, attached to 2014-07-11

Review by Slewfoot

Slewfoot Loved this show last night! Just to put things into perspective, this was my 52nd show and my first time seeing the boys since Shoreline 2000. I couldn't have asked for a better homecoming. This wasn't a super high energy show, but every song filled with confidence and great spirit. It seemed like a very "honest" show and the band was full of smiles. We casually strolled up to around the 14th row just to the side of Mike. Made things very intimate. The sound the band has now isn't as jumpy and snappy as back in the day which is completely understandable. No better or worse, just different. The sound feels a bit wider with more separation between the instruments. A bit more classic rock in feel in its raw sound. Really nice.

Nothing was played poorly. A few very minor flubs here and there which they always quickly recovered from nicely. Tough to mention highlights, but safe to say that any song with some sort of jam was excellent. The Bowie started out with a blast of energy that caught my buddies and I off guard. Really great. We thought we heard some Llama teases throughout the show plus a 'Let My Love Open the Door' by Pete Townshend jam in the Disease.

If I wasn't going to a wedding this weekend I would try to see all three of these shows! The scene at Randall's Island was fantastic. A lot of thought went into it. Hope they come back next year!

I get the feeling this era for Phish is comparable to the 1989 / 1990 era for the Grateful Dead. A resurgence of playing incredibly well while being able to do most anything they want with their arsenal of songs and styles. Make a point to see them again soon if you haven't for a while.


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