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Permalink Posted by tds418 on , attached to 2010-10-30
tds418Okay, it has been almost two years since I witnessed this show but I'm feeling a bit nostalgic so I'll try to recap it the best I can from memory. This is the only show I saw of the AC run, so I can't really compare it to the other two.

I should note that out of all the shows I've seen, this is the one I probably have returned to the most.

I had called the Kill Devil Falls opener so was thrilled when they started it up. I think Trey kills this song and it is one of my favorite from Joy in the live context, right behind Light. A standard rendition, but a fiery way to open the show. Guelah Papyrus featured an impressive glow stick war during the absurdly extended break in the song.

The CDT -> Whole Lotta Love sandwich/bust-out was the first indication that this show was going to shape up to be something special. The segue into the song was seamless and the energy in the building shot out of the roof. Ha Ha Ha followed and was a subtle hint from the band that they had been having a little fun with the crwod and that they wouldn't be covering Led Zeppelin the next night.

Walk Away kept the energy level high, and the following Wolfman's Brother had a bit more mustard than the typical 3.0 rendition, including a great vocal jam. Wolfman's oozed away satisfyingly into an entertaining Undermind that featured great fill work from Fishman. This show had left us plenty to talk about all ready, and we still had a whole set to come!

Set 2 started off in an underwhelming fashion after the raging first, with an average Tube > Possum. The following Tweezer, however, has become something of legend. It's impossible for the tape to pick up the incredible energy in the building during the ridiculous Zeppelin-segue-fest, but it was off the charts and out of the 20+ shows I've seen the most amazing Phish experience I have had. Every time the band dropped into another Zeppelin tune, the audience would explode forth with energy and approval. By the time Trey capped it off by starting the Stairway to Heaven guitar solo on a dime, it seemed something straight out of fantasy.

I remember there was a quite a bit of chatter among the band and a long break between the end of Heaven and Halley's Comet, mostly so the band could give the audience a way to chill out and so that they could catch their breath.

The rest of the set felt like a nice come-down after the craziness that was Tweezer, with a better-than-average 2001 and one of the better 3.0 Bowie's.

I wasn't a huge fan of some of the latter-2nd set song choices, (the Show of Life, BDtNL pairing deflated the audience quite noticeably), but at this point they could have played Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" over and over or left the stage and I still would have been happy with the show.

If you haven't listened to this show yet, stop what you are doing and listen to it immediately. It doesn't translate perfectly to tape, but it's still one of the most memorable 3.0 shows to date. And the Kervokian remasters sound fantastic!
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