, attached to 2015-01-03

Review by jadedforbin

jadedforbin This the only show of Miami that gets 5 stars from me, and it is for the simple reason that the golden hose comes to play in BOTH sets. Divided is wonderful and delicate in a way I've not heard in years. Mid-set Cavern is high energy and I much prefer it here to the traditional closer slot it often occupies. Mule is obviously awesome, but nothing too far off the standard, just insanely well executed. Plasma was a treat, never seen Phish play it yet, Devotion to a Dream reminds me of Dead tunes like GDTRFB. Water got the crowd pumped for the obligatory "Everglades" line, then Melt drove them into a phrenzy, despite Trey seriously botching the composed solo. The jam had energy and MOVEMENT, something too often missing from the 3.0 era until 2014 dawned on us. Even Zero had a little something extra; I don't particularly care for the song, but found myself jumping and headbanging with everyone else as Trey just DESTROYS it, maybe the best I've ever seen (and ive seen it too many times, lol)

Set II though...oh. my. god. A whole other planet for 3.0 Phish, it's right there with Albany 09, Dicks 12, MSG 13 and BGCA & Vegas 14 as the best of the era...and at times, maybe even better. Faulty Plan...whatever, let's talk about DAT DISEASE...26 minutes, and so flawless at times it feels composed, it is THE GOLDEN FUCKING HOSE, right there with Tahoe Tweezer and the other huge jams of 3.0 in quality and execution. Trey kills it, then kills it again, then kills it again, and right when you think the ripchord is coming, we go Type II, right over the goddamn moon. This Disease is good enough to stand with the all-time classic versions of the song, and though it doesn't necessarily surpass them all, that's really a matter of opinion; it is just as good a version of DwD as they have ever played. Yep, I'll say it. It has a sweet "Destiny" jam (at 1/3 to 1/2 speed) to start the type II segment, then floats into this crazy "Manteca" based Trey jam that just keeps going, and going, and going. Surprised that neither of these things are noted in the setlist, because they are obvious and very present.

When it at last drops into "Light", one might expect a happier jam segment to follow, but THE HOSE is back again and it's straight into some seriously dark and dirty (VERY '97-ish) cowfunk, then drops into Sally via a "true segue" (vs. a ripchord, thank god). Place absolutely erupts, because we're near 40 minutes in from the start of Disease already. "Sally" is the best version I've personally ever witnessed, it goes Type II again right out of the vocal jam, then to outer space...then, SAND!? Are you kidding me? This Setlist reminds me more than a little bit of the 12/11/99 masterpiece Philly show. The Sand is nowhere near the heights Vegas achieved, but it fits very well here and the jam out of it feels like a continuation of the epicness that happened right before it. Harry Hood and Suzy, while nothing for the all-time books, are both super high energy classics. And there it is, the second Set II in two nights without a cooldown...no time to go get water or go pee, because it was just too good!

Though many (myself included) would certainly have preferred the YEM encore that we all thought was coming, at the line "no matter how I try I find my way into the same old jam" I absolutely got it, because that lyric describes this set to a tee. The jam out of Light feels like the DwD jam. The jam out of Sally feels like the Light jam. The jam out of Sand feels like all three; this set just snowballs and gets stronger the whole time. They were absolutely on fire (en Fuego, you might say) both of the last 2 nights at Miami, but this show really was something super special.

One of the best sets I have ever seen them play, full-stop, and that is saying something as this was my 71st show dating to 1996. It wasn't #miYEMi, but it definitely was #miJAMi. I won't ever forget it.


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