Been a Phan for about 8 years now. Still wear the same Phish shirt I bought in high-school. This was my first Phish show, for various reasons. One, I am 25 years old which takes me out of the early Phish era. Two, I am not from a financially fortunate background that would allow me to troll around on tour for a couple months. Neither here nor there, no excuses, I have seen one Phish show and it was last night in OKC. I lived there for 5 years (until recently) and waited patiently for the band to come within a 300 mile radius.
Now, a review of a Phish show from a guy who has only seen one. Shield your eyes! You know who you are.
I thought the OKC show was a great time. The setlist was "standard" so I guess that's why I liked it. I haven't been to 100 phish shows, heard every phucking song they have ever written, and I am not a jaded, self-indulgent, Phade who only gets their rocks off when Trey plays a 25 minute long crunchy phuckin jam behind his head, one handed after pulling his electric guitar out of his a$$ all while playing no less than three 2 hour sets of 30+ GAPPERS with a guitar pick crafted from the tooth of a Great White shark.
You know why I like Phish? They are a truly talented group of musicians who invoke an emotional, if not spiritual, sense of musical consciousness that few, if any, other bands can muster.
I use to envy all of you Trustafarian Phades because you get to see Phish as many times as you want as long as they play music. Now after reading your reviews of what I thought was a good, if not great, show, I am glad I was there with 5 other phriends at our first show. I just hope maybe someday I'll have seen 50 Phish shows and I can be as cynically critical and jaded about my favorite band as some of you.
I know, I don't GET it because I haven't BEEN there enough MAN, but really, Phish's setlists don't take the phun out of a show. It's all you "phans" who would rather complain about the technical flaws of every song instead of downloading the FREE show and enjoying it all over again.