, attached to 2019-06-16

Review by JMart

JMart A couple of coherent thoughts for the record:

When Phish started Set Your Soul Free, it was immediately evident to my ears that there was something different from both St. Louis shows and the first Bonnaroo late night set: they sounded like they wanted to be there. SYSF and Blaze On both featured short, snappy solo breaks by Trey. Sand was the clear highlight of the show to me, and the first time all tour they really found their footing as a jam unit. Aggressive playing by everyone and some really good moment of pure funk grind. It was a surprise to see Free and Twist repeated so early in the tour, but both were played with much more gusto this time around, particularly Free. Twist filled out nicely, moving through several distinct progressions before making a pretty nifty solo into weekapaug, which stuck around long enough to make its own nifty segue into No Men's. Fans of these songs (myself included) are probably going to be disappointed because it seemed as though they just touched on them instead of exploring them completely. Morph back into week and back into Twist which forms a nice palindrome and the real meat of the show. This is what you need to listen if you want the gist of the show.

All in all, I would have loved to be in attendance, especially for the sand and parts of the second set. Fluffhead is strange choice for a festival set and there were no real deep dives (again, probably owing to the fact that they knew this wasn't "their" crowd) but Phish as a unit sounded much more well rehearsed and engaged with the music than the previous three shows. Onward!


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