, attached to 2014-10-22

Review by ontape

ontape OK, chiming in late with my first .net review for what was my first show in 17+ years. Last time I saw Phish before this was the first Gorge run in '97. I was on a fairly regular show schedule up to that, hitting some great shows starting in '94 (including the 2 '95 MSG New Years shows) but I burnt out on Phish travel and then on the band, my life changed a lot and I moved on. Started hearing interesting things about 3.0 last summer and that old FOMO bubbled up this year, decided the night before this show to drive up to SB solo and take in a show. Was not disappointed.

Given all that, this is obviously not your standard review. I can't tell you how this compared to most other '14 shows or 3.0 shows. I have since dug in a bit but I still have my work cut out for me.

I thought the first set was a good mix of bust-outs and favorites. Dug Soul Shakedown and JJLC, the Melt was nicely dissonant and Walls Of The Cave was new to me and fun.

Second set really impressed me. Drowned MSG NYE '95 was one of my fave Phish moments so I was really psyched to see it open here. Theme is one of my favorites and I had mentioned to some friends I had made at the show that I was hoping to see a really good version... this one knocked me out. A great segue into Waves and fun, funky playing from there on out. Mule was very lively. The encore was very fun, Antelope veering out of Silent surprised the heck outta me and the Soul Shakedown quote to end tied a great night together.

Average-great probably but having missed a huge chunk of Phishtory it was a blast for me. I thought it ranked above a number of the '94-'97 shows I saw and I preferred it to the Forum show that I ended up going to 2 nights later.


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