, attached to 2015-08-04

Review by JMart

JMart I have given a lot of love to the summer tour recently, and that is worth comment because I'm a pretty cynical phish fan. The new generation of phans honestly don't seem to have as discriminating taste when it comes to what constitutes an epic jam, night, tour, etc. And they also won't get off of my lawn or stop blaring their hip-hop music.

TO WIT: this show...isn't that good. The Mike's jam was really enjoyable in that it was heavy and goal-directed. I can't say I understand all of the hooplah around the second jam other than it being something, you know, rare. Piper was a great call coming out of the soup- it's nice to see them be a little more creatinve in song placement these days. Sorry to say this, but the segue from crosseyed to Weekapaugh was really choppy. Trey got a little ahead of everyone else, and he seemed irritated that they weren't catching on as quickly. Again, when they switched into the slowed-down clavinet funk grind, it was like Fish and trey came unglued.

HOWEVER: I will say this: What IS good about this summer tour and remains good in this show is that it's very obvious that they're having fun and trying new stuff. Trey said it in Bittersweet Motel: if you go out and take risks, sometimes you're going to play shit. I wouldn't say this show is terrible, it's just not *magical* but at least they're still trying ot make the magic happen.



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