, attached to 2003-01-04

Review by JezmundTheFamilyBeserker96

JezmundTheFamilyBeserker96 Set 1 Highlights: Llama, Roggae (Standout Version), Maze, Split Open and Melt

Set 2 Highlights: Mike's Song > Mountains in the Mist > Weekapaug Groove (Standout Jam) > What's the Use? > Down with Disease -> Fast Enough for You

The final night of Phish's return from an over two year hiatus roars out of the speakers with one of Phish's best opener in Llama (2/2 across openers with last night). This version gets the show started in an aggressive manner before the band drops into Boogie On Reggae Woman which is met with a great crowd response. Boogie On sees the band flowing into a slightly extended funky jam. An absolutely wall-shattering Roggae comes next and I can't even put how pretty this one is into words, just listen to it. A rocking Maze shows up next and gets the Coliseum audibly rocking again. Standard versions of Anything but Me, Ya Mar, Saw It Again and Bouncing follow before one of my favorite set closers rears it's gnarly, dissonant head: Melt. This version of Melt is an excellent set closer and gets into some very chaotic space beyond the Melt jam itself. Overall, an interesting set with fantastic bookends and some great and meh in between. Rock and Roll kicks off the final set of the Run and gets and extended Type-I workout before dropping right into Mike's Song. This is an unusual Mike's Song that struck me as pretty gnarly in terms of Trey's phrasing and it completely excludes the usual ending and transitions into the second jam only briefly as an ambient bridge into Mountains in the Mist. I'm usually averse to having a non-Simple/H2 song in the middle of Mike's Groove but something about how gnarly that Mike's felt to me and how well done that transition was made it perfect. An absolutely earth-crushing Weekapaug Groove comes next and starts oddly with Trey strumming the riff by himself before the rest of the band joins in. This jam is just so fckn wild, the way the band keeps their insane momentum while adding in levels of dissonance in this one just blows me away. Oh, and also it briefly drops into space before the Coliseum takes off with What's the Use. The perfect flow continues with a late-set Down with Disease that segues beautifully into Fast Enough for You. After a minute or so of spacey effects (seems to be one of those cool > filled shows with lots of ambience between songs) Fishman drops the 2001 drum beat and the whole place just goes absolutely bananas. 2001 closes the set with Trey thanking everybody for coming out. Friday shows up in the encore and this is one song that I really am not a fan of. I'm sure they were excited to play it but I'll skip Friday. Overall, a tale of two sets to be sure. Check out this New Year Run! There's a lot more gems than you may remember!


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