, attached to 2022-09-03

Review by PNWPhan17

PNWPhan17 I thought this was the best night of the 4. PYITE through Walls was the perfect kick off to this dance party. Probably my fav Walls to date that I've seen- very patient playing and new territory was reached for this one. Heavy Rotation, Boogie and Stash were well placed and welcome! Free brought the funk late in the 1st set and it landed extremely well w/ a surprised Mikes>Bug to close! I like Bug, and this one had a little extra sauce! Setbreak had a common theme with everyone around us- killer Walls and Free and great set flow! We were set up on the floor right behind the FOB tapers...the sweet spot. Sounded perfect, not too loud but crisp! 2nd set calls were plenty- mine was Mr Completely, but he didn't show in CO. It would be the first Santos 2nd set opener! KDF was an interesting call at first, but wow did this version flex its muscle! What a version!! Sigma has been lurking all weekend and everyone in the house knew it was coming. Solid version, caught it in MPP and enjoyed both. At this point of the show is where/why its my favorite hour of Phish from summer '22. A breakout from '03- Thunderhead through SOAM was why we travel far and wide to see this band. Pedal to the floor Phish. That Moma??? Come on now. First 2nd set Moma I've seen and wow did they give it a ride! I've been chasing No Q for so long. Missed it by one show last summer at the Gorge. Was going in feeling good about the chances...it was the only song I reeeeally wanted to hear- but I knew it was a stretch. So when I heard Page toying with the opening keys....YES!!!!! High fives all around. A 65 show absence and my first No Q. Finally! 2001 was the perfect transition. Loved the extended disco jam. They saved what I feel is the highlight of the entire weekend...that SOAM!! On lot I saw the "Evil" phish shirts circulating, and this version is why that shirt exists. This is the evil, scary, weird side of this band that comes out sparingly where you don't have a choice but to be completely engulfed in the trance of musical darkness. I get chills. Gorge '11 R&R, Santa Barbara '21 46 days quickly pops into mind. "Off the rails" Phish. Kuroda was MVP of the evilness- pure insanity. It was almost as if he saved a few special treats this summer just for this SOAM!! My first Fee!! So fun and a smokin' Slave to close. Perma-grinned faces and huge hugs all around from our crew. I was given a gold star sticker as I was leaving the venue, but it was the band that deserved it. Saturday night Dicks was gold star Phish.


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