, attached to 2010-12-27

Review by david_bowie

david_bowie Heard complaints after the show that it was too mellow, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself. After opening with "hits" Sample and Funky Bitch, set I was all soothing ballads save for Heavy Things, Ice and the frequent set closer Julius. They certainly did cool it down quite a bit. The VU cover and Roggae were first set highlights for me. I got my two favorite songs to open and close set II, so I was more than happy to wade in the velvet sea for a while. This show was like a cup of warm cider (with just a splash of whiskey) by the fire. Something to warm your bones after a day of playing in the snow. Ahhh.

Met up with some college buddies and hired a car to take us to Woostah. That was a good call. Thought we might need a snow cat, but the Lincoln made good time until we got close. I was surprised at how crowded it was given the weather and non sell out. One friend hadn't seen phish in 20 years. Damn. Time flies. It was very apropos to get Twenty Years Later as the sole "new" tune. Phish sounds better than they did 20 years ago, no question in my alleged mind. I love it when Mike or Page takes over. Trey is still the star of the show but he is listening and playing fewer, better notes. Big fan of v 3.0. Thank ye, Gods of rock.

We had fun trying to predict some of the set list before the show. Ice and 7 Below were obvious choices. I had an oddly specific premonition that nearly came true. I called the Loving Cup closer - a song whose ubiquity has been lamented here, but it is still one of my all time favorite covers - and predicted a change in lyrics from "I'm the plowman in the valley with a face full of mud" to "I'm the plowman in the *driveway* with a face full of *snow*". So close. If that had happened, we would have directed the car straight to Foxwoods.

Expect tonight to be a more rocking, more typical set I. But, you never know because this band still can surprise. Looking forward to the rest of this new years run.



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