, attached to 2013-10-27

Review by bonculus

bonculus In terms of venue, Hartford might not be as historic, but it was a heck of a lot easier to maneuver through and settle in by the rail.

R&R as a show opener is a novelty itself. I'd rather have them play this really well (which they did) and jam a bit than play a Loaded cover that they haven't practiced all that much. Ocelot carries itself well in a snug fit place followed by a Tube that is short, but sweet. The band creates a brief rhythmic jam where Page/Fish fill the space between Trey's distorted/delay block chording contribution - real cool. A particularly strong Halfway to Moon precedes a fun standard Fee. If you haven't read all the comments: Phish is playing their standards really well. You can tell they are really committed to creating something special from each tune, but are mature enough to think about their ideas before playing them. A fun Fee>Maze. Some cool stage happenings during Lawn Boy with Page getting real close to Mike with the mic followed by Cactus walking around the stage (he moves!). SIHTOS is a really cool one (better than Jones Beach). The singing in Walls of the Cave can really bother me when it's really out of tune, but they were more on par tonight - a rocking finish to set I.

Oh, how I wish CDT was longer, but in 3.0 it serves as the energy booster and a cool way to start set II > awesome Tweezer. Exploring the major/mixolydian modes throughout, this isn't a dark Tweezer, but it does go into some Type II space-yness. They really could've kept going with their ending and although Birds of a Feather was pretty abrupt, it was a cool up-bringer. The Golden Age is a must-hear. Just listen to it. Was this the jammed out Halley's we've been waiting for? No, but it was still fun and the extra long jamming between ASZ verses was really cool. Fluffhead had some fluffs, but overall it served as a great composed closer > a beautiful Slave.

Who doesn't love Loving Cup > Tweprise?

As opposed to the summer where Phish would play monster jam followed by shorter songs for set II, they are now switching back in forth between jammed out songs and shorter ones... although the shorter ones are extremely good and not a downer (see Worcester Backwards). A great show overall!


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