, attached to 2003-07-29

Review by chooglincharley

chooglincharley don't know about other people and their reviews of this show, but coming from a fan who was there, this is (imo) an essential show to be added to the catalogue. I'm glad phish.inc added this as an "official release" as the guys were SPOT ON that night. I caught the 02.28 Nassau show earlier in the year and we hopped on the Summer tour here > IT. We were all checking previous setlists in hopes of predicting a couple songs, but man were we threw for a loop that night. Prior to the show I recall hearing in the lot that a (potentially former) member of the road crew died the day before on their way and there were rumors they would pay homage to him...which they just may have because we were treated that night to a fine show.

The Daniel > Camel Walk was a great treat. Jiboo was smokin'. Cool it Down was one of the best versions they've played, even to this date 12 years later. The Mule was solid, and then we get into the meat and potatoes of the first set with an EXQUISITE Fee -> Timber > Circus > McGrupp. Cap it off with the Golgi (which I personally could have done without, but was still good) and you've got one hell of a set.

The X-eyed > Thunderhead was awesome; really like Thunderhead as a Troy song. Brother was a stellar version, akin to '92 versions and brought the energy level back up to 11. Then, what can I say, my first Harpua...and a good one at that. Troy eluded to Fish being Jimmy and how he has fallen in love. The Bowie, although fairly short (maybe ~12 min) is substantial.

All around a great show, offering some of the best playing the band offered in 2.0 and quintessential whimsy that we have all come to love from the guys.


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