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Permalink Posted by yodadoe on , attached to 2012-06-10
yodadoeTL;DR: Carini > Shafty > Rock and Roll is worth a listen.

Well, it should be expected that we'd hear a more radio-friendly Phish at the 'Roo. And most of the night was just that: short, crowd-pleasing versions of popular, head-bobbers. For the collector, there's only a few noteworthy jams.

The entire first set was what I would call "loose." The band didn't seem to be "feeling it" for much of the set, IMHO. It wasn't BAD, per se. They just weren't nailing all the transitions. It was almost lazy in a way. But it was NOT badly played. It just lacked the punch and energy I prefer. Funky Bitch was a decent, fun version. The Gambler was... well, a gimmick, really. It was fun to see, but that's about it. Tweezer was... a first set Tweezer. It started out with a nice mellow, minimalist jam, but quickly entered more traditional territory and ended. It was a nice Tweezer, but nothing to get excited about. BDtNL was pretty and melodic, if you like that sort of thing. All in all, a nice but forgettable set 1.

Golden Age was a nice way to open the set. It was obvious from the start and throughout the second set that they were "feeling it," especially trey, who was hopping around and smiling and shouting. Golden Age included the start of an interesting jam section, but it didn't really go anywhere. ASZ/2001 was a very nice version with good groove, though it didn't have any exploration or anything. Chalkdust Torture (weird set placement) actually had Trey going into weirdo-land during the jam a bit. It seemed like he really wanted to take it down into the deep, but they didn't stick with it.

THE MEAT: Carini > Shafty > Rock and Roll

There was nothing too outlandish here... this is Bonnaroo after all. But the Carini actually had a very deep, chunky jam which is worth a listen for anyone. Shafty brought it back out of the deep into a nice funky groove for a short while before exploding into a stellar Type I Rock and Roll. It was hot! That block of songs is what the jaded, critical fan like myself would want to download to hear from this show.

When Hood started, I finally gave up and went to bed... had to get up early for work and it was already about midnight. So I don't know if anything interesting happened with the end of the show.
Score: 7

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