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drrandy Loved this review until she got to the third set. Quoting:
"Anddddd now I have to be a major drag because my deep feeling is that there shouldn’t have been a third set. Personally, I was so exhausted during setbreak I didn’t know how I would make it. As it kicked off and my friend asked me what the song was, my outburst of “it’s 'Set Your fucking Soul Free'” did nothing to improve my attitude. It was fine I guess. The second that “Tweezer” kicked off all I felt was sorrow because I think "Tweezer" would have been so much better served by having more space on another night."

I believe because the reviewer was so exhausted she was not in the proper space to receive the third set so if I was the reviewer I would have said something like this:

With our minds blown by that truly incredible second set, the question is how would Phish keep this party going. My hope was they would take the amazingly high energy and momentum of the stellar second set and use it to create a superb third set, and they did.

Set Your Soul Free was a fine way to get this set off the ground. The second set had certainly set my soul free; that is what Phish, at its best, does, and this was saying that they were going to continue to do that. As usual, it was a launching pad for a very nice jam; nothing too unusual but I think it deserves more appreciation than "it was fine I guess."

I can't imagine a more perfect spot for Tweezer- with our minds so blown and them playing so well, this was met with great enthusiasm by the crowd. The jam was nice and funky and led into A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing, which I am always happy to hear. This has a nice lengthy jam that was one of the highlights of this entire show, with Trey's guitar reminiscent at times of Humpback whale songs.

I know many phans do not love Backwards Down the Number Line, but I love it and thought it was well-placed, a nice heartfelt upbeat rocker after some spacey jams. It just felt really nice to hear at this moment, with a nice extended blissful peak, and everyone dancing around me on the floor seemed quite happy with it too.

This led directly into Meatstick, always a fun song and a bit of a change of pace.

The music had all been nonstop until now, but there was a brief pause before starting the late-set ballad, a fine Bug, which had a superb solo that was another peak moment of this sweet set.

Run Like An Antelope was a fine choice to bring the set to a close with an off-the-hook peak jam and closing it with a few recitations of "Faceplant into Rock."

Some pholks seem to think Loving Cup is overplayed but this was my 14th show this year (a new personal record, and my first was 3/35/93) and my first Cup this year, so I was happy to hear it and, like everything played, it was played with a bit more verve than usual, with no sign of flagging energy towards the end of a very long night. What a beautiful buzz indeed!

Followed by the icing on the cake, a fine Tweeprize to properly bring this epic night to a close with a flourish.

As I write this I am still recovering from all 4 shows. Every set was superb, and this third set may not have been quite as amazing as the other second sets it was still a VERY fine set and much more than an afterthought to the 2nd set, as the reviewer seems to believe... is a non-commercial project run by Phish fans and for Phish fans under the auspices of the all-volunteer, non-profit Mockingbird Foundation.

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