, attached to 2003-03-01

Review by The__Van

The__Van Chalk Dust kicks up a storm to open the show. Scorching solo from Trey and great work all around. Moma up next with some slightly extended opening and closing jams. Energy is high so far; we're doing good. I love a good Foam! This one has some stellar work from Page and Trey. We are poised for some big set 1 improv! That's why it's a bit weird for Lawn Boy to appear here. I mean, who can complain about some lovely crooning from Leo? Ah well not every show is 2/28. A mid set Zero? Yes please! Just like that the energy is back in full swing. Divided Sky, like the earlier Foam, allows Phish to flex those hard toned compositional muscles they're known for. Very well played version here to anchor the set. Mountains gives us a nice big breath before we plunge into a late set Waves. A good but standard Waves. It feels like they want to take it further but Trey pulls them back and into Sample to close. Fine set here.

Rock and Roll appropriately rocks with some fiery type 1 action. I feel this had potential to go big but Trey apparently didn't. Wilson is super fun and keeps the energy up. Piper finally gets down to some real improv. It keeps the uptempo feel while moving through several sections. It's decent but it doesn't grab me that much. 2001 is right change of pace we need here. Funky goodness is abundant. Trey's growly tone works very well. The funkyness continues into a mid set Wolfman's Brother in which I have to give the star performer award to Mike. The transition to Boogie on is a bit forced; they could've worked out the chord and rhythm changes better but it's clear they wanted to keep the dance funk going! Wading cools down after the high energy of the set so far. Antelope is passionate! They really get after the peak! Trey pushes the tempo faster and faster like it's 1994!! Rather than end the set there, Phish opts for a little barber shop number. Can't end the tour without a little more goofy fun. The YEM encore is every fan's dream. The vocal jam brings us full circle back to Phish's first show with Proud Mary. Damn what a tour.


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