, attached to 2014-10-25

Review by JMart

JMart I listened along last night, texted my buddy about halfway through the first set "these guys are smoking right now..." A thoroughly entertaining first set, with great energy in the Moma/Halley's/Bitch run. Wolfman's started out really funky and then ground down before coming back for a big finish. It was nice to hear Timber stretched out for a little while. Trey sounded really on point during Tela. I admittedly groaned when they went into wingsuit, but it ended on a really high note. This set stands in stark contrast to first set first night of SB, when it sounded like absolutely no one gave a shit about being there.

High hopes for second set were initially met and then dashed. Jams out of Golden Age, Jiboo, and Carini were well played. Excellent transition into Piper. Jam out of this was the highlight of the night, with some excellent twists and changes in theme. Prince Caspian...I really used to like this song. They used to let it out and soar with some really emotional and triumphant peaks. This was not that Caspian. Trey seemed like he had no idea or interest in making a melody here. I don't know how to say this positively. He just fell apart. I love Suzy as an encore, especially paired with Tweeprise. Page really got on top of the former to somewhat redeem the fourth quarter.

In the 2013 and 2014 iteration of Phish, I think we can all agree there have been some moments of really incredible group improvisation built on patience and trust that the jam will come, and when the muse isn't there, they can string together well played songs. There have also been some pretty nasty ripcords mixed in. This show has a bit of all those elements. Type 1 all the way, with a really fun and well played first set. That and the Piper are where the money is on this show.

Based on what one sees on the ticket broker sites, there are going to be extras hanging from the trees in SF. They're going to punish YOU personally for not being there.


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