, attached to 2013-07-20

Review by CentralScrutinizer

CentralScrutinizer I feel so bad for Chicago phans. Phish started for so hot and then fizzled at one of the worst shows I've heard, second Alpharetta show, followed by a rained out Chicago affair. Yikes. But this Saturday Chicago show was supposed to make it all up to the phans who got short changed on Friday. I wa expecting huge things from this show. Boy was I wrong. This second Chicago show was three sets I nothing. It looked like it could be all that we thought and more when twist came out so early. But they didn't bring it on this 3 set night. They must have left it at home because it was nowhere to be found. Not on the golden age. Not in te piper. Not in the waves. I was so excited to hear waves, one of my newer rarer favorites, I cued up mr pipe and directed my full enthusiastic attention to a Waves that let me down. I watched the waves like I watched the rest of the show, completely unmoved. I don't think there's any question that this was a mediocre show. I think the people saying top 5 and best since big cypress must be trolls trying to get a rise out of real phans. That's the only explanation I can find for these other reviews. I love phish. Haven't missed a New Years since 1992. Big cypress was a phenomenal experience. And there have been a few hundred shows since ten that were better than Saturdays Chicago 3 set show. This one is completely skippable. No highlights, no downloads worth buying or relistening to. Nothing to see here. First 6 or 7 shows of tour were special. This Chicago show is not special at all. Just a very flat uninspired collection demonstrating how average their awesome songs can sound when they're not hooking up or having a blast. Hope my favorite band can turn it around after very disappointing visits to Georgia and Chicago.


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