, attached to 2018-02-09

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads This show showed off Trey's 12-Step synth switch a lot more than the opener of this year's acoustic tour. I thought the Wilson story about the Helping Friendly Playbook was really funny, but some of the other stories weren't quite on par with Peyton Hooten. Apart from the most appealing numbers to me--The Inlaw Josie Wales, Dog Faced Boy, Sleep, and Summer of '89--this show actually seemed to have a "second set..." unusual for a Trey acoustic show. Several songs ran over 9 minutes in length, with or without concomitant stories. Light was particularly good at showing off the kind of angel-choir synth effect that Trey's been using with his 12 Step. I feel like he kind of warmed up to the crowd, the venue, or just the show entirely throughout the performance. I certainly hope that Trey will employ the 12 Step with Phish, but without it becoming something that distracts from his imputed role as leader of the band (like the percussion rack or the keyboard.) I think the other members of the band have been clear that they want Trey to lead the band. In that case, this tour is probably very helpful practice for that position which will come into play most notably in July.


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