The Boys have been around, doing what they do, for 27 years. They have done this through major life changes, joy, loss, damage just like any other human beings over such a long time frame and, for 15 of those years, they did it constantly.
Today is my 17th "Phish-iversary" with 40+ (ATTENDED) shows in the bag. I have been blessed by being at many of those, top rated by Phans. Sadly, I have reached a point where it is primarily the technological miracle of "Simulcast" getting me to most shows. Now, for $60, about 1/5 the cost of a single decent Stubhub ticket, I have the opportunity to see not just 1 show, but 4! To top it off, a NO REPEAT New Years Run, with as many friends as I can cram into my living room.
My Review of Last Night? The last two nights? Basically all the shows I've seen? Regardless of personal preferences they are their own entities; one-time-only audio alchemy released to become part of the universe; a very particular brand of alchemy that can only be created by Phish. Still being able to see their magic happen live is a reward I will always be grateful for.
Lastly, to all of you still chasing that particular high: The number of variables (Your Mood, The Band's Mood (Really? God Forbid!), Personal Taste in jamming style/"type", Song Placement, Social Collective, Era - 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, Venue, Audience Energy, Weather, Particular Party Favors - or lack there of...... ETC.) that created it are so astronomical the odds are stacked against you that it will ever happen again...
... So Get A Grip!!
I am rating ph2012/12/29 all 5 stars to help balance an unwarranted injustice.