The request made by a Phan to get the band to play Driver in honor of his deceased brother -- and getting the request granted -- is amazing. Not only did they get their request, they got an emotionally charged show full of songs that were undoubtedly part of the band’s response to an entire community of people doing their darnedest to make something happen.
If I were to break down this show purely by quality of the songs and level of jamming, then I’d say this show was probably just average, and a little below average for Phish 2013. But it wasn’t an average show if you consider the emotion and depth and rallying by so many Phans to get the band to honor one of our own. I am so proud to be part of the Phish community and this show was a special one because of what happened.
As for highlights, Driver certainly sits atop the list for all the reasons explained above. After that, the 2nd set opening sequence of Rock and Roll > Steam was pure adrenaline and I loved every second of it. Fluffhead was spot-on, with Trey absolutely NAILING all the composed sections. These days Trey messes up on Fluffhead A LOT, but not tonight, and it was an excellent version.
We also saw The Return of The Woo at various points, most notably during Weigh in the 1st set and 2001 in the 2nd set.
Fun times. I bet we’ll be hearing “woo” at every show for the remainder of the tour.
Here’s to the greatest band on earth.