, attached to 2003-02-24

Review by pikepredator

pikepredator I figured I would review this after fluffing the Twist in the forum. This show has a somewhat "backwards" structure in that the 1st and 3rd quarters are very strong, but then both sets go downhill. The opening four tunes were a fantastic start to my first post-hiatus show, all well-played, lots of energy. I was sure BB would be done after Everyday - had phish gone back to being phish and even played a modest ending to Set I, I think both the show and guest spot would have been more well-received.

but thrill is gone and rock me went on way, way too long. Aimless. I love me some blues - SRV would make an ideal guest if he wasn't, you know, dead - but the BB thing was overkill. It reminded me of the mini-acoustic sets. Great for a mid-set change of pace and then (like 12/28/98 and the Ball) they need to bust out something juicy to bring things back up.

Same deal in set II with an inspired start. 15 min Halleys>Hood to open? Yes please!! Then, the Twist gets really dark, counterpoint to the joyous disease. And at the time, we didn't know this kind of jamming would be the 2003 hallmark so it was exciting to hear new sounds, so different from 2000. Phish is back and going new places!!

All of these Dreams and Waves were a good bridge to a potentially smoking ending (maybe an exclamation point like Timber>Bowie?) but sample/chalkdust/farmhouse wasn't enough to seal the deal.

Get the big jams, give BB a listen, but pass on the rest.


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