, attached to 2003-07-31

Review by whatstheuse324

whatstheuse324 I had an amazing show experience from 7/31/2003 in Camden. My wife and I were staying in a Philly hotel and had the day to kill, so we caught Pirates of the Caribbean in the movie theater before hitting the lot early. We were hanging with friends in the lot closest to the Ben Franklin Bridge for a while before heading in. We had seats for this show, and even though they were three rows from the back, it was still enough to be inside when the skies opened up and poured down rain.

This night seemed like a complete rebound from the previous night. Llama kicked things off and raged out of the gates. Moma Dance quickly took the reins and got funky right away. Moma Dance started blending into an ambient space when the opening chords to Divided Sky chimed in. This was my first Divided Sky, and I had been craving this song at every show I had ever been to. It was and is my favorite song and a pivotal reason that I learned to love Phish in the first place. Anyway, I was in my glory, Divided Sky was EXCELLENT, and Phish could have played a three hour long Brian and Robert to close the show and I still would have been fine. Fortunately for everyone else, this was not the case.

Dirt was a nice and mellow breather from the raging Divided Sky, and a slightly-lengthy Seven Below ensued afterwards. The Sloth was spot-on, Water in the Sky reminded everyone on the lawn that they were no longer dry, Wolfman's Brother soared to type-1 peaks as did Possum to close the set.

Set two opened with a twenty-two minute Piper that trudged along in a dark and mucky groove. Mike's came out of the dark Piper and took the classic approach, segueing into Hydrogen and then Weekapaug. The transition from Weekapaug to Free was obvious in the moment and signaled that the band wasn't pulling out any stops for the rest of the night. Friday was another breather, I don't like to hear Mike sound so sad. Hood was an epic, especially for 2.0. Frankenstein gave us all a little energy for the all night driving most of us were about to endure on our way up to Limestone, Maine for the IT Festival. I loved this show.
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