, attached to 2015-01-02

Review by jadedforbin

jadedforbin Set I begins with high energy but very standard-nothing special versions of Free, Moma, and Possum. Trey found his groove somewhere in the Stash, then played Sugar Shack the best I have ever heard him play it...seriously, THIS is what everyone was talking about during the break. He killed it. Emotional but standard Coil closed the first...

...but you know you're here to read about the Set II, which was simultaneously remarkable, high energy, and even unbelievable at times. A Mike's Song set opener is always special, even in 3.0, when Mike's generally doesn't go as far out as it once seemed to do everytime. I wanted them to drop into the F jam and space out (everyone did), but instead we got 46 Days. This is not one of the longest versions, but it IS one of the greatest versions ever of the song, entirely groove driven and feels very at home as the "Slipknot" of this Groove.

46 went to outer space in only 10-ish minutes, which then dissolved into MIAMIPAUG GROOVE, a single song performance which belongs with the very best all time versions.

This was my 70th show, dating to 1996, and in all seriousness, without any fluffing whatsoever, I've NEVER seen a better Week...not even kidding, and not even close. Total outer space, Trey goes to Marimba, then Mike goes to guitar, fucking with Trey's delay pedals like I would when I play in a garage with my friends. Absolute alien space-jam / cow-funk version, definitely the highlight of this show and vying for highlight of the entire Miami run until the Disease the following night blew everything up. This MUST be heard. This was followed by the SILKY Fuego > Slave (during which I actually cried tears of joy it sounded so much like the old band I remembered instead of the 09-12 nostalgia act). But then they pushed it even harder with a really nice 2001 and a Walls which Trey absolutely TORE apart every note. Probably the best version I ever saw at only 11 minutes, it is the heat and the tension, compressed, wound up, and released. Wonderful Set.

Though Set I is fairly standard, Set II is godly, absolute must-hear Phish and probably the best Mike's > ? > Groove of 3.0, certainly the best I've seen. Now if we can get them to jam the actual Mike's Song type II again, we'll be set!! :)
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