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Review by The__Van
Starting us off with YEM is like signaling an oncoming storm. You know the show has some massive potential starting with the quintessential Phish song, and especially a version played like this. Trey is peaking again and again, much to the delight of the crowd. In fact the crowd is loving this so much that I had to turn down the volume a few times. Fantastic YEM all around from every member (even the vocal jam is fun to listen to). Clone is great little Mike tune. Like Round Room, it's so slightly off kilter and so very very Mike. I agree with the others in this thread, bring this one back. This Roggae is played so nimbly, so intertwined, so dexterous. It really reminds me how good this song can be when the band is really feeling it. Drifting had me surprised it's only been played once. It seems so obvious this would be good pick to keep in the rotation much more than Plasma IMO. Blue Skies is fine, not very notable other than it being Fish's song. Moma Dance is so f***ing good hot damn. Groovy funk rock out the ass. They seriously killed this one. Final Flight is the only real down note in the whole set and it isn't even that bad. Maybe they should've gone with Most Events Aren't Planned but who knows. Maze is absolutely explosive! I'm not big on Maze but this one is making me reconsider. The middle section of fiery noise scratches an itch I didn't even know I had. Damn... by far the best I've heard this tour, and we still have more to go!
Stash opens up heading into some 2.0 dark funk with Fish on the woodblocks. I love it when they take it in this direction. Otherwise it's a fairly normal but strong Stash. Ghost gets us going with an almost immediate drop into a smooth slinky groove showing off Mike and Fish. This groove reminds me of the Radio City Ghost. Super danceable and impossible not to head bob or tap your foot. Trey lays back for most of jam letting the rhythm section work their magic. Finally the intensity starts to build culminating in an unexpected -> into Low Rider! Continuing from there we get another smooth segue into Makisupa! Trey sings a lyric referencing a fire in the band's hotel in Cincinnati and then leads the band into yet another smooth af segue into Ya Mar!!!! 2003 had such amazing segues!! Guyute up next and despite a few minor flubs they really go after this one hard. Waves always kills with a standard type 1 jam and this one is no different. I love Prince Caspian, this is perfect placement and Trey passionately solos in the best way. Another wtf segue into Frankenstein?!?! Golgi mops up the set screaming but Phish is still not content. Loving Cup is a ferocious encore! Do NOT skip!