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.