, attached to 2012-06-23

Review by Phacemelter

Phacemelter My wife's first show and my 69th. Oddly as we were driving in, we looked over and Mike was right next to us in the back of a pimped out Honda Accord (ok not really pimped out but a dependable car...) What a way to start the day.
Set 1: Good opener to get the blood flowing, but really takes off with Maze followed with a great tune, Torn & Frayed. Moma really gave way to the set highlight, Mule Duel & YEM ! Was hoping to get a vacuum duel solo, but the Theremin Solo really gave flash backs of the Big Ball Square Secret Set. My first Scent and it only took 69 shows!!! Just happen to miss this one repeatedly. Phish really made the wait for the first YEM of Summer 2012 payoff. Worth the wait and anticipation. Gordo seemed very happy salppin' the bass in the solo. CK5 lights are better than ever. Thanks Toph !

Set 2: Not much to look at on paper, but played very well. Simple>Light>Weekapaug being a highlight. Always beautiful to hear Slave (especially since we purchased a nice canvas painting in the lot that quoted Slave) and this version was certainly one that did not disappoint.

Being my wife, Kristin, and I got married in December 2012, we were oh so hoping to hear Waste, our Wedding Song. As I type this I'm reading Waste played at Blossom the following night which was the shortest drive of the Summer.... A huge reason I've followed Phish all these years. They'll always play something you want to hear at the next show that makes you say "We should have went !" But work duties what they are, we make what shows we can. So with about .000001 of a sec of disappointment, the encore did not start with Waste but rather LIZARDS !!!!!!! I'm sure no one was really upset with that call... Coming from someone who saw the epic 1999 Alpine Encore (Glide>Camel Walk>Alumni>Tweezer Rep), this Encore was a complete surprise and certainly one we will never forget ! Just remember.... The Trick is to Surrender to the Flow.

Thank you Phish for making every show an enjoyable and truly unique event.

Johnny 8's
Buffalo, NY


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