, attached to 2013-07-26

Review by EdwardGRobinson

EdwardGRobinson I couch toured this show with my three month old twin sons Sam and Max. They slept through most of the second set, which is their loss. Max pooped during Secret Smile, which he wants to be clear, was not a diss. Max doesn't mind that song, just so long as they only play it once every three or four years. He just didn't want daddy to miss McGrupp.

Phish always drops the alien abduction on the Gorge, and this show is further evidence of that trend. I was sad I couldn't make it up there this year, but apparently babies require constant supervision. Excited that I got the chance to webcast, which is not something I am normally super into.

Blown away by the show. Interesting setlist, bustouts, lots of stage banter and shenanigans (of the good variety), and excellent playing by the band. The webcast doesn't do the beauty of this venue justice, or the experience of being out there in what is certainly the most awe inspiring venue in the country.

Love the McGrupp through Melt. The entire second set is top notch. Crosseyed through Mango is really "The Main Event", but the rest of the set is, by no means, just filler. I am not normally a Character Zero guy, but the howling at the moon bit makes this one more than just the standard "big rock and roll" ending.

Must hear stuff. I haven't listened to the entire tour so I wont place any declarative "best of" statements in this review, but this show will stand up against just about anything you throw at it.

Highly recommended. Five Stars. Go to the Gorge next time. Can't be missed.

Can't wait for Bill Graham next week. Thanks, Phish, for playing some dates I can take the train to and get home afterwards. Please play a few more years so I can take my boys someday.


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