, attached to 2015-01-01

Review by jadedforbin

jadedforbin 2015.01.01 is a show which I really enjoyed a lot personally. Since I came home it is now pretty clear that this is the "breather" of the 4 Miami shows to close out 2014 and begin 2015. Still, it's no slouch, and I IMPLORE those who look only at the song lengths (many times I have been guilty of this myself) to LISTEN to this show before you judge it a throwaway.

Set I is a pretty great list really, and while "your set is short", provided some nice highlights for me personally, such as the second time I have seen Bowie in a first set. Again, this show has to be heard to understand. While nothing was long throughout, everyone who witnessed it could tell...Trey was fucking ON, and it stayed that way basically the next three nights straight. He just KILLS Bowie and Wingsuit, it's wonderful.

Set II brings the classic Twist>Piper combo, and while not as long as 90s renditions these two brought the heat pretty good to start. A slight collective groan could be sensed at the ripchord of "Caspian" aka FUCKERPANTS out of the Piper jam. Except then Trey shredded the Caspian jam like I've NEVER heard him play it (at my 69th show, mind you). Again not long but extremely well played and emotional. Then came what was for me the highlight of the entire show...20 Years > Winterqueen. Never seen either of these live yet, so was excited for both. Holy crap if Winterqueen isn't like "Phish's dead song", I LOVED it and everyone else was talking about Winterqueen (yes really) after the show at the hotel. Velvet Sea for me is the best cooldown song Phish ever wrote (and a Cypress nod) so I'll never complain about it. Short and fiery antelope (which could have used another minute or two) and a crispy Rock & Roll (in the odd closer spot) finished this one off. Meatstick encore was a welcome nod to Cypress but they should have ended it by just fading it out to nothing the same way they did as the sun rose on 1/1/00. They certainly had the time, because just like your trip, this show was SHORT. :) Still, far from a bad show as some have suggested - 1/1/15 brought IT during several segments and songs, even if it was abridged compared to the following two days. Solid as fuck but without the fireworks of NYE or the following two nights. :)
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