, attached to 2019-12-01

Review by PhillyPhilly

PhillyPhilly Maybe this was one of those Rorschach test shows... a Phish litmus test. I realize there was no 20 min “tent pole” jam, but I was still surprised to hear gripes walking out of the Coliseum tonight, I thought Phish brought us the Sunday night heat in Nassau.

Rocking Ghost show opener gives us a nice peaking jam right out of the gates, a rare and beautiful TMWSIY > Avenu Malkenu > TMWSIY, bust out Cool it Down, and a filthy peak laden 11 min Tube, what more would you like from your S1s?? How about a space jam Martian Monster > Timber combo, and a soaring Roggae? Excellent S1 in my book.

S2 starts with Everything’s Right, and the band locks into a slick groove which seemed to carry into the next several songs’ jam segments. Each band member seemed to be doing work tonight, we got a mixture of white light peaks where Trey always dominates, sci fi synth psychrock from Page, driving locomotive beats from Fish, and pocket-vibrating low tones from Mike. Egalitarian jamming, in both distribution to band members and in the multiple pieces of improv distributed throughout the set. Disease’s brief jam melted into Cities obscenely effortlessly. Carini peaked hard and fast before giving way to a combined near 25 min of the aforementioned very successful full-band improv in Ruby Waves > 20 YL. BDTNL rocked, Trey has so much fun with this tune every time. S.A.N.T.O.S. was tailor-made for arenas like Nassau, and we fist pump as the Kasvot classic shreds the set to a close.

Roses is sing-along fun and an unexpected encore, and then a concise but solidly peaking Slave to the Traffic Light sends us out into the Long Island wind and rain.

The band looks well set up to deliver some heaters in the second leg of this fall mini tour.


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