Soundcheck: Babylon Baby (Incomplete)
SET 1: Cars Trucks Buses, Peaches en Regalia, AC/DC Bag, Guyute, Possum, Halley's Comet > 46 Days, Divided Sky, The Ballad of Curtis Loew, Run Like an Antelope
SET 2: Twist > Rift > Prince Caspian > Esther, Been Caught Stealing, Piper > My Friend, My Friend > Kill Devil Falls, Split Open and Melt, Golgi Apparatus, First Tube
ENCORE: Good Times Bad Times
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Review by mgouker
Let's stick to the cold facts first:
1. The band's energy is really upbeat, high, and happy. It feels good to see Phish now, because they are confident and there are no limits to what they can do. This was especially apparent tonight in songs like 46 Days , Rift, First Tube, and Been Caught Stealing. Phish is hot metal through butter at this point. This is hugely positive.
2. This show featured a good number of rarities - at least for me. Peaches en regalia, Curtis Loew, Esther, and Been Caught Stealing are all songs I haven't heard live in a long, long time. Not only did Phish play them, but they played them in a surgically able way that frankly astounded me.
3. There just wasn't enough jamming. Split Open and Melt was plainly SICK. There was some sparkly craziness in Halley's, Caspian, and Piper, but 95% of the insanity I crave was SOAM. Simply put, the unleashing of the giant there left me wanting a lot, lot more.
I know I sound ungrateful. I am TRULY sorry. For what it's worth, I think this was a better show than last night (I ranked both 4 stars). Phish's playing - to my ears - has rarely had this union of joyfulness, confidence, mastery, precision, and execution. But maybe it's because of all of this, because I hear what the potential is of this giant, maybe that's why I need it even more. Like mother's milk... More More More. I am not ungrateful. I AM THIRSTY!!! Phish is an oasis. I want to drink deep.