, attached to 2004-06-25

Review by deceasedlavy

deceasedlavy When I'm at a Phish show, almost invariably, I'm loving it. Every one I've walked away from was some shit no other band could do. But I definitely had blinders on at this one. And even given that, I'd hate to have seen the look on my face during "Glide". It wasn't until I saw Trey walk onstage with a big smile at Deer Creek in '09 that it hit me like a ton of bricks how wasted he looked throughout basically all of 2.0; that humorless, slack-jawed, dead-eyed gaze translated to either an inability or a lack of care as to playing his compositions on guitar, much less bothering to sing them properly. In the moment, I could look past it all in light of the "Wolfman's" and "7 Below", the latter being my fave of the new crop and getting its due without a doubt in this "final" Alpine stand. At the time I even dug the notion of sticking "2001" into "YEM" because the fucking song obviously meant so little to them now--they couldn't play it and wouldn't jam it so what was the point? But the awkward playing by Trey was a little too much even for me once "Buffalo Bill" was done, and I'm grateful that I wasn't obliged to write a review of the show at the time because I'd be ashamed of it now. The sad part is how much worse so many shows on the rest of this tour were. We made the most of this weekend and had a blast, but thank God this era ended when it did.


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