, attached to 2016-01-01

Review by Tubular2001

Tubular2001 This show had a dynamite 1st set. "Heavy Things" brought some fire from Page, "How Many People" ROCKED the house and the ("Stash", "Undermind" < "Rift") segment was incredible! "Ocelot" and "Lawn Boy" were nice surprises and Trey always shreds "Wingsuit". He definitely didn't let us down. "Run Like An Antelope" was a scorcher of a set closer. The teases in both "Antelope" and "Undermind" had the crowd going nuts. Front to back, epic set!!

Set 2 starts off strong with "Down With Disease" < "Dirt". Nothing out of the ordinary as far as DWD jams go but it was still 15 minutes of some tight, blissful jamming from our boys. Gets a little funky for the last few minutes before they kick into Dirt which was nicely placed and beautifully done.

"Halfway To The Moon" and "Theme From The Bottom" were next and I can admit they both didn't go as far as where they've been taken in the past, with Theme definitely being the tighter of the two. Here's where things seem to get debatable among the community. I can see the argument for the songs being oddly placed or jams being weak but I think the band simply decided to go a little soft for Set 2 and certain fans got pissy about it. In the end, Phish can take songs/sets anywhere they please. After such an insane 1st set, The DWD was 15 minutes of face melting goodness. What more do you need people?!

Anyway...Light was very enjoyable and shouldn't be overlooked. The jam switched from funky to jazzy to ambient, back and forth often. It was hard to tell where they were going with it but the mystery kept you stimulated. Towards the end, I was feeling the funk coming on (as did Page since he seemed to go to clav) but the boys quickly went into "Fuego". A song with so much potential for epic jams but this one ended up staying pretty conservative. The Fuego jam did end up in the arms of "Slave" which is always a nice set closer. "Farmhouse" encore is a sweet tune to get for those searching for it and I think it reflected the overall vibe of the 2nd set. Soft, chill. I was craving another encore tune but it is what it is!

The band was not off, no where near it. There is so much beauty that shouldn't be overlooked in the material they chose for this show. This night was fantastic and will be underrated for years to come.

Highlights:

Set 1 - Undermind > Rift, Run Like An Antelope
Set 2 - Down With Disease > Dirt, Light

Special Notes:

5 Album Title tracks played: Undermind, Rift, Lawn Boy, Fuego, & Farmhouse.


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