, attached to 2016-10-28

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads This is a great show, including a 25-min+ Golden Age. I was thrilled by the several bustouts or near-bustouts (doesn't seem like they play Bold as Love much anymore, but apparently they did recently enough for it not to be noted in the official setlist with a Last Time Played.) Beauty of My Dreams in particular is a song that I've had a strong hankerin' for for quite some time. Home actually got a bit of a jam, with some fiery fretwork from Trey such as we often rely on to judge the status of a jam. Trey's doing a different type of fiery fretwork at this point in Phishtory, though, which is why I well appreciate the length of the Golden Age, while not necessarily its content so much. I think maybe Phish just doesn't want to go out as often anymore, which is fine, but even the Type-I jams--let's say just so far this tour--have been kind of lacking in a certain freewheeling anything-is-possible feeling that we got near-nightly in days gone by. But this isn't meant to be a negative review, and I rated the show 4/5 stars. There was a striking cohesion to both sets' energies and song choices, and it really is a strong show. I'm thankful that we're getting big jams still, and they are really the main reason I still omnivorously consume live Phish recordings, but I want the band to be happy more than I care about my own needs from the band, because for me, I have plenty of other music to listen to, and even an occasional revelatory jam outweighs my own personal contributions to the music, which are pretty much nothing a. since I don't go to shows anymore and b. because even if you're there, Phish has made a cottage industry out of subverting expectations, generally to life-affirming results. I want Phish to do what Phish wants to do, even if it is in contrast to what I would selfishly gain from my own impossible, prospective dictation of what they could do if they wanted me to consider every show a smashing success. I do note the irony, though, that at one time, and sustained over a period of years, I was listening uncritically to my own benefit, and perhaps it's my own jadedness that's precluding my absolute enjoyment of every show. The net's unbreakable so don't worry is I guess my thesis here.


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