this show was beautiful. the energy was fluid as the ocean. the minutes seemed to last a lifetime. the light was so bright and the AUDIO MIX(live and on the download(and i chose the lowest quality possible) is superb. Everyone was loud and clear in the mix.
The first set was very well played. they came out strong and fun and kept the funky, danceable grooves going through the first set with some serious highs throughout, especially in Antelope.
**The segue between Chalkdust >I am Hydrogen in the 2nd set is worth the download alone**.
Lifeboy is a rarely played song, and one of those delicate tunes that
requires patience, pathos and pacing to pull off. This one had all three.
I know Show of Life bums a lot of people out. If your one, contact me and i can see about helping you buy your heart and soul back.
and finally, i really dont tire of character zero. it fucking rocks. its like a rinse cycle, it shakes out all the accumulated energy of the arena and gives us all once last chance to feel alive and throw down as a soulful tribe of humans before turning back into a mindless horde of selfish american idiots filing out into the insanity of metropolis.
***disclaimer: I don't relate to Phish like one might a sporting event. For me it's not: "ok i paid my two bits, now you perform like this and choose the right songs and do this that and the other with them". No. For me, each show is a continuation of the journey, the saga, the mystery and evolution that is phish and its community of followers/listeners/participators. That being said, they did play a bunch of favorite songs and played them with gusto and love on this night.
When i saw the cohesive playing and energy of night 1, i knew i had to come back. and sure enough, night two turned into a straight up ladder of ascension. porthole-sound-chamber-pyramid style. yes, the next chapter in my journey was well told. it spoke of power, freedom and magic gardens.
thank you phish, phish crew, and the waves of people.