, attached to 2019-06-19

Review by dublindeuce

dublindeuce After a less than stellar night in Canada, Phish delivers a very memorable show in Ohio. The opening five song run is nothing special, and to be honest I was bored with the lack of jamming. The Moma Dance, Kill Devil Falls, and Back on the Train all have jam potential, but unfortunately, each version stays completely in the box. Up until the beginning of Divided Sky, I thought the show was panning out to be another clunker. Fortunately, Divided Sky is executed very well, and ultimately serves as the burst of energy that puts this show back on the right track. Walls of the Cave is also great, and is a terrific way to end a set that took way too long to get going.

Set 2 is what makes or breaks a show, and I'm pleased to say that Phish delivers with arguably the strongest set of the tour. Faulty Plan works as set 2 opener, especially with the band using it to slingshot themselves into orbit with the monster Birds of a Feather that follows. This jam is not only the longest of the tour so far, but in my opinion, the best. Each band member improvises independently, yet in unison, forming an incredible cohesion to the jam. Crazy Sometimes is an interesting choice to follow up a monster jam, but it actually works perfectly, featuring a short but inspired Tweezer Reprise like jam. I actually like Miss You's placement here. Phish ends the show with one of the the strongest 4th quarters in recent memory. When Everything's Right started, I thought it was going to be another huge jam, but Trey makes a great move by cutting it short and transitioning into a very high energy Chalk Dust Torture. This Phish staple gets the hard rock treatment that Kill Devil Falls was lacking in the first set. The set ends with a spirited Slave to the Traffic Light that seems a little longer than usual. Can you think of a better song to get as an encore than Split Open and Melt? This version is not the longest, just over 14 minutes, but that's all the time the band needs to create a stunning, psychedelic shoe gaze that sends the fans home salivating for more.


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