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Permalink Posted by Euclid on , attached to 2012-06-10
EuclidI think this show was exactly what Bonnaroo deserves. It doesn't really matter at all actually and has no bearing on Phish as a band or on us as fans. This was the closer to a weekend of industry music, it is what it is and wasn't BAD by any means.

DWD is creative and devouring.

Funky Bith, TMD, Sample were mediocre preludes to a solid Axilla and then the bottom dropped out of the first set, completely.

I have never been a fan of guest appearances for Phish. It's basically a large brick that is thrown in the air before the show and is anyones guess as to where it will land. All that can be known is its going to land hard a compromise some aspect of whatever it hits. Springsting was an ego failure in '09 and Trey must not have been present during this years set to insist on Kenny Rogers after Axilla. Then to play The Gambler, even Kenny was wondering what the hell Trey was thinking. Axilla > The Gambler > Possum has to be one of the worst speed bumps in guest history.

Golden Age was Trey's revenge for Worcester and gives way to a good ASZ that had the crowd pumped. Onto CDT followed by the main treat of the night: A great Carini and then SHAFTY!! wow, playing off the energy of Shafty, a crowd pleasing phenomenal Rock and Roll elevated the entire night.

This is why people sometimes complain about what Phish is all about. After blowing the minds of everyone in attendance, Alaska is once again lost and never quite found by anyone. To make up for it, the band brings us a great Hood with an incredible ability to be the ambient trippy jam of the tour, but is ripcorded for an unneeded Light, blinding the entire moment that made me not really care for the rest of the set.

Harry Hood -> Light was probably the most uncomfortable and neck breaking ripcord I have ever witnessed. Harry Hood should have evolved into Character Zero for a winning segment to close the set.

Show of Life is a great song for the many misguided souls that frequent festivals of this kind. Julius and Reprise bring the show a good end and sends everyone back to camp with satisfaction but perhaps wondering what that really was all about.
Score: 5

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