Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
Average Song Gap: 14.29
Notes: Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan and Kill Devil Falls both debuted at this show, with the latter, remarkably, being played by request. This show featured the first If I Could since June 28, 2000 (103 shows).
Songs by Debut Year:
Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan:**
If I Could:*****
Mike's Song >:****
Wolfman's Brother >:****
When The Circus Comes To Town:****
Kill Devil Falls:****
Harry Hood >:*****
Batting Average: .757 (72 Stars/95 Stars)
The two ratings are Batting Average and GHI. Both are defined below.
BA: The total number of stars achieved divided by the total possible stars a concert can achieve. Each song can achieve a total possible 5 stars, 5 being the best, 0 being the worst. Therefore, each show receives anywhere from a 1.0 to a .001.
GHI: This rating is used in The Phish Companion 2nd Ed. Each show is given a score from 0 to 5, five being the best and 0 being the worst.
The two scores are synonymous. I like the BA form better because each show receives a score closer to its worth depending on how you rated it.
And because it had some really legitimate moments. But what really blew me away 'bout this show was the four songs that ended the 2nd set: A poignant When The Circus Comes, Kill Devil Falls (all debuts should be this good), an explosive Harry Hood and one of my fave Stones songs, Loving Cup. And now my cup runneth over this band. Bring on Summer '11!
Such is the case with this show. Aside from the debut of Stealing Time and the weird ending, the first set is completely forgettable. @waxbanks has it when it comes to the Mike's Groove: every segue is butchered. Though don't let that get you down. After all, this was only the fifth show in almost as many years and what comes afterword is the aforementioned gold.
The second sets closing quartet is unquestionably the highlight of the show. When The Circus Comes is well played and placed perfectly. The debut is KDF is really nice. Trey rips it up. And now, the first Truly memorable jam since the return emerges out of Harry Hood. Slight mistakes in the composed section aside, this is one of the best Hoods of the year. The ambient passage is quite beautiful and the build to the peak afterword is flawless. At this point we weren't all sick of Loving Cup yet, and this is a good version. Suzy ends closes the show is style.
I won't be listening to any of this show besides the Hood again, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it when I did.