, attached to 2015-08-15

Review by Philbombs77

Philbombs77 Am I the only one who heard an inevitable segue to X-eyed during the last three minutes of Piper? Don't get me wrong - the actual segue to Tweezer was amazing, but I thought they were laying the groundwork for X-eyed and were going to drop in through the climax in Piper, similar (in fashion, not sound) to the BGCA '12 Light > Sally. This Piper packed a wallop and was, to my ears at least, the highlight of the second set.

On a different note, I'm not sure if I read this during the stream last night or today, but someone said that the Halley's was Phish's equivalent of blue balls. It's been over 15 years since the heyday of Halley's as a jam vehicle. The Hampton '97 and Cumberland '99 apotheoses are long gone. I think some of us wonder "Why can't they just jam _____ (song) out like they did in ______ (year)?" Phish doesn't re-listen to their music the way we do. I've played the Hampton '97 Halley's 3-5 times within the past few months. I can all but guarantee you Trey, Page, Mike, and Fish haven't listened to that Halley's since it was slated for release in its box set (and possibly not even then). They live in The Now which is how and why we are getting such an amazing Summer of '15. They might listen to one of their shows once in a while, but generally they're inspired by their newer material, other bands' contemporary work, and a conglomeration of historical influences....but not Phish circa '97 - '99. I know some of us start to get a bit excited, especially when Halley's opens the second set and is ripe for the 3rd quarter takeoff. So for the guy who mentioned blue balls - don't worry, there was plenty to get off on and go home happy.


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