, attached to 2019-12-08

Review by Xpanding_Man

Xpanding_Man I caught most of Saturday night despite trying to study for my last final of grad school, so I knew Sunday had big shoes to fill.

Best part of the show (for me) was getting an Alumni Blues suite, literally the day I finish a 3-year journey of a Finance MBA. God I love this band!

That said, I'll echo other reviewers by noting that the show lacked cohesion in my view. Highlights for me were clearly in the first set and the fun encore. Guelah is always great to hear, and Curtain sans With was had a decidedly old school vibe. Alumni through Walls was solid, with It's Ice having some particularly fun funk, and Trey sounded completely switched on during the finale.

Second set started strong, and I had another "get out of my f---ing head" moment when I head Energy, a rarity which they played on my 40th bday show in Atlanta in 2013 and that for some reason I had been hearing in my head the last few days. When Wingsuit dropped, my jaw hit the floor, but my wife reminded me that sometimes the band plays songs for their own reasons. Petrichor through the end was largely par for the course, which by Phish standard means it's still better than almost anything else happening on the planet :) Perspective is nice. I missed the irony of playing a song called Come Together on the anniversary of Lennon's assassination until just now; I doubt it was intentional.

I love P&M, and from there it seemed like they tried to raise the energy level for the tour closing encore, and actually succeeded. I love when this band gets silly and I got that from the encore for sure.

Overall, my main memory from this show will always be hearing the Alumni Blues! It's allright, 'cause I got a degree!!


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