, attached to 2015-08-23

Review by makisupaman

makisupaman My feet still haven't hit the ground from this weekend (I am writing this via the free wifi on my flight home), but since most of the input on these shows has come from the couch, I will share some thoughts being there in person.

My only other Phish festival was Super Ball, so my opinion might be skewed, but I honestly don't know if there is a better venue for this size event than Watkins Glen International. We opted to skip camping and stayed a short 8 miles from the track high above Seneca Lake with waterfalls literally off the porch of our rustic cabin. While some might scoff at the idea of not camping on-site, a comfy bed at night and shower in the morning gave me the energy needed to enjoy these top-notch performances and the sprawling festival grounds to the fullest. I highly recommend it if the opportunity comes again.

As for the show in question here, I couldn't have really asked for more in the context of the previous two nights. While night three perhaps lacked a marquee jam like night one's Gin or night two's Prince Tweezer, the song selection, execution, and cohesion proved equally transcendent. To hear a Stash-Reba combo almost two hours into a set speaks volumes about the health and commitment of this band we all love and it's clear they are sucking up the love and feeding off it as much as ever before. The transitions in set two are as good as it gets for me, with special attention needing be paid to my personal favorite segment of the night in Disease>SaSS>WtU. Simply breathtaking. Easily the best take (twice) on Martian Monster and the encore I want at every show in YEM put a bow on a weekend I will cherish for many years to come.

I can only end with a humble expression of gratitude for this band, this community, and the organizations that help bring a circus of this magnitude to town again and again. As I have less and less time for show-going, I find myself savoring the moments more and more. I hope everyone attending the finale to a pinnacle year in Phishtory out in Denver will do the same. It truly is a great time to be a phan. Enjoy it! My plane is landing soon, my trip was short. Blaze on, chemtrails, etc, etc.


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