, attached to 2012-06-22

Review by TwiztAround

TwiztAround I've been listening to The Phish since 1993 when I was 11, my first live show was in the heart of the cow funk era in 1997, and I must say this band only gets better with age. I know a lot of the "old schoolers" never want to hear anything off of Joy or Undermind simply because they are newer albums. I still don't understand why fans of this band constantly seem to be complaining about setlists, new songs, etc. For those new album naysayers, I strongly suggest you listen to the KDF > Twist. My first 2nd set KDF, and it completely and utterly melted my face off. This show proved to me that Phish has evolved into such an advanced musical vehicle that they can play any song at any point in the set and it works. Roggae in that spot of the 2nd set? Totally unexpected but amazing. They are playing on such a high level that they can extract whatever mood they want out of the crowd. Yeah, there were a couple missed notes and sloppy exchanges, but with the musical risks this band takes, I feel like if everything was polished and perfect all the time it would get boring. The true soul of the music is in the "grit." You can tell the boys are having a blast on stage this tour, the energy is unlike any 3.0 show I've seen, maybe with the exception of 12/31/10 or 7/2/10.

To conclude, after two dozen shows over the years, I can't honestly say any show was better than any other, or the "best show." They're all great.

The only disappointment of this show: the absolute dump of a venue (astro turf lawn where over half of the available spots to stand has a restricted view? shithole.) and the rude and inconsiderate venue staff. It was the worst venue in one of the most beautiful places for a venue I've ever seen. The backdrop of the riverbank is picturesque. However, I think they need to tear down this rickety old wooden dump and build a new one.
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