, attached to 2010-06-25

Review by wrinkledraisin

wrinkledraisin this was my fourth show of the tour, including stops at hershey, hartford, and spac. granted, sitting in the 12th row fish side certainly can bias a review, but i thought this was my favorite of the four. a quick shout out to my wonderful neighbors in section 101, whose presence greatly enhanced the evening. what i love about this show, and this tour in general is the utter lack of predictability, and the depth and breadth of the their playlists. opening with alumni/jimmy page/ alumni is a perfect example. who really saw that coming? really? the productivity is astounding, and one gets the feeling that over the course of the 'breakup' trey has had multiple epiphanies regarding life and the role of phish in life, and clearly this is a creative outpouring. some phans may complain about overexposure to new tunes that bring down the vibe of the show, but i say keep it coming. 2010 is already such a standout exactly because of the variability coming off the stage. i had seen army of one at festival 8 acoustically, and this was indeed a treat to catch it again. summer of '89 i've now seen both times, and imagine that, another phish tune grows in my brain. soam and sloth, oh yeah, i saw those at my first show in '91. guess there is some common thread running back to the beginning. it's all there everyone. all of it. tte may have been one of the surprises of the evening for me. many folk chose this as the piss break/beer run/take a seat song, and i must admit i parked my butt down as well. however, i found about halfway through that i was back on my feet, and very much digging the jamming at the end of the song. this one is growing folks. i had the absolute pleasure of seeing this performed with the ny philharmonic at carnegie hall, and having heard it with 70 pieces adds an extreme level of appreciation to the fact that it's just four guys pulling this off. i saw it again at festy, then the garden run, and it's growing. there's a huge launching pad in there, and i'm guessing it's not long til this one explodes. patience. what can i say about cdt? my third of the tour, and frankly feeling that it's becoming pretty pedestrian. however, last night's version shook off all constraints, and the jam out of this is stellar, and worth the download alone. reminiscent of albany's -7/ghost, this is a reminder to any doubters that the band has the capabilities to do whatever it wants whenever it wants. it's all there. solid versions of caspian, heavy things and funky alaska. 2001 with michael jackson tribute is just special, and the energy down low was explosive. i've caught 4 out of 5 shine a lights, and it's a wonderful encore. i do wish that the torn and frayed from cinci last year wasn't an anomoly. i've listened to that festy set about a million times, and t&f is a gem. anyway, it seems this is a band with their collective foot on the gas, and i've been more excited this past year than any other time in my phish career spanning 19 years. i've got a big boy job, wife, kids, and the moments become that more special. there is simply no other band even in the same league. keep it coming, gentlemen. see you in t-ride!!!!!


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