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Permalink Posted by flatbottomfrank on , attached to 2012-08-29
flatbottomfrankYes there were no 30 minute mind bending exploritory jams. Yes there was little band banter and, there was no crazy spoofs or teases from the band. Yes they didn't play Pink Floyds Animals, or a whole set of animal themed songs. For once in my life I walked into a Phish show with no expectations. I walked into a Phish show for the first time in my soon to be twenty year history of going to Phish shows, in my home state of Oklahoma.

Expectations ruin shows. How many people were let down because Bob or Phil didn't jam in San Fran. Did anyone really expect Phish to fill their personal expectations. If so better get a new hobby cuz this one just gonna let you down. Phish absolutely rocked. They were on and visibly excited about being in a new place. Yes they played lots of repeats but they nailed them. Sure they didnt have deep inner explorations, but the jams were tight, and they did a great job of blending, and bringing the jams full circle, while still getting to the edge of that cliff over looking "out there".

Moma>Divided was spetacular. And the whole procession of second set DWD>Twist was some rock solid face melting! Of course the only expectation that every head in attendance that did come true was the total obvious choice of Slave encore. And I will admit tired of Loving Cup encores, we began the walk out as soon as they led into cup.

So all in all. Pretty great show! Am I biased, sure and heres why. I got to ride bikes with my beautiful wife to a Phish show, I got to hangout with 50 or so of my best friends boogying down to Phish, my friend in treatment got a 3 hour pass and was able to catch the first set, we all had lots of elbow room to boogie, and the views were incredible, the venue is really cool place with super low security, so scrutinize from your screen all you want, this was a quality Phish show full of excellent song choices and well played. Yes Ive listened to it since I got home.
Score: 2

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