, attached to 2018-12-30

Review by ThomasFunkyEdison

ThomasFunkyEdison To me, this is the perfect show for so many reasons. Opening a show with Alumni->Page->Alumni is always sign of good things to come. Mike's had extra pepper despite no second jam, and Glide II was a real treat. In the song's history on this site, the writer specifically mentions he'd like to see the return of Glide II sandwiched within a Mikes Groove, so it would seem that the band is listening to the fans here. The weekapaug was one of the jammiest in this era (had it been finished, would have clocked in around 15 minutes), and was well-equipped with funk and space. Crosseyed, despite being only short of 10 minutes covered a lot of ground. It was full of energy and the jam was quite psychedelic. The second bust out (or should we say debut) of the night was Bliss, which is as beautiful live as it is on the album. Tube had a nice funky, mind-massage-y groove that was really pleasant to listen to.

Despite the first set being a smoker, the second set is what defines this show and puts it above the rest in 2018 for me. For those that go to Phish shows for real mind-bending jams that drip with psychedelia, this was heaven. The set had 3 big jams in Everything's Right, Light, and Melt. They were all different and didn't noodle or meander at all. Plasma was a funky interlude, and Velvet Sea was finally placed appropriately.

The show was finished with a high-energy 4-song encore. This wasnt' a "whoopsie, we ended the show early and need to fill some time" encore, this was a "we just crushed this show, and we're gonna finish it how it deserves to be finished" encore.

This year has been full of *really* stellar Phish shows. Dicks1, Hampton1, Chicago1, Vegas 3, and now MSG 3 all deserve to be in discussion for top phish shows of 3.0. Phish has reached a peak that many of us couldn't imagine when they first came back. Their style and comfort has progressed at unthinkable rates since Summer 2017. To me, Fall 2018 is the greatest tour of 3.0, hands down, bar none. Hope y'all enjoyed it, I know I did!


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