, attached to 2010-10-24

Review by Ben_s

Ben_s Night Two began with “ACDC Bag”, which confirmed the predictions of the audience who had been expecting it as the second night opener all day. Phish moved into “Camel Walk”, another eagerly awaited and predicted early set piece, but shocked the crowd by segueing into “Divided Sky”, an old, emotional, and incredibly precise composition followed by a intricately structured jam with a wailing, sustained solo.
More beloved pieces followed, including the simmering, Latin-influenced “Stash”, “Fee” (sung through a megaphone), and the new, multifaceted progressive rock composition, “Time Turns Elastic”, which took Phish fans a year to learn to embrace and enjoy. Next was “Cavern”, an anthemic celebration that convinced the audience that the set was closing, until the opening doodles of “Run Like An Antelope” let the crowd know there was still more to come in this set. Starting with a loosely arranged instrumental introduction, “Antelope” suddenly begins its jam with a jagged crescendo of distorted chords, and launches into a building minor jam, which peaked with pure energy and cacophony before ending on a dime and reverting the original chords. “Set the gear shift for the high gear of your soul! You gotta run like an antelope… Out of control!” was what Trey left the Mullins Center with before the set break.
Set Two began more modestly, with simpler, more standard rock songs. While the songs were less imaginative that the previous set’s, their following jams did not disappoint. It wasn’t until “The Lizards”, a long masterpiece which explored the history of the mythical land of “Gamehenge” that the set took off. More high energy tunes followed, and the show ended with the long-awaited “David Bowie”, which mixed tightly composed jazz with improvised heavy metal shredding climaxing in the biggest peak of the tour. The encore of “Chalkdust Torture”, a blistering intense song about the woes and stresses of education served to remind UMass that afterall, it is a school night, and it's time to get some sleep. The "Chalkdust" jam sealed the deal on this show's place in history, and left fans deeply satisfied, and ready to download their copy of the show, and cherish it for years to come.


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