, attached to 2017-12-30

Review by JMart

JMart Soooo....let's just get this out of the way first. I, uh, was the guy who nailed Trey in the back with a glow stick after Gin. My bad amigo.
Sets can look better on paper than they are in real life. This first set is probably one of those, if for no other reason than, on paper, it looks like the greatest set of all time. The band sounded great. Focused. Loose. I like my phish dirty and most of the jamming in the first set seemed intent on going to that I-IV style they love so much in 3.0 (tweezer, carini, etc). With gin especially, it felt as though the peaks were all perfunctory- we could hear them coming a mile away and it felt a little repetitive. That having been said, if you're going to complain about that first set, you should probably find another band.
The second set is a great example of how great phish can be. I'll be honest when I say I'm tired of hearing disease openers and I never really liked light that much at all...AND YET, they used those songs to put together one of the best second sets I've ever heard. Funny how the multiple part disease smasher concluded with some woos ala the Tahoe Tweezer. If you want your phish evil and weird, look no further than the jam after steam. Those minute jams are why we fly and continue to shell out the cash we do. Even antelope, which probably shows the band's age moe than any other song, raged tonight. The concrete floors were swaying. What a great night. What an exploratory set with fantastic energy. Bravo Phish!
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