, attached to 2010-08-14

Review by CanadianPhan

CanadianPhan This was show number 22 after a 10 year gap from my last show (9/17/200 - my 25th b-day lol). I have to admit that after they broke up in 2000, I got out of them for a long time and didn't listen to any Phish for years. I have pretty eclectic musical tastes and still hit other concerts but Phish kind of just drifted away from my thoughts for a long spell. It was nothing they did but a few break ups kind of put them on the back burner for me.

For some reason, I decided to revisit what they were doing a few weeks back and saw they were on tour. Tickets were still available for Deer Creek and Alpine and the weekend dates at Alpine were appealing to a working slob like me. My old roommate who was a companion at a lot of old shows back in the late 90's was game to go so we hit the road. His last show was Coventry 2004 so it had been 6 years for him. I started watching YouTube to get a glimpse of what the band sounded like after all my years of not listening. The new tracks were sweet and they were busting out some really classic stuff and jamming pretty well.

I won't do a song by song of this show b/c there are more analytical folks than me who have already done that. But I must say that the boys blew me and my buddy out of the water. They are sounding so tight even after all of these years and, judging by the setlists and reviews on this page, I think we can safely say that 2010 summer tour is going to go down as one of the more epic tours of their rich and ever growing legacy.

Even if the boys aren't doing 30-40 minute jams on some of the tunes you may expect them to, they still pack in some really great exploration and just seem to feed off each other in the jams they play. First set Get Back on the Train was unreal. I normally am not a huge fan of this tune but Trey just smoked a hot solo on this one and it was a highlight of the set (go figure with a Tube, Suzy, Reba, Antelope in the same set and i'm calling a GBOTT a highlight). It just goes to show that they boys are always evolving and you can expect the unexpected as usual.

Second set from start to finish was just sick. DWD>What's the Use was smoking and Mule was fun to watch. I see some folks have complained about the Dirt after the Mike's but I wasn't too offended by a little chill out after the first 5 smoking tunes. Dirt is one of my more favored lullaby's anyway. The placement was definitely unexpected for sure coming out of Mike's but I didn't mind. Sneaking Sally>Weekapaug brought the energy right back up to a frenzy. Bug was hot and I thought for sure we would get one more but I guess that jumbo first set kind of put them on the clock. Quinn was short and sweet and I was so amped for night two.


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