, attached to 2012-12-29

Review by spocksbrain

spocksbrain This was the only show I actually attended...watched 3 and 4 on the webcast...no one wanted to give up their new years plans (that wasn't there) to watch it with me...it's all good...what some people call an obsession I call 'dedication.'

I loved the entire run...not to be a 'fanboy.' But...this show was awesome...I loved it. I love the show opening sequences in 3.0...and crowd control gave me a chuckle...reminiscent of darker days...I think it's funny when they open with a song like that...that A. The newest of noobs never heard of...or B. Phishmasters that have heard it...and hate it (No offense boys).

In my formative Phish years i would be enraged when people would do the stupid clapping in Reba five minutes late after the chorus when the masses seem to think that the song is over during the beautiful lydian outro. I literally could not hear Trey's guitar during the deafening roar and clapping of the crowd. I think there was this point where Trey just stared dumbfounded at the crowd...but it was alllriight...I got kind of weepy that 20,000 people were screaming at the top of their lungs at IMHO the greatest band of all time about to embark on their 30th year.

When you listen to the soundboard, any time you hear cheering from the crowd multiply that by a thousand in the garden. It was an absolute throwdown...and the crowd was wild and woolly.

Yeah they didn't re-enact all of my favorite musical Phish expriences but the show was absolutely hot...and I think the band's objective was just to entertain a room full of 20,000 people...and they definitely succeeded. One phenomenon that seems to be growing in intensity is the crowd singing every single lyric to almost every song...can't say I've ever seen any band ever where that was occuring...it must be cool to play at MSG when you hear a deafening murmur of the words you are singing to whatever song you pull out of your hat, and there are a lot of them.

We saw the Jedi.

I thought the setlist was thoughtfully composed, and they just knock song after song out of the park. Yeah so it wasn't my favorite Gin, or Halley's of all time, but they were rocking and on fire...if you want to hear your favorite of any older song...I refer you to 1.0. It's there I promise you.

Besides...who goes to a show and is pissed about a triple encore with coil, grind, and first tube? And I think someone said this before...but when the band went back to their instruments after grind...that cheering you hear on the soundboard...in real life, made this a very memorable show. Can't wait for summer tour! Peace.


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