, attached to 2002-12-31

Review by JezmundTheFamilyBeserker96

JezmundTheFamilyBeserker96 Set 1 Highlights: Piper (Standout Version), Wilson (Standout Version), David Bowie

Set 2 Highlights: Waves, Harry Hood

Set 3 Highlights: Runaway Jim -> Time Loves a Hero, Walls of the Cave

Phish kicks off 2.0 in high octane with an absolutely ferocious and ripping version of Piper, complete with the original ending coda. Guyute, NICU and Horn follow, all well-played versions. What follows next is something rare in the Phish live experience: a live sample to introduce a song. The voiceover of Tom Hanks losing his dearest friend to the ocean introduces Wilson as only Phish could engineer. Mound and Squirming Coil follow, continuing the near-perfect song selection. As Coil comes to a close, our favorite crossdressing, middle-aged man starts riding the hi-hat to cue David Bowie. I'm always a big fan of when the band fakes out closing a set with Coil and throws in Bowie (6/22/19 comes to mind as a recent example). This Bowie, while not very adventurous in terms of the song's overarching history, is a strong version well worth your time. That closes the first set of 2.0, pretty damn solid and lacking in the expected rust coming off a nearly two year long hiatus. The debut of Waves every so smoothly ushers in the start of the second set and has its characteristic airy jam with a nice Page-led outro before falling into Divided Sky. I'm always a fan of Divided Sky showing up in the second set and this version takes it time, culminating in a strong full band peak. Lawn Boy and the rare 2.0 emergence of Carini continue the second set in a relatively quirky manner. Rift is up to bat next and is its usual self. A strong, yet in-the-box version of Harry Hood follows before Character Zero closes up the set. The third set overall was pretty hit-or-miss for me but the Runaway Jim -> Time Loves a Hero is a gem, as is the Walls of the Cave that closes the set. All things considered, this is a pretty strong show for a return from the hiatus.


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