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Permalink Posted by art_vandelay on , attached to 2011-06-17
art_vandelayi revisited this show the other day, so i thought i'd give my $.02. i've seen phish 29 times, dating back to 1995, and it'd be impossible to pick a singular "best" show.....there are about a half-dozen shows that i could make that argument for, and all for different reasons. however, if i had to pick a show that captured the entire spectrum of phish, i might be tempted to pick this particular night in charlotte. there truly was something for everyone, newbies and diehards alike....we got crowd pleasers ala "bouncin'" & "sample"; songs for hardliners ala "forbins>mockingbird" & "icculus" (throw in "wilson" and that makes FOUR gamehendge tunes for the evening); solid, disciplined jamming in songs such as "wolfman's", "rock and roll", "ghost", "reba", and "you enjoy myself"; levity in moments such as the "scent" jam, the trampolines in YEM, the goofy narration in "icculus", and last but not least fishman's rendition of "bike"; a beefy two sets of music (a running time of over 3 hours on my CDs....definitely got my money's worth & then some); oh, and did i mention NO ballads on this particular evening? it was my wife's first phish concert, and a buddy that also went with us had seen the band almost 200 times, and all three of us universally agreed we had just witnessed a heater of a show. nowadays i can only attend maybe one phish show a year due to other obligations taking center stage, so i'm sure glad i chose charlotte as the show to go to in 2011!
Score: 4

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