, attached to 2011-09-14

Review by popsgordon123

popsgordon123 When I heard this show was happening in near by Essex Junction and that my friends happened to be making the trip to Burlington to get tickets I had to go. When we finally arrived the Phish in Vermont vibe was unreal. Everyone was genuinely excited for the show! Shumlin gave a nice speech at the beginning of the show and it set the tone for the shows atmosphere. When they came out and those first bends of Chalkdust sounded the place went wild! It was certainly par but the enviornment made it pretty crazy. Momma into NICU was certainly a highlight and the jam of NICU was pretty ridiculous with Trey taking the spotlight. Funky Bitch and Sample were certainly just what I expected, decent with a few jems in the jams. Cavern into Gin was also made much better by the crazy Phans in the crowd and Gins jam was to say the least interesting. Alaska into Possum was more or less a low point with Possum lacking energy from the band and from the crowd. Then came the redeeming Wolfmans into Julius. Wolfmans was just as funky as I remember it and Julius was desimated by Big Red. The crowd was anxious as the first set ended. When Trey came out and introduced Carini the crowd went absolutely bananas! The people next to me had a Carini sign and that song definatly made there night and everyone elses! The light show and spacey jam after this rendition of the infamous Carini were by far the best part of the night. During this song I had a moment of clarity and it came to me that I finally "got" Phish. This was by far the best song I'd ever heard them play. DWD was simply off the hook and took the energy from Carini and kept it going. Slave was a perfect choice for the next song and I noticed a lot of subtle grooving from Mike. Rock n Roll killed my buzz pretty hard and I was relieved when it transitioned into Twist. BDTNL was very fitting for the night and for the atmosphere of the show. There was a sense of being in it together when they played this and that is the magic of music, it brings people together. Theme was nice and Suzy wasn't quite as good as it was at my first show. Character Zero had an interesting jam and solo from Trey. When the encore began the crowd was buzzing with anticipation. When the first vocals came in for Loving Cup the crowd sort of bonded together in similar vibe to BDTNL. It was a fitting end to a night full of comradery and friendship. As my second show and the night where I finally got Phish it stands out in my mind as being one of my best concert expeiriences. Phish should definatly play Vermont more often!


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