A last minute call from my brother lettting me know that he had an extra for Sunday only put a half smile on my face. I was hesitant to go, because I felt that it would be a bit of a tease. Apparently I hadn't yet forgiven Trey for letting himself getting drowned in addiction, but, c'mon...it's been four years. It was time to let it go.
Right from the get go, BOTT was symbolic to me. I was thinking, "Okay, this seems familiar." I am a huge fan of Driver, so I was really excited to hear this one. Waste is one of my favorite ballads. Always has been. I've always enjoyed the lyrics and the way Trey would solo on this with Phish. And then.... my man.... Mr. Michael Gordon!!!
Now, at this point, my brother and I knew that 3/4's of Phish were on the grounds. We were hoping for a helicopter to fly in with the sandwich king on board, but it was not to be. One half of Phish that day was better than none at all. But, we all know how this turned out just a few months later.....
And that's why this show has stuck with me. It felt like more than just a solo Trey show with Mike on the last few tunes. My brother and I couldn't stop smiling while they were playing, and in between saying "What if?" We knew 3 of them were there that day, so why not all four? It felt like things were coming together for something bigger than a solo Trey. Of course, we could've just been "happy" I suppose. Who knows? But, this one, aside from my first Phish show will be one of those moments that I'll always cherish.