, attached to 2013-07-22

Review by AdROC

AdROC Well the 3rd time was the charm for me with Phish shows in the great City of Toronto ('99, '00, now)! I figured when I came on the original cancelled date, that if I didn't get back for the rescheduled show - I'd probably always regret it... I can say now after the fact - that I surely would have... hot damn!

First of all, I give credit to the boys for taking one more deep breath and letting it all hang out after a pretty tough run from the south, into Chicago, and quick run to Canada. The Moma Dance opener was an awesome call, to fire everyone up - including themselves probably - for what would end up being a Monday night throw down.

After warming things up further with Chalkdust, and Undermind - Army of One cooled things down, and reminded us of the setting... the arms of the arctic extended in the Canadian breeze, as we sat in a circle facing the sun(-set, as it were)... Halley's stoked the dance party up again, and the chilled out crowd was fired right back up. Stash brought the real heat of this set, with Trey digging deep to deliver a huge gem of a solo.

After a solid, yet a bit - up and down first set... the course was set for performance bigger than the CN Tower. You will read and hear much of the DWD > 2001 that would unfold. Absolutely nasty. Things really rolled from there, capping with a knockout one-two punch of Cavern > Bowie that left everyone flying high into the rare triple encore.

Loving Cup was a nod to the love that was felt for all - particularly the crew as Page made a point to mention. What a beautiful buzz indeed. Squirming Coil was a real treat, a call made by Trey as an ode to the new Prince of Great Britain (see other comments here about that). Of course the Tweezer reprise was the obligatory finishing piece to what was truly a thriller in north of the border.

Overall this show should stand as a tour highlight - a real reward for the fans who made sacrifices to make it to. This was my 16th show, in 16 years of Phish (for me), and as long as they can turn out performances like this and reward their fans the way they do - I'll keep coming back.


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