, attached to 2011-12-29

Review by ThinMan

ThinMan I went to the first 3 shows of this run and thought this show by far was the best. But I am a lover of the straight-up rock based ripping shows. I love when Phish just shreads a show and this one had plenty of it.

The first set did not let up for a moment from the first note of Sloth to the end of Antelope there was not one down time in the set where I was scratching my head. So much effort and power put into each and every song and all of them had that little extra umph. From the YEM, to Page's solo in the Bitch, to a great Rose and a nailed transition from Halley's > Antelope...this set was a tour de force.

I will say this that I love Lifeboy and always revel in the moment when i hear it - this small little gem was the biggest highlight in a night filled with them. It just existed as this diamond in all the nasty, awesome rock and roll that was going on around it and I love those moments. Everything is swirling, Garden going nuts, C&P > Simple just nailed and we are going to drop into the breakout, very rare Lifeboy - a real, real highlight - just flat-out awesome.

I will say that the Guyute was the only flat song of the night, but Phish quickly redeemed themselves with a complete, nasty, ripping Mike's. And I know people love the Chalkdust > H20 transition, but to me the real power was in the Mikes > Chalkdust - just balls to the wall, Garden going beserk -- i love it, love it, love it.

12-29-11 was a tremendous Phish show and if you like the rockers/rippers and since that is my cup of tea i had a complete blast


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