, attached to 2018-07-27

Review by esulkes

esulkes Redemption Songs!

After a less than stellar outing at the Forum in 2016, the boys from Vermont came out swinging on this magical night. No 20-minute jams, but when the songs are jammed this masterfully, who really cares about the time?

First set Chalkdust opener brought the heat early, as the crowd welcomed the band with a huge, Forum, busting ovation. Everything's Right went deep, and gave CK5 a chance to demo his Baker's Dozen 2.0 rig. Tasty, and unexpected, this jam set the tone early--dark funk, peaky goodness.
Wolfman's was jammed out spectacularly, and was the highlight of the set. More tasty and weird jams in How Many People Are You and Twenty Years Later, with a peaking, funky, rubbery Sand to end the set. So. Very. Good.

Second set was heavy hitter after heavy hitter...the opening quartet of Blaze>Disease>Simple>Ghost is just classic, incredible, epic, spacey, peaky, glorious Phish. Each song had it's own incredible jam. The cool off in Bouncing was well earned and well played. Mike's turned the heat right back up, with an emotional and LA-appropriate Slave to finish the set in triumphant form.

Sleeping Monkey, the benediction of a great show, brought the house down. The Forum was united in singalong as the band went silent and the crowd swelled together...Trey was losing it up on stage. Pure joy. Weekapaug brought the festivities to a rollicking conclusion.

This is why we do it.


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