, attached to 2010-07-04

Review by omnihead

omnihead I wasn't at this show, but was at the show the night before. This setlist, if I would have seen it back in 2000, I would have thought it was a joke. Col. Forbins > Mockingbird, Camel Walk, Bowie, Mike's Groove, and Harpua...all in the same show?!?! Wow. I've downloaded it and listened to it; the energy is just as amped as the night before, perhaps more so. However, musically, the only real stand out is the DWD > Piper > Ghost. Gotta Jiboo and Bowie are not too shabby either. I do feel though, that 7/3 was better played. I'm not just saying that because I'm biased for being there. It also sounds as if Trey is content keeping songs shorter than they did back in the days of 95'-2000. That's not really a bad thing though. For example, the Bathtub from 7/3 was 12 minutes long, yet it featured Trey SHREDDING it, FANNING it (whatever you want to call it), for the last 3 minutes of the song. Weekapaug from this show was the same way...shorter tha usual (7 min) but packed with 20+ minutes of energy...if that makes sense. Gone are the days we get those 25+ minute versions of funk or ambient space. But hey, I would rather have a 13 song first set that doesn't include any epic long jams, than get a 5 song first set! Remember 9/23/00 at Rosemont Horizon? Phish is back folks! And these 2 Atlanta shows were the highlight of the tour, if not the whole post retirement.


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