I had just finished touring around to see Phish for leg 1 and superball, then found myself at the VT show, for my last show of the summer. I had graduated college and was debating on where I should move, the decision was San Francisco. It was set and I moved to this glorious city in september. Flash forward to let me think, April when leg 2 dates were announced? something like that. and BOOM 3 nights of my favorite band in the city I just happened to move to, the phates aligned! Now scoot forward once more and here we are August 19, 2012, my backyard, the best band. My best friend and I decided to take the floor after raging the upper balcony the two previous nights. Opening up the show with crowd control was truly outstanding, i love unexpected openers. Party time came out and damn was it party time, everyone was getting down, as you should at a phish show. However, the feeling and energy was different than I have ever felt, even different than MSG. Axilla raged and get everyones head banging out, then finally, what I've been waiting for since superball 9...REBA.
Reba is my favorite Phish song and jam, and to be 10 rows back from page I knew this was something special. The jam was so emotionally charged and phenomenal. All of the boys were so synced in with each other and evoked a mesmerizing jam, that had me grooving and possibly drooling over the amazing quality of musicianship i was witnessing. The whistling was flawless, as they had some hiccups during superball with that part. They cruised through the first set with so many great jams, high energy filled free, walk away, and bowie. Everything was going right and I had nothing but positivity and high fives for that first set.
set two came about and I don't think I was prepared for what was going to happen. C&P opened the set and I knew I was headed to funky town. Let me tell you I have never gotten down so hard as I did that night, and I get down. They exploded into that C&P jam with smooth and silky riffs, bringing out the funk within. Right into Light, and I'll say I've never met a light that I haven't liked. This jam was truly exceptional and had the music coursing through my veins. I lost control of my body and entered into what I like to call the star fish dance. I had lost all control of my body and my limbs were going every direction, completely feeling the music and the energy that was encapsulated within the BGCA. Then sally with the C&P reprise blew my mind. Theme was a great interlude then back to rocky top which is a great, fun tune. boogie on, meatstick then bam YEM. hello, can you say rage much? I scooted up a few rows and left my face back where I started.
Ride captain ride was a great shout out to San Francisco and had the crowd so excited that these guys were signing about SF. I was all geared up and usually when a tweezer is played I forget a tweeprise is coming, just because Im so involved and in that moment can barely recall what opened the set. However, I had been waiting for this tweeprise for 2 shows now. then BOOM right into tweeprise, confetti and streamers fall down over the band, and I resumed the star fish dance. Jumping up and down, all around I was elated and so was everyone in that room, and Im sure the web casters. Without a doubt I had never experienced that much energy from the band and the phans. It was an exceptional end to an amazing weekend, that I will remember forever. Had my first west coast shows, in my new city, with my favorite people, seeing my favorite band. I could ask for anything better.
I truly love the Phish.