, attached to 2009-08-16

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads This show rates a solid 4-out-of-5 stars on the 3-is-average-great scale, according to me! The setlist is totally stacked, especially in contrast to the previous night's Alaska, Let Me Lie segment three and four songs into the second set (here that space is occupied by Halley's Comet > Rock and Roll!) All the playing is on point compositionally, as it was throughout this first year of Phish 3.0 (or, the "common era.") Anything But Me is encouraging to hear rendered so lovingly at this point in Phishtory, debuted at a time when the band and the scene were going through growing pains. Cars Trucks Buses, incidentally, has always struck me since I got one at my first show as a quintessential summer song. Maybe yours is Ya Mar but I like the intensity of CTB a lot better. Backwards Down the Number Line gets its first 20-min. jam to open Set II with a segue into Twenty Years Later... admirable showing for those two then-new tunes, and the BDTNL jam is actually pretty exploratory considering the frame it comes from, with a modulation and everything (which Trey is on record as loving when we notice!) Harpua, what can I say? It's funny to me that you don't hear the crowd really "get" I Kissed a Girl until the refrain... I had heard it ad nauseam because at the time I was listening to popular radio. It was kind of ubiquitous in 2009. You Enjoy Myself set-closer, as I say: stacked! I Been Around debuts in the encore surrounded by the lovable Grind and the enthusiastic Highway to Hell, I'd just have to say this is an outstanding tour-closer of a show!


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