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Permalink Posted by headyburritos on , attached to 2012-08-15
headyburritosMy oh my..this Rock and Roll>Ghost! Second set aside for a minute, I really enjoyed the first set as well. Knowing that it was the first set back from the short break in summer tour, I was definitely expecting them to come out and sort of warm it up for a bit. I liked the Suzy opener choice, a good way for Phish to sort of throw it back in our faces while we all tried to guess what kind of crazy Leg 2 opener we'd get. Someone near us made a suggestion that they were doing a 'backwards show,' starting with the encore. That would have been cool..anyway I really dug the first set. Some good jams, but nothing exceptional to write home about. First set highlights; Cool It Down, Stash, Bathtub Gin

Now on to the second set. Anytime Phish launches into RnR, it feels special to me. Maybe because the last RnR that I saw was the Gorge (8/5/11), but I had a feeling from the start that this could be something big. About 10 minutes into RnR and things start to get groovy. What makes this RnR special to me is that the band really puts themselves out there and experiments with new sounds and grooves. They took a lot of chances, and it paid off. Experiencing this live was unbelievable. Anytime it seemed like they might be tapering off and about to launch into a new song, they just turned a musical corner and continued into new space with the jam. They explored so many different melodies and kept adding layers to an already astounding jam.

When RnR finally wrapped up after 25 minutes of near-perfect ambient-style jamming and dropped into Ghost, I nearly lost my sh*t. It was the perfect song to continue the groove. I thoroughly enjoyed the Ghost, and when LxL came, I thought it was the most perfect placement for a LxL. Guyute always gets me going; there's something about the composed pieces of music that I absolutely love. This Guyute was executed quite well, and I think it adds a lot of energy to the set.

Dirt. If there had to be a slow song in this set, Dirt is definitely it. I couldn't have asked for a more appropriate slow song to cool it off for a few minutes before that Hood. I actually remember saying, "Are they gonna play a slow song?? I need to stop dancing so hard." Dirt will always work for me, it's a pretty song and I enjoy the message it sends. Closing the set with Hood>GTBT...I don't think I need to say anything else.

Probably one of the best second sets of 3.0. It will definitely get compared to the Crosseyed sandwich from 8/19/12 and that whole second set, but as I re-listen to this show, I'm slowing moving it closer to the top of my list. There seems to be a real FLOW in this set that perhaps wasn't totally in the 8/19 second set..either way, both pieces of music are outstanding and worth a listen. I like the Julius encore, getting the phans ready to rage for 3 nights in SF. Rock on people!
Score: 2

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