, attached to 2016-07-06

Review by icculusFTW

icculusFTW Not sure where to start with this one - but it was not good. 1.5/5, 2 would be a big stretch.

To start, the place was seriously a sauna (like, I nearly passed out) and I wonder if it affected the band too.

Trey missed notes all over the place, most painfully in the Billy Breathes solo, and the band could simply not hook up on anything. Successful improv, in particular, was essentially non-existent. The Tweezer sputtered out fast, as trey couldn't settle on any theme for more than a minute or so.

On top of that, much of the song selection was just bizarre -- Mikes>Tide Turns>Devotion to a Dream, in the middle of the second set? Not something that sounded any better than that looks on paper. Really took the air out of whatever potential was left in that set.

And as the crazy bonus, some idiot actually jumps on the stage and manages to play on fish's kit, refuses to stop, and needs to forcibly removed in the middle of Fluff. Fish, to his great credit, literally never missed a beat somehow. But it was ugly, and it sucked to see Fish having to deal with this threatening guy on his kit.

There was a bit of nice playing in Weekapaug. There were about 3 minutes of interesting stuff in Tweezer. Sloth is rare. Bittersweet is fun. They played Fluffhead.

But I cannot say anything else that was redeeming, really, about this particular show.

I'm happy for anyone who enjoyed it, I really am, but honestly, I'd say that if you are at all interested in listening to Phish critically (not criticizing, listening thoughtfully and in relation to the band's other shows) -- that it's hard to argue with the idea that this show was a flop. Even the best bands have off nights, and this was a profoundly off night.

Let's honor the heights this band regularly reaches by acknowledging the times when it does not make it there. To insist otherwise is kind of silly, at best.

Honestly one of the worst I've seen in my 150 or so.

I bet (and hope) they come out swinging before this east coast run is out.


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