, attached to 2003-02-26

Review by andrewrose

andrewrose This is one my favorite shows of 2.0 Phish, and just as great overall in my opinion as the next night on Long Island (I caught 2/24 ->2/28 on this tour).

While unsuspecting eyes probably immediately lacth onto the early part of second set (and as waxbanks points out, with reason), there's terrific, terrific stuff going on elsewhere. For one, this was the first time the band opened a typical two-set show with YEM since 1989, I believe, and they meant business from the get-go. Mike absolutely slaughters the solo and his tone and melodic playing drove a huge chunk of the show all night. All of the solo-project cover stuff flows nicely and is fun, but do NOT sleep on the Moma Dance or Maze. The Moma is extended and playful and gets into some very interesting atypical like interplay between Mike and Trey, and the Maze is just nailed 93-style with so much gusto you'll be hard pressed to find a better version in the ten years prior. No lie. I was up close and I remember Trey giving a serious classic fist pump following the Maze and if you listen closely you can hear him saying "we liked that, thank you" with enthusiasm before they went off. There was kind of magic old school aura hanging over the band on this night and it would continue through to Long Island. Band on a mission. Blowing our minds again.

In terms of the second set, don't skip the Waves->Caspian->Frankenstein either. Very nice jamming and fluid segues.


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