turned out to be a rocket man !!! they simply had to turned upward heeheh.... Im a rocket man indeed... I love any hood, I just do.. Please dont slam the bug encores ... bug is a cool tune and the coil is without a doubt the finest testimony to the band's love of early genesis, this song just sounds right out of a steve hackett guitar clinic.

I have to say that trey was just SHREDDING !!! the band was epic ! and this show and next was a complete success in my book (in case you still read books -hehe)
Score: 2

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