, attached to 2003-02-21

Review by The__Van

The__Van Wilson > Frankenstein opens with a hug exclamation mark to begin the show. Mike activates a growly distorted bass tone in Wilson and brings down the house. Disease up next to continue this fiery combo. The jam is decently fun and upbeat. We keep our heads above water with this one; no diving into the 2.0 depths. Whaddya know they actually finish this one. Lifeboy is a needed breather after all the high octane energy. Boogie On gets the funky dance going and leads to some fun playful bass and keyboard break down segments. A pretty good Antelope brings the set home for the close but count on Phish to do something weird like closing with I Didn't Know. This is a fun set; pretty light and bouncy.

Mike's Song hits the ground running with Trey immediately laying on some dark and strange melodic lines over the typical jam. It's interesting, but doesn't peak in any way. Rather it drifts into industrial noise/space for awhile. Fish attempts a move to Hydrogen; instead they move to Free. Weird; not bad, but very weird. Free is competently played but not notable. Waste deflates some energy so early in the set. Thankfully 2001 gives a kickstart and I'm dancing again. Trey lays some fun teases in with this one, even almost breaking into a Stash jam. Hood is great choice here. I love the fake out peak echoing 2/15's version. Good stuff. AOTD is a deserved break after 2001 and Hood leading us in to Possum. Man, the standards for Possum used to be so high. Very well played version that I will call average-great for the time. Cavern caps off a good set. Overall I like set 1 more but set 2 really picks up in the 2nd half.


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