Second set... Everything I thought I could want in a Phish set... And a true bar-raiser. DWD, and Carini especially, will both be analyzed and pored over by us Phish-nerds for years to come. And that's as it should be. Because as the Carini was closing out we were on an elemental tour. From air (DWD proper) -> water (DWD jam) -> hot lumpy lava (Carini). 2003 dark fo sho... And given the proper time to develop the psychic energy in spaceship MSG was enough to actually start tunneling the building into the earth. Our intrepid leaders took us beyond the subway and the detritus of modern industrial culture to the primal depths of Amazonia. Maybe Trey saw more than any pilot could handle... And felt the need to oblige the set list with the jangle release of BDTNL. Because that and Julius were merely breathers to make room for a Slave that soars. I'm a Slave to the Slave... It's my favorite Phish by a comfortable margin... And... Just.... :)
Hood??? After Slave??? Never been done before... But of course. This was all about pushing limits. So it makes perfect sense.
This show manifested itself. It's the stuff that I've been looking for all these years. Love to all who made it happen. Positive vibes to the band, so they can find a way to try to recharge and relift us for what is supposed to be the climax of an MSG-NYE run. A Herculean task... But they proved they had more in em than we could've dreamed so.... There's hope :)
Cheers to the last of 2012 and a badass 2013 to come!!!!