, attached to 2011-07-01

Review by makisupaman

makisupaman Over 13 hours of music divided by $200 equals roughly $15 per hour of Phish. That's a steal in my book.

This show was a good way to start off the weekend.

I felt like set one was a nod to musical influences on Phish, with Zappa, the Stones, David Bowie, Ween, Son Seals, and Dylan all given their dues. 'Moma Dance' was the best version I had heard since the return, with a nice B section after the lyrical refrain.

The jam before 'Crosseyed' was certainly a hint at what would come during the Self Storage USA experience. I yelled 'Sand' as 'Chalkdust' came to a close, and was glad to hear it. 'Simple' was really the star of day one, with a deeply explored ambient jam that seemed to capture everyone's attention. I saw the debut of 'Show of Life' in Chicago last summer, after which my grandma passed away, so this one all gets me a little teary eyed now - beautiful, emotive lyrics in this.

If one wants to carry on the racing tropes, this was a pretty sweet "trial run" on the looping Watkins Glen track to open up a high-octane weekend.


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