, attached to 2012-12-31

Review by phootyjon

phootyjon Not a review at all; just a comment....

Gave this show another spin this morning after seeing it live less than 12 hours prior and I have to say the second set was probably the most telling of what's to come for 3.0 phish. Which is to say - more pitch perfect short set lists and tight coiled jams that are smack-dad in the center of their collective wheelhouses. Now, I am in no way saying this show top to bottom or even the entire run collectively was perfect or epic, or the beckoning of a new era and that in some ways it is was a step back from Dicks...but there's a ton of really good things to take away from all 4 nights and the 2nd Set of last night specifically.

Sparing any analysis - that whole set has some segments that flow very well for any era. I've listen to a lot of phish and last nights Ghost->Piper (which had some hosey Trey/Page and several great full band moments) was as concise and satisfying as anything I have heard from them since the late 90s. That says to me there's a lot less bullshit noodling and effects posturing going on and a lot more creative structure and direction. There was very little to no wasted energy in that combo or in that 2nd set at large and that in itself is awesome and incredibly hard to do considering the occasion. So cheers to that and what that will lead to as they prepare for the next stretch of shows.

Overall these past 4 shows leaving me dreaming on the next tour I get to witness. Till the next....and happy new year.
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