, attached to 2016-01-01

Review by TwiceBitten

TwiceBitten I thought was the tightest show of the run. Sure, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th tunes of set two are maybe not what you would have wanted to hear in those slots, but this show contains plenty of standout versions and quality improvisation.

The first set of this show was my favorite of the run. Fireworks go off early in How Many People Are You. I knew we were in for a fun night when this tune briefly went type II. Up next is an above average Stash, a fun and tease filled Undermind, probably the tightest version of Wingsuit to date, a very well played Ocelot and an above average Antelope. A lot to love here.

Down With Disease to start the second set is it's usual jammy self, then come three songs with nothing out of the ordinary. I like all three tunes, so no real complaints from me. I've been coming back to this Light about as much as any other jam from the run. Totally effortless stuff here. I really like the sound Phish is working with here (and in Chalkdust, No Men, Blaze On, Tweezer and Hood from the other nights). They played some other types of jams this run but these one's stood out to me as good pictures of where Phish is at now and possibly where they are heading in the future.

I digress...This version of Fuego is another standout. While not in the upper echelon with the two Philly, SPAC and Portsmouth versions, this sits nicely beside the quality non jam chart version from Seattle for going a little bit outside the box.

Walking out of the show I remember saying that people would not like this one but love the next night with Tweezer and YEM (easy calls) and that definitely seems to be the case, but the way I see it is that this MSG run was a nicely wrapped gift for the fans. All four shows are thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.

What a great year. Thank you Phish!


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