, attached to 2019-07-06

Review by imdano

imdano This was a lame show and anyone who undertakes the literary acrobatics in their review which are required to claim otherwise is nothing more than a Phish apologist. Much like Curveball, they had the information well ahead of time to indicate that the show would at the very least have to be significantly delayed if not outright postponed/cancelled. They went ahead with it anyway which I think bespeaks how financially oriented this band has become. Essentially every part of making the show happen from the perspective of the audience was a hassle, and at times in the concourse it felt truly hazardous. Ok fine, on with the show. I did not detect anything resembling "energy" or "fire" in their performance, nor did I get the impression that they really were concerned with how much inconvenience the fans went to to hear them play. I felt they delivered a mediocre-at-best performance, and I think the situation called for more. As a veteran of Coverntry and Curveball, I really feel as though Phish has a disrespectful lack of interest in "rising to the occasion." Could they really not have started with Crosseyed? Or Drowned? Or how about a fun cover of any of the thousands of classic songs that reference "rain?" I felt no effort was put into this show. And considering the lengths we all go to and costs we all incur to be there, I find that insulting. Number line? Thread? Mound? Blech.

I am aware that shortly my thoughts will be panned and that I will be encouraged to stop going to Phish shows if I don't like it. Which I certainly am leaning towards. I am sad it came to this. But I encourage anyone who was actually at Fenway on Saturday night to really consider if that show was worth the amount of time and money it takes to see Phish these days. I say no


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