, attached to 2003-02-20

Review by The__Van

The__Van Rift starts out a bit rough and doesn't really recover until half way through the song. But it's not terrible, in fact it gets pretty good after the initial shakiness. Rock and Roll comes in hot with steamy type 1 scorcher that just about feels like it's going further but Trey pulls it back to end the song. Ah well, very good none the less. Guyute is the composition heavy selection for tonight like Divided Sky and Guyute itself were at the previous two nights. Driver is next and I guess it's appropriate to get a quick breather in after the last tunes but I'm not a fan of this one. Waves begins the second half the set with some deft, artful playing from Trey during the jam. Man, I love Waves. It's my favorite 2.0 song and it fits perfectly with that sound. Fitting that Phish sounds so good among the Waves. Simple lifts off into a top tier jam that morphs and sways in the breeze. This is stuff dreams are made of. Fantastic work from the band. This Gotta Jibboo is one of the best out there. It's essentially a big fireworks display that just won't let up. Starting out as a quick type 1 jam it builds into legendary status when it peaks and instead of taking the off ramp, Phish forges ahead in to type 1.75 territory. Not fully breaking away from the song structure but an eyelash away from doing so. Once again, fantastic work from the band.

Tweezer is always a welcome set 2 opener and this one is no slouch. It lifts off with a spirited jam of funky goodness before transitioning to that sludgy 2.0 noise jamming. You either love or hate this sound and I love it. The noise eventually gives way to a huge peak and rousing conclusion! PYITE is a great follow up to the big Tweezer and gets the crowd dancing again. I'm really feeling the energy on this one. Trey sounds almost giddy. FEFY finally gives us a break after the jammy dance-fest of the last tunes. Seven Below gets going right away with ANOTHER 20 minute jam! This one picks up right where Jibboo left off. Moving as one organism, full band interplay. Honestly this reminds of some the best moments from Fall '97. Pebbles closes out the set with more of that noisy roaring but idk this time it didn't work for me like it did with Tweezer. Still, it is the melt-your-face set closer they were hoping for. Three song encore is a rarity for this era but that's pretty much all there is to say.


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