, attached to 2013-10-27

Review by Jman428

Jman428 Hartford was tits, to put it in a word. Sunday show so it didn't have the screaming crowd energy, but I feel it's better setting for them to "open up" jams with and be more risky and confident without the distractions. Rock and Roll opener for Lou was like nothing I've heard them do, type 2 outta the gates got me pumped up. The jam was short and sweet but the energy coming from the band was overwhelming. After the short type 2 jam (short but very sweet), they dropped into a mellow ocelot, then the energetic Hartford Tube. Halfway to the Moon and Fee were both fun to hear, then an *intense* maze followed by a fun Lawnboy featuring mike walking around stage doing his fills at the end of the song which set up for the mike tune Nellie Kane. NICU was pretty standard, page put on a little extra mustard on the keyboard solo. A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing pumped me way back up and the jam was especially dirty-psychedelic sounding if I remember correctly. Appreciated the Walls of the Cave although nothing was fancy about it. Set II though... Holy Christ. Chalkdust peakfest opener to set the mood and get em locked in for what was to come. A HEADY ass Tweezer went "out there" and remained locked in the whole time, they didn't need to step back and lock back in at all, straight hose. This got me especially pumped cuz I've been calling a monster Hartford Tweezer since they played Hampton. Ferocious Birds of a Feather came next, then an even bigger jam of the night came, Golden Age. There were multiple themes/passages explored, with some short siket disc style jamming at the end of it, similar the tail end of Hampton Tweezer. Next was a standard Halley's, and then a 2001 that went places, a 2001 everyone was hoping for. They threw down the funk and jammed it extra dirty. Fluffhead contained slight playing errors in the composed part, but the peak and jam was outstanding, the "Fluffhead!" Part was sick with the entire arena yelling it at the top of their lungs. Was wearing my Dr.Fluff's Powerful Pills shirt at the time too . The Slave to end the set was gorgeous, dropped the intensity way down for an immaculate build up where trey bent notes and made his guitar cry at the peak. Then a pretty standard Cup/Reprise encore but I can't complain bout it one bit after that show. Outstanding. Would love to see Phish play XL Center again.
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