, attached to 2013-10-25

Review by Errand_Wolfe

Errand_Wolfe Excellent show, my first of the tour. Probably the best song selection thus far, in my opinion.

There was a long delay getting people in the door, so get there early folks! They started late and played a couple of standards so folks wouldn't miss anything "big." Funky Bitch and Wolfman's.

The show truly took flight with a rousing Wilson, with the crowd really getting into it. WILLLLLSONNN!!!!

Curtain (With) is always a treat. The Cypress crowd must have been in low attendance, as there wasn't the usual pop for "We follow the lines going south!"

Cities hit the sweet spot, and Rift was solid.

Free was pretty sloppy, except for the final harmonies which were the best I've heard in years.

Then My Mind's Got A Mind Of Its Own... blew my mind. Haven't heard that one in AGES!

Vultures is always at the top of my want-to-hear list, and they ripped it up. A rockin' 46 Days closed out the first set.

The 2nd set started with a beautiful Waves, followed by a face melting Carini. They really ripped into that one.

A sloppy and unfinished Prince Caspian followed, as well as Backwards Down The Number Line which is one of those songs that tends to take the steam out of the crowd. Overplayed in the extreme. But they played it well, and drew the crown into the choruses.

Ghost was funky, with lyrics changed to (I believe) "I never told you, the Story of Lugosi" - perhaps to commemorate Bela Lugosi's 131st birthday on October 20th?? 5 days late, but still cute. The jam was a madly dark funk-fest that was one of the highlights of the show!

Once again, Phish hit the sweet spot with a spot on performance of Dirt. I always love to hear that one.

Next up was my personal most-overplayed-song-ever -- Down With Disease. Did they tear it up? Of course they did! But man, can I possibly go two shows in a row WITHOUT hearing DWD?!?

DWD went unfinished, and went into a fantastic Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley that really got the crowd moving again.

Cavern came next. A very solid one, the crowd actually giving an extra cheer once Trey got through the lyrics! Way to go, memory circuits!

Run Like An Antelope wrapped up set two and was good, not the best I've heard. But it always serves to make people happy, and there's nothing wrong with that!

We were then treated to an unheard of FOUR SONG ENCORE! Contact was such a perfectly sublime choice. It touched all the right notes, musically and emotionally, and drew everyone together. The dance party exploded once more with Suzy Greenberg. Rocky Top followed, solid as usual. I always get a kick out of this one.

They ended with what I consider to be their best version of Good Times, Bad Times that I've ever hear. What a way to go out!

Well done, boys!


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