, attached to 2016-07-09

Review by isawitagian

isawitagian As I have never attempted a review in the past, and I feel obligated to write a bit of what I had experienced in the last few days...

First of all, let me just say that I walked out of Great Woods during the Slave, as I really did not feel the band came back from the PA problems in a strong fashion, and where some of you might be thinking nice one dude...you missed The Walrus encore... I could give two craps about that...
I come to see the boys JAM!

And Jam is not what they did on Saturday Night in Hartford. I know what you are thinking...19 min DWD...
But that jam did not go anywhere...and it still probably gets Jam of the night honors.
If any of you are thinking (right now) they played well...I am not going to argue that point... but I do think that Trey was not ripping it the way that I like him to..most of the evening.

I was on Page side, 4 rows in front of the pit..and I think the sound was a little off there, so I know that added to my frustrations with not being able to hear the subtle things Trey was doing...but still

All I can say about this show was that everything was played 'standard'.
Energy was good, boys were happy. I had a good time. people around me were great. the music was fun, the song selection was great, but nothing outside the box.
Some songs like Free seem to be shells of their former selves...
When you get a BOAF, Free, Sand, and Carini and non of those go anywhere...what do you really have? yeah it sounded good, and yeah I had fun... but I go to have my mind blown away.
and I did not.

I have to give them props for the well played Meat. Makes me cry, with the above setlist that this was the highlight of the first set.
Don't get me wrong... I appreciate Meat for all it is.

And, Tela was also played extremely well. I love Tela, and I would take it every show. So I am grateful to get to hear it the one or so time(s) they do it in any given year...
But, DWD, Sand, Carini, and Antelope are up there in my prayers for them to play, and take to new places... and not a one of them proved to go anywhere new.
All in all it was a fun show. Great setlist, and good Phishy antics (like Mike on keys and Page on Bass)
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