, attached to 2017-08-01

Review by dublindeuce

dublindeuce A very good show! This was my 10th Phish show (woot double digits!) and I had a ton of fun raging GA with my Mom! We were about 4 rows back from Mike Gordon the whole show.

The first set got off to a slower than average start for this fantastic run. The energy picked up a bit during "Daniel Saw The Stone", and by the time "The Wedge" rolled around, the band was locked in and jamming. I was very pleased to get "Guelah Papyrus", "McGrupp", "Limb by Limb", and "Walk Away", as I had never gotten any of those songs at a Phish show before!

"Limb by Limb" and "Walk Away" were definitely the highlights of this first set. Both songs were full of energy and had wonderful peaks. Great versions of each.

The second set started with a jammed out version of "Golden Age". Some really nice interplay arose between the four musicians, with Fishman and Gordon impressing the most. The band played their second ever version of "Leaves", and this song impressed me! Trey's soloing was fantastic, and I think we can expect great things to come from "Leaves" in the future.

"Swept Away" > "Steep" came next, and this pairing was fantastic. Gordon was dropping bombs about 15 feet in front of me that reverberated throughout my entire body. Mike was truly killing it in this second set! A really nice bliss jam erupted out of "Steep"; this has to be one of the all time great versions of this song.

"46 Days"' sharp tone was a happy addition to this set, and boy were we in for a fantastic version of this song! After some fantastic riffing that sent MSG into a dancing frenzy, Trey headed over to the Marimba Lumina, and soon Page and Gordon follow suit and are on each side of Fishman's drum kit. A fun and groovy percussion jam lasted for several minutes, before Trey headed back to his guitar and transitioned into "Piper".

"Piper" was also a fantastic version. Gordon once again truly impressed me with his playing in this jam. Maybe it was because I was directly in front of him, but I truly felt like Mike was having an astounding night on the bass.

An energizing, propulsive, whimsical, and downright badass "Possum" ended the set. This was the third "Possum" I've seen Phish do live, and it's by far the greatest version of this song I've ever heard. This "Possum" might've actually been the highlight of the show for me. It was just perfect. A must listen.

This show will probably not go down in history like 7/25/17 and 7/30/17 will, but I genuinely feel that this was an excellent concert.

Phish are playing so fantastically well throughout this Baker's Dozen run. Like I said in an earlier review of mine, I believe that the summer of 2017 is going to be one to remember. Can't wait to go back to MSG and do it all over again tomorrow!
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