I would like to share the experience that I had with this very magical night or should I say Knight...
I was lucky enough to catch all three shows over in Atlantic City, which were just wonderful to say the least. I knew instantly after that weekend that the band was back in action; they were together, consistent, creative and fearless. I am not here to tell you that the boys haven't gifted us with a handful of spectacular shows since there return. I am here to point out a notion that many of us share... That this summer tour is really something else. It's as if this face-melting, live music machine that we know as Phish has decided to fill it's tank up with premium fuel from the depths of some deep lagoon in Gamehendge. Since their return in 2009 I have had no problem attending and enjoying shows but I have just been unable to listen to "3.0" recordings of phish very often, when I have access to hundreds of shows from the 90s that exhibit the bands sheer excellence. For the first time since their return I have found myself listening to & loving a majority of the shows that I was unable to attend
Anyways back to Burgettstown.
Set l: Funky Bitch was a great opener with some nicely held vocals. BDTNL, I'm not a big fan of the song itself but the jam was danceable. The Gumbo>Maze is a must listen featuring a sweet segue from page to fish. The maze is simply unconventional and exciting, instead of hitting each part perfectly trey instead gives page the floor and extends the buildup to the famous maze riff. Love the stones, love torn & frayed. Moma Dance...well I guess its time to booggiiee. And then comes Scent of a Mule, easily a highlight and one of the most fun, well played mules I have ever heard. 46 Days, this track never fails to please..ever since hearing this at MSG I feel like the ground is shaking every time they drop it. YEM, We were all waiting for it and boy-man-god-shit did they deliver!!! Let Icculus be my witness, the crowd was roaring with approval.
Set ll: Mama sing sing watcha gotta jibboo, the jam was crisp and full of energy. Then came something absolutely beautiful Mike's>Simple>Light>Paug...I mean what the fuck Phish? I felt like I was in a different world. Extremely creative and just brilliant. At one point, I thought I was in The Odyssey and each time trey made that sound, I thought I was being sung to by Sirens from across an ocean...check that jam out!! Seven Below was real nice and hit the mood just right. Bouncin was well placed & is always a treat The Julius was well played yet much more mellow than usual...which set up Slave as thee perfect closer.
Finally came the most magical encore the band could have picked... Lizards. Trey messed up a small segment of it and screamed "fuck" which was absolutely awesome. The crowd was just lovinnnn it. Great energy, Delightful encore...Fantastic night !!!!