, attached to 2003-02-14

Review by The__Van

The__Van Interesting tour opener with My Sweet One but it fits vibe for Valentine's Day. Cover of A Rolling Stone is fun little nod but the set really gets going with CDT and a nice type 1 jam with good energy. Of course the big highlights are Fee > Taste > Gin. Man, when Fee jams are good they are GOOD. Speckles and sparkly. Taste is definitely above average but I wasn't going crazy about it. The storied Gin lives up to the hype! I see a lot of similarities between this and the Went Gin. More of a vibe than anything I can put into words. I'll say that the Went Gin was the culmination of an entire summer tour and festival whereas this Gin is in set 1 of the tour opener! Heavy Things and Golgi close things out in a fine fashion. Phish is back, baby!
Possum comes out swinging with a very well played average-great version to kick off the set. WOTC in its second ever appearance gets an extended type 1 jam followed by a cool ambient digression and mellow jam. This kind of pattern would pop up a lot in big '03 jams. An old school Carini is next and its loud and fiery like any old school Carini should be. From here the set kinda loses a lot of energy. AOTD is a nice little break but LxL comes out a bit sloppy (it sounds like Fish couldn't quite remember the beat). Bag seems to restart the energy but instead gets really quiet. It's cool in isolation but feels a bit weird. Caspian as well remains subdued rather the power ballad form it took in '99-'00. Overall the set starts strong and kinda peters out.


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