, attached to 2012-09-02

Review by mnphish

mnphish What a magical show this was. After 2 nights of completely obliterating 3.0 standards I figured the last night of the run would be nothing close the the first. Oh boy, I was wrong. I rarely indulge in psychedelics or other drugs but a buddy gave me a nice PEZ dose right as CTB started. I've dosed only a few times and they seem to play BAG every time I do...so I knew I was in for a special night. I will also note that I was with a group of about 20 friends, so that added to the memory big time

The first set was relatively standard but showcased rock solid playing and an engaged and respectful crowd. Ride Captain Ride was a huge treat and the band finished the set with an energetic and tight segment of 46 Days > Possum.

The second set with forever be ingrained in the back of my head. Phish kicked things off with a loose and groovy Sand which quickly traveled into uncharted territory. Fishman, mike, and page and working as a unit while Trey is laying down clean buttery lead. This blissful jam did not drag on in any way. It was focused, determined Phish - playing with a passion to move through the improv so naturally. After a crushing peak Sand melted beautifully into Ghost. We had just witnessed something epic. Ghost continued to showcase the band's creative and delicate playing that has taken place in this new era. 20 Years Later was placed right in the middle of the set, giving it the treatment it deserves. The dark, melodic, and perfectly toned riffs from Trey absolutely hit the spot. This is Phish in 2012 - 20 years later. And then boom, as if I didn't even know it would sneak up on me, Lizards pops out. Seeing this song on L was an incredibly special moment that I will cherish forever. Capping the set with one of my top 3 phish songs ever, a beautifully placed Harry Hood. The encore was also a perfect choice in Zero because of the energy at the moment. Zero is also one of my favorite encores and while it might be looked down upon at times, it certainly did not disappoint. This second set will be one of the best this band will play in this era because it truly can't get much better. I will always remember this show for the seamless segment of Sand>Ghost which absolutely transcended everyone in attendance. I honestly felt that it lasted about 30 seconds that's how good it was. Phish loves Dick's and everyone was going absolutely apeshit bonkers in the crowd. Thank you phish. What a memory and a show I will always revisit.


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