, attached to 2015-01-03

Review by Grrateful

Grrateful Okay so I rarely, and I cannot stretch this enough, give a show 5 stars. However when you are digesting a show such as 1/3/15 you have your work cut out for you. Starting with a first set we arrive to a Maze opener which has only opened 1 other show in 3.0 I believe, which is more than enough groundwork for a wild show. Divided sky had its moment during the pause, which was a slight nod to the Hampton run in 2013. Perfectly orchestrated by the boys they continue to show admiration for the crowd by playing fan favorites such as Mule and SOAM. The Melt has a particularly slower vibe than usual (maybe the tropics) and ends with a bizarre miscommunication from the band as it feels some want to continue in a jam, but Fishman misses a cue? Either way it's a great placement and deserves a listen. Character Zero is always a fan favorite, and to close the set it had everyone on a level of pure adrenaline. Definitely something to wet your ears with.

Coming around to second set we see exactly what Phish is made of. Anyone who dissed the second night got what they wanted on 1/3/15 (if you didn't you might want to reevaluate the way you comprehend music my friend). STFTFP gets the crowd in a warm up groove because... well because of the Disease. I've listened to quite a lot of Phish but have never seen the boys slaughter that hard. In my opinion, much like people's take on the Tahoe Tweezer, this jam had 3 distinct parts, one being the Is It Finished? part. Where they seem to revive the distinct sound of 1997. Stop start jams always bring crowd induced energy, and this Disease provided fans with a heavy dose. It's gnarly, it's groove-driven, it's Phish! You should honestly stop reading this review and go listen to it! Light next. I'm an advocate for the darker jams and ironically enough Light is one of those vehicles that take me there. To put it simply this Light is dark, but not as much as I wanted it to be. Great segment from DWD > Light. What's next on this oh so glorious set EH? Sallllyyyyyy. I lost my mind and so did everyone else around me. What differs this Sally from others is that in literally a millisecond it goes straight to Type 2. I NEEEDDDD MORREEE. Oh sure lets go ahead and blow everyone's mind and do Sand > Hood > Suzy. Which is bar none one of the most killer ways to end a set. I'll do a re listen to that and delve deeper, but it'll have you grooving all day for sure.
Collectively the band showed all the haters that "I've tried to do all those things the best I can. No matter how I try, I find my way into the same old jam." Phish aren't your minions. They are developing a new sound that echoes their creativity. Love it or don't... But I sure as hell do!


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