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Permalink Posted by PHATTSKIS on , attached to 2012-08-24
PHATTSKISGreat night for all in attendance and those watching on the webcast. Was getting texts from all around the country from my phriends doing Couch Tour saying how great the jamming was: I have to agree. First set reminded me of something straight out of a small theater in 1993 or 1994 with Cities, BOTT, and WMGGW thrown in for good measure. The only thing missing was a good old fashioned BIG BALL JAM!! We felt Cities early in the afternoon and were treated with a great version. Down with Disease was a total highlight for me as it was short, yet still intense! The Wedge has long been a favorite to hear live and had me bouncing for sure. Julius came on and surprised me as I looked at my watch thinking it was going to be a short first set but looked over at my buddy and said I feel a Cavern as it was winding down and was not let down on the call. A great rocking version of Cavern preceded the surprise of the night in While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Great version of this Beatles classic although in my opinion, Trey took a few bars to kick his guitar solo into gear.

Second set found me much closer to the stage as I surprisingly ran into a long time friend who was a Widespread Panic fan who's wife had finally brought him to his first PHiSH show. He always liked the music but was now in a sweet spot to really and FINALLY get hit with a great PHiSH PHRY. I was glad to slide in next to them and jam for the amazing second set.

Kuroda really has done a number on the new light rig/show and I was glad to be checking it out up closer for the second set after being out in the bleachers for the first set. Things really opened up with a rocking jammed out surprise combo of RnR>Lizards. I did not hear the Live and Let Die teases but it was crowded up front and several times during the opening tune Rock and Roll I had some interruption from someone returning to their seat just down the row. Side note: set breaks do not seem as long as they used to! I had been saying Lizards for first set earlier in the day and was surprised to hear that come after a great Rock n Roll jam. Halley's segued into Sand (like the Cincy show earlier this summer) and then Twist and Birds progressed out of each other giving us a NICE JAMMED OUT 4 song segue. I dig that kind of PHiSH!! Boogie on was well played and had us all boogying to its heady jamming before 2001 came into being. Even though it is a different arrangement from the traditional symphonic version, I always think of the movie and its "Pan American" Space Shuttle and station scenes before Dr Floyd actually goes to see the Monolith. Of course, Chris' light show and the boys' jamming help with that! A kid who was asking me song titles during the first set had mentioned it was his first show and had hoped they played Waste because that was his favorite PHiSH tune. I remember thinking "wow, this kid appreciates Waste over some other rocker?" I personally love the song but was surprised to have a 21 year old PHiSH newb say Waste was his favorite song. I never saw him during the second set but was positive he was pleased as Waste started after 2001. Slave was a great straight forward version with power and familiar structure and a solid closer to a solid show. GxBx was a fantastic encore and reminded me of how the first set had taken me back to the days of my youth when I first started seeing this band.
Score: 2

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