, attached to 2016-10-24

Review by chrismcguire634

chrismcguire634 Finally, I get see a show by the greatest band on the planet on my home turf, and notably 10 miles east of mine and Trey's birthplace in Fort Worth, Texas I might add.

Highlights:

Set I:

NMINML: Patient, communication, funky
Poor Heart, Water in the Sky: All nods to us Texans, thank you!
Wolfman's: Continued funk and open communication
Ocelot: PLEASE give this a listen, this is the overlooked jam of the night in my opinion! The slow, thoughtful, cohesive, beautiful communication between the band is on magnificent display.
FY Face: Played to acknowledge Trey's excellent performance in Ocelot

Set II:

Dog Faced Boy: I loved this as the opener, but again, I'm a Texan country fan that loves when Phish dabbles in the southern gospel laden vocal harmonies that remind me of sitting on Grandma's lap in Sundown, Texas while she hums familiar hymns.
Seven Below: Sealed the deal on the style of jamming for the night, reflective and patient.
Petrichor: I love this composition, Trey we love it and you, keep it up!
Maze: Every show must have a face melter, and this was it. Fierce, rage, dark, brutal intensity, and glorious peaks abound!
Buffalo Bill and R n' R: Great way to cap off a great night! Nothing too different from R n' R, but hey, my dancing shoes really came in handy.

Final Thoughts:

I had an excellent time and so did the band. Great playing and improvisation overall, and the song selection diversity was an added bonus. Please check out the highlights from above, you'll be so happy you did.

Also, on the attendance for the show. Mid to late October is typically the height of concert season in North Texas. Its HOT in the summer and COLD in the winter (which only lasts 2 months) so all outdoor and indoor concert promoters compete my this hollowed time. Now, this is not the only reason for the shows not selling-out, but a likely contributor. The other (main) reasons were most certainly the smaller fan-base around the North Texas area combined with the ambitious 2-Night run. Don't get me wrong, my friends and I freaked out when these dates were announced, but some speculation as to tickets sales was definitely discussed. That being said, I hope, hope, hope, hope, hope Texas tour stops remain in the rotation. As a Fort Worth native/resident, I love Grand Prairie (Dallas-Fort Worth) as the choice location but hey, Austin, Houston and San Antonio could fit the bill as well.

Anyway, thanks to all you amazing fans for traveling down here, it was great getting to visit with y'all, we don't get to see you enough! Much love and respect from all of us in the Lone Star State. Safe travels and see you next time.

Chris


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