, attached to 2010-10-26

Review by ColForbin

ColForbin VERY old-school vibe in the room, felt like I was back in 1998 at times...still feeling the post show buzz in a way I haven't since IT or maybe even Cypress. HIGH energy from the band.

You've all seen the setlist, the randomness of which was as awesome to hear live as it looks on paper. Definitely not planned either, several long discussions between songs re: what to play next. After midnight is a spectacular way to start a show, not sure what Phish original better fits the bill. Alumni had what felt like a pretty sweet little jam in the outro following Letter. Curtain With, maybe not letter perfect, but way better than the last time I heard it (Coventry). Mule duel section was just pretty much a Page solo, no duel to speak of, but still great. Felt like they nailed Walls of the Cave.

Second set had a very good Light jam, and then a Mike's Groove that blew my mind. Great loud, evil and fast Mike's Song, reminded me a bit of 12/30/99. Didn't know Night Nurse, but cool to go from Phish pseudo-reggae to real reggae and back again. Will have to check the recording, but Trey said something about smoking another nug, is this the first drug reference in Makisupa since the...unpleasantness? The Wedge was fun, are Ann and I the only nerds who still cheer at the Limestone part? The Ghost>Mango>Weekapaug>Llama was incredible. I don't think I ever expected Mango to come out of what was a wide-ranging Ghost jam. Great Can't You Hear Me Knocking jam in Weekapaug, and the Llama reprise was just icing. Awesome to hear everyone in the arena yell "Taboot!" at once.

As for the encore, well, you can't win 'em all. They'd earned a ballad by that point, so no complaints. Overall an really great show. I haven't listened to nearly as much 3.0 as some, but this has to be right up there with the best of it.


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