, attached to 2013-10-26

Review by BuddyBrown

BuddyBrown Lately, I still have not enjoyed a show again as much as I enjoyed MSG 12/28/11 and I hadn't been to anything since 2012 SPAC.
There's nothing I can tell you that you do not already know or want to know, but I will speak for this night:
Page was fierce throughout, providing most of the roiling of the seas.
Each set maintained very good energy, no drop-outs.
I feel Trey seemed to exhibit tentativeness to interject and his phrasing lacked flow/rawness. I don't need to rely on non-stop soaring, but string some notes together -- syncopation is not for every song -- jump in, the water's great.

I hear the same things and unfortunately I'm starting to feel like I am a, spoiled, victim of being around this band when some of these, now, somewhat standard/known jams were coming from somewhere raw, original to-the-moment and not, say: "lets do a jam 'A' here -- in area 'C' -- of this point in the song that is supposed to be long." And I'm not purely longing for the past, either. Of what I seen/heard/know from this band, I respect and enjoy attributes of any and all of their eras/personalities; which give credence to their vibrancy throughout the years.

Overall, I don't like thinking about what should have been my last Phish show.

I come back for the promise of gnarly, gritty exploration with risk, but this, it seems, is a new age and I found myself at the show only once an out-of-town friend decided it was the perfect place to re-connect. I needed a reason ...also, it would've been a shame to miss them in their 30th year.

(Someone in this night's reviews makes the point about the fact that they had to be practicing their album for the Halloween show and that, in hindsight, is pretty admirable and adds a BIG layer -- good point. Also, a lot of folks are really pumped about this fall-run and I'm happy for them.)

Anyway, I liked what I liked and that is enough for me, I guess. At the show I remember really liking the following:
Set 1 -- Party Time, Punch, On the Train (took train to the show), nice to hear Ride Captain, which brought me to the nostalgia of '98, (long lost) Simple trickled into nothing and Bowie.
Set 2 -- I wanted Light (reliable for amounts of creativity and depth), I do not care for Sand (at all) and I was pleased to hear Theme. I am a greatest hits Zep-listener and not sure I've ever heard No Quarter by them, but I know that the Mike'sWeek-tryptych was rad! I know I now have to prey on small moments and I pounced on some inside that Weekapaug.
Fishman-hero on drums made the Possum strange and fetching. Otherwise I felt short-changed on my Fish-factor.


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