, attached to 2019-06-19

Review by dr_strangelove

dr_strangelove Highlights from Set I: About to Run through Walls of the Cave.
-About to Run gives Trey the opportunity to play some great blues guitar, it falls in the category of pretty great song for the newer stuff that Phish & Co has been putting out, and Trey is obviously amped up to play these Ghosts of the Forest songs. They really crushed it
-Divided Sky was the first song of the night that really brought me that nostalgic old school Phish feel. I still smile like an idiot when the whole crowd is cheering during the pause before the titular note is played in the middle segment. And of course, the energy for the ending part of the song was a real tit ripper.
-I Didn't know... hard to hate a vacuum solo and Phish silliness.
-Walls of the Cave surprised me because Set I felt like it was pretty long, so I was glad to get a rager to end things

Highlights from Set II: I want to say everything, but I'll limit it to BOAF>Crazy sometimes, Everythings Right>Chalk Dust, and the Split open encore
-Birds of a feather was just nasty. Multiple interesting jam segments and the band pushed past a moment where things were beginning to drift into a lull to amp things back up again and explore more interesting musical spaces. Page and Fishman were the jam MVPs on this one. If you listen to one moment from this show, this is the tune you'll want to check out. The Crazy sometimes that followed was the perfect amount of dark energy that I want after a sick Type II jam and the song itself had some good funk jamming in its mid-section. I will also add that this BOAF>Crazy sometimes cue'd up the "Miss you" that followed beautifully. Nice song placement.
-Everything's Right was typically good fun, but the transition to Chalk Dust was what got me excited (even if it wasn't a true segue). I haven't seen anyone referencing the fact that Chalk Dust was also teasing BOAF throughout the opening verses, which made the song much more energetic and fun. Even though the CDT isn't too long, there are brief moments of Type II jamming worthy of a listen
-Remove the jaw-dropping fact of SOAM hitting the encore slot, and I'm pretty sure you will realize this was a very dark and nasty jam. Satan himself could have been on the stage during that jam. This might be second priority after the Birds of a feather for "must-listens" from this show.

Honorable mentions:
-Soul planet had some good, brief type I jamming that was fun
-A Life Beyond The Dream - I am admittedly not the most enthused about Ghost of the Forest (I probably need to dig deeper into this project, but for the most part I feel like its meh -- sue me). That being said, experiencing these tunes live has changed my perspective and this song in particular was a beautiful way to cap the night. I would love to hear this song again.


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