, attached to 2014-10-31

Review by CreatureoftheNight

CreatureoftheNight If this show is wrong, I don't wanna be right! Phish took a huge risk this tour, spending countless hours rehearsing one of the most profound musical endeavors of their musical career. Everyone I talked to who was in attendance with me was completely blown away by the second set. At times we could hear what has already been a theme in their jamming lately: Take a familiar song or melody, alter it ever so keenly to where it sounds new and run with it. There was a Tube jam, a Free section and BOAF to only name a few. Of course, some of the sound effects became over the top, but only to add to the ridiculousness of what we were witnessing.
Enough about the second set. This show could stand on its own with only the epic Sand to anchor a two setter. The first set brought real jamming for one of the few times this year and every song brought the fire. I also love the set list narrative fun continuing. You're buried alive by a ghost of your own making until your decomposition causes you to stink like scent of a mule. You smell so bad that they have to put you into a jar, bag you and tag you for 46 days until you mutate into a furry creature from mars. Wandering out on the lawn, on second glance, we notice you're just our smelly wooked out buddy returning in tatters from phish tour.

The third set began much like the show: a hight octane chase scene. Golden Age got our boogie going, but the energy in the room when tweezer dropped was explosive. What a fantastic segue into Heav Things! Yes, yes, yes! Was heard all around me at that point. Sand is my jam of the tour so far. The band did not want to leave the stage and kept digging deeper and thicker. I could barely hear the Reprise transition because people were going nuclear all around me. Mike shined during the encore and if our palate wasn't already blown to Smithers, Page continued to bring the hammer down with the Frankenstein encore.

The entire band was assertive, confident, creative and connected the entire night. The amount of top shelf playing is staggering and I'm so glad that we all experienced it together, whether in person, webcasted or in repeat listens from now to eternity. THANK YOU PHISH for outdoing yourself once again!


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