, attached to 2009-08-05

Review by jcmarckx

jcmarckx Hate to sound like a hater, but I was actually pretty disappointed with this show. This was the only show I could see this summer, and the only NorCal show of the year. I know Phish is notoriously mellow in Ca, but they have risen to great heights before (7/31/97 and 9/16/99 instantly comes to mind). The first set started nicely enough with Golgi, Halley's, CDT, and the Divided Sky was very nice. So much better than the disastrous one from '03. I loved hearing TTE, even if everyone around me seemed to groan. Mid first set is perfect placement, IMO. I know a lot of people were stoked to hear Oh Sweet Nuthin', but this is one of my least favorite covers, and I thought it killed the momentum of the set.
And can anyone tell me why they ALWAYS play Mike's Groove at Shoreline? I loved this one in particular, even if it wasn't as fired up as in previous years. I get why they always seem to play Circus at Shoreline, and I liked this one.
Again, I am not a fan of Let Me Lie, and I was afraid that this was going to be a stand alone encore. Thank God for Bold as Love!

My personal highlights include, Halley's, Divided, TTE, Bowie, DWD,>LxL, and Mike's Groove.

Too bad they just can't seem to rage at Shoreline like they always seem to back East.
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